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October 09, 2007

Dawn Spacecraft Successfully Tests Ion Engine

Thrifty Powerplant Will Power Probe To Asteroid Rendezvous

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is flying high... now that it has finally made it into space. NASA tells ANN the spacecraft successfully completed the first test of its ion propulsion system over the weekend. The system is vital to the success of Dawn's eight-year, three-billion-mile journey to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.

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United Launch Alliance Atlas V Awarded Two NASA Missions

Next Launch Set For Wednesday

United Launch Alliance was awarded launch services contracts last week for two future NASA space exploration missions, Landsat and Juno, scheduled to launch in 2011 aboard Atlas V rockets. Landsat will launch from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, and Juno from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

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Gone West: Fifi Agather

Namesake Of CAF B-29

Aero-News has learned Josephine "Fifi" O'Connor Agather -- namesake of the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) B-29 FIFI -- passed away September 22.

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BRS To Supply Parachute For Cessna SkyCatcher LSA

Will Furnish 'Chutes For Entire Line Of Singles

Add Cessna to the list of aircraft manufacturers that have selected Ballistic Recovery Systems to provide a whole-airplane parachute system for their newest aircraft. BRS announced this week the Wichita-based planemaker will offer a BRS system as an option in its new Light Sport Aircraft, the Model 162 SkyCatcher.

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Upgraded: Comair's Don Bornhorst Now Senior VP Of Delta Connection

Former Song Prez John Selvaggio New Comair CEO

Delta Air Lines announced this week Don Bornhorst has been named Senior Vice President -- Delta Connection, effective October 15. Bornhorst, a 16-year industry veteran, most recently served as president of Delta subsidiary Comair.

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Textron To Acquire Aircraft Manufacturing Company

No... Not THAT One, At Least Not Yet...

Textron -- parent company of Cessna and Bell Helicopter, among other aerospace manufacturers -- plans to add United Industrial Corporation to its inventory.

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Search Crews Find Wreckage Of Missing Caravan

Seven Bodies Recovered From WA Accident Site

Crews searching for a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan that went missing this weekend over Washington state discovered the wreckage of the missing aircraft Monday night, just below the crest of the Cascade Mountain range near White Pass.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.09.07

AOPA Expo 2007 Wrap-Up

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.09.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.09.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AOPA Expo Wrap-Up: 10.09.07 (ANN Special Feature, with ANN EIC Jim Campbell.)

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FL TFR: 10.10.07 - 10.11.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9498  Issue Date: October 09, 2007 at 1223 UTC  Type: Space Operations 

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MN TFR: 10.10.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9573 Issue Date: October 09, 2007 at 1654 UTC Type: Hazards

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TX TFR: 10.12.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9542  Issue Date: October 09, 2007 at 1415 UTC  Location: Waco, Texas  Beginning Date and Time: October 12, 2007 at 2120 UTC  Ending Date and Time: October 12, 2007 at 2225 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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TX TFR: 10.12.07 - 10.15.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9548 Issue Date: October 09, 2007 at 1441 UTC Location: Crawford, Texas Beginning Date and Time: October 12, 2007 at 2145 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 15, 2007 at 1355 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.09.07

Rampant TFR busts throw a wet blanket on an EAA event in Hagerstown.
Search crews look for a Caravan missing with ten aboard.
And officials ID Monday's balloon accident victim in New Mexico.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.09.07

Rampant TFR busts throw a wet blanket on an EAA event in Hagerstown.
Search crews look for a Caravan missing with ten aboard.
And officials ID Monday's balloon accident victim in New Mexico.

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ANN Special Feature: ANN's Jim Campbell Recaps AOPA Expo - 10.09.07

ANN's Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, comments on news coming from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's AOPA Expo in Hartford, Connecticut, which wrapped up on Saturday.

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AFSC Pulls Out Of Air Charity Network

Dissension In The Ranks At The Former Angel Flight

Aero-News has received a copy of a letter sent to pilots last week flying for Angel Flight South Central and Grace Flight of America, announcing the organization's resignation from the Air Charity Network, formerly known as Angel Flight of America.

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AOPA Calls FAA's ADS-B Proposal 'Fairly One-Sided'

Benefits To Agency Clear; Less So For Many Pilots

"Fairly one-sided." That's how the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association sums up the FAA's proposal to equip most of the US civil aircraft fleet with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology by 2020.

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EADS' Gallois Stands By Execs In Insider Trading Probe

Calls Media Attention "A Prospect I Deplore"

Add Louis Gallois' warbling tenor to the chorus of voices claiming top executives at EADS did nothing wrong in selling off massive amounts of stock, ahead of the public announcement last year of a second delay to the Airbus A380 program.

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United's Tilton Keeps Merger Rumors Alive

Plans $4 Billion In Improvements To Carrier

The name "United Airlines" may soon have added significance... as CEO Glenn Tilton recently stressed the airline's interest in a possible merger with another airline down the road.

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Question Of Who Will Represent US Airways Pilots May Come To Vote

USAPA Wants Date-Of-Hire Seniority System At Merged Airline

The US Airline Pilots Association -- formed to unseat the union currently representing pilots at US Airways, the Air Line Pilots Association -- says it has enough requests from pilots to put the matter of who represents them to a vote.

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NASA Honors Late Astronaut With 'Ambassador Of Exploration' Award

Apollo 1 Astronaut Roger Chaffee's Widow Accepted Honor

NASA recently honored the late astronaut Naval Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his involvement in the US space program.

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Pilot Fired For Letting Soccer Player Into Cockpit

Hoped To Ease Midfielder's Fear Of Flying

He was just trying to help... but a pilot flying for UK charter airline Mytravel is now without a job, after he allowed a well-known soccer player into the cockpit on a recent flight.

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Yingling Aviation Completes Modifications To 100th CAP Skylane

Modified C-182T Will Be Delivered Next Month

It's a Skylane with, perhaps, a higher calling. Yingling Aviation of Wichita, KS recently completed the installation of a special avionics package on a Cessna 182T specifically equipped to accomplish the Civil Air Patrol's (CAP's) search and rescue missions.

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EADS North America Increases Lakota Delivery Rate To Two Per Month

Helicopters Delivered From New Production Facility

EADS North America recently upped deliveries of its UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter, by supplying a pair of its rotary-wing aircraft to the US Army in September -- the first time two Lakotas have been delivered during a single month.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.09.07)

Aero-Linx!

The official website of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369... "The Gunfighters," based at Camp Pendleton, CA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.09.07): Synoptic Chart

Aero-Terms!

A chart or weather map which shows the distribution of meteorological conditions over an area at a given time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.09.07)

"There often comes a time when organizations, like people, reach certain critical crossroads. We at Angel Flight South Central have reached just such a pivotal place."

Source: O.R. "Butch" Smith, Chairman of Angel Flight South Central. ANN obtained a copy of a letter sent by Smith last week, announcing the organization's resignation from the Air Charity Network, formerly known as Angel Flight of America.

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AZ TFR: 10.09.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9471  Issue Date: October 08, 2007 at 2008 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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