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June 14, 2009

NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour Til (At Least) Mid-Week

Another Vehicle Launch Conflict Could Postpone STS-127 Further

It has to be a crushing disappointment to be SO ready for such a pivotal event... and then have to delay one's aspirations for the better part of a week... but alas, that is the situation facing the crew of STS-127. As noted previously, NASA has had to postpone space shuttle Endeavour's launch to the International Space Station, Saturday, because of a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the shuttle’s external fuel tank.

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Runway Warning System Operational At LAX

Third US Airport To Install Runway Status Lights

Technology that alerts pilots to potential runway safety hazards is now operating at Los Angeles International Airport thanks to a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration and the City of Los Angeles.

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Jet Edge Joins Corporate Angel Network

Will Offer Free Flights To Critically Ill Patients

Jet Edge, a charter/management company based in Van Nuys, California, announced this week that it has joined forces with the Corporate Angel Network. Through this alliance with the nonprofit charitable organization, Jet Edge will be joining the ranks of more than 500 corporate flight departments providing free travel on empty legs to critically ill patients in need of medical treatment.

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More Bad News Coming... Additional Layoffs Expected At Airlines, GA Mfr's

Aviation Still Facing A Rocky Economic Road

The economic doldrums can't seem to let go of the aviation business, with Cessna and American Airlines both announcing additional job cuts, and Delta and US Airways saying they may not be too far behind.

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U.S. Officials See Major Hurdles To F-22 Export

Legally, We Can't/Won't Sell Them Overseas

When Defense Secretary Robert Gates decided to end F-22 production after 187 of the advanced fighters are built, Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye (D), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and other lawmakers began talking about exporting the planes. Originally, 243 F-22's were expected to be built by Lockheed Martin.

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Plane Hits SUV In South Africa

All Five People Involved Survive

It's not every day you hear about a head-on crash between an airplane and an SUV, but that's exactly what happened in Johannesburg last Sunday. Thankfully, the two people in the airplane and 3 in the truck all survived.

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Getting To The Bahamas Gets A Bit Easier

Four Florida FBO's Selected As "Gateways"

The Islands of The Bahamas Aviation Department has been working with Florida FBO's for many years, and recently launched The Bahamas Gateway FBO's with several operators strategically located throughout South Florida.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.14.09): Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC)

Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Also known, in brief, as 'Center', this is the facility established to provide air traffic control service to aircraft operating on IFR flight plans within controlled airspace and principally during the en route phase of flight. When equipment capabilities and controller workload permit, certain advisory/assistance services may be provided to VFR aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.14.09)

Aero-Linx: Greg Poe Airshows  It’s all in a day’s work for Greg Poe. He’s a world-class aerobatic pilot and FAA certified flight instructor, the ACE Committee Chairman as well as an ICAS ACE (aerobatic competency evaluator). Through passion, athletic ability, technology, creativity and showmanship, Greg Poe continues to electrify audiences by performing the impossible.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.14.09)

“Unless there is a huge upturn in business travel propensity and spending, it’s inevitable there will be further cutbacks in capacity on the international side. You can clearly fill up the airplane with cheap fares, but that doesn’t get you the economics you want. The maximum revenue is just less than you’d hoped. It doesn’t necessarily get you to a positive bottom line.” Source: Robert Mann, of airline consulting firm R.W. Mann & Co., speaking about continued bad news in the airline sector as additional layoffs are made known. 

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