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July 19, 2007

One More Good Reason To Go To Oshkosh: Michael Maya Charles

Will Appear At EAA AirVenture

ANN has just been informed that our good friend, Captain Michael Maya Charles, author of the award-winning book, 'Artful Flying' will be making a limited appearance at this year's EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 07.19.07

On The Road To Oshkosh, With EAA's Earl Lawrence

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.19.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.19.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: User Fees And AirVenture -- 07.19.07 (ANN Special Feature, with EAA's Earl Lawrence.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.19.07

NTSB will help Brazil investigate a tragic airliner runway overrun.
AOPA offers to help Congress get a handle on fraudulent pilot medicals.
And Southwest doesn't believe in how a

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.19.07

NTSB will help Brazil investigate a tragic airliner runway overrun.
AOPA offers to help Congress get a handle on fraudulent pilot medicals.
And Southwest doesn't believe in how abou

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ANN Special Feature: Earl Lawrence, EAA Gov't Relations - 07.19.07

On the road to Oshkosh, ANN's Paul Plack talks with EAA's Earl Lawrence, who tells us what attendees at AirVenture 2007 can learn about the FAA user-fee debate and other regulatory issues at this y

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Timeless Voices Of Aviation Invites AirVenture Attendees To Tell Flying Tales

"Let No Story Go Untold"

The Timeless Voices of Aviation oral history program motto -- one could say, mantra -- is "Let No Story Go Untold." And the EAA Timeless Voices staff means it. Over 756 people in the aviation world have given their story.

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Eurocopter Conducts EGNOS Trials In Switzerland

System Offers Higher Degree Of Accuracy Than GPS

Successful trials have recently been conducted at Lausanne, Switzerland, using the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) to guide a helicopter as it approached and touched down at an emergency medical service landing pad.

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'Best Of The Best' Contender Damaged In Landing Incident

Passengers OK, But Spartan Executive Out Of Competition

Sadly, there will be one less aircraft vying for the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s "Best of the Best" People’s Choice Award at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. The Experimental Aircraft Association tells ANN the 1939 Spartan Executive slated to be one of the six restored vintage airplanes in that competition sustained extensive damage in a landing incident in South Dakota Friday morning.

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FAA Reaches Agreement With NATCA Engineers And Architects

Comes After Nine Months Of Negotiations

It isn't often you see the terms "FAA," "NATCA" and "agreement" in the same sentence.  We should probably enjoy it while we can.

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Falling Dollar Leads To Rise In Space Vacation Prices

Competition For Space On A Soyuz For NASA Will Also Be Fierce

Blame it on the weak US dollar. The cost of a trip to the International Space Station on board a Russian Soyuz spaceship early this year was $25 million. Trips planned in 2008 and 2009 will cost between $30 million and $40 million.

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Mystery Metal Falls Through House Roof

Didn't Look "Very Space-y"... Or Aircraft-y, Or Train-y

A man was sitting in his living room watching TV Tuesday in Bayonne, NJ minding his own business, when he heard what sounded like a crash and saw a cloud of dust. In another room, he found a piece of gray metal, 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches, with two hexagonal holes in it.

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Final Bidders Pull Out of Alitalia Auction

Overwhelming Debt, Labor Issues Seen As Repelling Forces

They just couldn't hang on. The last remaining bidders in the auction for Italy's state-owned carrier, Alitalia, withdrew their bids Tuesday night.

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NTSB Sends Team To Brazil To Assist In TAM Airlines Investigation

Representatives With FAA, Engine Manufacturer Head To Scene

The National Transportation Safety Board tells Aero-News it is assisting the government of Brazil in its investigation of Tuesday's crash of an Airbus A320 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Second Airliner Skids Off A Rain-Slicked Runway

Witness Says Landing Was Second Attempt

Short runways and rain just don't mix. On the same day a TAM Airlines jet went off the end of a rain-slick runway in Brazil, a Colombian passenger jet did much the same thing.

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Delta Air Lines Releases Q2 Financial Report

Carrier Beats Wall Street Expectations

Delta Air Lines Inc. reported Wednesday it saw a profit in the second quarter, pointing to a 5.5 percent gain in sales that beat Wall Street expectations -- when one-time items are excluded.

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ANN Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2007 Staff

Say Hello To Alex Manning!

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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New NASA System Will Help ISS Crews Breathe Easier

Increases Capability To Produce Oxygen, Handle Add'l Crewmembers

NASA says a new oxygen generation system tested between July 11-14 aboard the International Space Station will allow the orbiting laboratory's crew size to increase in 2009.

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Comp Air CEO To Fly Latest Offering To AirVenture 2007

Just A Bit Further Than Last Time

Aiming for certification in the first quarter of 2010, Comp Air Inc. says its upcoming Comp Air 12 turboprop has generated considerable interest in the aviation community.

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Passenger Opens Emergency Door In 'Air Rage' Attack

British Man Denies Memory of Incident

When one doesn't want to fly, one shouldn't get on a plane, right? A passenger onboard a Blue 1 flight at Sweden's Stockholm Arlanda Airport in June apparently didn't know that.

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NTSB: 2006 Louisiana Helo Accident Could Have Been Prevented

50-Hour Fuel Nozzle Inspection Neglected To Lock Wire Placement

A probable cause report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board says a 2006 helicopter accident in Patterson, LA that killed two people was due to a missing piece of wire.

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On A Wing And... Pond Scum?

NZ Company Develops Process To Make Fuel From Algae

A New Zealand company whose beginnings lie in treating excess algae on sewage ponds has reportedly developed a technology to harvest that algae, and extracts the fatty lipids that can be used for fuel.

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Diamond Aircraft Adds New Midwest Distributor

Kansas City Aviation Center Latest Sales, Service Center

Diamond Aircraft told ANN Wednesday of the appointment of a new distributor. Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC) has joined the Diamond network as the distributor for a key portion of the US Midwest.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.19.07)

"It would seem peculiar to launch a new race. I see the road of negotiations with those who might show or have shown an interest as an easier way."

Source: Italian Transport Minister Alessandro Bianchi. The last two remaining bidders in the auction for Italy's state-owned carrier, Alitalia, withdrew their bids Tuesday night.

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