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August 05, 2007

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Phoenix News Helo Midair

Witnesses Say One Helo Maneuvered Into Second, Holding Position

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings this week regarding the July 27 midair collision of two AS350 B2 television news helicopters as they followed a police chase.

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NASA's Latest Mars Mission Lifts Off

Phoenix Rises!

NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission blasted off early Saturday morning, aiming for a May 25, 2008 arrival at the Red Planet and a close-up examination of the surface of the northern polar region.

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Report: Second Brazilian Official Ousted In Wake Of TAM Disaster

Space Agency Head Brought In To Restore "Normalcy" At Airports

The fallout continues in Brazil following that country's worst aviation disaster in its history. The head of Infraero, Brazil's airports authority, will be replaced next week, according to news reports.

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Delta Latest To Appeal To Passengers In FAA Funding Battle

AOPA Says Pilots "Need To Set Delta Straight"

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines -- fresh off reporting the highest load factors in the carrier's history for July -- is the latest major carrier to appeal to its customers to support the airlines' plan to fund the development of the FAA's NextGen air traffic control system... by slapping general aviation with a greater burden to fund that system.

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NASA Extends Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract

Maintenance To Extend Until Retirement

This week, NASA signed a $975 million contract extension with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc., of Canoga Park, CA to maintain the agency's fleet of space shuttle main engines until the orbiter is retired in 2010.

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Aviation Leaders Encourage Use Of Aviation In The Classroom

Teacher's Day At AirVenture 2007, Part One

On Friday, July 27 at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Eagle Hangar, teachers gathered to learn and share activities that educate through aviation. Approximately 1,000 teachers attended the half-day event and were greeted with appreciation for their interest and with inspirational thoughts from notable aviation leaders that included FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, and world renowned aviator Dick Rutan.

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Air New Zealand Signs For Four 777s

Says Environmental Impact Factor In Purchase

Boeing and Air New Zealand signed a definitive agreement Friday for the purchase of four Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners and options for three additional 777-300ERs, as the carrier continues its push toward operating a fuel-efficient fleet of airliners.

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An Oshkosh 'First Timer' Waxes (A Little Too) Poetic On Experience

To Be Fair... It's Just That Kinda Place

If you are passionate about aviation, and the time finally comes when you're headed to Oshkosh for the very first time, let me tell you from first hand experience that no amount of planning or research will prepare you for what awaits. Even the last day found me gawking like a child with my jaw constantly open in golly-gee fashion.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.05.07)

"What we do as a species relies in your hands. People under our tutelage don't know what they are capable of and it's our responsibility to motivate and encourage them to imagine doing what [conventional wisdom] says can't be done."

Source: Accomplished aviator Dick Rutan, speaking of the need to encourage students to pursue their interests in aviation during the July 27 Teacher's Day gathering at AirVenture 2007.

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