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August 23, 2008

Orion Parachute Test Goes... Ah, Not Well

Yep, They're Gonna NEED To Fix This

A preliminary test of the parachute system designed to softly return NASA's upcoming Crew Exploration Vehicle to Earth failed in spectacular fashion last month, resulting in an Orion-sized dent in the Arizona desert landscape.

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Report: Boeing Leans Closer Towards Nixing KC-X Bid

Says Company Needs More Time To Develop Larger Entrant

Citing the length of time needed for the company to develop a competitive entrant for the Pentagon's revised KC-X contract bid for a new US Air Force tanker, Boeing says it will likely opt-out rebidding for the $40 billion deal -- ceding the competition to rival Northrop Grumman, and that company's partners at EADS.

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Liberty Takes FAA To Task For Claim XL-2 Was Subject To SCR

Small Aircraft Doctorate Disagrees, Planemaker Adds

Melbourne, FL-based planemaker Liberty Aerospace wants the record set straight on the FAA's claim in a Wednesday press release that Liberty's XL-2 was among a number of airplanes on the market that have been subjected to a Special Certification Review by the FAA.

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Ultralight Crashes After Pilot Buzzes Golfers, Kids

Witnesses Say Pilot Repeatedly Flew Low Overhead

On the list of what NOT to do when flying an aircraft... we imagine "crashing after buzzing golfers, and kids playing soccer" is pretty close to the top.

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US National Hot Air Balloon Championship Coming Next Week

50 Of Nation's Top Pilots To Compete Over Anderson, SC

The Balloon Federation of America tells ANN that 50 of the nation’s top hot air balloon pilots will color the skies above Anderson County, SC beginning Tuesday, August 26 as the Balloon Federation of America launches the 2008 US National Hot Air Balloon Championship.

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Diamond Distributors Announce Tax Advantage Program

Offer Incentives To Cover Tax, Legal Services

Diamond Aircraft reminds anyone looking to purchase a new single-engine piston aircraft that September 30 is the deadline to take advantage of up to $300,000 in depreciation opportunities on a Diamond DA40 XLS.

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X Prize Hails Lunar Lander Challenge Team Summit A Success

Nine Teams To Compete In Northrop Grumman-Sponsored Event October 24-25

The nine teams registered to compete in the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge concluded the first Team Summit at Holloman Air Force Base this week.

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Last Call! Editorial Staffers Needed NOW!

Full- And Part-Time Positions Now Available!

As journalists and pilots, we have to tell you there is no better marriage of vocation and avocation than working as a member of the aviation media.

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AvTrak Training Sessions Earn FAA Approval For IA Renewal

Seminars Held Throughout The Country

Avtrak LLC announced recently its Regional Training Seminars have been certified by the FAA as meeting the requirements contained in FAR 65.93(A)(4) for  Inspection Authorization Renewal. Participants will be awarded 8.25 Hours of classroom credit acceptable towards IA renewal.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Society was formed in late 1984 by a small group of dedicated air racing enthusiasts who wanted to pool their efforts and knowledge with others having the same love of this great aviation era.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.08): Hydrazine

Aero-Terms!

A rocket fuel which burns spontaneously with nitric acid or nitrogen tetroxide. Can also be used as a mono-propellant: when passed through an iridium-bearing catalyst, it decomposes at high temperature into constituent gases of ammonia, nitrogen and hydrogen. Used in small thrusters for orbit modification and attitude control of spacecraft. Also see MMH and UDMH.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.23.08)

"I think the option we would have if we were not given the six months, there is a really high likelihood that we would no-bid the program."

Source: Jim Albaugh, head of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Citing the length of time needed for the company to develop a competitive entrant for the Pentagon's revised KC-X contract bid for a new US Air Force tanker, Boeing says it will likely opt-out rebidding for the $40 billion deal -- ceding the competition to rival Northrop Grumman, and that company's partners at EADS.

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