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November 17, 2007

Delta CEO Downplays Merger Rumors Before Congress

"I Was Surprised As You Were"

It was a meeting intended to discuss measures to head off travel delays over the upcoming holiday season... but instead, Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson spent most of his time before Congress Thursday downplaying recent reports of an imminent merger.

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FAA Calls PDK Pilots Out For Ground Incursions

Recommends Pilots Study Layout, Ask For Progressive Taxi

Pilots planning to fly into or out of Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, GA should take a good, long look at the airport's layout before thinking about moving around the ramp there, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Three Lost In TX PA28 Accident

Witnesses Say Plane Broke Apart Before Impact

Three persons were killed Thursday when their Piper PA-28R-200 went down near Abilene, TX.

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FLL A Victim Of Its Own Success?

Incentive To Lure Airlines Results In Congestion

In August 2000, Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport decided to waive landing, gate and security fees to airlines which would open new non-stop service... a program that was, apparently, a little too successful.

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Airbus Supersizes The Superjumbo

Development To Begin On A380-900 In 2010

This week, Airbus confirmed it plans to build an even bigger version of the world's largest passenger airliner.

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NASA Conducts Second Test Of Ares Main Parachute

Large Parachute Passes With 'Falling' Colors

NASA and industry engineers successfully tested the main parachute for Constellation Program rockets during a drop test Thursday at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground near Yuma, AZ. The parachute system will allow Ares I and Ares V first stage boosters to be recovered and reused.

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November Shaping Up To Be Lousy For A340s

Three Planes Involved In Ground Incidents

So far, the month of November hasn't been very kind to the Airbus A340-600.

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American Eurocopter Opens West Coast Support Center At LGB

Offers Maintenance, Pilot And Tech Training

At a grand opening ceremony Friday, American Eurocopter celebrated the opening of its new West Coast Regional Support Facility in Long Beach, CA. This new facility is located on the Long Beach Airport in the Daugherty Skyharbor Complex.

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AOPA Air Safety Foundation Launches 'ASF SafetyCast' Web Seminars

Offer 17 Hours Of Free Online Training Sessions

On Friday, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation unveiled its ASF SafetyCast series of web-based General Aviation (GA) safety seminars. A first in aviation safety training, AOPA says the 17 hours of free webcasts bring the benefits of ASF’s acclaimed live safety training sessions covering a range of vital flying topics to all pilots worldwide, 24 hours a day.

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Collings Foundation To Offer Vietnam Memorial Flights In 2008

Will Feature Three Storied Fighter/Bombers

The Collings Foundation tells ANN the Vietnam Memorial Flight performance is available for the 2008 air show season. The Memorial Flight features three of the most formidable Vietnam era fighter/bomber aircraft.

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Bell Helicopter Signs Four-Ship Deal With CALSTAR

429s To Be Equipped For EMS Use

Bell Helicopter announced Friday the sale of four 429 model helos to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a regional non-profit helicopter ambulance service.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.17.07)


Have you ever dreamed of being carried into the sky by a giant bouquet of colorful toy balloons? That's the idea behind cluster ballooning.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.17.07): Zinc Chromate Primer


An alkyd resin primer used to prepare a metal surface to take a topcoat of paint. Moisture in contact with a coating of zinc chromate primer causes the primer to release chromate ions that inhibit the formation of corrosion on the metal protected by the primer.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.17.07)

"I was as surprised as you were. There are no discussions. There have been no discussions."

Source: Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, in response to inquiries Thursday by Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland on the veracity of reports the Altanta-based carrier planned to merge with United Airlines. Anderson was called to speak before a House transportation subcommittee on ways to combat flight delays... but the topic quickly turned to those reports.

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