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August 27, 2008

NTSB: Vegas Accident Flight Was Test For New Supercharger

First Time Plane Flew With Forced Induction Device Engaged

Below is the unedited text of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on last week's fatal crash of a Velocity 173RG in North Las Vegas, NV. Of note is the fact the accident flight was to be the first with the engine's supercharger engaged.

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USAF Reserve Aircrew Helps Bring Wounded Soldiers Home

440th Airlift Wing Airmen Developed Plan Still Used Today

Almost three years have passed since the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina started flying Integrated CONUS Medical Operations Plan (ICMOP) missions.

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It Flies! Sikorsky's X2 Technology Demonstrator Takes To The Air

Company Says 30-Minute Flight Was Successful

It's one incredibly cool -- and equally unusual -- flying machine... and, it works! Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced Wednesday it successfully completed the first flight of its X2 Technology Demonstrator, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes.

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It Flies, Too! RRL Conducts Inaugural Tests Of Armadillo-Powered Racer

New Entertainment Sports League To Fly With New Rocket Engine Provider

The Rocket Racing League announced Wednesday the successful results of the first three test flights of the Bridenstine DKNY Rocket Racer now equipped with liquid oxygen (LOX)-alcohol engines manufactured by Armadillo Aerospace, a leading developer of reusable rocket powered vehicles based in Mesquite, TX.

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Flights Return To Normal Following FAA Communications Problem

Hampton, GA Facility Suffered Similar Glitch On August 21

"One more example of America's deteriorating air travel system." That's how the Travel Industry Association summarized Tuesday's massive breakdown in the nation's air traffic control network, after a software glitch essentially closed one of two FAA centers that process instrument flight plan information.

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Reports: Hijackers Of Sudanese Airliner Surrender

Passengers Released Wednesday Morning

Two hijackers have reportedly surrendered, following a day-long hostage crisis involving a Sun Air Boeing 737.

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Boeing Awarded US Army Contract For 191 CH-47F Chinooks

Long-Term Deal Valued At $4.3 Billion

Boeing was recently awarded a five-year US Army contract valued at $4.3 billion for 181 CH-47F Chinooks and 10 additional Chinooks under Fiscal Year 2008 supplemental funding. There are options in the award for an additional 24 aircraft over the course of the contract.

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ATK To Host AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems Conference

System Protects Aircraft Against Surface-To-Air Missiles

Alliant Techsystems announced Tuesdat it will host an AAR-47 Users Conference January 21 and 22, 2009 at its Clearwater, FL facility. The purpose of this conference is to provide AN/AAR-47 international users with a forum for discussion of issues concerning the purchase, operation, maintenance and repair of the AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System.

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'Tense' Negotiations Between Boeing, Machinists Bear Little Fruit

Analysts Predict Strike Is Looming

The clock is ticking down to the end of Boeing's contract with the International Association of Machinists. The union has decided to strike against Boeing three times in the last 20 years.

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Southwest Cuts Back Winter Schedule

Capacity Cuts Show Effect Gas Prices Have Had

Southwest Airlines, which has talked recently of a four percent expansion in capacity this year, now says a slumping economy and expectation of falling demand this winter has prompted a decision to cut its winter schedule.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 08.27.08

An Update On The "Passengers Bill Of Rights," With Kate Hanni

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.27.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.27.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- An Update On The "Passengers Bill Of Rights": 08.27.08 (ANN Special Report, with Kate Hanni of FlyersRights.org.)

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Aero Republica Receives Embraer 190 Aircraft

Colombian Airline Moves Ahead With Fleet Renewal

Aero Republica, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. announced this week the delivery of its eighth Embraer 190 Aircraft directly from the manufacturer. The airline currently operates a fleet of 13 aircraft, consisting of five MD-80 aircraft and eight Embraer 190s.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.27.08

An IT problems snarls US air traffic.
A Sudanese airliner lands safely in Libya after a hijacking.
And the FAA will investigate the legal standing of a slot-auction protest at Newark.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.27.08

An IT problems snarls US air traffic.
A Sudanese airliner lands safely in Libya after a hijacking.
And the FAA will investigate the legal standing of a slot-auction protest at Newark.

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ANN Special Feature: Kate Hanni, Airline Passengers Bill of Rights- 08.27.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kate Hanni of FlyersRights.org. Kate shares tales of woe from airline passengers over the summer, and tells us why the US Presidential election may determine whether an

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Aero-TV: Lycoming Comes Alive At Oshkosh 2008!

Lycoming Intro's Integrated Engine Technology, IO-233, Certified IO-390

Engine-maker Lycoming showed everyone at Oshkosh that while they may have been a mite quiet of late, they sure haven't been idle. NOT by a long shot...

Aero-TV: Lycoming Comes Alive At Oshkosh 2008!

Lycoming Intro's Integrated Engine Technology, IO-233, Certified IO-390

Engine-maker Lycoming showed everyone at Oshkosh that while they may have been a mite quiet of late, they sure haven't been idle. NOT by a long shot...One of the first, of several announcements, was a "powerful" one... something that they described as a 'new standard' for piston engine controls in its IE2 Series engines.

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NTSB Issues 'Safety Alert' To Pilots On Flying Near Thunderstorms

Remember: ATC Is NOT Required To Advise You Of Wx

Citing a recent spate of investigations identifying several accidents that appear to at least partly attributable to in-flight encounters with severe weather, the National Transportation Safety Board has posted a "Safety Alert" telling pilots to be extra cautious about their surroundings, especially when they see towering cumulus.

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DOE To Sponsor 'Real World Design Challenge' For High School Students

Aviation Industry Is First To Focus Initiative On Greener Aviation Design

There's a new aviation education initiative about to be launched by the Department of Energy (DOE). It is called the "Real World Design Challenge" and its launch date is October 1, 2008.

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BFA: Fay Rains On Ballooning Parade

Forecast "50/50" For Wednesday Afternoon

The Tropical Storm that refuses to go away is making life difficult for many in the southeastern United States. After wrecking havoc throughout Florida last week, the remnants of T.S. Fay pushed through Mississippi and into Georgia and South Carolina Monday evening... threatening the start of the US National Hot Air Balloon Championships.

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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Climbing Out Of Crater

It Just Keeps Going, And Going... And GOING...

Attention, anyone who may have written off NASA's Mars Exploration rover Opportunity -- designed to last a mere 90 days on the Martian surface -- at anytime over the past... sheesh, 54 months. The Little Rover That Could has shaken off everything from Martian dust storms, to power spikes and balky arms -- even an extremely ill-considered NASA budget cutback proposal -- and is now heading back out to the Red Planet's surrounding plains nearly a year after descending into a large crater to examine exposed ancient rock layers.

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GLAST Observatory To Now Be Known By A More Fitting Name

Orbital Telescope Remained In Honor Of Enrico Fermi

NASA's newest observatory, the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, has begun its mission of exploring the universe in high-energy gamma rays. The spacecraft and its revolutionary instruments passed their orbital checkout with flying colors. NASA announced Tuesday GLAST has been renamed the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The new name honors Prof. Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954), a pioneer in high-energy physics.

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Company Sees New Opportunity In In-Flight Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi TV Pitches Its Service To Airlines

There's gold in them thar' cabins... at least, that's the hope of Wi-Fi TV, a growing provider of Internet television. The company announced Tuesday the availability of over 500 Internet TV stations, including an increasing number of proprietary stations, to a new viewing frontier.

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Banyan Offers Assistance To Pilots On Bahamas & Caribbean Flying

Offers Products, Training... And Help With Scuba Diving!

Banyan Air Service reminds pilots it offers numerous services to help pilots with island flying.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.27.08)

Aero-Linx! 

The Golden Age of Aviation (1927 thru 1946) has sometimes been called the "Forgotten Years" of aviation. This is the only time in history that the restoration and completion of a propeller collection from this era and to this extent and rarity has even been achieved. A collection like this does not exist anywhere else and will never exist like this. Of the 84 propellers that comprise the entire collection, twenty-six are rare, one of a kind and New-Old Stock (NOS) propellers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.27.08): Lagrangian Point

Aero-Terms!

In a system dominated by two attracting bodies (such as Sun and Earth), a point at which a third, much smaller body (such as a satellite) keeps the same position relative to the other two.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.27.08)

"One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try."

Source: Sophocles (circa 496 BC-405 BC.) While it's unlikely the ancient Greek philosopher had aviation on his mind when he uttered this sentence, Sophocles' statement is appropriate for a program to be launched soon by the Department of Energy in collaboration with Cessna and Build A Plane, under the DOE's "Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists" office. The "Real World Design Challenge" will offer students and teachers the opportunity to work alongside engineers and scientists at all of DOE's National Labs with support from industry mentors, and gain real-world experience by using the latest CAD/CAM design software, online p

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