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December 28, 2008

PAL Flight Delayed By Tardy ATC Personnel

Five Controllers May Face Sanctions

A Philippines Airlines flight destined for Zamboanga City International Airport Friday morning was delayed because air traffic controllers showed up late for work.

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Hundreds Stranded At Maui, Honolulu Airports By Electrical Woes

Runway Lights Disabled, Flights Cancelled

About a thousand travelers were stranded at Maui's Kahului Airport on Christmas Eve when an electrical short disabled the lights on the airport's longest runway.

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Commercial Aviation Museum Seeks Congressional Designation, New Home

Airline Memorabilia Collection Dates To 1920s

The administrators of the National Museum of Commercial Aviation in the Atlanta suburb of Forest Park, GA have big plans for expansion, and high hopes for congressional designation as a national museum within a year.

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British Liquid Ban Nearing An End?

US And UK Working On Next-Generation Security Scanners

Restrictions on the quantity of liquids in carry-on luggage may soon be lifted by UK's Department of Transport with the long-awaited implementation of next-generation security scanners.

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Second Survivor Joins Musician In Suing Over LearJet Accident

Crew Tried To Abort Takeoff At Close To V1

The second survivor of the September 19 crash of a chartered Learjet 60 at South Carolina's Columbia Metropolitan Airport has filed suit in the aftermath of the accident.

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Gone West: Former NEAM Director Philip Charles O'Keefe

Remembered For His Dedication, Love Of Aviation History

Philip Charles O'Keefe, 73, aeronautical engineer and former director of the New England Air Museum, passed away December 23, 2008, at the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehab in Storrs, CT after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

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Three Safe Following Emergency Landing Near ABQ

Mooney Makes Forced Landing Near Mountains In Winter Conditions

A pilot and his two passengers are reported safe with only minor injuries after a forced landing midday Friday about 20 miles east of Albuquerque, NM.

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MSA Named Distributor For FlightMaster Aviation GPS Software

Company Adds Jeppesen NavData To Package

Midwest Sport Aviation, LLC has reached an agreement with FlightMaster to become the worldwide distributor for its GPS software. MSA will presently discontinue marketing AeroPalm, but will continue to support present customers and provide a free migration for those wanting to switch to FlightMaster.

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Pilot Lost In North Carolina RV-7A Downing

Passenger 'Very Seriously Injured'

A plane enroute from Maryland to Florida on Thursday apparently developed engine trouble and went down just shy of the Anson County Airport (AFP) near Wadesboro, NC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.28.08)


The Short Stirling was the RAF's first operational four-engined bomber and in its day was an advanced and formidable airplane. It followed a line of highly successful four-engined flying boats, the "Empire" class, built by Short Bros. during the 1930s. History has been unkind to the Stirling. As far as we know, not a single example survives, out of the 2383 constructed. Even the manufacturer's drawings have been destroyed! The Stirling Project aims to remedy this.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.28.08): Wing Fillet


A streamlined fairing installed between the root of an airplane wing and the fuselage. Wing fillets smooth the airflow where the wing joins the fuselage and reduce the drag caused by this junction.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.28.08)

"I have two tickets to the Celtics-Lakers game in my hands, here at the pool bar in Maui... [but] We're happy we're not stuck in the snow in Cleveland."

Source: Jim Kalmenson, who along with several hundred other travelers were stranded at Maui's Kahului Airport on Christmas Eve when an electrical short disabled the lights on the airport's longest runway.

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