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January 20, 2007

Pilot Safe After F-16 Bailout In California

Reported Engine Failure Over Owens Lake

The pilot of a California Air National Guard F-16 is safe... although probably a little shaken up... after ejecting from his plane Friday afternoon over a remote area northeast of Los Angeles.

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Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2007: Oh, The Planes!

Part Three: Evektor SportStar

Over the past 10 months, I've had the opportunity to spend some seat time in three emerging players in the light sport aircraft segment. As a former Cessna 172 jockey, I must admit I wasn't expecting much when I first took to the skies on demo flights in three significantly smaller aircraft, lower-powered aircraft... but wow, was I wrong.

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Paper: Bell Memo Suggests Company Struggling To Fill Orders

Redenbaugh Resignation Signals Textron Unhappy With Production Woes

Michael Redenbaugh led something of a revitalization during his time at Bell Helicopters -- overseeing the company during almost four years of strong sales and new product development. So why did he suddenly leave the rotorcraft manufacturer this week?

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NATCA Says Poor Management Behind Rise In Incidents At CHS Tower

Six Incidents In Past Three-And-A-Half Months

In the entire 2006 fiscal year, the Charleston (SC) Air Traffic Control Tower had no operational errors or deviations. But so far, in the first three-and-a-half months of the current fiscal year, there have been six errors, including one committed by a Federal Aviation Administration supervisor.

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PATCO Prez Tells Congressman FAA's Contract Towers Are Understaffed, Too

Says Staffing Levels Less Than Half Than Federal Facilities

For all the talk about staffing levels at federal air traffic control towers... don't forget the fact 233 smaller FAA contract towers at airports throughout the country are hurting, as well. That's the message in a letter sent by Ron Taylor (right), president of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), to Florida Congressman Tim Mahoney this week.

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Montana Helo Company Buys Kaman Bird For Oil, Gas Exploration

There's Now a K-Max On Duty

It's a flat-out cool helicopter, for a very important job. Kaman Aerospace Corp. told Aero-News Friday Central Copters, Inc. of Belgrade, MT has purchased a K-Max "aerial truck" helicopter for oil and gas exploration.

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Cessna's Team X Support Network Celebrates 10 Years

New Team Mustang Ready To Go

The gang at Cessna Aircraft Company tells ANN they're celebrating more than 10 years of Team X (as in '10'), the support network established to provide Cessna Citation X business jet customers with the highest caliber of service and support for the Citation Xs flying out in the field. And as one team marks an important milestone, another is ready in the wings... so to speak.

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Glitch Forces SpaceX To Bump DemoFlight 2 Launch Until February At Earliest

Musk Advises "Don't Hold Your Breath" For A Firm Date

While discouraged by the failure of the company's first-ever launch of the Falcon 1 rocket last March, SpaceX vowed to press on... and the company is nearing its second launch from the balmy Kwajalein Atoll. Alas, the original January 22 scheduled launch date has been moved off to sometime in February, due to an anomaly with a second stage engine component.

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C-130J Anti-Missile System, Computers Draw Fire From Pentagon

Report Says Plane Not Suitable For Global Ops

Flaws in its anti-missile defense system could spell trouble for the Lockheed Martin C-130J in certain theaters, according to a Pentagon weapons testing report.

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NASA Says Atlantis Nearly Ready For VAB Move

Endeavour Being Prepped For First Launch In Four Years

Officials with NASA updated ANN Friday on the status of the orbiters slated to fly the next two shuttle missions to the International Space Station.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.07)

Aero-Linx!

If you head to the webcam that normally shows the USS Intrepid Museum on the Hudson River you will notice something a little different: the ship is missing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.07): BDA

Aero-Terms!

Bomb Damage Assessment -- Department of Defense acronym used to describe the effectiveness of an air attack on a target.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.20.07)

"We have generated a lot of customer enthusiasm for our products, which has resulted in increased sales and contracts that bode well for our future. What this means, however, is that we absolutely must step up our capabilities to meet our commitments to our customers in critical areas such as quality, delivery and cost."

Source: Textron Chairman Lewis Campbell, in an email to Bell Helicopter employees following the resignation of former CEO Michael Redenbaugh this week.

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