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September 25, 2008

NASA Postpones Hubble Mission Thanks To Ike

Two Remaining Shuttle Flights Bumped Four Days Apiece

NASA conceded Wednesday that delays related to Hurricane Ike will push back the next mission of the shuttle Atlantis by four days. The agency's first launch opportunity for the repair and upgrade mission to the Hubble space telescope is now set for 2210 Eastern time on October 14.

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Fort Hood Soldiers Arrested For Aircraft Theft

Quicksilver LSA Damaged In Crash Landing

Police in Killeen, TX say they have in custody two men responsible for an early morning plane crash earlier this week.

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NTSB Issues List Of Safety Recommendations Tied To Parachute Operations

Follows Special Report Findings Released Earlier This Month

On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board formally recommended the Federal Aviation Administration take a series of steps to make parachute operations safer. The action stems from the Board's findings in a special investigation report, released earlier this month, identifying several recurring safety issues with parachute jump operations, and recommending improvements in aircraft maintenance and pilot training.

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Sun Country Says It's Still In Business, Despite Federal Raid On Parent

Agents Search Offices Of Petters Group Worldwide

Employees arriving Wednesday to their jobs at private investment and holdings firm Petters Group Worldwide were greeted to a rude surprise: federal agents armed with subpoenas to search the company's offices in Minnetonka, MN.

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FAA To Pay $4.5 Million In Torrance Helicopter Accident Settlement

Judge Determined FAA Was 100 Percent Liable In Midair Collision

The Federal Aviation Administration agreed this week to pay $4.5 million in damages to the survivor, Gavin Heyworth, of the November 6, 2003 helicopter crash at Torrance Municipal Airport (TOA).

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Law Firm Lawyers Up In Columbia Learjet Accident

Says Crash 'Raises Significant Aviation Safety And Legal Concerns'

The ground is not yet completely cleared of wreckage following the September 19 takeoff accident of a chartered Learjet 60 business jet near Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) in Columbia, SC... but lawyers for one law firm apparently caught the very first ambulance out of town, and are prepared for what will surely be a series of protracted legal battles.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 09.25.08

'Pilots 'n Paws,' With Jon Wehrenberg and Debi Boies

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.25.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.25.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Pilots 'N Paws: 09.25.08 (ANN Special Report, with Jon Wehrenberg and Debi Boies.)

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Reports: China Launches Its Third Manned Space Mission

We Think It's For Real This Time

China has successfully launched its third manned spaceflight, sending three taikonauts onboard the Shenzhou 7 into orbit in a dramatic nighttime launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the desert of northwest China's Gansu province.

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Commentator Blasts Need For NASA In Editorial

Calls Space Agency A "Luxury We Can No Longer Afford"

Is anyone at NASA is reading this right now, don't let Michael Griffin read Dave Gibson's latest comments in The American Chronicle. It would ruin Michael's day.

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World's First Hypersonic Hydrocarbon-Fueled Scramjet Closer To First Flight

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Says Recent Ground Tests Simulated Mach 5 Conditions

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne says it is a step closer to flight testing the world's first hypersonic hydrocarbon-fueled and -cooled scramjet engine. The X-51A Scramjet Engine Demonstrator-WaveRider (SED-WR) successfully demonstrated key flight clearance objectives in recent ground tests simulating Mach 5 flight conditions.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.25.08

Cessna says that SkyCatcher prototype crashed during aggressive spin testing.
NASA slips the Atlantis launch by four days.
And a commentator attacks the US space program as a luxury w

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.25.08

Cessna says that SkyCatcher prototype crashed during aggressive spin testing.
NASA slips the Atlantis launch by four days.
And a commentator attacks the US space program as a luxury w

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ANN Special Feature: Pilots 'n' Paws - 09.25.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Jon Wehrenberg and Debi Boies, who've created a website to help willing pilots offer transportation to rescue groups for use in relocating thousands of pets scheduled to

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FAA Finds Croatia Does Not Meet ICAO Safety Standards

Assessment Findings Drop Ranking To Category 2

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Thursday that Croatia does not comply with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), following an assessment of the country’s civil aviation authority in January.

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Weather Grounds Rossy Channel Flight Attempt

Launch Time Targeted For 0800 EDT

The 'Jet Man' is preparing to blast off. Adventurer -- and on most days, mild-mannered Swiss A320 pilot -- Yves Rossy will reportedly launch Thursday morning at 0800 EDT from Calais, France in an attempt to fly across the English Channel, strapped to a jet-propelled wing on his back.

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Aero-TV Surveys Cirrus Flyers: Question 3--Is There a JET In YOUR Future?

ANN Poses The Final of Three Questions For The Cirrus Community

As previously noted, the 2008 COPA 'Migration' (M6) happened to be a GREAT place for ANN and Aero-TV to gauge the mood and feelings of the Cirrus community... about the organization that has gained such a sterling rep throughout GA, about the realities of GA travel... and whether there is an undercurrent of 'jet envy' among the crowd of fast-moving piston drivers. The third and final time around (for now), though, we had top ask a question that was on everyone's mind in the scant few days since the first flight of Cirrus design's LONG-awaited single Jet, the Vision SJ50.... Is There a JET In YOUR Future? 

Aero-TV Surveys Cirrus Flyers: Question 3--Is There a JET In YOUR Future?

ANN Poses The Final of Three Questions For The Cirrus Community

The third and final time around (for now), though, we had top ask a question that was on everyone's mind in the scant few days since the first flight of Cirrus design's LONG-awaited single Jet, the Vision SJ50.... Is There a JET In YOUR Future? 

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Quarry Blast Sends Rocks Into The Air, And Onto Parked Planes

Mishap Near BTV Results In Significant Damage

Somebody screwed up big time near Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Vermont... and as a result, at least five planes were damaged from hundreds of rocks accidentally blasted in the airport's direction from a nearby rock quarry Wednesday morning.

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Pilot Hurt In Mini-Mustang Takeoff Accident

Crews Worked On Aircraft's Engine Prior To Crash

Investigators are still working to determine what happened to cause an experimental aircraft to crash into trees near Schenectady County Airport (SCH) in upstate New York Tuesday afternoon, critically injuring the pilot.

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US Troops Help Build Afghan Air Corps

Work To Expand Fleet From 27 Aircraft To Roughly 125

A team of 170 US soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have been tasked with recruiting, training and equipping the Afghan National Army Air Corps.

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Airport Authority Approves Preliminary Work On 10,000-Foot Runway

Construction Of New Airport Months Ahead of Schedule

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport Authority announced its intentions Wednesday to construct a 10,000-foot main runway at the new airport in West Bay, FL subject to obtaining necessary permits and approvals. The Authority previously authorized the design of the runway extension which takes this runway from 8,400 feet to 10,000 feet, and this week approved a thicker runway and centerline lighting to accommodate a 10,000 foot runway.

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Tinker AFB Officials Adapt Sniper Pod For B-1Bs

System Normally Deployed On Fighters

The B-1B Lancer maintainers at Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base adapted a video targeting pod normally employed on F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons to B-1Bs in response to an urgent request from US Air Forces Central officials.

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EAA Signs New Working Agreement With Southeast Regional Fly-In

Aims To More Clearly Define Group's Involvement In SERFI

The Experimental Aircraft Association announced Wednesday it has signed a new working agreement with the Southeast Regional Fly-In (SERFI) that brings higher visibility to the SERFI event and clearly defines EAA's role in the popular fly-in.

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Angel Flight West Provides Lifeguard Air Support During DNC

Only Civilian Agency to Receive National Security Clearance To Operate Aircraft Inside Inner Ring

Angel Flight West (AFW), the country’s largest volunteer pilot organization arranging and providing, through its volunteer pilot members, free air transportation for non-emergency health care issues, provided around-the-clock support services in connection with Denver’s hosting of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last month.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.25.08)

Aero-Linx!

Yet another excellent resource for the true aviation history aficionado.  Bios for the great German pilots of WWII, and statistics galore. Broken down many ways, you can impress you friends when they ask you who the 8th highest-scoring killer of Stormoviks was. (It was Major Franz Eisenach).  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.25.08): Idle Thrust

Aero-Terms!

The thrust produced by an aircraft gas turbine engine when the power control lever is pulled back to the idle stop.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.25.08)

"The first five seconds will probably define whether he is going to make it or not. The biggest challenge for him is to get into a stable flying configuration once he has left the plane."

Source: Markus Zipperer, an engineer with Germany's JetCat, which helped manufacture the jet-powered mono-wing that adventurer Yves Rossy will use Thursday morning at 0800 EDT for his attempt to fly across the English Channel.

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