Just when most of the world seems ready to sit down and enjoy
the latest in Christmas diversions, comes word of another airline
bankruptcy... stranding a number of passengers halfway around the
globe, in the process. MAXjet Airways is the two year old airline
serving a business class market for a number of transatlantic
routes, that ceased operations on Christmas Eve, citing the usual
culprits in a US airline bankruptcy petition... failure to raise
needed operating capital, rising fuel costs, and an increasingly
tough competitive environment.
Southwest Shows Christmas Spirit to 171 TX Families
Southwest Airlines was busy flying 171 Texas Army National Guard
soldiers from North Carolina to Texas on Sunday, Dec. 23rd. The
436th Chemical Company of the Texas Army National Guard is
stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, waiting for deployment to
Afghanistan. They recently got news that their deployment has been
delayed, so they are able to spend the holidays with their
2007 marked another year of accomplishment and growth, tempered
by the passing of old friends, for NASA's Dryden Flight Research
Center at Edwards Air Force Base. In 2007, NASA Dryden supported a
number of research projects and environmental science efforts,
gathering and analyzing data that contributed to aerospace
technology, the agency's space exploration goals and the knowledge
and protection of our environment.
In today's world of technologically advanced aviation, Army
pilots alone cannot keep AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters
operational without ground crews. Sustaining the intricate workings
of digital and complex avionics requires proficient ground crews
and technical personnel.
The following statement is from Daniel Tani, NASA astronaut and
Expedition 16 flight engineer on the International Space Station,
regarding the death of his mother. "I would like to thank everyone
who has expressed their condolences during this time of grieving
for me and my family. Living on the space station means that I
experience all aspects of life -- be they joyous or tragic -- while
circling the Earth without a convenient way to return...
Word from the National Transportation Safety Board recommends
that the Federal Aviation Administration... Require operators of
Boeing 777 airplanes to perform regular inspections of the primary
and secondary external power receptacles and their protective cover
guards to detect signs of worn or overheated pins and thermal
damage and repair or replace any damage found. (A-07-113)...
The B-57 Canberra served the US Air Force for more than 25 years as
a nuclear weapons platform, conventional weapons bomber,
reconnaissance, tow target, weather, and electronic countermeasures
aircraft as well as being the mainstay for other nations.
"I would like to thank everyone who has expressed their
condolences during this time of grieving for me and my family.
Living on the space station means that I experience all aspects of
life -- be they joyous or tragic -- while circling the Earth
without a convenient way to return. Of course, I was aware of this
situation before my mission, and I fully accept that I will proudly
complete my mission on the International Space Station and join my
family when I return. My NASA management and colleagues have been
fully supportive through this, and I would like to thank them for
their concern and compassion."
Source: NASA Astronaut and Expedition 16 flight
engineer, Daniel Tani, speaking about the untimely death of his
Mother while he was crewing o