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July 21, 2011

NASA's Proud Space Shuttle Program Ends With Atlantis Landing

Agency Ushers in Next Era of Exploration

Wrapping up 30 years of unmatched achievements and blazing a trail for the next era of U.S. human spaceflight, NASA's storied Space Shuttle Program came to a "wheels stop" on Thursday at the conclusion of its 135th mission.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.21.11

Inaction by Congress could furlough FAA employees.
HAI warns that user fees could be back.
And TSA will end explicit scanner images.

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Key Milestones Reached In $1.2 Billion JFK Construction Project

Delta Animated Video Previews Expanded Terminal 4

The $1.2 billion expansion of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport is on schedule, according to a news release from Delta Air Lines. If you're traveling through JFK, the structural steel frame of the Concourse B extension is now visible.

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Several B737-400s Getting Makeover For The U.S. Government

Aircraft To Be Operated By National Nuclear Security Administration

Details of a joint project with the U.S. Department of the Interior to convert a number of B737-400 passenger aircraft to "Combi" configuration have been revealed by the Florida company with the contract for the makeovers.

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Flight Design, Garmin Collaborate On Price Reductions

G3X Packages Reduced Nearly $18K

When asked what is the number one barrier to aviation at the entry level, most people give a one-word answer: "Cost." No one questions how difficult the last three years have been for aviation in all sectors, so an announcement Wednesday from Flight Design and Garmin may be some welcome news.

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Boeing Emphasizes Links With AFRA In Airplanes Life Cycle Management

Thirteen Thousand Planes Will Be Removed From Service In Next 20 Years

In a speech Tuesday, Boeing vice president for Environment, Health and Safety Mary Armstrong commended  AFRA for the way it enhances the company's ability to deliver innovative environmental solutions throughout the life cycle of its products, particularly in terms of end of service options.

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Embraer, Minsheng Financial Leasing Ink MoU For 20 Embraer Executive Jets

Brazilian Planemaker Continues Success In China

Embraer and Minsheng Financial Leasing, a subsidiary of China Minsheng Banking Co, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a ceremony held Tuesday at Embraer's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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AIG Looks To Sell ILFC

But Buyers Reportedly Lukewarm Based On Price, Fleet Age

International Leasing Finance Corporation is the largest company in the world involved in the buying and leasing of commercial jetliners, but ILFC parent AIG has made no secret of the fact that it wants to divest itself of the aircraft leasing business.

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Swiss Pilot Tries To Kill Mother With 'Kamikaze' Attack

Flew Rented Aircraft Into Her Bedroom Window. She Survives

Swiss authorities say Konrad Schmidt attempted to kill his mother on Sunday by flying a twin-engine plane into her first-floor bedroom window. Rosemary Schmidt reportedly survived the attack.

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NASA Book Available For Visually Impaired To Learn About Moon

Braille Text And Tactile Diagrams Make The Moon More Accessible

NASA has released a new book for visually impaired people to experience the wonders of the moon.

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iPhone Survives Fall From The Sky

Discovery Not Expected To Inspire New Functions For WingX

Jarrod McKinney's iPhone 4 suffered a broken touchscreen in a fall from a shelf in his bathroom, yet can still receive calls after falling out of his pocket to the ground during a skydive from 13,500 feet.

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New Educational Website Launched To Address Laser Strike Issue

Laserstrikeprotection.com Rolled Out At ALEA

At this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 41st Annual Conference & Exposition, Night Flight Concepts and aerospace physiology consulting company Delta P are unveiling a new educational website, LaserStrikeProtection.com.

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Gaddafi's Forces Ordered Bombing Of French Airliner

Libyan Defector Confirms Dictator's Role In 1989 Bombing of UTA Flight 772

A former top Libyan official who defected from the government in March says Muammar Gaddafi ordered a deadly attack on a French airliner in 1989 because he thought a political rival was on board.

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DFW Summer Balloon Classic & AirFest This Weekend

Husband-vs-Wife Aerobatics Among Unique Attractions at MidWay Regional Airport

The City of Midlothian, Texas promises an Aviation Extravaganza featuring 40 magnificent, colorful hot air balloons, aerobatics and skydivers at this weekend's DFW Summer Balloon Classic & AirFest.

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LaHood, Babbitt Urge Swift Action On FAA Bill

Favors Senate Version Of The Legislation

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called on Congress Wednesday to pass a clean extension of the FAA’s authorization in order to avoid airport project construction delays and employee furloughs.

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FAA Shutdown Possible Over Union Squabble, Essential Air Service

Agency Operating Authority Expires Friday

An ongoing argument between House and Senate leaders over union organizing rules at FedEx Express and Essential Air Services could lead to a shutdown of the FAA if the most recent continuing resolution funding the agency is allowed to expire on Friday.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Wolf Aviation Fund -- The Charitable Side of Aviation

Aviation Has A Heart... As Seen Via The Work of The Wolf Aviation Fund

It is one of the most quietly impressive stories in the general aviation world. The Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf Aviation Fund was created to help individuals work together in support of general aviation. With a mission statement that reads... "The Foundation shall promote and support the advancement of personal air transportation by seeking and funding the most promising individuals and worthy projects which advance the field of general aviation; by increasing the public's knowledge of aviation through publications, seminars, and other information media; by informi

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American Plans To Let 'Eagle' Fly On Its Own

AMR Corporation Announces Intent To Move Forward With The Divestiture Of American Eagle

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, announced Wednesday its intent to move forward with the divestiture of AMR Eagle Holding Corporation ("Eagle").

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AA Splits Massive Order Between Boeing, Airbus

American Places Orders And Options For 560 Airplanes

In a move that was largely telegraphed to the media last week, American Airlines announced a massive fleet replacement plan on Wednesday that includes orders and options for as many as 300 Boeing 737's, and 260 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

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South Korea Introduces 'Indigenous' GA Airplane

'Naraon' A Four-Place Airplane Marketed For Training, Personal Use

The first indigenous GA airplane to be developed and built in South Korea has been introduced in a ceremony held by Korea Aerospace Industries in Sacheon, about 270 miles southeast of Seoul.

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AIA Strongly Urges FAA Reauthorization

Blakey: 'Congress Needs To Act Quickly'

The Aerospace Industries Association strongly urges Congress to pass a FAA reauthorization extension to avoid serious disruptions to the agency.

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NATA Encourages Federal Approach To Aviation Gasoline Regulation

Move In Response To CA Enviro Group Actions Against FBOs

In response to several "notices of violation" (NOVs) sent to California FBOs and aviation fuel distributors from a San Francisco-based environmental group, the National Air Transport Association (NATA) is encouraging legislators to treat regulation of the sale, content and use of aviation fuel on the federal level.

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TSA Says It Is Taking Steps To Further Enhance Passenger Privacy

New Software To Be Installed On AIT Machines To Eliminate Passenger-Specific Images

TSA Administrator John S. Pistole announced Wednesday that the agency will begin installing new software on its millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines ... making upgrades designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.21.11)

“Clearly, some in the Senate have made a political decision to put special interest labor provisions above the safety of our nation’s aviation system.” Source: House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.21.11): Cap Cloud

A stationary cloud directly above an isolated mountain peak, with cloud base below the elevation of the peak.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.21.11)

FAA Test Prep and Education for Pilots and AMTs

This site is firstly a test prep resource for Pilots and Aviation Maintenance Technicians preparing for the FAA knowledge exams.

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