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July 16, 2007

NASA Awards Ares I Upper Stage Engine Contract

And The Winner Is...

NASA told ANN Monday it has signed a $1.2 billion contract with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. for the design, development, testing and evaluation of the J-2X engine that will power the upper stages of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles.

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Embraer Sells 13 E-175s To Republic Airlines

Regional Carrier World's Largest E-Jet Operator

Embraer announces that Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, has increased its orders for the Embraer 175 by 13 firm orders, totaling $403 million, at list price, based on January 2007 economic conditions. Eight aircraft of this order were already included in Embraer's first quarter backlog as "Undisclosed," and the other five refer to options confirmed during the second quarter.

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Warsaw Airport Closes Over Abandoned Motorcycle

Not Immediately Clear Who Left Bike Or Why

The Warsaw Okecie Airport was evacuated and closed Monday when police officers noticed an abandoned motorcycle in a terminal building.

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Gone West: WWII Ace Cook Cleland

Dive Bomber Pilot Won Thompson Trophy Twice

It is with sadness ANN has learned former Naval aviator Cook Cleland, 90, died Friday after a brief illness.

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Persistence Pays Off! Fossett And Delore Break Glider Record

Record Marks 27th Attempt Over Four Years, Four Continents

It was quite a gamble, even by Nevada standards. Multiple world-record-holding glider pilots Steve Fossett and Terry Delore added to their long list of successes last week, flying a 777-mile triangular course Thursday over the Silver State in eight hours and 23 minutes at a new world record average speed of 92.73 mph -- finally breaking one of the oldest world gliding records in the book.

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FlexJet Earns FAA Recognition For Record Eighth Time

Earns Diamond Award For Maintenance Training

Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional business jet ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace, announced Monday the Flexjet maintenance organization has been recognized for the eighth time by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with its highest honor for maintenance training – the FAA Diamond Award. Flexjet is the only fractional jet ownership program that has received the award so many times.

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AOPA Files Formal Complaint Against Lowering Maine MOA

Changes Would Reduce Floor From 7,000' To 500'

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) tells ANN it filed formal comments to the military and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently, opposing proposed changes to the Condor military operations area (MOA) near Sugarloaf Mountain, ME.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 07.16.07

Handling Wind Shear, With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.16.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.16.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Handling Wind Shear: 07.16.07 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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Three Injured When Cherokee Impacts Swamp in Massachusetts

Witness Said Landing Initially Looked "Normal"

A Piper PA28 Cherokee went down in a swamp area during a landing attempt near the Gardiner Municipal Airport in Massachusetts Saturday seriously injuring the pilot and two passengers.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.16.07

Two US Senators threaten general aviation if user fees don't pass.
Vladimir Putin terminates a treaty with NATO.
And a pilot dies when his Yak 55 goes down in Washington.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.16.07

Two US Senators threaten general aviation if user fees don't pass.
Vladimir Putin terminates a treaty with NATO.
And a pilot dies when his Yak 55 goes down in Washington.

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Over The Airwaves - 07.16.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves talks about wind shear, and last minute thoughts for anyone planning to fly into Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture.

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P-51D Mustang Down In California

New Mustang Pilot Lost in Take and Landing Drills

An early Sunday practice flight at Southern California's Camarillo airport has ended tragically for the new pilot of a P-51D Mustang. According to media and eyewitness reports, the aircraft was engaged in takeoff and landing transitions when the aircraft went down just after 0815, Pacific time.

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Russia Sends Notice To Suspend Missile Treaty

Did It Just Get Chilly In Here?

It appears relations have once again chilled between the United States and Russia, over the former's plans to build a missile defense shield in Europe.

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New Four-Plane Aerial Demonstration Team To Debut At Oshkosh

Conspire To See "The Collaborators" At AirVenture 2007

The Collaborators Formation Aerobatics Team, the new four-plane act led by Sean D. Tucker, makes its debut this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with performances Wednesday, July 25, and Friday, July 27.

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Bonhomme Leads Red Bull World Series Through Five Air Races

60,000 Spectators Sweat Out Switzerland Event

We're halfway through the Red Bull Air Race World Season season for 2007, and Britain’s Paul Bonhomme retains his position as leader of the series after winning the fifth race of the season in Interlaken, Switzerland, with a time of 1:11.08, beating American Mike Mangold.

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Klyde Morris (07.16.07)

Klyde Says It's "Bye-Bye" To Common Sense On Mt. Myopia...

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ANN Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2007 Staff

Say Hello To Rob Finfrock!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2007 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Third-Grader Latest TSA Terror Suspect

Misses Flight Due To Confusion Over Name

Add another feared name to the Transportation Security Administration's terrorist no-fly list: eight-year-old Bryan Moore.

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NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor On Distant Planet

Unlikely To Harbor Life, But Still A Find

A scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Mississippi Air Guard Opens New Combat Training Runway

Shelby Aux Field Will Be Used For C-17 Short Field Ops

It's a 3,500-foot-long stretch of cement in Hattiesburg, MS with a few hundred feet added on... just in case. That's not much space on which to safely land a heavily loaded, half-million pound cargo plane, but officials say it's the perfect runway for Mississippi Air National Guard pilots to train on.

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Coalition For Space Exploration Applauds House Mark-Up Of NASA Budget

More Money Would Be Available For Science, Research

The Coalition for Space Exploration tells ANN it applauds action last week by the House Appropriations Committee, recommending full funding for NASA's space exploration programs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.16.07)

Aero-Linx!

VERY thorough, behind the scenes look at the life of a heavy iron wrench turner.  Everything you wanted to know (and probably some things you didn't) about airline maintenance, from how to get started in the industry to how to cope with layoffs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.16.07): JATO

Aero-Terms!

Jet Assisted Takeoff -- A system of auxiliary thrust used for heavily loaded aircraft to assist their takeoff. JATO rockets are fired at the moment the aircraft rotates for takeoff, and the boost provides the additional thrust needed to get the aircraft airborne.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.16.07)

"We're disappointed Russia has suspended its participation for now, but we'll continue to have discussions with them in the coming months on the best way to proceed in this area, that is in the interest of all parties involved and provides for security in Europe."

Source: National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe. Despite recent overtures by Russia to reach a compromise on the deal -- and what many thought was a successful summit three weeks ago between US President George W. Bush and Russia's Vladimir Putin in Maine -- on Saturday, Putin sent notice to NATO his country no longer intends to be bound by the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty.

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