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June 10, 2007

Atlantis Docks With International Space Station

Welcome Aboard!

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 06.10.07 1725 EDT: The hatches are open... and moments ago, the crews of space shuttle Atlantis and Expedition 15 shook hands onboard the International Space Station, to begin their first day of joint operations.

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Aeroflot Signs For 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Is The New 'Cold War' Thawing A Bit?

On Saturday, Russia's Aeroflot confirmed rumors that following an extremely protracted decision process, the flag carrier for the former Soviet Union has ordered 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. For real this time. With signatures and everything.

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AOPA Takes FSS Complaints Straight To DOT Inspector General

Dropped Calls, Long Hold Times, Poor Info... The List Goes On

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has taken the recent increase in flight service station problems straight to a government watchdog. AOPA President Phil Boyer and Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Andy Cebula spent nearly two hours on June 6 detailing pilots' woes before Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel and his staff.

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Patient Awaiting Organs On Downed Citation Receives Lung Transplant

Investigators Locate Plane's CVR

As crews continued to pull pieces of wreckage from Lake Michigan following the downing of a Lifeflight Citation bizjet Monday, doctors treating the man who had been waiting for the lungs being transported onboard that plane announced he received a second set of organs Thursday.

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Lieutenant Governor Files Lawsuit Over 2006 Accident

NTSB Says Airspeed Insufficient For Takeoff

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer, who survived a dicey takeoff accident last year, is suing three companies that worked on his Mooney M20E's engine before the accident.

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European Union Approves Carbon Trading For Airlines

Needs Parliamentary Nod For Implementation

A controversial plan to require airlines to pay for the amount of carbon dioxide their aircraft put into the atmosphere won the approval of transport ministers in the European Union Saturday.

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Virgin America Allows The Masses To Name Its Planes... With Predictable Results

I'm Leavin' On A Unicorn Chaser, Don't Know When I'll Be Back Again...

Things are getting a bit weirder than usual along the west coast of the United States.

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USAF, South Korean Pilots Participate In Joint Training Exercise

Keeping The North In Line

Members of the 8th Fighter Wing and the Republic of Korea air force teamed up for a joint training exercise June 8 at Kunsan Air Base.

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Rolls-Royce Acquires License For Jet Engine Thermal Coating

Bond Coating Helps Turbines Resist Heat

Aero-News has learned Rolls-Royce Corp. recently acquired exclusive rights to use a coating invented by Iowa State University researchers, that helps turbines stand up to the heat in jet engines.

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FlightSafety Expands GA Gulfstream Maintenance Training Facility

Savannah Location Trained Over 2,000 Technicians In 2006

FlightSafety International announced last week it will double the size of its Gulfstream aircraft maintenance training facility in Savannah, GA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.10.07)

Aero-Linx!

Contracted by the United States Forest Service (USFS), these brave aircrews battle wildfires from above, using P-3's to drop fire retardant on the hot spots. Great action photos. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.10.07): Aerodynamic Blockage Thrust Reverser

Aero-Terms!

Say that fast three times. A form of thrust reverser used on turbojet or turbofan engines. Thin airfoils or obstructions are placed in the engine's exhaust stream to duct the high velocity exhaust gases forward.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.10.07)

"It represents a business relationship between us and Aeroflot, and we're very proud of that relationship."

Source: Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson. On Saturday, Russia's Aeroflot confirmed rumors that, following an extremely protracted decision-making process, the flag carrier for the former Soviet Union has ordered 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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PA TFR: 06.14.07 - 06.17.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3718  Issue Date: June 08, 2007 at 1831 UTC  Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania near ALLEGHENY VOR/DME (AGC)  Beginning Date and Time: June 14, 2007 at 1730 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 17, 2007 at 1845 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other teams  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Pittsburgh (PIT) Air Traffic Control Tower, 412-472-5593

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