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August 26, 2007

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AD NUMBER: 2007-17-21 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-17-21 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for PW JT9D-7R4 series turbofan engines.

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Northrop Grumman Completes Scaled Composites Purchase

Increases Stake In Aerospace Company To 100 Percent Ownership

Northrop Grumman Corporation reported last week it has completed a transaction that increases its ownership in Scaled Composites, LLC from approximately 40 percent to 100 percent.

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Letter Groups, Airlines Call On President Bush To Name Blakey's Successor Soon

Say Aviation Needs A Strong Hand At FAA

General aviation and the airlines will probably never agree on the FAA funding issue... but when it comes to choosing an FAA administrator, all of aviation is flying in formation, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Two Lost In Canadian Hot Air Balloon Accident

Balloon Caught Fire On Takeoff; Survivors Jumped From Gondola

At least two passengers onboard a hot air balloon were lost when the aircraft burst into flames as it took off on a twilight sightseeing flight, and fell onto an RV park in western Canada.

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US Sikhs Upset With New TSA Policy

Allows Turbans To Be Searched

Members of the Sikh faith in the United States aren't pleased with a new TSA airport security policy, which allows screeners to pat down turbans.

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P-3 Orion Crew Sniffs Out Coke-Carrying Sub

CBP Crew Tracked Semi-Submersible Boat

There's a reason the US Customs and Border Protection agency snaps up P-3 Orion submarine-hunter surveillance planes when they're finished with their service in the US Navy. This week, a CBP Orion crew participated in the successful capture of four smugglers, and 11 bales of cocaine, off a semi-submersible boat.

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Aircraft Fired Upon After Violating Georgia Airspace

Unknown If Plane Shot Down, Section Of Forest On Fire

As if things weren't tense enough between Russia and Georgia. What is believed to be a Russian aircraft was fired upon by Georgian forces after it breached Georgian airspace Friday.

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Man Tries To Open Airliner Door Inflight

Passengers Subdue Man With Duct Tape, Seatbelt

Argh! For the last time: you should not attempt to open the cabin door of a commercial airliner while inflight... OK?

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US Serviceman Injured In Fall From Atop C-17 In New Zealand

Participating In 'Operation Deep Freeze'

A US serviceman was transported to a local hospital after reportedly falling off the top of a C-17 cargo plane Saturday morning.

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Report: Russian Tries To Buy B-52 Off USAF Crew

$500 Million Pricetag Reportedly Not An Issue

A USAF aircrew displaying a B-52 bomber at the Moscow Air Show last week was shocked, to say the least, when a wealthy Russian offered to buy their aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.26.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a non-profit educational organization located in Addison, Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.26.07): Jig

Aero-Terms!

A framework used to hold a component while it is being assembled. Parts are assembled in jigs to assure alignment and uniformity, as well as to simplify tasks such as welding.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.26.07)

"That is no problem. It is such a cool machine."

Source: An unidentified Russian businessman, who reportedly tried to purchase the B-52 Stratofortress bomber on display at last week's Moscow Air Show.

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