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April 15, 2007

British Helos Involved In Midair Collision Over Iraq

Hostile Fire Not Believed A Factor

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.15.07 1000 EDT: US and British military officials in Iraq confirmed early Sunday two British transport helicopters are down north of Baghdad. Two British soliders were killed in the apparent midair collision, and at least one other was injured.

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Sikorsky Aircraft Opens North Texas Design Engineering Center

Fort Worth Facility Employs Approximately 100 Workers

In a ceremony last week, Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams presided over the formal opening of the new Sikorsky design engineering facility in Fort Worth, TX.

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Aerospace Site To Memorialize Space Shuttle Columbia Crew

Seven American Heroes Who Gave Their Lives For Space Exploration

The town of Downey, CA and Tower General Contractors hosted the April 12 groundbreaking of the $12 million Columbia Space Science Learning Center and park on a 13-acre site. NASA and the City of Downey are financially supporting the project, reports the Associated Press.

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Pentagon Expands Suspension Of F-14 Surplus Parts

DOD Seeks To Block Iran From Securing Parts For F-14 Fleet

Stay alert, Tom Cruise. Iran has an eye on your "Top Gun" jet, as law enforcement experts say the country is aggressively seeking parts for its Tomcats, according to the Associated Press.  

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CPS To Host Rotax 912-914 Repair Seminar

Four Stroke Course To Be Held In August

Starting Tuesday August 7, California Power Systems (CPS) will host a Rotax 912-914 Mechanics Seminar covering all aspects of four cycle installation, repair, rebuild, and heavy maintenance. Eric Tucker, Rotax factory Trained Technician, will conduct this hands-on rebuild of the Rotax 912.

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Beach Boys To Open EAA AirVenture 2007

It's Déjà Vu All Over Again

If you missed them last year, don't worry. The Beach Boys will be back again this year, to kick off the nation's largest aviation love-fest July 23–29 in Oshkosh, WI.

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Two Survive Small Plane Crash Near Sarasota Airport

Man's Heroic Actions Save Passenger

Following the fiery downing Friday morning of a Lake 250 amphibian taking off from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, it took the fearless action of a witness to pull a 75-year old passenger to safety. The 46-year old pilot, Mark Steicht, was able to stumble out of the smoke-filled cockpit on his own.

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Kent State Returns Retired FedEx Plane To Sender

727 Was Offered For Proposed Aviation Maintance Program

There will be no landing of a decommissioned FedEx Boeing 727 at Ashtabula County Airport (KHZY), OH this week.

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Slidell Air Show A Great Success

Event 'At Least Four Times Larger' Than Last Two

The numbers are in... and the Slidell Airshow, held Saturday, March 31, at Slidell Municipal Airport in Louisiana, attracted an estimated 10,000 people and raised $5,200 for the St. Tammany Association for Retarded Citizens. Those numbers reflect attendance numbers "at least four times larger" than in the past two years, event organizers tell ANN.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.07)

Aero-Linx!

The largest flying boat reference web site and home of the flying boat -- in detail -- on the web.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.07): UH-1E

Aero-Terms!

The Marine version of the huey, the UH-1E was designed for the USMC to operate from shipboard. Primary differences included a rotor brake, an alternating current electrical system, aluminum construction for shipboard use and air to ground and air to air radios.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.15.07)

"It was a generous offer from FedEx, but the program is not up and running yet. We are confident the class will be approved by the Ohio Board of Regents."

Source: Frank Vaccarello, campus public relations director for Kent State University-Ashtabula, on the school's rejection of a donated 727 from FedEx for a proposed aviation maintenance program at the school.

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