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August 26, 2008

Meltdown: Communications Failure Leads To Ground Delays Nationwide

FAA Facility In Atlanta Unable To Receive Flight Plans

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.26.08 1600 EDT: Computer problems at a flight control center near Atlanta, GA have snagged flights nationwide, leading to widespread delays throughout the air traffic control network.

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FAA To Review Legality Of Proposed Ban On Slot-Auctioned Flights

Showdown Approaching Between Agency, Port Authority of New York And New Jersey

Things are coming to a head between the FAA and the Port Authority of New York And New Jersey, over a controversial plan by the Department of Transportation to auction slots at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International Airports.

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Hijacked Sudanese Airliner Lands In Libya

Captors' Motives Unknown At This Time

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.26.08 1330 EDT: Very little hard information is known at this moment... but CNN reports a Sudanese airliner was hijacked shortly after taking off from Nyala in the country's war-torn Darfur region Tuesday.

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Investigators Look At Flap Settings In Spanair Accident

Findings Dispute Initial Reports Of Engine Fire

In the aftermath of last week's devastating takeoff crash in Madrid, investigators immediately focused on witness reports of a fire coming from the left engine nacelle of the Spanair MD-82... but it now appears those reports may have been inaccurate.

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Airlines More Likely Than Ever To Bump Passengers

But Travelers In Better Bargaining Position, Too

If you fly on commercial airlines, the chances you'll be bumped from your next flight are about to go up... as airlines effectively say "we already have your money, so there."

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NASA To Move Atlantis To Launch Pad Saturday

Launch Scheduled For October 8

Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, August 30. Atlantis is targeted to lift off October 8 to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

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United Renews Contract With US Olympic Committee

Will Continue Flying Team USA Through 2012

Will America's Best be forced to Buy-On-Board? United Airlines announced this week its plan to renew its sponsorship agreement with the US Olympic Committee through 2012, extending its 30-year partnership. As a result, United will remain the official airline sponsor of the US Olympic and Paralympic Teams, flying the athletes to Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012.

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Akron-Canton Airport Celebrates Its Best Month Ever

Sets All-Time Record With 15 Percent More July Traffic

Despite the generally gloomy current economic outlook for airlines, at least one commercial airport is flying high. The Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) tells ANN it is celebrating a new monthly record -- with 149,757 passengers traveling to/from CAK in the month of July, crushing the old record by 5,541 passengers (set in July 2005).

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Southwest Airlines Names New VP Of Strategy & Change Leadership

Kathleen Wayton's Job Is To Keep LCC On Top

Southwest Airlines recently appointed Kathleen Wayton as Vice President Strategy and Change Leadership. In her new position, Wayton will be responsible for providing executive leadership and direction for the Dallas-based low-cost carrier's Strategy, Change Leadership, and Portfolio Management Teams.

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ERAU Keeps Top Spot In Magazine's 'Best College' Rankings

New Doctoral Programs In Aviation And Engineering Physics Planned

For the ninth year in a row, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has earned the top ranking in the annual "America's Best Colleges" guide published by US News & World Report magazine.

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Lockheed Martin Demonstrates 'Airspace Deconfliction' Of Multiple UAVs

Advanced Sensors, 'See And Avoid' Characteristics Able To Avoid Collisions

Lockheed Martin's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Airspace Management System (UAMS) solved one of the more difficult challenges facing military services and their industry partners by successfully demonstrating the ability to deconflict groups of in-flight UAVs during a test near Pittsburgh, PA.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 08.25.08

FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.26.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.26.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Meet The (Acting) Administrator: 08.26.08 (ANN Special Report, with FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.26.08

An Itek Air 737 is down in Kyrgyzstan.
The UAV endurance record is broken by more than a day.
And wait'll you hear the latest tactic by an airline for saving weight.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.26.08

An Itek Air 737 is down in Kyrgyzstan.
The UAV endurance record is broken by more than a day.
And wait'll you hear the latest tactic by an airline for saving weight.


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ANN Special Feature: FAA Acting Admin Robert Sturgell - 08.26.08

Today, we hear FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell's staff introductions and prepared comments from the annual "Meet The Administrator" seminar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.

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CEO Jack Pelton Talks ALL Things Cessna With Aero-TV (Part 2)

Intriguing Oshkosh Interview Updates SkyCatcher, Columbus, C350/400... and More!

One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing the "Oshkosh Crawl" is the chance to catch up with the movers and shakers of aviation. And few of those movers and shakers seem to have as much to be happy about as Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, who is leading some of the industry's most watched programs.

CEO Jack Pelton Talks ALL Things Cessna With Aero-TV (Part 2)

Part Two Of An Intriguing Oshkosh Interview Updating SkyCatcher, Columbus, C350/400... and More!

One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing the "Oshkosh Crawl" is the chance to catch up with the movers and shakers of aviation. And few of those movers and shakers seem to have as much to be happy about as Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, who is leading some of the industry's most watched programs.

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Adam A500 Owners Form Group To Pressure AAI

Want New Company To Support Customer Twins

For the five customers who managed to take delivery of Adam A500 piston inline-twin-engined aircraft, before that planemaker declared bankruptcy earlier this year, they have what amount to $1.25 million lawn ornaments... planes that can't fly, without support from the manufacturer.

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NASA Mars Lander Digs Deeper Into Soil

Primary Mission Nears End, Second Phase To Begin Tuesday

The next sample of Martian soil being grabbed for analysis is coming from a trench about three times deeper than any other trench NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has dug.

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Another Manufacturer Eyes 150-Seat Airliner Segment

Kawasaki Considers Entering Fray

What was once the exclusive domain of airliner manufacturers Airbus and Boeing is fast becoming the most competitive segment in the market. Japanese manufacturing conglomerate Kawasaki Heavy Industries is reportedly considering entering the 150-seat segment, with a concept called the YPX.

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American Express Sees Record Increases To Domestic, International Airfares

Q2 Saw Highest Fares For Business Travelers In Seven Years

American Express Business Travel published data Monday for North American-based domestic and international airfares from its Business Travel Monitor. For the second quarter of 2008, the Monitor confirmed that high fuel prices, which led many airlines to make capacity reductions and tighten ticketing restrictions, increased the average airfare paid, motivating companies to strengthen policy compliance strategies when managing travel and entertainment spending.

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First Qantas A380 Flies In Full Livery, Cabin

Airliner Now In Final Shakedown Testing

Time inches closer for Qantas, as the Australian flag carrier looks forward to receipt of its first Airbus A380. Another milestone towards that goal was reached in Hamburg, Germany, recently when the airline's first aircraft flew for the first time in its new Qantas livery.

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US Official Says NATO Benefits From Missile Agreement

Implies Shield Isn't "Just" For Iran, North Korea

The agreement between the United States and Poland on ballistic missile defense is important for the relationship between the two countries and for the NATO alliance, a senior State Department official said Monday.

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Are Pilots' Fuel Claims Hurting Opinion Of US Airlines?

Now's Not A Good Time To Raise Specter Of Safety Concerns...

US airlines are already seeing passenger traffic decline as fares and fees rise, and many will effect capacity cuts next week. The last thing the airlines need right now, especially in a week filled with accident reports, is for pilots to suggest airline policy is creating a risk that airliners will run out of fuel in the air.

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It Ain't Easy Being A Flight Attendant

Cabin Crews Are Public Face For Ridiculous Airline Policies

Forty years ago, openings for airline flight attendants drew mostly attractive young women interested in travel and glamour. Today, given the need to face passengers angry over rising fees and declining customer service standards, you just might want a psychology degree and a black belt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.26.08)

Aero-Linx!

The North American Trainer Association (NATA) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the restoration and safe flying of North American Trainers such as the AT-6/SNJ/Harvard, NA-64, NA-50, TB-25, TF-51, and T-28 aircraft. Membership currently includes the majority of owners of these aircraft in the USA (over 500 flyable T-6's the US), many Canadian owner/pilots as well as those from other countries, and photographers and historians. Membership is open to all enthusiasts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.26.08): Dynamo Process

Aero-Terms!

The generation of an electric current by the flow of an electrically conducting fluid through a magnetic field. For instance, the magnetic field originating inside the Earth is believed to come from a dynamo process involving the flow of molten iron in the Earth's hot core. The energy required by the current is obtained from the motion of the flow.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.26.08)

"There's no economic model that justifies setting up a support team to support just five planes in the field. There's no critical mass to make it economically viable. We're the lighting rod for their ire right now because they got burned by the prior company. I don't think there's anyone with this company that doesn't sympathize with them ... but it is not our responsibility to support these owners. The previous company is responsible for putting them in the position they're in today."

Source: Jan D'Angelo, a former Adam Aircraft worker and now head of customer support at AAI Acquisition. The Russian-backed company bought many of Adam's assets in April this year, with the intent to continue certification efforts for the A700 very-light-jet. As

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