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July 08, 2007

The Dreamliner Sees The Light Of Day

Boeing Unveils Revolutionary Airliner

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 07.08.07 1930 EDT: The Dreamliner has made its entrance. Following an extremely protracted opening ceremony -- in which seemingly everyone but Zippy the Wonder Squirrel extolled the virtues of globalization, quieter airliners, and more hospitable cabin environments -- Boeing unveiled the plane it believes will revolutionize the industry: the carbon-fiber composite-bodied 787.

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Airbus Regains Order Lead After Strong Showing In Paris

Leads Boeing By Over 130 Orders For 2007

While Sunday belongs to Boeing, as it introduces its 787 Dreamliner... it appears that so far, the year belongs to Airbus.

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Family Members, Estate Sue Over 2006 SR22 Accident

Pilot, Manufacturer Named As Plaintiffs

A fatal 2006 plane crash that killed three people, including the treasurer of the Jupiter, FL-based Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), has spurred a lawsuit, and accusations against the plane's pilot and Cirrus Design.

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Bumped Again: NASA Moves Dawn Launch To September

Focus Now Turns To Mars Phoenix Mission

NASA told ANN Saturday the launch of the oft-delayed Dawn spacecraft, a mission that will explore the asteroids Ceres and Vespa, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, has been rescheduled to September.

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Critics Say FAA's New Midair Assessment System Could Hide Risk

Former Official Says Agency Seems To Be "Going In The Wrong Direction"

Is the FAA encouraging planes to fly unacceptably close together? A new method of gauging the risk of midair collisions has drawn critics, who say the new system recently implemented by the FAA could conceal the actual danger of airplanes flying in close proximity to one another.

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Two Space & Missile Pioneers Selected For 2007

Physicist, X-15 Pilot To Be Honored In August Ceremony

Air Force Space Command officials have announced the 2007 Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers are retired Gen. Lew Allen Jr. and retired Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle. They will be honored at an award ceremony and a hall of fame induction luncheon at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base on August 8.

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Is NASA Looking For Life In All The Wrong Places?

Panel Says Agency Too Focused On Detecting Water

The current method used by NASA to study for signs of extraterrestrial life may be completely off-base, a US National Academy of Sciences panel said this week.

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Shots Miss Pakistani President's Plane

Authorities Find Anti-Aircraft Guns In House Under Flight Path

An aircraft ferrying Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf came under fire Friday as it took off from an air base near Islamabad.

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Montana Health Care Provider Receives New Plane

King Air 200 Replaces Aircraft Lost In February CFIT Accident

In a move to restore Benedis Healthcare's full ability to transport ill and injured patients to area hospitals -- and, to aid in the healing process after a February plane crash claimed three Mercy Flight workers -- on Thursday the Great Falls, MT health care provider received its new Beechcraft King Air 200.

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Airplane Hits Hangar, Plane While Taxiing

No Serious Injuries Reported

Some days, it just doesn't pay to leave the hangar.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.08.07)


PRA was started in 1962 by Igor Bensen, the inventor of the famous Bensen Gyrocopter. Since then it has grown to include rotorcraft of all sorts with members in over 80 countries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.08.07): Fuel Totalizer


A fuel quantity indicator that provides the total amount of fuel remaining onboard the aircraft, displayed on one instrument.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.08.07)

"You're just going to look at this thing in amazement and go, 'Holy smokes.'"

Source: Tom Wroblewski, president of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751, which represents the Boeing workers in Everett, WA who have worked furiously to meet the planemaker's deadline for the July 8, 2007 rollout of the 787 Dreamliner.

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