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September 28, 2008

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.29.08

China crows over its first spacewalk.
German police say they pulled two terrorists off a KLM flight.
And another medevac chopper is down.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.29.08

China crows over its first spacewalk.
German police say they pulled two terrorists off a KLM flight.
And another medevac chopper is down.


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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Cold is Coming - 09.29.08

Fall has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere, and winter's coming. ANN's Paul Plack looks ahead to cold weather, night operations, increased risks of cabon monoxide and how to stay profic

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SpaceX Does It! Falcon I Reaches Orbit

Fourth Launch Attempt Scheduled For 1915 EDT

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.28.08 1855 EDT: Can SpaceX finally record a completely successful launch, and achieve orbit? We'll soon see, as the fledgling launch services company prepares to launch its fourth Falcon I rocket just minutes from now.

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Four Lost In Maryland Medevac Accident

Helo Diverted For Bad Weather Before Crash

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.28.08 1000 EDT: A Maryland State Police medevac helicopter -- type unreported, but believed to be a Eurocopter Dauphin -- crashed outside Washington, DC late Saturday evening, claiming the lives of four people onboard... but a fifth passenger reportedly survived.

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Shenzhou VII Returns To Earth

Colonel Steps Out Of Capsule For 15 Minute EVA

A Chinese colonel and taikonaut took some big steps Saturday towards establishing his country's presence in space. Zhai Zhigang, commander of the Shenzhou VII orbital mission, stepped out of his Russian-inspired spacecraft at 1643 Beijing time (0443 EDT) and floated alongside the capsule for about 15 minutes.

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Pilot Lost In MA Cape Air Accident

Repositioning Flight Goes Down In Heavy Rain, High Winds

A Cessna 402 operating as Cape Air Flight 1055 crashed Friday night in West Tisbury, MA. The pilot was the sole occupant of the repositioning flight, and was fatally injured.

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Boeing Records New 767 Orders On 787 Delays

Dreamliner Woes To Hold Silver Lining For Boeing?

Despite being 14 months behind schedule on its 787 Dreamliner... in the throes of a walkout by the IAM... facing looming contract negotiation difficulties with SPEEA... and a cancelled military tanker project, there still may be a bright side to Boeing's current plight: the American planemaker has struck deals to supply several airlines currently waiting for Dreamliner deliveries with 767s in the meantime.

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Airbus Makes Up Ground Against Strike-Plagued Boeing

Open Dialog Keeps Production Rolling, Planemaker Says

Airbus and Boeing are facing many of the same concerns, from slumping economies and increasing fuel prices, to outsourcing strategies and labor union woes. Yet Airbus is taking a big step towards maintaining its leadership in airliner production numbers, by keeping its production lines moving ahead while Boeing's now sit idle.

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Ex-Gulfstream Airlines Employees Claim Maintenance Problems

Whistleblowers Say They Were Fired After Voicing Safety Concerns

A former Gulfstream Airlines lead mechanic alleges routine aircraft inspections often were completed only on paper, and pilots’ discrepancies signed off without being repaired. And a former pilot alleges the airline disregarded his safety concerns, and routinely alters pilot-recorded flight times to meet FAA guidelines.

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The 787 Blows... And That's A Good Thing For Boeing

Static Airframe Completes "High Blow" Pressure Test

Boeing announced Saturday it successfully completed a high-pressure test, known as "high blow," on the 787 Dreamliner static test airframe at its Everett, WA factory.

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Reports: Royal Family Eyeing New Royal Jet

Private Luxury Aircraft Will Be "Fit For A Queen"

The Queen of England is reportedly in the market for a private jet, for exclusive use by the Royal Family... and, its pets. For a price tag of seven million Pounds (nearly $13,000,000 US) designs from four major aircraft manufacturers have reportedly been requested.

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Airport Workers Forced To Push Plane

The Term "Ground Handling" Becomes Literal

A hands-on approach was used to move a disabled Bombardier CRJ700 from a runway at a Chinese airport on Tuesday, due to a hydraulic failure affecting the nose gear steering.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.28.08)

Aero-Linx! 

Step into the most modern "front office" available on a jetliner today. The A-380's flight deck introduces the latest technology for pilots, while retaining commonality with the other members of Airbus' fly-by-wire family. Eight identical , large interactive displays on the main instrument panel provide a much larger screen area with cleaner presentations and are augmented by a head-up display (HUD).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.28.08): Approach Gate

Aero-Terms!

An imaginary point used within ATC as a basis for vectoring aircraft to the final approach course. The gate will be established along the final approach course 1 mile from the final approach fix on the side away from the airport and will be no closer than 5 miles from the landing threshold. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.28.08)

"Your spacewalk was a complete success. It's a major breakthrough in the development of our manned space program. The motherland and the people thank you."

Source: Chinese President Hu Jintao, speaking to the country's first spacewalker, Zhai Zhigang.

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