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We've had an interesting few days reviewing in amazing year in
aviation and aerospace history -- celebrating our victories,
decrying our losses, throwing rocks at the bad guys and offering
sincere kudos to those who improved our lot.
We hope you've enjoyed our efforts.
NOVA Special Looks At The Roving Odyssey On The Red Planet
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
A year after landing on Mars, the twin rovers Spirit and
Opportunity continue their quest to confirm the existence of water
-- and perhaps life -- on a planet that now appears so very
David Banach and his daughter were simply "in the wrong place at
the wrong time." So says Banach's lawyer, after the Lake
Parsippany, NJ, man was questioned about flashing a laser at
If town leaders in Oxford, CT, have their way, there could soon
be some new activity at the local airport. They want to see a
magnet school operate at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport, one that
would attract math and science students who are preparing for a
career in aviation.
Neither Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov nor US Astronaut Leroy Chiao
are ones to point fingers, but then, chivalry could be a function
of appetite. During a news conference last week, the two men aboard
the International Space Station admitted they were down to eating
candy bars, trying to get enough calories in their systems in order
to function, as they awaited the arrival of the latest Progress
If you're a king, what do you do after you lose the throne?
Consider the case of King Michael, exiled from his homeland of
Romania as the communists took over and the Iron Curtain fell in
1947, was literally out in the cold.
As you read this Monday morning, a barge is somewhere out in the
Gulf of Mexico, slowly making its way to the southern tip of the
Florida Keys. Once there, it will turn northeast and head for Cape
Canaveral, where it will unload its cargo -- a huge, slightly
familiar looking fuel tank. Perhaps the most vital part of the new
and improved shuttle fleet is being delivered to the Kennedy Space
Accuses United Of Trying To Circumvent Pension Laws
United Airlines' hopes of rewriting its pension contracts with
employees hit what could end up being a brick wall last week. The
federal government, in the guise of the Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corporation accused the carrier of trying to get around US pension
laws and offering pilots now on the payroll a deal -- "at the
expense of the federal government, its other employees and
By Gary Wiblin, Editor, International Aviation Safety
I was booked to do an initial PPL test with a pleasant chap a
while back. I had often met him milling about our flying club and
judging by his obviously studious nature the test was to be a walk
in the park. After doing a good, thorough pre-flight inspection we
strapped ourselves into the aircraft for a perfect flight.
Everything was going along just great. The pre-start and
after-start checks were of a very high standard, brakes were
checked, taxi speed was kept in check, controls were held correctly
relative to wind, radio work was excellent, and the take-off and
after take-off checks were flawless. I was wishing that there were
more pilots of such a high calibre around.
Have you seen the Martin Scorcese film, "The Aviator" yet?
Apparently, a whole lot of Oregonians have. Attendance at the
Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR, has gone through the
roof since the film about aviation pioneer Howard Hughes release.
For good reason: Hughes' Spruce Goose is on display there.
Airline Agrees To Purchase Four 7E7-8s, Valued At $500
Boeing confirmed that Vietnam Airlines has formally selected the
7E7 Dreamliner as its future mid-sized, twin aisle jetliner. The
carrier plans to take delivery of four 7E7-8s during 2010. The
value of the airplanes is estimated at $500 million at list
Steve McDonald brought to our attention last week what he
considered a big omission to our story about aviation notables
who'd gone West in 2004. Alfred Kelch was the former director of
the Vintage Aircraft Association who had an ongoing love affair
with old aircraft and their restoration.
"Both of us ended up losing a few pounds. We looked at it as
kind of a challenge, kind of a camping adventure, roughing it I
Source: ISS Astronaut Leroy Chiao in a news
conference from the station on Wednesday last week, heaving a big
sigh of relief after the successful arrival of the Progress supply
ship. Both Chiao and his Russian crewmate, Salizhan Sharipov, were
forced to cut back on meat and potatoes while awaiting the supply
ship's arrival. To make up for the nutritional deficit, they ate
supplements. To make up for the calories, they ate candy. Why was
the station short of food? Published reports say the previous crew
apparently ate a little more than they were supposed to.