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July 21, 2008

B-52 Down Off Guam, Crewmembers Still Missing

Stratofortress Ops Halted For Investigation

A US Air Force B-52H bomber slated to perform a flyover during Guam's Liberation Day parade crashed off the island territory's coast Monday, and at least four crew members are still reported missing.

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Boeing, Qatar Announce C-17 Globemaster III Order

New Life For Long Beach Production Line

Boeing and the government of Qatar signed an agreement Monday for the purchase of the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to provide new strategic-airlift mobility capabilities for the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF). Qatar will sign a Foreign Military Sales agreement for contractor logistics support with the US Air Force.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 07.21.08

Proper Traffic Patterns, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.21.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.21.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Proper Traffic Patterns... Just In Time For Oshkosh: 07.21.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.21.08

A helicopter school files an FAA complaint against NIMBYs.
Get set for the big GOP TFR!
And a US Congressman calls for a massive NASA overhaul.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.21.08

A helicopter school files an FAA complaint against NIMBYs.
Get set for the big GOP TFR!
And a US Congressman calls for a massive NASA overhaul.


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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Flying to Oshkosh - 07.21.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about avoiding oversized traffic patterns, and gets some tips for pilots flying into Oshkosh.

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Planemakers See US Demand For Bizjets Slowing

Growth In Outside Markets Lessens The Blow

The assumption that the market for private jets in the US was recession-proof because of the wealth of the customers is being reassessed after last week's Farnborough International Air Show.

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Iraqi Air Force Reaches 2,000-Flying Hour Milestone

US Commander Notes Significant Progress Over Past Nine Months

The Iraqi air force reached 2,000 flying training hours at Kirkuk Regional Air Base July 13, with the help of Airmen from the 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron. The milestone comes 11 months after Lt. Col. Mark Bennett, the 52nd EFTS commander, arrived at Kirkuk.

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Coalition Air Strikes Take Out Enemy Fighters In Afghanistan

Investigation Launched On Reports ANP Officers Among Those Killed

The recent surge in violence in Afghanistan has prompted increased action by US forces. An undetermined number of enemy fighters were killed Sunday in separate air strikes in the war-torn country, with one of the engagements prompting an investigation into reports that Afghan National Police officers were killed.

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Conversion Begins On Second RAAF KC-30B MRTT

First Of Four To Be Outfitted By Qantas Defense Services

The second Royal Australian Air Force’s Multi-Role Tanker/Transport, designated the KC-30B, has begun its tanker conversion phase in preparation for the aircraft’s entry into service.

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Hawker Beechcraft Awarded $48 Million Defense Contract

Six King Air 350 Turboprops Ordered For USMC

Hawker Beechcraft announced recently it has been awarded a defense contract by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with an estimated value of $48 million. The contract is for six modified Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprops to replace six of their current UC-12 aircraft.

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NASA Names Strain New Goddard Space Flight Center Director

Will Assume New Duties August 4

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced last week that Rob Strain will be the next center director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Strain is currently the head of the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. He will assume his duties as center director on August 4.

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NASA Assigns Crew For STS-128 Mission

Targeted For June 2009 Liftoff

NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-128. The flight will carry science and storage racks to the International Space Station in mid-2009.

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Northrop Grumman Starts Work On RAAF's First F/A-18F

Australia To Receive 24 Super Hornets

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently started production of the fuselage section for the first F/A-18F Super Hornet for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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Aero-TV Visits COPA 2008: The Annual Gathering Of Cirrus Owner/Flyers

Hundreds of Birds Come Home To Duluth

One of our favorite annual events is the yearly "Migration" hosted by owners and flyers of the Cirrus Design flock. Gathering in the shadow of the CD factory in Duluth, Minnesota, it is an event chock full of fun, fellowship, education and more than a few surprises.

Aero-TV Visits COPA 2008: The Annual Gathering Of Cirrus Owner/Flyers

Hundreds of Birds Come Home To Duluth

One of our favorite annual events is the yearly "Migration" hosted by owners and flyers of the Cirrus Design flock. Gathering in the shadow of the CD factory in Duluth, Minnesota, it is an event chock full of fun, fellowship, education and more than a few surprises.

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Congressman Says NASA Needs A 'Complete Restructuring'

Opponent Calls Ideas "Outrageous"

An incumbent US Congressman from Houston, TX is campaigning for re-election by suggesting a total overhaul of NASA, getting rid of bureaucracy and putting the scientists and engineers back in charge of the overall vision for the space program.

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Private Planes Hindered During Political Convention In MSP

GA Operators Must Get Waivers To Fly

The Republican National Convention will be held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN September 1-4. The national conventions of the major parties are seen by many US citizens as a celebration of personal freedoms... but if you're a general aviation pilot, personal freedom may not be the lasting memory.

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NASA's Deep Impact Films Earth As An Alien World

How's This For A New Perspective?

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has created a video of the moon transiting (passing in front of) Earth as seen from the spacecraft's point of view 31 million miles away. Scientists are using the video to develop techniques to study alien worlds.

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NTSB Sends Team To Investigate Korean S-92A Downing

Unification Church Founder Among Those Injured

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of Korea in its investigation of yesterday's crash of a Korean-registered Sikorsky S-92A helicopter equipped with General Electric engines.

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Crowd Favorite Will Return To Wittman Field

Bring In Da NOISE!

A loud and proud crowd favorite will return to the grounds at Wittman Field. The US Marine Corps AV-8B "Harrier II" jump jet will appear at EAA AirVenture 2008, making demonstration flights during the EAA's 56th annual fly-in, scheduled for July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Klyde Morris (07.21.08)

Airlines Consider New Customer "Serveus" Options...

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Pennsylvania State Police Selling Five Cessnas

How Much For That Skylane In The Window?

Five Cessna 182s used by Pennsylvania State Police for tracking criminals, finding missing persons and other tasks are being offered for sale to the general public, Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller announced Thursday.

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Aero-News Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2008 Staff

Say Hello To Maxine Scheer And Scott Wagner!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2008 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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Bell Helicopter Donates Helicopter To National Law Enforcement Museum

206B To Be Displayed When Museum Opens In 2011

Bell Helicopter is donating one of its 206B helicopters to the National Law Enforcement Museum, the company announced during the annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference held this year in Houston, TX.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.21.08)

Aero-Linx! 

The Naval Helicopter Historical Society was organized to gather, preserve and display the legacy of Naval Helicopter Aviation to include past, present and future helicopter operations in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.21.08): Back Pressure

Aero-Terms!

The pressure inside the exhaust system of a reciprocating engine that prevents complete scavenging of the burned gases from the cylinders.  Back pressure is caused by mufflers and such power recovery devices as turbochargers and power-recovery turbines.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.21.08)

"NASA needs complete freedom to hire and fire based on performance; it needs to be driven by the scientists and the engineers, and it needs to be free of politics as much as possible."

Source: John Culberson, the incumbent US Congressman representing the Houston, TX area. Culberson advocate getting rid of bureaucracy and putting the scientists and engineers back in charge of the overall vision for the space program. The Republican's comments, made during a town hall meeting last week, were promptly lambasted by Culberson's Democrat challenger.

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