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July 13, 2009

Oh Please! Yet Another STS-127 Launch Scrub!

Face It, They Should Have Taken The Bus...

Here we go again... nearby lightning, anvil clouds and thunderstorms in the immediate area have caused NASA officials to call today's Monday launch, originally scheduled for 1651 EDT, a scrub. This was their fifth try.

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Gone West: Ultralight Pioneer/Mentor Homer Kolb

Homer Kolb: A Dear Friend To ALL Who Loved To Fly

Ultralight designer, pioneer and manufacturer, Homer Kolb, has gone west.

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First Flight: Belite Carbon Fiber Ultralight

New Light Weight Aircraft Completes Successful Test Flight On Independence Day

It was an uplifting holiday for the designer of a highly reconfigured aircraft modeled after the Kitfox Lite. Piloted by James Wiebe, who designed it to comply with FAR Part 103 weight and regulatory requirements, the 'Belite' made a successful first flight on Saturday, July 4, 2009...

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No Columbus For Cessna

Textron Cancels The Wide-Body Business Jet Program

While Textron had been saying since April that it would be cancelling the Citation "Columbus" wide-body program at Cessna, Cessna officials were confident it would be back in some form, and that it was "just a matter of time." But the Wichita Business Journal reported late last week that Textron had filed paperwork with the SEC driving the proverbial stake through the heart of the project.

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Smoke Causes Evacuation of British Airways Plane

747 Had Pushed Back, But Was Still On The Ground

A British Airways 747-400 was evacuated at Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport Friday, when passengers detected the strong odor of smoke in the cabin while the aircraft was taxiing for departure to London.

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NBAA: FAA Decision Preserves BizAv Access at Santa Monica Airport

Long-Time Battle Sees A Win For BizAv

 NBAA seems pretty pleased with a decision from the FAA finding that the City of Santa Monica cannot ban certain types of business airplanes from Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.13.09

Airshow performer Gary Miller is lost during practice for an airshow.
US Unlimited Aerobatic Team member Chandy Clanton is lost the following day.
And NASA wil try again this evening

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.13.09

Airshow performer Gary Miller is lost during practice for an airshow.
US Unlimited Aerobatic Team member Chandy Clanton is lost the following day.
And NASA wil try again this evening

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Stalls and Spins, Still! - 07.13.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the frustrating persistence of avoidable, fatal stall/spin accidents in airport traffic patterns, and the easy math that can he

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 07.13.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.13.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.13.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Stalls and Spins, Still! - 07.13.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Airmen Attain Combat Milestone in Afghanistan

2000 Combat Missions Flown In Theater

Airmen at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan hit a major milestone this week when they completed their 2,000th combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Continental Pilots Optimistic About Future With Star Alliance

Culmination Of Two Years Of Effort

Continental pilots applaud today’s DOT announcement of final approval for Continental to join the existing antitrust immunized alliance with United and eight other Star alliance carriers.

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Aero-TV: COPA M7 Reflections -- SF50 Visions Of The Future

Aero-TV Conducts Its Annual Three Question Survey Of COPA Members

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association's Annual Convention -- that of surveying a dozen or so people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're visiting.

Aero-News Update: Brutal Airshow Weekend Costs Two Airshow Pilots Their Lives

Tragedy Strikes Two Pilots, Gary Miller and Chandy Clanton, Practicing For Same Airshow

Hazards can come at all times and in all forms -- and few people know that better than those who fly in airshows -- if not thorough their own occasional moments of peril... then from the diminishing ranks of their friends who have gone west. The week, we lost two outstanding members of the airshow community, oddly though, while practicing for the very same airshow.

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Aero-TV: COPA M7 Reflections -- SF50 Visions Of The Future

Aero-TV Conducts Its Annual Three Question Survey Of COPA Members

Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association's Annual Convention -- that of surveying a dozen or so people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're visiting.

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Aero-News Network Will Be Offering EXTRAORDINARY DAILY Coverage of Oshkosh 2009

BIG Surprises Coming For ANN's Annual Coverage of OSHKOSH!

The 2009 Rendition of Aviation's Annual Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Of Oshkosh is nearly upon us, and, if history is any indicator, it's likely that some of you may have some news/announcements to make.

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Klyde Morris (07.13.09)

Klyde Is Ready For Some Baseball....

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NASA Names College Winners In Supersonic Design Contest

Two U.S. Teams And One From Japan Take Top Honors

Since the Concord went out of service in 2003, a return to commercial air travel at speeds above Mach 1 has been a goal of designers and engineers around the world. Now, eight college students have summer jobs at NASA this year, thanks to their participation in a contest to design a supersonic airliner.

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Whistleblower Charges An FAA Cover Up In Chalk's Accident

Former Inspector Says Mechanics Were Not Properly Trained, Corrective Programs Terminated

According to former FAA Inspector Gabe Bruno, at least one of the mechanics that worked on a Chalk's Ocean Airways Grumman Mallard which went down shortly after takeoff from Miami in 2005 was unqualified for the work, and the FAA is covering up the mistake.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Adds Two International Technicians

New Field Service Representatives Will Be Based In Mexico And India

Gulfstream Aerospace is beefing up its service operation overseas with two new representatives to its international field service organization. Kannan Kumar will cover Gulfstream customers in India, while Eduardo “Eddie” Hernandez will cover the Mexico and Central America region.

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Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Flight Restrictions Disclosed

Specific NOTAMs Will Follow For The Event

OK, OK, we know it's early. We're all thinking about summer in Wisconsin, and Washington (DC) is thinking about winter in Washington (state). But forewarned is forearmed, right?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.13.09): NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA A private, non-share capital corporation that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.13.09)

Aero-Linx: RITA -- Bureau Of Transportation Statistics The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers. Summary information on the number of on-time, delayed, canceled and diverted flights appears in DOT's monthly Air Travel Consumer Report, published about 30 days after the month's end, as well as in summary tables posted on this website.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.13.09)

"We're a small community with a small inventory of aircraft... We're 100 percent committed to the mission, and this couldn't get done without our great maintainers on the ground." Source:  Col. Chris Kirschman, 41st EECS squadron commander, commenting on their 2000th combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

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