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July 18, 2009

House Panel Reviews FAA’s Proposed NWS Av Weather Reorganization

Rationale And Impacts Air Safety Studied By House Subcommittee

The House Committee on Science and Technology’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday to examine the FAA's efforts and rationale behind the proposed reorganization of the NWS aviation weather services. Members questioned witnesses about the possible impacts the NWS reorganization could have on effectiveness of the aviation weather service and air safety.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009: Affordable Family Fun

More Than 10,000 Flying Machines Will Descend On Whittman Regional Airport

As the entire ANN staff gears up to head to Wisconsin, because a lot of aviation news is made during the week, EAA says don't forget AirVenture Oshkosh is not only "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," it's also an outstanding value for families looking for a unique attraction this summer.

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A Small Sign Of Life For The VH-71

House Defense Subcommittee Approves Funding For 5 Helicopters

Even with layoff notices going out to workers at Lockheed Martin's Owego, NY plant, the House Appropriations Defence Subcommittee has tried to breath new life into the embattled VH-71 program, including $485.2 million to build five of the Presidential helicopters.

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Boeing Facing Age Discrimination Suit

Fired Workers Have Also Sued New Owners Of Former Boeing Facilities

Workers at Boeing's former facilities in Kansas and Oklahoma have sued the company, claiming age discrimination in job losses when Boeing sold the operations.

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NASA Releases Restored Apollo 11 Moonwalk Video

15 Key Milestones Compiled From Kinescopes, Videotape, And NASA Telemetry

NASA has released newly restored video from the July 20, 1969, live television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. The release commemorates the 40th anniversary of the first mission to land astronauts on the moon.

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Commercial Lunar Services Will Be Big Business

Study Predicts $1.5 Billion Market

You've heard of Big Oil and Big Pharma, but what about Big Moon? A study performed by the Futron Corporation, an aerospace consultancy based in Bethesda, MD, predicts that companies such as those competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE will be able to address a market in excess of $1 billion over the course of the next decade.

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Police Remove Pilot From Airplane

Allegedly Involved In A "Security Checkpoint Problem"

Police removed the pilot of an AirTran 717 in handcuffs at Newport News/Williamsburg Airport in Virginia Wednesday. He was allegedly involved in some kind of dispute with TSA personnel at a security checkpoint.

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Copa Airlines Orders Up To 21 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800's

Panama-Based Airline Places Firm Order For 13, Options 8

Boeing is still selling the 737. The Panamanian-based carrier Copa Airlines says it will buy 13 Boeing 737-800 airplanes, which at Boeing list prices represents a total investment of approximately $1 billion.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.18.09)

“This Subcommittee has frequently struggled with the peculiar nonchalance of some government agencies in the face of obvious dysfunction in critical programs. Today we struggle with the equally peculiar determination by the FAA to solve a problem that appears not to exist, to fix what ain’t broke.  Source:  Subcommittee Chairman Brad Miller (D-NC), at a hearing of the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.18.09): Severe Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP)

Severe Weather Avoidance Plan. An approved plan to minimize the effect of severe weather on traffic flows in impacted terminal and/or ARTCC areas. SWAP is normally implemented to provide the least disruption to the ATC system when flight through portions of airspace is difficult or impossible due to severe weather.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.18.09)

Aero-Linx: Restored Moon Mission Video All the cool websites seem to be at NASA this week. Yesterday, it was audio recordings, today, video of the moon landing 40 years ago which has been restored and digitally enhanced. The downloads are a little large and can take a while, but for those of us who stayed up late and squinted to watch those grainy images 40 years ago, worth the wait.

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