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September 08, 2008

'Jules Verne' Transport Craft Undocks From ISS

Follows Highly Successful First Mission For ATV

At the end of a flawless six-month mission Europe's first Automated Transfer Vehicle "Jules Verne" undocked from the International Space Station Monday at 23:29 hours CEST. The ATV has now embarked on the last leg of its journey in space, which will end with a controlled destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere on September 29.

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United Denies Bankruptcy Filing

Says Erroneous Online Report To Blame

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.08.08 1530 EDT: The reposting of a six-year-old news report was to blame Monday for panic among investors in UAL Corp., parent company of United Airlines... who dumped their shares in the troubled carrier, believing UAL had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time in six years.

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Sigh... Drunk TSA Worker Arrested At Ballgame

Claimed He Was A "Federal Agent"

Just the other day, the ANN staff noted with our eyebrows raised we hadn't seen a single "stupid TSA" story for the past couple weeks or so. We even questioned whether that could be a sign the embattled agency was (finally) getting its act together. Yeah, we knew that trend couldn't last, too.

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Analysts Say Boeing Strike Could Go The Distance

But That Delay Could Help One Troubled Program

As workers represented by the International Association of Machinists began their first week walking the picket lines outside Boeing plants in Washington, Oregon and Kansas, analysts and industry pundits seem to agree the walkout will last at least a month... but after that, it's anybody's guess.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 09.08.08

A Challenging Cross-Country, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.08.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.08.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Challenging Cross-Country: 09.08.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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Spirit Cuts Production Volumes Due To Boeing Strike

Reduced Work Week Curbs Need For Furloughs For Now

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Monday the company is taking immediate action to reduce production volumes on certain Boeing products as a result of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) strike at the American planemaker.

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Austrian Racer Takes Lead After Red Bull Victory In Porto And Gaia

Leads Field By 9 Points With One More Race To Go

Austria's Hannes Arch won his second consecutive Red Bull Air Race today with a thrilling victory in Porto and Gaia in front of 650,000 spectators, beating American Kirby Chambliss and knocking Britain's Paul Bonhomme off the top of the World Championship to take the lead.

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United Launch Alliance Launches GeoEye-1 Commercial Satellite

59-Minute Trip To Orbit Followed By Successful Deployment

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, on behalf of Boeing Launch Systems, successfully launched the GeoEye-1 satellite at 11:51 am PDT on Saturday. Blasting off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg AFB, it marked the second ULA Delta II mission from Vandenberg in 2008.

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Continental Latest To Join Rabble On First Bag Charge

Delta, Southwest Only Remaining Options To Fly With At Least One Bag Free

Customers have complained loudly about all the new fees for checked bags being charged by most major US airlines. But the airlines bet that we'd keep on flying... and apparently, they're winning the bet.

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded $18 Million Contract For Helo Ice-Protection Systems

Electronics Package To Prevent Ice Build-up On New Korean Utility Helicopter

Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. has awarded Curtiss-Wright Corporation a contract to provide an electronics package that will provide protection against ice build-up on the engine air inlets, windshield and main and tail rotor blades on a new utility helicopter. The contract has a potential value in excess of $18 million over a 12-year period.

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Man Sentenced To Four Years In Attempted King Air Joyride

Michael Santos Will Need New Tricks to Impress Next Girlfriend

A man who tried to impress his girlfriend one year ago by taking her for a joyride in a stolen twin-engine plane has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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Virginia DOAV Presents 2008 Aviation Awards

Three Recognized At Luncheon

The Virginia Department of Aviation recently presented the 2008 Virginia Aviation Awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.08.08

The machinists union strikes Boeing.
Tragedy strikes again in Reno.
And the FAA is talking about its audit of airline AD compliance.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.08.08

The machinists union strikes Boeing.
Tragedy strikes again in Reno.
And the FAA is talking about its audit of airline AD compliance.


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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Challenging Cross-Country - 09.08.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about lessons in the story of a family of relatively inexperienced pilots who recently flew from New York State to Alaska.

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Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Pilot Shortage

This Episode Features A Presentation By Kit Darby, AIR Inc. (Part One In A Series Examining A Ponderous Issue)

We've been hearing about it for years... a pilot shortage... a critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it sounded like good news... at least if you were on the bottom rungs of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your way up. However; after engaging in discussions thorough the industry over the last year and in attending a particularly pointed (and very well-organized) presentation at the FAA Forecast Conference some months ago, ANN and Aero-TV are left with the troubling impression that aviation has a BIG problem on its hands.

Startling NASA/Griffin Email Leaked

Griffin Expresses Significant Doubts in Current NASA Course

Leaked to the Orlando Sentinel, an email written by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin is raising serious eyebrows... all over the world. Read the following missives (and Griffin's public addendum) to see why...

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Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Pilot Shortage (Part 1)

This Episode Features A Presentation By Kit Darby, AIR Inc. (Part One In A Series Examining A Ponderous Issue)

We've been hearing about it for years... a pilot shortage... a critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it sounded like good news... at least if you were on the bottom rungs of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your way up. However; after engaging in discussions throughout the industry over the last year and in attending a particularly pointed (and very well-organized) presentation at the FAA Forecast Conference some months ago, ANN and Aero-TV are left with the troubling impression that aviation has a BIG problem on it

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NTSB: '3 Turn Spin' Preceded Rhinebeck Airshow Accident

 The NTSB has filed a preliminary report on the tragic accident that claimed the life of an airshow pilot at the Rhinebeck AeroDrome.

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Klyde Morris (09.08.08)

UAL Once Again Trades Customer Satisfaction For The Bottom Line...

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Zenith Aircraft's OPEN HANGAR DAY and Fly-In Next Weekend

Friday/Saturday, September 19-20, 2008, Mexico Memorial Airport, Mexico, Missouri

Zenith Aircraft Company's 17th annual OPEN HANGAR DAY and Fly-In Gathering is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2008 (with some seminars starting Friday, the 19th), at the factory located at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts, especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are invited to drive or fly-in for the day.

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VFA-27 Royal Maces Celebrate Change of Command

The "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 celebrated their 32nd change of command Sept. 1. Cmdr. Gordon Cross relieved Cmdr. Gregory Huffman in the ceremony held aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). Huffman served as commanding officer of the Royal Maces since August 2007. Prior to assuming command, he served as executive officer of the squadron.

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NASA Accepts Aeronautics Scholarship Applications

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will accept scholarship applications from Sept. 5, 2008, through Jan. 16, 2009, for the academic year beginning in fall 2009. NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.08.08)

Aero-Linx!

Dedicated to the memory of the gone, but not forgotten, airlines of the Alaskan skies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.08.08): Wankel Engine

Aero-Terms!

A form of rotary, internal combustion engine.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.08.08)

"The rational approach didn't happen, primarily because for OSTP and OMB, retiring the Shuttle is a jihad rather than an engineering and program management decision." Source: NASA Administrator, Mike Griffin, in an email leaked to the Orlando Sentinel, in which a number of his concerns, over the future of NASA manned spceflight operations, were voiced.

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