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March 18, 2007

Not Again! Passengers Stranded On Planes In New York

Winter Storm Grounds Flights

This has been the winter of their discontent. Once again, hundreds of passengers were stranded on planes for as many as nine hours Friday night, as a fierce ice storm settled over New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Airbus Workers Strike Once Again

"Power8" Protests In France, Spain, And Germany

Once again, workers for European planemaker Airbus took to the streets last week, staging strikes and protests to show a united front against the controversial "Power8" restructuring program mandated by parent company EADS.

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Reports: Fog Likely A Factor In Russian Airliner Crash

Six Passengers Killed After Plane Touches Down Short Of Runway

Early indications point to fog as a culprit in Saturday's fatal crash of a UTair Tu-134 in Samara. Six people were killed and 26 injured when the Russian airliner apparently landed short of the runway, and flipped over before its fuselage broke in two.

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The Latest From SpaceX: Falcon 1 May Launch As Soon As Monday

GPS Glitch Only Apparent Sticking Point

They're being extra cautious down in Kwaj. ANN received word from SpaceX founder Elon Musk Saturday, regarding the latest news on his company's second attempt to launch its Falcon 1 rocket.

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Judge Gives Northwest More Time To Control Reorg Plan

But Delta Merger Rumors Fuel Stock Investigation

Beleaguered carrier Northwest Airlines has the time it says it needs to retain exclusive control over its financial future. On Thursday, US Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper ruled the carrier could have its requested extension until June 30.

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From The FAA Prelims: Cessna 206 Loses Wheelpant In Portland

Thankfully, No Injuries Reported

Considering what we often see in the FAA Preliminary Reports, the following is something of a breath of fresh air.

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Boeing Halts Production Of 747-400 Passenger Plane

Over 450 -400s Delivered; 36 Freighter Orders Remain

An era has ended... with the dawn of another on the horizon. This week, Boeing announced it will end production of the passenger version of its storied 747-400 jumbo jet, as an unidentified customer cancelled the last four orders for the plane.

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USAF Shows Its Muscle In Afghanistan, Iraq

Aircraft Involved In Multitude Of Operations

In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles supporting coalition forces returned fire to an enemy location near Now Zad.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.18.07)

Aero-Linx!

ANN's resident cartoonist, Wes Oleszewski, isn't merely a satirist -- he's also an accomplished model rocketeer who builds, tests, and markets several kits under the Dr. Zooch label. In addition to video footage of flights gone right -- as well as horribly, horribly wrong (grin) -- this page also presents an homage to "the bravest of the brave" as they "venture into the dangerous new world of space flight." The title says it all -- Ants On Rockets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.18.07): White Metal Modeling

Aero-Terms!

So what is white metal, and why is it so good for modeling especially unusual subjects?

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.18.07)

"You can't keep your passengers on the plane for 9 1/2 hours. They kept saying 'half an hour more, 45 minutes more.' But by the time it got to hour six, we were pretty much accepting that we weren't going to go ... At least in the terminal, you can get up and walk around."

Source: Rahul Chandran, a passenger on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight that was stranded on the tarmac at New York's Kennedy International Airport for over nine hours early Saturday morning. Pilots at JFK blamed several such incidents on a shortage of deicing fluid at the airport, which forced planes to stay on the ground due to safety concerns. FMI: www.panynj.gov/

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