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February 23, 2007

GEnx Engine Takes Flight For First Time

Attached To 747 Test Bed

General Electric's GEnx engine took to the skies Thursday over Victorville, CA, marking the start of flight-testing on GE's 747 flying test-bed. During the three-hour first flight, the GEnx-1B engine demonstrated aircraft systems and instrumentation functionality, climbed to more than 43,000 feet and established engine performance baselines for flight-testing.

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Brussels Airlines Suffers Logo Woes

Second Time Lucky?

What seemed at first like a stylish, trendy logo for an upstart Belgian airline has become a scary situation for some passengers.

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ATA Seeks To Avoid Congressional Action On Passenger 'Bill Of Rights'

Group Calling For Bill Says Airlines Blaming System For Their Mistakes

In the shadow of two highly publicized incidents involving passengers trapped for several hours onboard American Airlines and JetBlue planes during harsh weather, passage of a "Passengers Bill Of Rights" appears to be gaining traction in Washington, DC. That's a situation the Air Transport Association -- which represents many large US carriers -- would like to avoid.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.23.07

Resolution Of The Amelia Earhart Mystery?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.23.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.23.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Finding Amelia Earhart: 02.23.07 (ANN Special Feature, with TIGHAR's Ric Gillespie.)

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AK TFR: 02.23.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3797 Issue Date: February 22, 2007 at 2300 UTC Type: Hazards

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.23.07

Pilots of an American flight declare an emergency, but are told to keep flying...
Comair sues the FAA over Lexington...again...
...and astronauts conduct a spacewalk to fix the space station

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.23.07

Pilots of an American flight declare an emergency, but are told to keep flying...
Comair sues the FAA over Lexington...again...
...and astronauts conduct a spacewalk to fix the space station

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ANN Special Feature: Ric Gillespie, TIGHAR - 02.23.07

Today, ANN's Paul Plack talks with Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, who believes an expedition this summer will finally solve the Amelia

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Pilot Safe After Ejecting From T-38

Plane Crashes West Of San Antonio, TX

Investigators are on the scene to determine what caused a T-38 Talon jet to crash near the town of Hondo, TX Thursday afternoon.

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Van's Aircraft Ships 3000th RV-7 Kit

Empennage Kit Heading To CA Builder

Hot on the heels of the announcement the 5,000th completed Van's Aircraft kit recently took flight, the prodigious manufacturer of homebuilt aircraft kits celebrated another milestone this month. On February 6, the company shipped its 3000th RV-7/7A empennage kit, to a new builder in California.

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Flight Design Dealer Heads Out To Show Off Its LSA

CT Tour Will Span Nine Western States

Spring is almost here... and one distributor for the Flight Design CT light sport aircraft plans to kick the season off right!

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Razor's Edge Offers AirPlan As Low-Cost Shareware

When Else Can Ten Bucks Provide So Much Information?

In September 2006, Aero-News reported Razor's Edge Software's decision to discontinue sales of its AirPlan flight planning software. OK, enough of the bad news. In January 2007, AirPlan was re-released as a very low cost shareware application, with free navigation database updates available online for the United States.

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EAA Reports Good News For Young Eagles Program

Flights Aren't Subject To New Air Tour Rule, FAA Agrees

A week of work by EAA and FAA have ensured the future vitality and success of the Young Eagles program, by removing possible barriers that were part of the new Air Tour Rule announced earlier this month.

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Comair Sues FAA For Negligence In Comair 5191 Accident

Earlier Lawsuit Dismissed By Court

On Thursday, Comair officially sued the Federal Aviation Administration for negligence in the August 27 takeoff crash of a CRJ100 from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY.

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Wichita Planemakers Seek Returning Veterans For Jobs

"Hire A Hero" Program Extends To Kansas

Wichita, KS is home to a resurgent aerospace industry... to the point that qualified workers to fill those jobs are difficult to come by, especially as older workers retire. That is one reason companies such as Cessna, Boeing, and Raytheon have launched a pilot program focused on recruiting veterans and returning military personnel to fill those jobs.

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Report: Glideslope Was Inop When Jet Slid Off CLE Runway

Equipment Covered In Snow At Time Of Incident

A vital piece of equipment used to properly orient landing aircraft was inoperable when a Shuttle America regional jet slid off a snow-slicked runway at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport last weekend.

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Aeroflot Backs Out Of Boeing Order, This Time For Good(?)

Mounting Political Tensions Apparently To Blame

The off-again, on-again Aeroflot order for as many as 22 Boeing 787s appears to be off-again, perhaps this time for good.

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Klyde Morris (02.23.07)

Disgruntled JetBlue Pax Demand Their Pound Of Flesh...

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ISS Spacewalkers Retract Stubborn Progress Antenna

Fifth Excursion This Month For Station Crew

During a six-hour-plus spacewalk Thursday, International Space Station Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin and Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria successfully retracted a balky antenna of an unpiloted Progress cargo carrier at the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module.

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Putin's Comments Indicate Russia Wants Larger Share Of EADS

Airbus Strife May Be Opportunity To Take Greater Control

Just as Russian carrier Aeroflot announced it will all-but-certainly sign with Airbus to replace several aging Cold War-era airliners in its fleet, Russian President Vladimir Putin made comments indicating he would like a larger stake in Airbus parent company EADS.

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AIAA Announces 2007 Spotlight Award Winners

Will Be Honored At May Banquet

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) told ANN Thursday the recipients of the 2007 Aerospace Spotlight Awards. This year's honorees include NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, and Aloha Airgroup Chairman Gordon Bethune.

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Salvage Crews Recover Remains Of Airmen Lost In Navy Helo Accident

MH-60S Went Down During Training Mission

Navy salvage crews participated in a noble mission February 16, when they recovered the remains of three aircrewmen lost at sea in the fatal January 26 downing of their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.

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NASA Telescope Shows If Alien Life Exists, They Like It Dry

Spitzer Continues To Amaze Researchers

For the first time ever, a NASA telescope has captured enough light from planets outside Earth's solar system to identify individual molecules present in their atmospheres. The space agency says data obtained by the Spitzer Space Telescope is a significant step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets, and comes years before astronomers had anticipated.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.07)

Aero-Linx!

Wanna get the low-down on airline seats and in-flight amenities that offers the best seat, legroom and reclining information? This is the spot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.07): Wright Cyclone

Aero-Terms!

The R-3350 Cyclone was designed in the US by the Wright Company. The Cyclone engine was first tested in May 1937, and versions of the engine remained in production well into 1950's.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.23.07)

"You have told the whole country military service has value."

Source: Maj. Gen. Matthew Caulfield (retired), speaking of The Armed Forces Support Foundation's Hire a Hero Program.

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