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September 28, 2007

NASA Tracking Three Active Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic

The fourteenth tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean today, Friday, Sept. 28th, bringing three active storms in the Atlantic in one week.

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Discovery Prepares to Roll to the Pad Saturday

In preparation for a targeted Oct. 23 launch, Discovery is set to roll from the Vehicle Assembly Building out to the Launch Pad 39A aboard the crawler transporter this weekend. Earlier in the week, the orbiter was attached to the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters atop the mobile launch platform.

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S-TEC Intelliflight 1950 DFCS Selected By L-3 Avionics Systems For Smartdeck

S-TEC Corporation has confirmed that L-3 Avionics Systems has selected the IntelliFlight 1950 as the Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) for their advanced SmartDeck Integrated Flight Controls and Display System. "L-3 Avionics Systems came to us looking for a new-generation digital flight control to integrate into their new SmartDeck avionics suite," Mel Hilderbrand, S-TEC president said.

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We Wuz Robbed! Sporty’s Awards 2007 Sweepstakes Skyhawk... But NOT To Us

The winner of Sporty’s 2007 Sweepstakes Aircraft is Otto Sorg of Dexter, Michigan. Sorg is now the owner of a brand-new Cessna Skyhawk SP equipped with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. Sorg, a student pilot with a lifelong interest in aviation, was informed of his winning status by Sporty’s President Michael Wolf on September 12.

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T-45 Crashes Near Kleberg County Airport

A T-45 Goshawk attached to Training Squadron 21 crashed on King Ranch about 2 miles north of Kleberg County Airport, Sept. 27, while returning to NAS Kingsville from a routine training flight.

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Lycoming Does Some Crowing Over NemesisNXT's Reno Win

Jon Sharp Takes the Gold in Sport Class Race

Lycoming is doing a bit of boasting these days. Especially after Jon Sharp, a Lycoming-sponsored racer in his Nemesis NXT design, won the 2007 Reno Air Races in the Super Sport Class division Gold Race on September 16, 2007. Also impressive was Kevin Eldridge, who placed second in the same race. Both pilots were flying the NXT design aircraft with new turbo-charged Lycoming Thunderbolt engines.

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Boeing, Air New Zealand and Rolls-Royce Announce Biofuel Flight Demo

Demonstration in 2008 targets the viability of alternative fuels for reducing carbon emissions 

Boeing, Air New Zealand and Rolls-Royce have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct a biofuel demonstration flight designed to help accelerate the development of viable and sustainable alternative fuels for commercial aviation uses. Boeing is exploring second-generation biofuel feed stocks and processes that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases throughout their entire lifecycle.

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White House Fact Sheet: New Steps To Address Airport Passenger Delays

President Bush Announces Administrative Steps To Reduce Delays, Urges Congress To Act On Common Sense Reforms

As previously detailed, President Bush directed Transportation Secretary Mary Peters (right) to take action to address air traffic congestion and flight delays. President Bush has asked Secretary Peters to meet with airline industry and aviation officials in the most over-stressed part of our system – the New York metro airspace – to develop a plan to alleviate congestion and reduce delays.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.28.07

Interesting Observations From NBAA 2007 Opening Day Ceremonies

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.28.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.28.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Comments From The NBAA 2007 Opening Ceremony  -- 09.28.07 (ANN Special Feature, with NBAA opening day comments from DOT Secretary Mary Peters, and Geo

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NBAA 2007: Bolen Says 2007 Convention Was A Watershed Event

An Exclusive Conversation With The President And CEO Of NBAA

It's a little hard to believe how relaxed and smiling this guy was on Thursday. He's been in town since Saturday, courtesy of a record-setting commemorative flight to Atlanta from New York, the site of the first National Business Aviation Association meeting in 1947 -- a convention of 17 people held in a large hotel room.

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Opportunity Rover Reaches First Target In Crater

Mission Has Lasted Over 14 Times Longer Than Planned

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached its science team's first destination for the rover inside Victoria Crater, information received from Mars late Tuesday confirms.

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Under One Roof: FAA Grants Single Operating Cert To US Airways

But Show Of Unity Is Just That For Protesting Pilots

There's no going back now. This week, US Airways -- the carrier formed after the September 2005 merger of the old US Air and America West -- received a single operating certificate from the FAA... just as US Airways pilots planned to picket at Reagan National Airport to demand that management provide them with the same wages as their America West counterparts.

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British Airways Places First New A380 Order In Two Years

Also Signs for 24 787 Dreamliners

Airbus may claim a new customer for the A380. British Airways this week placed an order for 12 of the superjumbo jets, in a deal worth close to $4 billion.

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Klyde Morris (09.28.07)

Wait... What Else Are Sick Days For?

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FAA: Blame It On The Phone Company

We'd Like To Add The Check Is In The Mail, Too

It now appears the snarling of air traffic within 250 miles of Memphis, TN Tuesday was caused by a problem phone line... and the FAA says you may thank AT&T for that.

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MIA No More: WWII P-39D Pilot ID'd

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is 1st Lt. James W. Blose, U.S. Army Air Forces, of Sharpsville, Pa. He will be buried Sept. 29 in Hermitage, Pa.

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Lufthansa Flight Training Selects Citation CJ1+

Orders Four Planes For Basic Jet Training

Cessna announced this week at NBAA 2007 it has an order from Lufthansa Flight Training for four Citation CJ1+ aircraft for its new pilot training program.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.28.07)

"We've long said you get a year's worth of aviation business in three days of an NBAA and I think that's more true this year than ever," Bolen offered. "The amount of business done here, the sales announcements and launches reinforces the idea that this is a place you want to be if you're in business aviation."

Source: Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association.

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