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February 02, 2008

NASA Remembers Columbia, Five Years Later

Families Gather To Honor Lost Astronauts

Family members, friends and NASA officials gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Friday to commemorate the seven Columbia astronauts on the fifth anniversary of their deaths. On February 1, 2003 -- after a 16-day mission -- the shuttle Columbia broke up high over Texas while descending to land at Kennedy.

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Coast Guard Searches For Missing Balloonist

Disappeared Thursday Over Aleutians

Searchers with the US Coast Guard are continuing efforts to find a Japanese hot-air balloonist, who disappeared Thursday while on a trip from Japan to Oregon.

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Ouch! Taxiing Jet Collides With Three Other Planes At FXE

No One Hurt... But Lots Of Bent, Foamy Metal

When airport officials use the term "bumper cars" to describe an incident, you know it won't be good.

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Over 1,500 APA Members Rally In Face Of Contract Talks

Nine Meetings Held Across Country; 143 Pilots Retired Thursday

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), collective bargaining agent for the 12,000 pilots of American Airlines, tells ANN the union conducted large-scale member meetings at nine locations nationwide Friday, to send a signal to management at American Airlines. The rallies come as both sides continue to squabble -- with little actual progress -- in ongoing contract negotiations.

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Southwest CEO Says LCC Ready For Consolidation

You Are Now Free To... Wait And See What Happens

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says he's open to the idea of merging with another airline, though he adds Southwest should make out fine whether it chooses to remain independent or not.

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DWC Latest School To Take Steps In Combating CFI Shortage

Implements Plans To Address CFI Shortage

It's a familiar tale... the result of recent trends in the aviation industry. Faced with a shortage of experienced pilots, regionals and other carriers have lowered minimum hours for the right seat.

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NASA To Send Beatles Song Into Deep Space To Mark Anniversaries

'Across the Universe' Will Go Across The Universe

For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song -- The Beatles "Across the Universe" -- directly into deep space at 1900 EST on Monday, February 4. The transmission over NASA's Deep Space Network will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA's founding and the group's beginnings.

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NTSB Will Investigate AA 757 Incident Over Atlantic

Smoke In Cockpit, Shattered Windscreen Resulted In Emergency Diversion

The National Transportation Safety Board says it will investigate the January 30 incident, in which an American Airlines B757-200 en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Philadelphia diverted to West Palm Beach, FL and made an emergency landing after the cockpit filled with smoke.

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Military Remains Enthusiastic About UAVs

Soldiers Say Unmanned Shadows 'Transforming' Battlefield

They are known as the "commander's eyes on the battlefield." Coalition forces have used them to find roadside bombs, track the enemy's movement, clear convoy routes and locate key targets -- all without having to leave the relative safety of their bases.

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Gripen Fleet Surpasses 100,000 Flight Hours Mark

Occurs During January 28 SAAF Test Flight

With Saab test pilot Mats Thorbiornson and South African Air Force (SAAF) Colonel Mike Edwards at the controls, South Africa's second Gripen fighter (SA02) made history when, during a scheduled flight test sortie this week, it passed the cumulative 100,000 flying hour mark for the entire Gripen fleet of new generation fighters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.02.08)

Aero-Linx!

The North American Trainer Association (NATA) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the restoration and safe flying of North American Trainers such as the AT-6/SNJ/Harvard, NA-64, NA-50, TB-25, TF-51, AND T-28 aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.02.08): Jettison

Aero-Terms!

To drop something from an aircraft or space craft in flight. Supplemental fuel tanks, also called "drop tanks", can be jettisoned from military aircraft prior to entering combat in order to lower drag, decrease weight and improve maneuverability.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.02.08)

"Amazing! Well done, NASA! Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."

Source: Iconic singer and songwriter Paul McCartney. For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song -- The Beatles' "Across the Universe" -- directly into deep space at 1900 EST on Monday, February 4.

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