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August 28, 2008

Not Again... Pilot Lost In North Las Vegas Aircraft Accident

Aviation Director Calls Second Crash In A Week "A Serious Concern"

Damn... For the second time in six days, an aircraft flying out of North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) in Nevada has crashed into a nearby residential neighborhood.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-11 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-14 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 727 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-10 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 707 airplanes, and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes.

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NASA Postpones Atlantis' Trip To Launch Pad

Will Not Affect Targeted October 8 Liftoff

A stuck pin is to blame for a slight delay in NASA's plan to move the shuttle Atlantis to the launch pad. The space agency announced Thursday this weekend's planned trip to Pad 39A has been postponed to no earlier than Tuesday, September 2.

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Two Injured In Landing Accident At AEG

Plane's Wing Struck Approach Lights

Two men were injured Thursday morning, one seriously, when their Cessna 172A crashed on landing at Double Eagle II Airport (AEG) west of Albuquerque, NM.

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Bavarian Interior Ministry Orders Eight EC135s

Slated For Delivery To Police In 2009-2010

On August 27, the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior announced its decision to purchase eight new Eurocopter EC135 P2i helicopters for the Bavarian Police Helicopter Squadron. Fitted out with state-of-the-art police equipment, the EC135s are slated for delivery between September 2009 and April 2010.

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NASA, Challenger Center Join Forces To Promote Education

Space Act Agreement Focuses On Science, Mathematics

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in, Alexandria, VA announced Thursday a cooperative Space Act Agreement to work together to encourage students to focus more on science, technology, engineering and mathematic studies and programs.

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Super Hornet Entered In Denmark Fighter Competition

Boeing, US Navy Say F/A-18E/F Would Make A Great Dane

Boeing and the US Navy delivered a proposal August 15 formally offering the advanced F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the Royal Danish Air Force as part of Denmark's New Combat Aircraft competition.

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EgyptAir Orders Two 777s To Continue 'Fleet Enhancement'

Follows Leased Orders For Six Other Planes

Boeing and EgyptAir announced Thursday an order for two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners as part of the airline's twin-aisle fleet upgrade for its long-haul service.

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BRS Chalks Up 214th Parachute Save

Pilot Pulls 'Chute After Losing Control In Severe Weather

Without wading too deep into the controversy among many pilots about equipping aircraft with emergency parachutes, let's just say there's one pilot in Germany who was very happy to have one onboard when he felt there were no other options. And he joins 213 others.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.28.08

Behind Modern Crash Investigations, With Author George Bibel

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.28.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.28.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Behind Modern Crash Investigations: 08.28.08 (ANN Special Report, with George Bibel, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the School o

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-12 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes equipped with certain Litton air data inertial reference units (ADIRUs).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.28.08

Sikorski's X2 Technology Demonstrator makes its first flight.
The Armadillo-powered Rocket Racer makes its first flight.
And the NTSB issues a safety alert for flight near thunderstor

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.28.08

Sikorski's X2 Technology Demonstrator makes its first flight.
The Armadillo-powered Rocket Racer makes its first flight.
And the NTSB issues a safety alert for flight near thunderstor

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ANN Special Feature: George Bibel, Airplane Crash Forensics - 08.28.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with George Bibel, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Mines, University of North Dakota, and author of the book, Beyond the Black Box: T

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Aero-TV Takes In The First Annual AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition

AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition Showcases the Best of the Best

The AMTSociety hosted a unique competition last spring during the Aircraft Maintenance Summit at the annual Aviation Industry Expo. Dedicated to aircraft maintenance professionals, the AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition gives aircraft maintenance technicians, both licensed and student A&P mechanics, and
U.S. military personnel involved in the aircraft maintenance field, the opportunity to test their combined and individual abilities against their peers. The competition featured both team and individual events.

Aero-TV Takes In The First Annual AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition

AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition Showcases the Best of the Best

The AMTSociety hosted a unique competition last spring during the Aircraft Maintenance Summit at the annual Aviation Industry Expo. Dedicated to aircraft maintenance professionals, the AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition gives aircraft maintenance technicians, both licensed and student A&P mechanics, and U.S. military personnel involved in the aircraft maintenance field, the opportunity to test their combined and individual abilities against their peers. The competition featured both team and individual events.

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United, Pilots Head To Court Over Alleged 'Sick-Outs'

Airline Seeks Restraining Order Against Union

In a federal courtroom in Chicago on Wednesday, United Airlines and its pilots' union squared off in a legal fight over an alleged sick-out that forced United to cancel hundreds of flights in July.

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Southwest Says It Won't Pay Fine By FAA's Deadline

Agency Continues To Explore Options

If the FAA fined you $10 million, then sent a collection notice warning your case would be referred to the Department of Justice... how would you respond?

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DFW To Unveil New Founders Plaza On September 17

Airport Seeks Best Stories, Photos Of Plaza memories

DFW International Airport announced Wednesday its Founders Plaza observation area will reopen with a public celebration on September 17 at 10 am. A community favorite and Airport landmark, Founders Plaza will offer tourists, school groups, families and aviation enthusiasts a larger site and more interactive experience to learn about the scientific wonder of flight.

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AOPA: ADIZ Training Rule Winning No Fans In The Pilot Community

Members "Angry And Confused" With New Requirements

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says its members are "both angry and confused" about a new ADIZ training rule.

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Airmen Employ Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition In Iraq

500-Lb. Precision Bombs Deployed By F-16s

Airmen employed a guided bomb unit-54 laser joint directed attack munition August 12 against a moving enemy vehicle in the Diyala province to support a combined Iraqi army and US Marine operation.

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Pratt & Whitney, Aviall Join Forces On JT9D Parts Distribution

Reach Agreement On Exclusive Worldwide Distribution Rights

Pratt & Whitney and Aviall Services, Inc., have reached an agreement for the exclusive worldwide distribution of JT9D spare parts. Under the agreement, Aviall will supply new Pratt & Whitney Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) spare parts to JT9D engine operators throughout the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.28.08)

Aero-Linx! 

Idflieg.com is a project established from the lack of finding detail photos of early aircraft and engines detail photos on the web.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.28.08): Noctilucent Clouds

Aero-Terms!

Weakly-luminous clouds, seen at night at heights of about 50 miles (80 km) above the Earth.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.28.08)

"I have been with United for nearly 40 years, and I am proud of this company and what all of our people working together have accomplished. By seeking this preliminary injunction to stop unlawful work slowdowns, we are standing up and refusing to let our customers and employees be used as bargaining chips by ALPA in their campaign to exert financial pressure on this company to open their contract early."

Source: Pete McDonald, Chief Administrative Officer for United Airlines and the first witness called on United's behalf in a federal courtroom in Chicago Wednesday. The airline and the UAL chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association are squaring off in a legal fight over an alleged sick-out that forced United to cancel hundreds of flights in Ju

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