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October 11, 2009

EAA Harrison Ford Scholarship Announced

Actor And Pilot Leaves Lasting Legacy With Young Eagles Program

One brief segment of the activities that surrounded the changing of the guard for EAA's Young Eagles program September 29th may leave the most enduring legacy. Jim and Angela Thompson announced their establishment of an endowment to EAA to help fund scholarships in Harrison Ford's name.

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Sonex Intro's Sub-Kits for Xenos Motorglider

Pricing/Option Changes Make Sonex and Waiex Sub-Kits 'More Affordable'

Sonex Aircraft tells ANN that it has expanded its Sub-Kit product line to include the Xenos Motorglider. Like Sonex and Waiex Sub-Kits, Xenos Sub-Kits are designed to give builders more flexibility and options for constructing these aircraft kits.

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Flyersrights.org To Airline Passengers: 'Don't Drink The Water!'

Advocacy Group Disappointed in Latest EPA Guidelines For Providing Safe Drinking Water On Airplanes

Flyersrights.org, a national advocacy group for airline passengers in the United States, has gone on record as stating that last week's finalized EPA guidelines regarding airline drinking water are insufficient, and basically allow the airlines to operate as they please without regard to passenger health and safety.

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Brookings Institution Study Warns Of Longer Delays At Major Airports

Most Airline Travel Concentrated In 26 Major Hubs

A study released Thursday by The Brookings Institution indicates that, while last year was the first to show a net loss of airline passengers since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, more and more passengers are experiencing delays at major airports, and the study says that situation is likely to get worse over time.

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NASA Flies To Antarctica For Largest Airborne Polar Ice Survey

Will Study Changes In The Antarctic Ice Sheet

NASA begins a series of flights Oct. 15 to study changes to Antarctica's sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. The flights are part of Operation Ice Bridge, a six-year campaign that is the largest airborne survey ever made of ice at Earth's polar regions.

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Twin Commander Aircraft Heads East

New Headquarters Are In North Carolina

Twin Commander Aircraft LLC is moving from its long-time home in Washington State to North Carolina. The move should be complete by the end of 2009. The company's new home will be in Creedmoor, northeast of Durham.

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Shuttle Preps On Schedule For Tuesday Rollout

Targeted Launch Date Is November 12

Technicians are completing the careful and complex connecting tasks to complete the stacking of space shuttle Atlantis before next week's rollout to Launch Pad 39A. The work includes attaching the umbilicals from the mobile launcher platform to the aft section of Atlantis.

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Airlines Warned About 'Improperly Limiting Reimbursements for Mishandled Bags

Airlines may not arbitrarily limit compensation for passengers who purchase necessities because their baggage is lost or delayed, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said in a notice issued Friday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.11.09):

Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) A system that allows simultaneous, independent IFR approaches. During inclement weather, airports with parallel runways spaced less than 4,300 feet apart experience decreased capacity because they cannot conduct independent simultaneous operations due to existing equipment limitations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.11.09)

Aero-Linx: USAF Fact Sheet -- Sonic Boom Sonic boom is an impulsive noise similar to thunder. It is caused by an object moving faster than sound -- about 750 miles per hour at sea level. An aircraft traveling through the atmosphere continuously produces air-pressure waves similar to the water waves caused by a ship's bow...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.11.09)

"We have worked with Twin Commander operators and our authorized service centers to anticipate their parts needs through the end of the year... This will help us manage distribution of parts so that no one experiences a delay in receiving a needed part while the move is underway." Source: Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley, describing issues to be dealt with in the move of their operations from the West Coast to the East.

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