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December 17, 2006

VA Spaceport Launches First Rocket

Minotaur I Boosts Experimental Satellites Aloft

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur I rocket launched from Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport 07:00 EST on Saturday morning. Aboard was a USAF TacSat-2 satellite and a NASA GeneSat-1.

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Presidential Proclamation Honors 103rd Anniversary Of First Powered Flight

Happy Wright Brothers Day!

Today, let us pause to honor the men who first gave humanity powered wings, Orville and Wilbur Wright, on this date 103 years ago. The following is a Presidential Proclamation, recognizing December 17 as Wright Brothers Day. Not bad for two bicycle makers from Dayton, OH.

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Air Madrid's License Suspended Stranding Thousands

Feliz Navidad - And Adiós

 Privately-owned, low-cost Spanish carrier Air Madrid had its flying license suspended Saturday by Spain's Civil Aviation authority, just hours following the troubled carrier's announcement that it was ceasing operations.

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US Pilots Lepore And Paladino Deny Wrongdoing

Pair Involved In Brazil Crash Make First Public Appearance

Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino are thankful they made it home in time for the holidays, but remain adamant they were following ATC instructions when the bizjet they were flying collided with a Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon jungle last September.

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US Navy Commissions First Warrant Officer Aviators

Modeled On Successful Army Warrant Officer Program

Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Robert Reyes, along with 13 other Sailors Navywide, received his CWO bars as part of the Flying Chief Warrant Officer Pilot program this month.

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ACE Launches Suborbital Spacecraft Challenge

European Consortium Seeks Input From College Students

Undergraduate and graduate students studying in Europe can participate in developing innovative solutions for an ambitious suborbital spaceplane project developed by ACE (Astronaute Club Europeen) and led by European astronaut Jean-Pierre Haignere. The deadline for application is December 31, 2006.

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Original Qantas 707 Restored And Returned To Syndey

'City Of Canberra' Tangible Piece Of Aussie Aviation History

Qantas chairwoman Margaret Jackson welcomed home the first Boeing 707 put in service by the airline nearly 50 years ago.

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Fully 'Green' BUFF Makes First Flight

US Bomber Flies With Only 'Synfuel-Blend' Aboard

A B-52 Stratofortress flew a flight-test mission on Friday using a special blend of synthetic fuel and JP-8 in all eight engines marking the first time a USAF jet has flown using a synfuel blend as the only fuel on board.

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India Considering Purchase Of Six Lockheed C-130Js

Possible Buy Would Be First Ever US Military Aircraft For India

According to Reuters, US Air Force officials confirmed Friday India has sought purchase information for six Lockheed C-130J cargo planes.

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US Navy Drone Finds Downed Aussie Black Hawk

Recovery Could Cost $8 Million, Take Many Weeks

A high-tech locator drone on loan from the US Navy located an Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter lost November 29 as it was attempting to land on the deck on HMAS Kanimbla off the Fiji coast.

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Boeing And Home Developer Reach Agreement In Mesa

Builder Agrees To Relocate Homes Away From Flightpath

Pacific Proving LLC wants to build 3,000 homes next to Williams Gateway Airport (IWA) near Mesa, AZ. Boeing said the homes would restrict its helicopter operations forcing the company to look at moving out of the state.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.17.06): Wake Roll


The usual hazard of encountering wake turbulence is induced rolling moments exceeding the roll-control authority of the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.06)


The Marine Corp Fighter Squadron VMF-214 from WWII had three forms, the most famous was the second incarnation, the Black Sheep Squadron.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.17.06): FAA


Federal Aviation Administration -- The Department of Transportation's agency for aviation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.17.06)

"The decision is whether you want more houses or more jobs like we have here."

Source: Mark Metzger, manager of flight test facilities for Boeing, on plans by Pacific Proving LLC to build 3,000 homes next to Williams Gateway Airport (IWA) near Mesa, AZ.

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