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August 21, 2008

Spanair Says Intake Fault Repaired Before Fatal Takeoff Accident

Relationship To Reported Left Engine Fire Unknown

Spanish low-cost carrier Spanair SA acknowledged Thursday the MD-82 involved in a fatal takeoff crash at Madrid's Barajas International Airport had aborted a previous takeoff attempt, then returned for repairs... but it's unknown whether that fault had anything to do with Wednesday's mishap, that killed 153 of the 172 people onboard the plane.

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Oceaneering Says It Will Rebid For Constellation Space Suit Contract

First Win Was Tossed Out Earlier This Month

They're going to try again. Oceaneering International, Inc. announced Thursday it intends to submit a revised proposal to NASA for development and production of the Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS).

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Mooney Adds Sales Representative For Germany, Austria And Switzerland

Air Touring, GmbH Designated As Distributor For Planemaker

Mooney Airplane Company and Air Touring, GmbH signed an agreement recently, designating the German firm as sales representatives for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Air Touring, GmbH is an affiliate of Air Touring Group located at Biggin Hill in the United Kingdom.

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United Pilots Tell Tilton To Stop 'Nickel And Diming' Passengers

You KNEW This Was Coming...

In an announcement likely to surprise absolutely no one, pilots for United Airlines are against the carrier's latest, desperate move to raise cash.

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UAL Names 24-Year American Airlines Employee As VP Of Operations Control

Donald Dillman Tasked With Improving Struggling Carrier's Performance

The executive shuffle continues at United Airlines. On heels of recent announcements of a new Chief Financial Officer and VP of Flight Operations, on Wednesday the Chicago-based airline announced that Donald Dillman has been named vice president of Operations Control.

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Space Station Provides Boost To California HS Students

Clovis School Will Speak To Expedition 17 Crewmember

Students from Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA who are taking part in a 48-hour space station simulation will get an extra boost... when they receive a call from the real International Space Station.

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American Launches In-flight Internet... But It'll Cost Ya, Of Course

Aircell's Mobile Broadband Service 'Gogo' Fitted To 767-200s

American Airlines made history this week with the launch of the mobile broadband service, Gogo(TM) provided by Aircell. Effective Wednesday, customers traveling on American's Boeing 767-200 aircraft will be able to access complete coast-to-coast coverage on nonstop flights between New York and San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, and New York and Miami.

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NASA Kennedy Space Center Partly Reopens Thursday

Shuttle Launch Delay Proves To Be... Kismet?

With the bulk of Tropical Storm Fay now spinning off the eastern coast of Florida, NASA's Kennedy Space Center reopened Thursday morning for "mission essential" personnel, though many employees will likely opt to wait out the storm's torrential rains.

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Sturgell Tells FAA Employees 'The Credit Goes To You'

Marks Agency's 50th Anniversary In Message To Workers

Below is the unedited text of a speech given Thursday by Robert Sturgell, Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, thanking employees for their efforts in making aviation far safer today than it was 50 years ago, when FAA was founded (as the Federal Aviation Agency.)

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.21.08

A Long Flight For The Carter Aviation Technologies PAV... With Jay Carter, Jr.

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.21.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.21.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Long Flight For The Carter PAV: 08.21.08 (ANN Special Report, with Jay Carter, Jr., President and Chief Engineer of

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Storm Washes Local 'Wildlife' Onto MLB Ramp

'Gators And Catfish And Snakes, Oh My!

Usually, the only things you see on the runway at the airport are planes... either taking off, landing or taxiing. But thanks to Tropical Storm Fay, now spinning in place off the east coast of Florida, that's not always the case.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.21.08

At least 140 lives are lost in a Spanish airliner accident.
Congress will look into the Eclipse 500's certificate.
And nine American Eagle jets are damaged by a TSA inspector.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.21.08

At least 140 lives are lost in a Spanish airliner accident.
Congress will look into the Eclipse 500's certificate.
And nine American Eagle jets are damaged by a TSA inspector.


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ANN Special Feature: Jay Carter, Jr., Carter PAV - 08.21.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Jay Carter, Jr., President and Chief Engineer of Carter Aviation Technologies, about the Carter Personal Air Vehicle. Jay is making plans for an unrefueled, non-stop fli

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NASA Engineers Complete Engine Test Series For Ares I Rocket

Second Of Four Planned J-2X Generator Trials Wraps Up

Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL have completed a series of tests on a key component of the J-2X engine which will power the upper stage of the upcoming Ares I rocket.

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Aero-TV Interviews A True Master Flight Instructor -- Max Trescott (Part Two)

Noted Flight Trainer Earns Exceptional Honor

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have partnered to recognize a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

Aero-TV Interviews A True Master Flight Instructor -- Max Trescott (Part Two)

Noted Flight Trainer Earns Exceptional Honor

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have partnered to recognize a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

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American Eagle Expresses Concern Over 'Unorthodox' ORD Security Inspector Damage

American Eagle Airlines Statement About TSA Actions In Chicago

On the morning of Aug. 19, a TSA transportation security inspector used a sensitive piece of equipment on nine American Eagle aircraft to hoist himself up from the ground onto several jet bridges at O'Hare. Such unorthodox inspection techniques required additional maintenance inspections per FAA procedures, causing delays to approximately 40 flights and inconveniencing hundreds of customers.

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Muslim-Convert Pilot Sues To Be Removed From Watch List

Says Added Scrutiny May Eventually Cost Him His Job

Erich Scherfen says all he wants is a job, and for the US government to leave him alone... but that's a difficult goal, given that he's a commercial airline pilot who's also on the US terrorist watch list.

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NBAA Mourns Loss Of One Of Their Own

Extends Condolences To Friends, Family of Connie Penne

On behalf of the National Business Aviation Association, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen extended his sympathies Wednesday to those affected by the sudden loss of Connie Penne, NBAA's Vice President of Membership Marketing, who passed away earlier this week.

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Mergers Not Among Most Urgent Issues For Congress

And That Bodes Well For Delta And Northwest

With the looming US presidential election focusing the public's attention on such issues as the war in Iraq, high gas prices and a slump in the housing market, it probably shouldn't surprise us to learn members of Congress doesn't necessarily have airline mergers on their minds. But that's music to the ears of executives at Delta and Northwest.

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IATA Chief Says 'Perfect Storm' Will Lead To $6B+ Loss In 2008

High Fuel Prices Hit Airlines As Passengers Avoid Flying

Though oil prices have taken an encouraging dip in recent weeks, the world's airlines cannot assume that trend will continue. That's the message Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, continues to drive home.

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Austrian Claims First Victory In Budapest Red Bull Air Race

Hannes Arch Says Win Is "An Amazing Feeling"

Austrian ace Hannes Arch won the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest Wednesday, claiming his first-ever victory in only his second season. A contender in other races this season, the win leaves Arch in second place in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship with three more races to go.

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Grob Earns Vote Of Confidence From spn Customer

PlaneSense Says It Will Keep Its Orders

Times are tough for Grob Aerospace, after the fledgling jetmaker entered insolvency proceedings this week due to delays in bringing its spn very-light jet to market. The company may take some comfort, however, in knowing one of its largest customers plans to stand by the company, and its orders for 25 planes.

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Florida School Accepts Two ELITE Advanced Flight Training Devices

And All We Had Were Old Commodore 64s...

Sheesh... we never had the chance to learn on things THIS cool when we were in high school! ELITE Simulation Solutions announced Wednesday that Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida recently accepted delivery of two ELITE RC-1 Advanced Flight Training Devices for their middle school aviation education program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.21.08)

Aero-Linx! 

The aviation heroes of the pulp era were definitely a breed apart.  They lived, fought, and sometime died in the sky. Bill Barnes, Air Adventurer was dedicated to the romance of airplanes and slanted toward the model enthusiasts of the day, those industrious lads who built biplanes from scale blueprints and blocks of balsa wood.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.21.08): Aerodynamic Heating

Aero-Terms!

The heating of a body due to the passage of air or other gases over the body; caused by friction and compression processes.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.21.08)

"American Eagle Airlines agrees with the TSA that the inspection process is an important layer of security detail... American Eagle is also concerned that the TSA inspector's method of physically hoisting himself up to the jet bridge using a part of the aircraft could have placed him in physical danger."

Source: From a statement by the airline regarding Tuesday's incident at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, in which nine ERJs were damaged by an overzealous TSA inspector who hoisted himself onto the planes using the aircrafts' Total Air Temperature probes as handholds.

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