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September 11, 2009

Discovery Lands in California

Poor Weather Prevented Florida Landing

Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew landed at 8:53 p.m. EDT Friday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, capping off a 14-day mission to deliver supplies and research facilities to the International Space Station and its six-person crew.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.11.09

It's been eight years since that awful morning.
NASA needs another 3-billion a year to return to the Moon.
And Britain weighs options to meet greenhouse gas goals.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.11.09

It's been eight years since that awful morning.
NASA needs another 3-billion a year to return to the Moon.
And Britain weighs options to meet greenhouse gas goals.


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ANN Special Feature: Kim Lorentzen, Lancair International - 09.11.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kim Lorentzen, Customer Service Manager for Lancair International, about the unique challenges kitbuilders face in countries outside the US.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Rotax Engines

Revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin Focuses On Engine Cooling

The FAA has issued a revised SAIB for aircraft with Bombardier-Rotax (Rotax) 912 A, 912 F, 912 S, and 914 F series reciprocating engines for a possible problem with the liquid cooling system.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.11.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.11.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.11.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Kim Lorentzen, Lancair International - 09.11.09 (ANN Special Report, with Lancair's Kim Lorentzen)

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Sustainable Oils To Supply Camelina-Based Jet Fuel For U.S. Navy

Bio-Fuel Will Support Navy’s Certification Testing Program

Sustainable Oils, a producer of camelina-based fuels, announced Thursday it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) for 40,000 gallons of camelina-based jet fuel. The fuel will support the Navy’s certification testing program of alternative fuels.

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NASA Publishes International Space Station Science Report

Results From More Than 100 Experiments Detailed

Advances in the fight against food poisoning, new methods for delivering medicine to cancer cells, and better materials for future spacecraft are among the results published in a NASA report detailing scientific research accomplishments made aboard the International Space Station during its first eight years.

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BAE Hopes To Find Military Transport Customers For BAe 146M

Promoting Aircraft For Transport, Communications, And Airlift Missions

BAE Systems used the Defence Services & Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) in London Wednesday to announce that it intends to promote the BAe 146 to the world's military as a cost-effective transport.  

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Japan's First Passenger Jet Delayed

Mitsubishi Pushes Back Delivery Until 2014

It would appear that Boeing has company in struggling to get a new airliner to market. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has reportedly pushed back the delivery of its new regional jet until at least 2014, as it makes design changes.

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HBC Awarded Iraqi Air Force Contract For T-6 Aircraft

Second Foreign Military Contract For Hawker Beechcraft Military Program

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced its recently-awarded contract to provide eight T-6A trainer aircraft to the Iraqi Air Force on  Tuesday. The contract is from the United States Government and represents a government-to-government agreement between Iraq and the U.S.

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Royal Thai Air Force Receives Its First VIP ATR 72-500

First Of The Aircraft To Be Ordered By The Thai Government

Thailand's RTAF (Royal Thai Air Force) took delivery of its first ATR 72-500 Wednesday from a contract that was signed in 2007 for four of the aircraft. This first ATR features a state-of-the-art VIP cabin interior and will be dedicated to the transport of the Thai Royal Family, as well as other Government and military officials.

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Former POW Searches For His Wings Buried In Germany

He Buried Them At A Farm House, And Wanted Them Back

65 years ago, 1st Lt. Bernerd Harding of New Hampshire was huddled in the basement of a German farmhouse, captured by the farmer who lived there. A bomber pilot, Lt. Harding was concerned that he might be treated particularly severely, or killed, if his captors knew he was a pilot.

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'Vicki'

Thoughts About A Miracle

 It's been a tough day... I'm 1300 nm into what will eventually be a 2000 nm trip, and I've just weaseled my way around a serious thunder boomer that sat dead square over Santa Fe, New Mexico, necessitating tonight's stop at Double Eagle before the final leg to my old stomping rounds of Santa Paula, CA. Traveling by airplane is almost always interesting, and educational, and usually pretty darned fun... but this is the most dreadful trip I can recall and even more dreadful is the thought of what awaits me at the end of this sojourn... a final good-bye to Vicki.

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Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2009 Redux: Looking Back at Day Five

Welcome to Aero-TV’s Daily Update from EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh for Friday, July 31st, 2009

Friday marked the second annual “WomenVenture” celebration at EAA AirVenture. An estimated 550 women gathered at AeroShell Square wearing lavender t-shirts to show support including Julie Clark, Jill Long, and the famed WASPs.

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Senate Armed Services Subcommittee Reports Out Appropriations Bill

C-17 Is Preserved, Other Programs Axed

President Barack Obama mostly won a political victory when the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) appropriations subcommittee reported out a Defense Appropriations bill that cuts funding for additional F-22 Raptors and the VH-71 presidential helicopter.

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Roseville, CA Man Sentenced For 'Lasering' Police Helicopter

He Will Serve More Than Three Years In A Federal Prison

 United States Attorney Lawrence G. Brown announced today that Balltazar Valladares, 30, of Roseville, was sentenced Wednesday by United States District Judge William B. Shubb to three years and one month in prison for interfering with the safe operation of an aircraft.

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Hawker Beechcraft Announces First Flight Of AT-6 Light Attack Aircraft

Accelerated Testing Next On The Agenda

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced the successful first flight of its AT-6 prototype Thursday, as well as the program's progression into the next phase of flight test. The AT-6 prototype is a structurally strengthened derivative of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy T 6A/B trainer.

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SpaceX And Astrium Announce Satellite Launch Agreement

More Work For The SpaceX Falcon 1e

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astrium, a division of EADS, announce a contract for a SpaceX Falcon 1e to launch an Earth observation satellite designed by Astrium for its recently acquired subsidiary Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL).

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Southwest And Pilots Union Agree In Principal To A Contract

Codesharing Hurdle Overcome In Negotiations

It's not yet a done deal, but Southwest Airlines and its pilots union have agreed in principal to a new contract after two and a half years of negotiations.

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One Killed When Two Small Planes Collide In Arizona

One Aircraft Made A Safe Emergency Landing

One person on board a Cessna 150 was killed and another severely injured after a mid-air collision in Coolidge, Arizona. The Cessna collided with a Piper Cherokee, which made a safe emergency landing about two miles away.

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LoPresti Aviation Announces BoomBeams For Cessna Citation

Super Bright White Light In Long-Lived Bulbs

LoPresti Aviation has received FAA STC approval for BoomBeam HID lights on the Citation 560. This complete kit will give aviation's top performing business jet an increase in safety and a reduction in maintenance costs.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.11.09)

"These (three) years in federal prison should give anyone pause when contemplating as reckless an act as potentially blinding a pilot who is operating an aircraft." Source: U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.11.09): Local Airport Advisory

A service provided by flight service stations or the military at airports not serviced by an operating control tower. This information is advisory in nature and does not constitute an ATC clearance.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.11.09)

Aero-Linx: New Images From Hubble NASA has just released the latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the first taken since the recent repair mission installed a new camera. The results are as spectacular as ever, and maybe more so.

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