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December 22, 2007

EAA: Regional Fly-Ins Aren't In Danger

But Changes Are In Store

On the heels of the announcement the Southwest Regional Fly-In has been cancelled for 2008, the Experimental Aircraft Association took steps this week to reassure the pilot community other regional events shouldn't feel threatened... while also acknowledging changes in EAA's role in such events.

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Famed German Glider Pilot Lost In Accident

Herbert Weiss Lost During Championships In NZ

Former German gliding champion Herbert Weiss was killed Friday, when his ASG 29 glider went down while participating in the FAI World GP Gliding Championships in New Zealand.

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Boeing To Keep 787 Workers On Line Over Holiday

Working To Catch-Up On Dreamliner

If you're looking for an example of just how serious Boeing is about avoiding a second production-related delay to its 787 Dreamliner program, consider this -- the American planemaker will keep most of the 787 production line open through the company's traditional holiday break period.

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Is Mars Doomed?

Answer, No... But Asteroid May Hit Red Planet January 30

A one-in-75 chance may not seem like very much to bet on at the tables in Vegas... but in cosmic terms, it's an almost-sure thing. NASA says a newly-discovered asteroid, scheduled to make a low fly-by of Mars at the end of next month, may in fact strike near the red planet's equator.

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DC-3 Down In Antarctica, All Safe

NSF-Chartered Plane Crashed On Takeoff Near Mt. Patterson

All 10 people onboard a Basler DC-3 chartered by the National Science Foundation are safe, after the aircraft crashed on takeoff earlier this week in Antarctica. The turboprop-converted workhorse was providing support to a group of researchers at a remote location on the southernmost continent.

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Parent Company To Liquidate Big Sky Airlines

Regional Carrier Ends East Coast Service

On Wednesday, Big Sky informed the Department of Transportation it will drop 86 total daily east coast flights -- many subsidized by the DOT. The department's Essential Air Service program was set up to maintain flights that didn't pencil-out for the major airlines after deregulation in the '70s.

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Traffic Again Surges At FLL

Incentives To Lure Airlines Working... Too Well?

October was another banner month for Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to traffic numbers released Friday.

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First Sikorsky FBW Helicopter Completes First Flight

H-92 First In Planned Series Of Fly-By-Wire Helos

The first H-92 helicopter to feature fly-by-wire technology has completed its first successful flight, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced Friday.

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Concorde Receives TSO Approval For Eight Aircraft Batteries

Emergency Batteries Never Need Refilling, Self-Regulate Charges

Concorde Battery Corporation told ANN this week it recently received approval under Technical Standard Order C173 by the Federal Aviation Administration for eight valve regulated sealed lead acid (VRSLA) batteries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.07): Master Switch

Aero-Terms!

A single switch that controls electrical power to all the circuits in an aircraft electrical system. When the master switch is off, no circuit can be energized.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.22.07)

"There is a consensus from the event organizers that they want to continue. However, each event annually decides on its own whether it will operate in future years by evaluating a variety of factors. That ability for the local organizers to determine their own course will not change."

Source: From a message on the Experimental Aircraft Association website, intended to clarify EAA's position on its support of regional fly-ins. On Monday, officials with the Southwest Regional Fly-In announced the end of the 46-year event, saying changes in regards to EAA's relationship with SWRFI, including a decision to end EAA's previous insurance arrangements for such events, led to the decision.

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