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July 15, 2009

Russian-Made Jetliner Goes Down In Iran

168 Passengers And Crew Reported Lost

An Iranian airliner went down in a field near Tehran about 16 minutes after takeoff Wednesday, killing all on board, according to Iranian state television. The Russian-made aircraft was completely destroyed, gouging what was described as a deep trench in the ground.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.15.09

Many fingers are crossed on the Space Coast.
A Southwest 737 depressurizes suddenly over West Virginia.
And the NTSB wants changes in airliner oxygen systems.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.15.09

Many fingers are crossed on the Space Coast.
A Southwest 737 depressurizes suddenly over West Virginia.
And the NTSB wants changes in airliner oxygen systems.


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ANN Special Feature: Tom Peghiny, Flight Design USA - 07.15.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Flight Design USA President Tom Peghiny about a recent milestone for the company, and also about an interesting personal project nearing completion in Tom's garage.


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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 07.15.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.15.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.15.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Tom Peghiny, Flight Design USA - 07.15.09 (ANN Special Report, with Flight design's Tom Peghiny)

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NASA Seeks Undergrads To Defy Gravity For Science And Engineering

Offering An Opportunity To Test Experiments In Microgravity

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to test experiments in microgravity aboard NASA's "Weightless Wonder" aircraft. The opportunity is part of NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, which gives aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricate a reduced gravity experiment.

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Struggling Airlines May Face Dreary Winter

Leisure Travel Still Lagging. Routes And Jobs Cut

Unless people start to fly again, airlines worldwide could face one of their worst winters ever, according to an analysis in the New York Times. While international and business travel shored up the major carriers for a while, that business fell sharply as the economy worsened.  

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eSpace Incubates First Round Of Space Entrepreneurs

Companies Leverage eSpace Resources To Maximize Probability Of Business Success

If you've ever had a great idea about something to do with spaceflight, then read on. eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship, has unveiled the first three companies participating in the eSpace incubator.

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Rural Air Travel Subsidy Survives House Appropriations Subcommittee

Essential Air Service Approved For $53 Million Increase

A U.S. House of Representatives panel has increased funding for the Essential Air Service, which makes airline and other travel available to some of the more rural communities in the United States. But money for the much-criticized program is far from a done deal.

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New Pilot's Guide to Avionics Available

Free Distribution Begins in July at EAA AirVenture

The 2009/2010 edition of the Aircraft Electronic Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics debuts at EAA AirVenture from July 27 to Aug. 2, in Oshkosh. The free Pilot's Guide is available at the AEA's AirVenture booth, No. 2035/36, Hangar B.

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Emirates Pilot Tells Story About A340 Tail Strike

Narrowly Avoided A Disaster Down Under

Officials say it was the closest thing Australia has had to a major air catastrophe, and after 4 months of silence, the pilot has finally told his story to the Australia Herald Sun...

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NextGen Plays A Role in Reducing Aviation Noise

Optimum Profile Descents Allow For Lower Power Levels

A generation’s worth of gains in aerodynamics and aircraft engine technology has dramatically reduced the number of people exposed to high noise levels near U.S. airports, but future noise reductions will depend largely on advances being developed through the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

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He Hoped He Would Have The Airplane Longer...

But It Went Down Within 40 Minutes Of Closing The Deal

A Massachusetts man who bought a 1946 Aeronca Champ still hasn't gotten to fly it solo ... because the previous owner who was flying him back to New Hampshire with his new pride and joy was forced to land at Fox Ridge Golf Club in Auburn, Maine, 40 minutes after they had closed the deal.

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Aerojet's Advanced Second Stage Demonstration Motor Tested

Air Force Calls The Test "Highly Successful"

Aerojet and the U.S. Air Force conducted a highly successful static test of Aerojet's Advanced Second Stage (A2S) Demonstration motor in support of the U.S. Family of Motors for military and commercial applications.

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Plane Hits Car, No Major Injuries

German Pilot Was Performing In An Airshow

A 45-year-old German pilot performing in an airshow Sunday failed to recover from a loop and his biplane hit a car driving along a road near the local airport, according to multiple European media sources. Neither the pilot nor the family of three in the car suffered serious injuries.

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Aero-TV: COPA M7 Reflections -- Weathering The Times

Aero-TV Conducts Its Annual Three Question Survey Of COPA Members (Part 3)

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association's Annual Convention -- that of surveying a dozen or so people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're visiting.

Lockheed To Lay Off 600 With Cancellation Of VH-71

Most Cuts At Electronics Plant In Owego, NY

Lockheed Martin says cancellation of the beleaguered VH-71 program will cost the company 600 jobs at its facility in Owego, NY. The original $6.5 billion contract had ballooned to over $13 million, and the program was 6 years behind schedule, partly due to changes in the aircraft's specs.

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SpaceX Launches Malaysian Satellite

First Ever Commercial Launch For The Space Start-Up

A Malaysian RazakSAT satellite was successfully placed in orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket Monday, the first time the company has boosted a satellite into space. It was the fifth launch for the Falcon 1 Rocket, and the first to carry a commercial payload.

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Mooney Ovation2 GX Receives EASA Certification

New Certification Enhances Company's Lineup

Mooney Airplane Company is crowing a bit now that the M20R Ovation2 GX has received its certification from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA).  This long-range single-engine piston aircraft cruises at a top speed of 190 knots at its service ceiling of 20,000 feet. 

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Aero-TV: COPA M7 Reflections -- Weathering The Times

Aero-TV Conducts Its Annual Three Question Survey Of COPA Members (Part 3)

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association's Annual Convention -- that of surveying a dozen or so people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're visiting.

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Cirrus Partners With API For Parts, Supply Chain

API Will Manage Procurement, Inventory, And Logistics

Cirrus Aircraft and Aerospace Products International, Inc. ("API"), a supplier of distribution and supply chain services for the aviation industry, signed a multi-year exclusive logistics services agreement to support Cirrus owners, operators and service centers worldwide.

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President Obama Restates Defense Veto Threat Over F-22

Wants The Senate To Cut $1.75 Billion From The Bill

President Obama is insistent that he will veto the Defense Department Authorization Bill unless Senators remove nearly $2 billion earmarked for the purchase of 7 additional F-22 Raptors. The Lockheed Martin-built plane is the most expensive jet fighter ever built, and represents 25,000 jobs in 44 states.

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GAMA Goes Continental, Opens European Branch Office

Brian Davey Tapped As European Director

GAMA has opened a European branch office in Brussels, Belgium and hired Brian Davey as the Director of European Affairs. A native of Ireland, Brian will represent the general aviation manufacturing industry before European institutions in Brussels as well as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Cologne.

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NBAA Welcomes Introduction Of FAA Reauthorization Bill In The Senate

House Bill Passed In May

The NBAA welcomed reauthorization legislation introduced in the United States Senate today for funding the FAA and building upon the work already done to develop a Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, or NextGen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.15.09): Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC)

A facility established to provide air traffic control service to aircraft operating on IFR flight plans within controlled airspace and principally during the en route phase of flight. When equipment capabilities and controller workload permit, certain advisory/assistance services may be provided to VFR aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.15.09)

Aero-Linx: SpaceX Falcon 1 Launch SpaceX successfully launched its first  Falcon 1 rocket carrying a commercial payload Tuesday, and it was a spectacular liftoff. SpaceX has video of the event, and if you haven't seen it, it's worth a couple of minutes.  

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.15.09)

 "The Essential Air Service program was a promise made to rural America, and a promise that must be kept." Source: Excerpt from a letter to Budget Director Peter Orszag signed by 22 U.S. lawmakers in support of the Essential Air Service, which provides airline service to rural U.S. communities.

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