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August 20, 2008

ANN Special Report: TSA Memo Suggests That Agency 'Encourages' Damaging Behavior

Report: Inspector That Screwed Up ORD ERJs Has "Done This Before"

The great TSA-ORD Inspector scandal seems to be but the tip of the proverbial iceberg... and the theme song from the Titanic is playing in the background. ANN has learned that the Inspector that instigated the inspections of 9 American Eagle ERJs and created innumerable delays and hassle for the flying public has reportedly DONE THIS BEFORE.

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Kennedy Space Center Still Closed As Fay Plots Her Next Move

Storm Threatens To Move Inland Once Again, Stronger Than Before

NASA's Kennedy Space Center near Titusville, FL will remain closed Wednesday because of the potential wind threat to workers from Tropical Storm Fay. Center managers decided Wednesday morning to keep Kennedy closed another day to general personnel through at least workers' second shift, which ends late Wednesday night.

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Avidyne Names Tom Neufelder Vice President of Engineering

Brings Defense, ATC Radar Background To Job

Avidyne Corporation announced Wednesday that Tom Neufelder has been named Vice President of Engineering for the avionics manufacturer.

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Death Toll Climbs To 153 In Spanair Accident

Plane Aborted First Takeoff, Returned For Maintenance

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.20.08 2130 EDT: Reports from the scene of what appears to be one of the worst aviation disasters to strike Spain paint a gruesome picture... as government officials now say at 153 passengers onboard a Spanair airliner were lost when the plane departed the runway on takeoff from Madrid Wednesday afternoon.

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Wayne County Airport Authority Rated 'StormReady' By NOAA

First Airport System To Earn Community Recognition

NOAA's National Weather Service recognized the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) this week as the first StormReady airport system in the United States.

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Garage-Built Spacecraft Almost Ready For First Test Flight

'Shuttle for Everyone' Prototype To Fly In October

Like many Americans coming of age during the time of the Apollo missions, Morris Jarvis dreamed of someday blasting off into space. But even his friends and co-workers were a little surprised when in 1993 he stopped dreaming, and started building a space shuttle in his garage in suburban Phoenix.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 08.20.08

The AirVenture Exhibitor Experience, With Meg Waterman of Aloft Technologies

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.20.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.20.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The AirVenture Exhibitor Experience: 08.20.08 (ANN Special Report, with Meg Waterman of Aloft Technologies.)

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Where Have All The Widebodies Gone?

Planes, That Is...

If you enjoy the higher ceilings and additional bathrooms found on widebody jets, you may have noticed a trend lately... they're being used less and less by US airlines, at least on domestic runs.

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PETA Offers Unusual Ad Deal To DFW Officials

Um, Yeah, We'll Get Right Back To You On That...

PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent a letter Monday to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport CEO Jeff Fegan, expressing empathy for the airport's financial difficulties, and asking to buy advertising space for a provocative message. But PETA wants to put its ads on the inside walls of the airport's bathroom stalls.

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Officials Dedicate Large Solar Array At DEN

Huge Assembly Spans 7.5 Acres At Entrance

One of the nation's largest airports is going "green..." and in a highly-visible manner, just in time for the Democratic National Convention. A two megawatt (MW) solar energy system was dedicated this week at Denver International Airport (DEN).

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Baggage Handlers, Check-in Staff Vote To Strike At Manchester Airport

Similar Walkouts Coming To Gatwick, Stansted

If your imminent travel plans take you anywhere close to Manchester Airport in Britain, here are a couple dates you'll want to avoid.

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NASA, ATK To Launch Suborbital Hypersonic Experiments

First Launch Attempt Planned Thursday Morning

Following years of development, NASA officials announced this week that two hypersonic experiment payloads are scheduled for launch no earlier than Thursday, August 21 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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Congressional Hearing To Be Held On Eclipse 500 Type Certification

FAA Confirms Cert Review Now Underway

Is it another sign of potentially serious problems with the inaugural very-light-jet... or politically-motivated posturing? A Congressional hearing will be held next month to review the type certificate issued to Eclipse Aviation for the EA500 VLJ, following claims by some certification workers the jet was issued its TC by the FAA long before it was ready.

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Pilots Set New World Record For RTW Helo Flight

11-Day Flight Beats Previous Attempt By Nearly Six Days

They did it! Pilots Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik succeeded in flying around the world in a helicopter in only 11 days, seven hours and two minutes -- setting a new world speed record.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.20.08

Grob Aerospace files for bankruptcy.
An Eclipse supplier is told to expect production cuts.
And the FAA warns Southwest to pay the fine, or else!

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.20.08

Grob Aerospace files for bankruptcy.
An Eclipse supplier is told to expect production cuts.
And the FAA warns Southwest to pay the fine, or else!


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ANN Special Feature: Meg Waterman, Aloft Technologies - 08.20.08

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Meg Waterman of Aloft Technologies to get an exhibitor's perspective on life at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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Aero-TV Interviews A True Master Flight Instructor -- Max Trescott (Part One)

Noted Flight Trainer Earns Exceptional Honor

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have partnered to recognize a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

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Aero-TV Interviews A True Master Flight Instructor -- Max Trescott (Part One)

Noted Flight Trainer Earns Exceptional Honor

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have partnered to recognize a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

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Commuter Flights Grounded Thanks To Bumbling TSA Inspector

Damaged TAT Probes On Nine Jets While Conducting 'Security Checks'

They're the government... and remember, they're here to help. A bumbling inspector with the Transportation Safety Administration apparently has some explaining to do, after nine American Eagle regional jets were grounded at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday.

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ANG Predator Pilots May Be Rotated To C-27J Spartan

Aims To Keep Skills Sharp, Provide Variety To Active Pilots

Although they are some of the busiest pilots in the US military, Air National Guard pilots who are now flying unmanned aircraft from the ground said they still climb into the cockpit and get some flight time whenever they can.

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NASA Announces Ares I Vibration Fix

Space Agency Will Use 17 "Shock Absorbers"

In what might strike some as an inelegant solution, NASA announced Tuesday it will employ 17 large vibration dampeners to quell vibrations in its upcoming Ares I booster rocket.

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UAL To Drop Inflight Snacks, Free Meals For Business Fliers

Announces Latest Missteps In Never-Ending Race To Bottom Of CSI Rankings

Attention, US Airways: it appears you have some serious competition for the title of Stingiest Major US Carrier. Starting next month, United Airlines will stop handing out free pretzels and cookies to coach fliers across North America... and will even drop free meal service in business class on most flights.

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Lack Of Funds Scrubs Waukegan Air Show

But Plans Underway For 2009 Event

Chalk up another air show casualty due to the slumping economy. Organizers for this year's planned Waukegan Air Show near Chicago came about $12,000 short of the $80,000 they needed to put on the event this year, so as a result the show will not go on next month.

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C-5M Super Galaxy Completes Flight Test

RERP Adds CF6s To Venerable Heavy-Lifter

Lockheed Martin's C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) flight test team has successfully completed developmental testing of all three C-5 RERP test aircraft. The testing included verification of performance and reliability enhancements to the propulsion system, utilities and subsystems, flight controls, airframe and avionics systems.

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StandardAero Earns STC for King Air 200 Re-engining Program

Upgrades PT6s To More Powerful -42 Variants

StandardAero tells ANN the company recently received Supplemental Type Certification (STC-SA02603CH-D) to remove Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-41 series engines on the Beechcraft King Air 200 and replace them with new or serviceable PT6A-42 engines. StandardAero is the only PT6A designated overhaul facility that can offer customers both maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and engine upgrade options.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.08)

Aero-Linx!

Details selected Pioneer Era, Great War and especially Golden Age Aircraft. Detailed aircraft include the Ryan ST, DGA-6, WACO ZPF-6, Northrop Alpha, Nieuport 28, Curtiss Jenny, Martin TT, Laird Solution, Stearman 4D, P-12, DC-3, B-247 and more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.08): Inferior Conjunction

Aero-Terms!

Alignment of Earth, sun, and an inferior planet on the same side of the sun.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.20.08)

"The brilliant employees used an instrument located just below the cockpit window that is critical to the operation of the onboard computers. They decided this instrument, the TAT probe, would be adequate to use as a ladder."

Source: From a post on an American Eagle internet forum, in reference to an incident Tuesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Citing sources within the aviation industry, ABC News reports an overzealous TSA employee attempted to gain access to the parked aircraft by climbing up the fuselage... reportedly using the Total Air Temperature (TAT) probes mounted to the planes' noses as handholds.

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