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August 20, 2005

Discovery Delayed

WX Scrubs Return Flight

Weather concerns have caused NASA to delay the return of space shuttle Discovery to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 747 and shuttle combination departed from California Friday and spent the night at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana.

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No Surprises Here -- AMFA Strikes Northwest

AMFA Claims Northwest Proposed "Even Harsher Terms" In Final Offer

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association went on strike against Northwest Airlines at midnight, Friday. According to AMFA statements, the decision came "after the carrier's last-best-and-final offer, presented on Thursday afternoon in last-ditch negotiations, contained even harsher terms than Northwest's prior offer."

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Russian Air Force Museum on Fire!

Rare and One-Off Aircraft, Archives Threatened

Aero-News has learned that the Central Russian Air Force Museum, at Monino Airfield near Moscow, broke out in flames Friday afternoon or evening (Moscow time). At least ten fire engines were called to the scene.

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Coming Home: Vietnam MIA USAF Officer Identified

The DoD POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has announced that the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is Air Force Col. Gregg Hartness of Dallas, Texas. He is to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14.

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Aero-Views: Latest FAA 'Flight Plan' Needs More For GA

AOPA Says Four-Year Plan Still Isn't Finished

Give credit to improved general aviation safety. Stop ignoring the effect of security restrictions on efficient airspace use. Change the rules to allow more WAAS approaches into GA airports. And for heaven's sake, stop setting the stage for user fees!

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ESA at MAKS 2005

President Putin Gets A Look At The Clipper

MAKS -- the biennial Russian International Aviation and Space Salon -- is being held in Zhukovsky, close to Moscow, from 16 to 21 August. Space exploration has a prominent role at MAKS 2005 as for the first time the Russian Federal Space Agency, as well as ESA, are exhibitors.

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Flying Through High School

Wathen Foundation Launches Aviation-Oriented Charter School At Flabob

Building on the success of its satellite EAA Air Academy program, the Thomas Wathen Foundation will launch Wathen Aviation High School at Riverside, California's Flabob Airport this coming school year. Twenty-five students will begin a four-year course of study at the new charter school on September 6th.

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A Special Young Eagles Rally

Something Unusual From EAA Chapter 74 And The Tuskegee Airmen

By ANN Special Contributor Amy Laboda On a steamy, hot morning at Orlando Executive Airport's Shelt Air FBO hangar, more than 120 youths and their adult supervisors, parents and friends turned out for a rare (for Florida) summer Young Eagles Day. EAA Chapter 74 and the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., jointly sponsored the special rally, which served as a special kick-off to this week's 34th Annual Tuskegee Airmen's National Convention.

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Texas Town Signs Up For US101 Program

Amarillo Invests In Bell Plant

The city of Amarillo, TX, believes in the new presidential helicopter VH-71A so much that lawmakers are willing to invest $27 million in taxpayer money.

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Saturns Rings Come With Their Own Atmosphere

Cassini Data Says It's Separate From Saturn's Own Atmosphere

Data from the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft indicate that Saturn's majestic ring system has its own atmosphere -- separate from that of the planet itself. During its close fly-bys of the ring system, instruments on Cassini have been able to determine that the environment around the rings is like an atmosphere, composed principally of molecular oxygen.  This atmosphere is very similar to that of Jupiter's moons Europa and Ganymede, according to scientists.

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Successful Experiment With NASA Leads To Wider Implementation At DFW

Project Aimed At Airfield Safety

Continuing its global leadership in airfield safety and cutting-edge implementation of new safety standards, DFW International Airport this week accepted a $4M grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to fund construction of the first phase of perimeter taxiways around the Airport. DFW is expected to have the taxiway project completed by 2008, increasing runway safety while speeding passengers to their gate without having to stop to wait for opportunities to cross an active runway.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.20.05)

"Great strides have been made in aviation since Orville Wright's first flight in 1903. Today, general aviation aircraft range from light sport aircraft like the Piper J-3 Cub to personal jets like the Eclipse 500. In America, we also have a unique freedom that keeps GA efficient and affordable, so we certainly have many reasons to celebrate National Aviation Day." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer marking Friday as National Aviation Day in the US.

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