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July 31, 2007

NASA: Phoenix Won't Rise As Scheduled On Friday

Mars Lander Launch Delayed 24 Hours

NASA announced Tuesday this week's scheduled launch of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket has been postponed 24 hours. The two available launch times on Saturday, August 4 are 5:26:34 am, and 6:02:59 am EDT.

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Bombardier Learjet 60 XR Enters Service

First Plane Delivered To CA Company

Bombardier announced Tuesday its midsize Learjet 60 XR business jet entered service this week with Cloud Nine Aviation, of Los Angeles, CA. The milestone was celebrated with an employee delivery ceremony at the Learjet manufacturing facility in Wichita, KS.

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NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations For Airline Maintenance Practices

Says FAA Failed To Detect Errors At Chalks Ocean Airways

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended the Federal Aviation Administration take additional steps to verify the maintenance programs of commercial aircraft operators include stringent criteria to address recurring or systemic discrepancies, including, if necessary, further analysis of the discrepancies through a comprehensive engineering evaluation.

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Crew Safe After AH-64 Apache Makes Emergency Landing In Baghdad

Helo Reportedly Came Under Enemy Fire

An AH-64 Apache helicopter made an emergency landing Tuesday after coming under fire over eastern Baghdad, according to media reports. The two crewmembers onboard the stricken helo were safely evacuated.

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New Layoffs Fuel Rumors Of Sino Swearingen Troubles

Reports Say Roughly 77 Workers Out Of A Job

Company officials insist it's business as usual at planemaker Sino Swearingen, manufacturer of the SJ30-2 business jet... but following another round of layoffs at the company's facilities in Martinsburg, WV and San Antonio, TX, some are wondering how much longer that will be the case.

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AOPA: Rumors Circulate Of Impending Piper Aircraft Sale

Company "Surprised That Anyone Would Find That Surprising"

Citing "reports circulating" at last week's AirVenture 2007 show in Oshkosh, WI, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports Piper Aircraft may soon swap hands.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 07.31.07

Part One, "Meet The Administrator"

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.31.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.31.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- "Meet The Administrator," Part One: 07.31.07 (ANN Special Feature, with part one of FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's talk to AirVenture 2007 attendees last week)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.31.07

An AN-12 is down in Russia, and all aboard are lost.
GAMA says GA sales are up for the first half of 2007.
And EADS eyes more cuts and partnerships for Airbus.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.31.07

An AN-12 is down in Russia, and all aboard are lost.
GAMA says GA sales are up for the first half of 2007.
And EADS eyes more cuts and partnerships for Airbus.

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ANN Special Feature: Marion Blakey, FAA - 07.31.07

Today, Part 1 of FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's address to AirVenture attendees, in which she announced an easing of general aviation flight restrictions around Washington DC.

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Potential Bidders Visit Airbus Sites In Germany

Will Power8 Be Enough To Resuscitate Airbus?

No one involved is commenting publicly... but a spokesman at an Airbus plant in Lower Saxony says representatives with Stork Fokker and Spirit Aerospace have visited two Airbus sites in recent weeks, apparently sizing up the German facilities for possible buyout.

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EAA Releases Attendance Figures For AirVenture 2007

"The Best Ever" Following Adjustment To '06 Numbers

It was a banner year for attendance at AirVenture 2007... but with an asterisk attached. That's the word from the Experimental Aircraft Association, which estimates some 560,000 people took in the festivities at the weeklong event.

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Northwest Passengers Plagued Once Again By Flight Cancellations

Pilot Shortage Strikes Airline For Second Month

Northwest Airlines may not be the only airline out there to have cancelled flights lately... but it is by far the one getting the most press. The Eagan, MN-based airline -- just two months out of Chapter 11 -- continues to face problems with scrapped flights, discontented pilots... and angry passengers.

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NATCA Says Cincinnati Radar Failures Due To Cost Cuts

Blames Lack Of FAA Action For Equipment Shortage

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association reports for the second time in six months, a primary radar failure Sunday morning at Cincinnati Tower (CVG) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), combined with what the union calls a lack of appropriate secondary radar feeds, delayed scores of flights into and out of the nation's 14th-busiest airport at the beginning of a morning rush hour period.

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Man Suspected Of Airplane Parts Theft

Told By Court To Stay In Wisconsin

Personnel at Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, WI thought it a bit unusual to see barns once filled to the brim with aircraft parts, suddenly begin to empty out... and a suspect in the apparent theft has been told to stay in the state for the time being.

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Astronaut Joe Engle Visits AirVenture 2007

Tells Of Adventures In X-15, Shuttle

Major General Joe Engle detailed his adventures in the X-15 and Space Shuttle Projects recently at AirVenture 2007. Engle -- who has amassed 11,000 flight hours, 200 of which were in space -- flew in the space shuttles Enterprise, Columbia, and Discovery. He recounted the advances made with the two aircraft, as well as his personal experiences in them.

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Boeing 757s Becoming Go-To Planes For Trans-Atlantic Routes

But Passengers Feel The Squeeze, Literally

Quick poll -- what would you rather travel on between the US and Europe, a long narrowbody aircraft, or a twin-aisle widebody plane? If you answered the latter (sorry, "in my own private Global Express" isn't an option here) then you may be disappointed the next time you fly Delta, Continental, and a variety of other carriers.

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Aviation Curriculum In Reach For Every High School Student

Interview With Lee Siudzinski On EAA's AeroScholars

As part of a series on the aviation workforce, Aero-News is talking with participants at Oshkosh about what is being done to attract prospective students into aviation careers. We recently talked with Lee Siudzinski, Ed.D, Vice President of Education for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) about the concept, progress and future of a fairly new Youth Program sponsored by EAA, called AeroScholars.

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Seven Lost In Russian Cargo Plane Accident

Aircraft Was To Be Retired This Year

Seven people onboard an Antonov 12 were killed in Russia Sunday, when the 1960s-era cargo plane went down on takeoff.

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'Future Pioneers Of Aviation' Speak To Theater In The Woods Audience

Younger Generation Looks To Future Of Flight

At AirVenture, young and old mingle... the people, and the aircraft. Last Thursday night at Theater in the Woods, retired General Chuck Yeager and retired Colonel Gail Halvorsen spoke on their adventures... and then it was then time for the younger generation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.31.07)

Aero-Linx!

Boeing's new 787 has created a tremendous buzz in the airline industry and with the traveling public. Now all Boeing has to do is deliver the goods.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.31.07): Glide Ratio

Aero-Terms!

The ratio of the forward distance traveled, versus the distance it descends when operating without power.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.31.07)

"My hats off to Charles Lindbergh. I don’t know how he did it but I know why his windows were so small, when you’re flying over that much water, you don’t want to see it."

Source: Round-The-World pilot Barrington Irving, 23, speaking at a recent Theater In The Woods presentation entitled "Future Pioneers Of Aviation" at AirVenture 2007. Erik Lindbergh -- grandson of Charles -- and Jamail Larkin also spoke at the presentation.

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