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September 22, 2007

Columbia Aircraft Rejects Whitelaw Buyout Offer

Accepted Another Deal As 'Time Ran Out'

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.22.07 1845 EDT: ANN has learned the Malaysian owners of Columbia Aircraft Company has rejected a buyout offer from a team of potential purchasers, led by Aerospace Entrepreneur Granger Whitelaw (best known as the CEO of the Rocket Racing League), to acquire the entire Columbia company and associated assets.

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Airbus Spokesman Comes To Boeing's Defense Against 787 Accusations

European Rival Says Composites Are Safe... And It Would Know

Has anyone checked the temperature in Hell lately? (We speak, of course, of the town in Michigan -- Ed.) European planemaker Airbus came to the defense of its rival, Boeing, against accusations made regarding the safety of the American manufacturer's upcoming 787 Dreamliner.

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Beech 18 Makes Emergency Landing On FL Interstate

Pilot Transported To Hospital, No Injures On Ground

The pilot of a Beech 18 was hospitalized in critical condition following a hairy emergency landing Friday alongside Interstate 95 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Age 65 Rule Passes House Muster, But Faces Tough Battle

Proposal May Be Removed In Compromise

Overshadowed in the significance House Resolution 2881 -- the House of Representatives plan for FAA funding reauthorization -- represents to general aviation, was a proposal of great importance to commercial airline pilots, as well.

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NASA Orbiter Finds Possible Cave Skylights On Mars

Mars Odyssey Find Could Mean Underground Habitats

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has discovered entrances to seven possible caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano. The find is fueling interest in potential underground habitats and sparking searches for caverns elsewhere on the Red Planet.

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TBM Owners And Pilot Association Says Some Things ARE Bigger In Texas

Annual Convention Sets Records, Impresses New CEO

The first-ever Texas venue for the TBM Owners and Pilot Association convention set a new record this month, with over 70 aircraft and more than 200 attendees at the September 5-9 event in Horseshoe Bay.

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Michigan Aerospace Companies Form Association

Hopes To Bolster State's Struggling Manufacturer Base

Aero-News has learned the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) was recently formed as a strategic initiative to bridge Michigan's manufacturing expertise, experience and capacity with an accelerated parts demand within the global aerospace industry.

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Three OK After C182 Overshoots Runway At GWS

Gusty Winds Likely A Factor

One slightly bent Cessna... but no injuries reported among the three persons onboard, except for a bloodied nose. Those are the end results of a Thursday accident in Colorado, after a C-182 overshot the runway at Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport (GWS).

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MCAS Miramar 'Avi Guys' Deliver Power To Aircraft

Crews Fix Stubborn Gauges, Control Systems

When a pilot notices the gears or flight controls sticking, gauges not working, or a radio system not coming in clearly, avionics technicians get called to the job.

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Air Force Research Laboratory/LM Team Wins 2007 Technical Achievement Award

AIAA Presents Honor At Space 2007 Conference

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Lockheed Martin team as the winner of the 2007 Technical Achievement Award for the Experimental Satellite System-11 (XSS-11) On-Orbit demonstration. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.22.07)

This was my first visit to the TBM Owners and Pilots Association annual convention. I was really impressed by the professionalism of the organization and our customers' interest in our aircraft and its development. Compared to the air transport world which I come from, such an environment is very motivating."

Source: Jean-Michel Léonard, EADS Socata's recently appointed Chairman and CEO.

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