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August 25, 2009

Scrubbed Again! STS-128 Launch Foiled by Mechanical Issues

No Updates Yet For Future Launch Attempts

 NASA has confirmed that a problem with a fill-and-drain valve inside space shuttle Discovery's aft compartment has scrubbed the Wednesday morning launch attempt for STS-128. The launch team is evaluating the issue...

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Boeing May Have New Dreamliner Timeline By September

Second Round Of Taxi Tests Completed Last Week

Boeing Vice President for Marketing Randy Tinseth said in his blog that a new timeline for the B787 Dreamliner may come late this quarter, which would be the end of September. "(O)ur focus is on developing and implementing a detailed plan for design, analysis, component tests, full-scale static testing and production modification."

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Strike Vote Set For Hawaiian Airlines Pilots

Strike Would Not Happen Until September

As informational picketing began at Honolulu International Airport, pilots for Hawaiian Airlines voted on a strike authorization Tuesday. If the vote is successful and the federal government grants permission, ALPA could call a strike against the airline.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 08.25.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.25.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.25.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Larry Wood: The SR-71 Blackbird - 08.25.09  (ANN Special Report, with the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum's Larry Wood)

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Software Glitch Grounds UK Chinooks

Eight Helicopters Reportedly Grounded Since 2001

The UK Ministry of Defense is taking flack for eight Chinook helicopters that have reportedly been grounded since they were purchased due to a software glitch. Sky News reports that the Ministry allegedly tried to save money by writing their own software for the aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.25.09

The airliner tarmac strandings continue.
Embry Riddle helps the FAA test Trajectory Based Operations.
And Bell Helicopter announces more job cuts in Texas.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.25.09

The airliner tarmac strandings continue.
Embry Riddle helps the FAA test Trajectory Based Operations.
And Bell Helicopter announces more job cuts in Texas.


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ANN Special Feature: Larry Wood: The SR-71 Blackbird - 08.25.09

Larry Wood, Director of Education for the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Oregon, answers questions about the museum's SR-71 Blackbird, a legendary supersonic spy plane from The Cold War.

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Fuselage Test Barrel for Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Arrives

First Series Of Wind Tunnel Tests Of CS100 And CS300 Configurations Completed

The first test article, a fuselage test barrel, for the new CSeries single-aisle aircraft, has been delivered to Bombardier’s Saint-Laurent, Québec facility. The test barrel is representative of the main fuselage section of the upcoming CSeries aircraft.

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Ariane 5 For Arianespace's 6th Flight Of 2009 Is Ready For Assembly

Arianespace Targets 7 Launches For 2009

Launcher elements for the sixth mission in 2009 with Arianespace's workhorse Ariane 5 in 2009 are now at the Company's South American Spaceport, and are ready for assembly as the newest heavy-lift vehicle.

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Bombardier Appoints New Member To Its Board Of Directors

Martha Brooks Brings Management Experience With Diverse Companies

Bombardier Inc. Monday announced the appointment of Ms. Martha Finn Brooks to its Board of Directors. Ms. Brooks was until recently President and Chief Operating Officer of Novelis, Inc., an $11 billion global aluminum rolling company.

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Autoclave For Production Of New Airbus A350 XWB Arrives In Nordenham

First Fuselage Sections To Be Cured Early In 2010

Premium Aerotec in Nordenham today took delivery of the 84 foot long, 24 foot high autoclave for production of the forward fuselage sections for the new Airbus A350 XWB. The autoclave's first cure cycle is planned for early 2010.

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Embraer Delivers First Executive Jet To Germany's Vibroair

Firm Orders For Two Phenom 300s, One Legacy 500 And One Legacy 600

Embraer delivered a Legacy 600 executive jet to vibroair Flugservice GmbH&Co.KG, last week, at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. This is the first aircraft to be delivered to the German customer.

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Mother Nature Foils NASA Again -- Discovery Scrubs

STS-128 Will Have To Wait

The launch attempt for space shuttle Discovery was called off Tuesday morning because of poor weather in the area. The launch team will make another attempt Wednesday morning at 1:10 a.m. EDT.

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Aero-TV: CEO Brent Wouters - Re-shaping Cirrus Production

Cirrus CEO Wouters Explains the Company’s Approach to Economic Challenges

On the last weekend of June, 2009, COPA and Cirrus Aircraft held their seventh annual “Migration,” a yearly invitation to all Cirrus owners and associates to travel to the company headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota.  Over 100 Cirrus aircraft and over 300 registered attendees partook in the event’s presentations, seminars, and social gatherings.

Aero-TV: Safety Tip of the Week - Doug Ritter, S.T.O.P. Memory Aid

Survival Expert Doug Ritter Shares His Best Safety Tips

Respected aviation journalist, and one of the world’s leading authorities on survival and survival equipment, Doug Ritter sat down with Aero-TV to share some invaluable safety tips.

Aero-TV: Safety Tip Of The Week: Doug Ritter, S.T.O.P. Memory Aid

Survival Expert Doug Ritter Shares His Best Safety Tips

Respected aviation journalist, and one of the world's leading authorities on survival and survival equipment, Doug Ritter sat down with Aero-TV to share some invaluable safety tips.

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Aero-TV: CEO Brent Wouters – Re-shaping Cirrus Production

Cirrus CEO Wouters Explains the Company’s Approach to Economic Challenges

On the last weekend of June, 2009, COPA and Cirrus Aircraft held their seventh annual “Migration,” a yearly invitation to all Cirrus owners and associates to travel to the company headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. Over 100 Cirrus aircraft and over 300 registered attendees partook in the event’s presentations, seminars, and social gatherings.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On Apparent Navion In-Flight Breakup

Pilot, Two Passengers Killed In August 7th Incident

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report in the mid-flight breakup of a Navion A in Adrian, Oregon which killed all three people on board the aircraft. The report contains only preliminary findings, and assigns no cause for the accident.

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Alaska Authorities Hope Seminar Improves Accident Rate

FAA, Other Organizations Held A Day-Long Safety Program For Alaskan Pilots

By statistical count, August is the cruelest month for aviation in Alaska. Because of the number of pilots operating into short and unimproved fields for hunting and fishing expeditions, the accident rate in August is significantly higher among both commercial charter operations and private pilots.

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Vector Aerospace Acquires Certified OH58 Airframe Maintenance Fixture

Can Restore Damaged Helicopters To "Like New" Condition

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America, an independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), now offers Bell Helicopter-certified airframe repair capability for the OH-58 (Kiowa) A and C models.

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King Schools Names Barry Knuttila Senior VP Of Marketing And Technology

Knuttila Is A CFII With 29 Years Flying Experience

King Schools, Inc. has promoted Barry Knuttila to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technology. For the past seven years Mr. Knuttila has been responsible for King Schools' technology organization.

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Allegiant Announces Withdrawal From Cuba Charter Programs

Flying To Cuba Became To Complicated, Company Says

Allegiant Travel Company announced Monday that its Allegiant Air subsidiary has chosen to exit the Cuban family charter programs that it currently flies for five separate charter program sponsors and has therefore recently exercised the 120-day notice periods to cancel the relevant contracts.

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FAA Approves Westchester Golf Course Project

Project Part Of A Modernization Effort At LAX

Sort of like the putt for birdie to win the tournament, FAA approval was the final element needed for a project to replace three holes of the Westchester Golf Course that were taken for road construction near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.25.09)

"It is well known country-wide that if you hunt and fish and don't own an airplane in Alaska, you probably want to. I was one of those -- I wanted to hunt and fish -- so I learned to fly."  Source: Dennis Ward, executive director of the Medallion Foundation in Alaska.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.25.09): Maintain

Concerning altitude/flight level, the term means to remain at the altitude/flight level specified. The phrase "climb and" or "descend and" normally precedes "maintain" and the altitude assignment; e.g., "descend and maintain 5,000."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.25.09)

Microjet Positions

Has all the discussion of the purchase of Eclipse Aviation started you thinking about Very Light Jets? If so you might want to check out today's Aero-Linx; Microjet Positions.

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