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July 08, 2006

Discovery Astronauts Go For A Walk Around The Planet

But It's Hardly A Leisurely Stroll

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 07.08.06 1300 EDT: Just under four hours ago, STS-121 spacewalkers Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum exited the airlock in the payload bay of the space shuttle Discovery, and set about on their first of three planned spacewalks on this mission.

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Columbia Hail Damage May Be Much Less Extensive Than Feared

Repeat After Us... It Could Have Been MUCH Worse

While the rumors have been running hot and heavy about the damage suffered by over 60 aircraft at the Columbia Aircraft factory in Bend, OR, an onsite inspection by ANN indicates that the damage may be far less extensive than feared.

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OH TFR: 07.10.06 - 07.28.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1764 Issue Date: July 05, 2006 at 14:46 UTC Location: Ravenna Army Arsenal, Ravenna, Ohio near AKRON VOR/DME (ACO) Beginning Date and Time: July 10, 2006 at 11:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 28, 2006 at 21:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Demolition operations of potentially explosive contaminated buildings Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Cleveland (ZOB) Center, 440-774-0426

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Blue Skies, Sunshine... And Lemonade Greet Day Three At Arlington

Fly-In Tries Something New At Lake Goodwin

The sun rose on day three of the Northwest EAA Fly-In in Arlington, WA... and we mean, it actually rose, with sunlight and everything. The low-hanging clouds and light rain that hung over the first two days of this year's event were far, far away... and the crowds responded, both in the air and on the ground.

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North Korean Actions Prompt Talk Of European Missile Shield

Debate Starts Anew Over 2002 Study

In the wake of North Korea's still-stunning launch of seven missiles four days ago, it isn't just the United States that's looking to implement a workable missile defense shield ASAP. NATO headquarters has reportedly warmed to the idea, too.

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Garmin Adds New Traffic Display Options To Its GDL 90

Fully Supports ADS-B Services

Garmin International Inc. told ANN Friday about some exciting new options for its GDL 90 ADS-B transceiver, which allow the unit to now send ADS-B and TIS-B traffic files to Garmin 400 and 500 series navigators -- including the WAAS approved GNS 480 and the popular GPSMAP 396.

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Soldier Held After Inflight Disturbance

Rammed Cockpit Door On Delta Flight

Police in Tampa, FL took a US Army soldier into custody Thursday night, after the Iraq War veteran allegedly ran down the aisle onboard Delta Air Lines flight 1850 from Laguardia to Tampa, and then rammed the cockpit door.

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Boeing Contracts With Stork Fokker On 747-8 Wing

Company Also Provides Structural Material For A380

The next-generation Boeing 747-8 is beginning to come together, with Boeing's announcement last week the company has contracted with Stork Fokker to help design the wing for the new plane.

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Embraer Receives EASA Cert For E-190

Approved For Service In Europe, Brazil, North America

Brazil's Embraer revealed last week that on June 30, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued the type certificate for the Embraer 190 airliner, enabling the 100-seater aircraft to enter service with European operators Finnair and Air France regional subsidiary Régional.

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Innotech Aviation Completes Installation Of New Challenger APU

Better Reliability, Lower EGTs

Representatives with Montreal-based Innotech Aviation told ANN this week the company has completed its first installation of a Honeywell GTCP36-150(CL) auxiliary power unit (APU) in a Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (07.08.06): Arriving At AirVenture, Part Six

Aero-Tips!

I've never been to an Oshkosh where I haven't seen at least one airplane ground-loop. It's almost always a tailwheel airplane, but I've seen loss of directional control in "nosewheel" designs as well.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.08.06)

Aero-Linx!

If it has to do with paragliding, you'll probably find it here.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.08.06): IMU

Aero-Terms!

Inertial Measurement Unit -- An all-attitude, four-gimbal, inertially stabilized platform. They provide inertial attitude and velocity data to the Guidance, Navigation and Control software functions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.08.06)

"It would be the most extraordinary act of folly if we were to become in any way reliant on France for the ultimate strategic defense capability of our nation."

Source: Geoffrey Van Orden, defense spokesman for United Kingdom conservatives in the European Parliament, on reports French leaders discussed the issue of "concerted deterrence" with a proposed European missile shield -- similar to the system the US is working to implement -- with the British prime minister Tony Blair during their June summit in Paris.

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