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February 18, 2007

Engine Problems Blamed For Afghanistan Chinook Crash

Eight Personnel Lost, 14 Injured In Mishap

US officials tell ANN eight coalition personnel were killed, and 14 others were wounded early Sunday when a coalition CH-47 Chinook helicopter had a sudden, unexplained loss of power and control and crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

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Ctrl-Alt-Del-JetBlue

Carrier Scraps Weekend Schedule, To Reboot Operations

It ain't easy being JetBlue this week. Days after a strong ice storm stranded its jets on the ramp at JFK -- resulting in the kinds of headlines previously reserved for American Airlines -- the low-cost carrier "pre-cancelled" a full 23 percent of its scheduled flights this weekend.

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THEMIS Takes Flight Saturday Night

Aurora Observation Project Underway

Five satellites... one rocket. Just past 6 pm EST Saturday, NASA's THEMIS mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, racing into space on the flaming power of three rocket stages and nine solid rocket motor.

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Fifinella: Not All Gremlins Are Bad

Roots Of WASP Logo Found At WAI

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) mascot, Fifinella... who, or what, is she -- and where did she come from?

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DEN Officials 'Baffled' By Windshield Cracking Epidemic

Storm Linked To Rash Of Air, Ground Incidents

Officials at Denver International Airport aren't sure if -- or how -- a snowstorm led to cracked windscreens in over a dozen airliners Friday... but the storm does appear to be the common denominator.

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SRT Helicopters To Showcase Training Programs At Heli-Expo 2007

Incorporates Rescue And Relief Ops Into Factory-Specified Courses

There’s training... and then there's real-world training. The difference between the two could be the difference between life and death, according to Christian Gadbois, owner of SRT Helicopters.

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Science With A Twist At WAI

Rubber Band Models Teach Students

Gordon Schimmel and Art Ellis still play with rubber band powered airplanes -- but they claim it’s all in the name of science.

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From WAI: Wal-Mart Pilots Continue The Sam Walton Tradition

Corporate Flight Department Grows From One, To 76

He may have been the leader of the world's largest merchandiser, but Sam Walton was also a pilot.

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The Skies Are A Little Smaller: Second Boeing Dreamlifter Takes Flight

Certification Of Three-Plane Fleet Expected In Next Few Months

ANN has learned Boeing's second uberjumbo Dreamlifter, a specially modified 747-400 used to transport major composite structures of the upcoming 787 Dreamliner, completed its first flight Friday in Taipei.

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Omni Air International Selects Wingspeed's XLLink For Its Planes

DC-10s, 757s Will Stay Connected Electronically

Aero-News learned this week Tulsa, OK-based charter airline Omni Air International (OAI) has selected Wingspeed Corporation's XLLink Flight Information Architecture (XFIA) to manage automated paperless operations, voice, and messaging on its fleet of DC-10 and B757-200 aircraft. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.07)

Aero-Linx!

You can build the "DC-3 of paper airplanes", including upturned wingtips that prevent wingtip vortex, a long tail that gives directional stability.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.18.07): ETL

Aero-Terms!

Effective Transitional Lift is a state of flight where the aircraft leaves the cushion of ground effect, and starts to fly forward into "Clean Air".

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.18.07)

"It's not exactly unusual weather for Denver. We don't know what it is... It's kind of a mystery at this point. It's truly bizarre."

Source: Frontier Airlines spokesman Joe Hodas, commenting on a series of unusual incidents Friday involving planes at or near Denver International Airport. Over a dozen airliners suffered cracked windscreens, including two planes parked at the gate.

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