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December 18, 2005

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.19.05

SpaceX Update, Potomac Field Re-Opens, Fossett's Next Ride, Wright Amendment Politics... and More!

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West Virginia Courts Sino-Swearingen

Attempts To Lure Jet Maker From TX

The way some in West Virginia see it, Sino-Swearingen already manufactures some components for the company's SJ30-2 bizjet in their state -- so why not the whole thing? Members of West Virginia's economic development board will attempt to woo the American and Taiwanese company next week from its current San Antonio, TX headquarters.

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NASA: No PAL Ramp For Future Shuttle Flights

Agency Also Dropping Some Tile Replacement Methods

A troublesome "ramp" of insulating foam will likely be left off the external fuel tank on future shuttle missions. To save money, NASA is also dropping its research into methods of repairing the shuttles' thermal tiles in flight.

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Citation Lands Safely After Gear Problem

CNN, MSNBC, Fox Oddly Absent During Ordeal

The flight crew of a Cessna Citation 550 that briefly experienced landing gear trouble but later landed uneventfully at Toledo Express Airport Friday may have wondered "where are the cameras?"

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Western Aircraft Sells Its 100th PC-12

Pilatus On Track For 80 PC-12 Deliveries in 2005

In another sign pointing to the overall health and -- dare we say -- robustness of the commercial aviation biz of late, Boise, ID-based Western Aircraft celebrated the delivery of their 100th PC-12 aircraft Friday. The aircraft is the 80th PC-12 delivered worldwide for 2005, according to Pilatus.

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Things That Go Bump On The Ramp, Part Two

UPS, Continental Jets Scrape Paint At IAH

Last week, Aero-News reported on two separate incidents along the east coast involving four GA aircraft that got a little too close for comfort while maneuvering on tarmacs in Daytona Beach, FL and Dunkirk, NY. Those pilots may take some comfort, though, that their ignominy is now shared by flight crews aboard two jets that bumped into each other at Houston Intercontinental Airport Friday night.

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Naval Air Crew Participates In Filming '24' Scene

HS-8 Hits Hollywood!

NAS North Island's Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8 recently flew to a ranch in Ventura County, CA to take part in the filming of an episode of the television show "24." One of HS-8's air crew members may also actually get to see himself on television... although Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class (AW/NAC) Casey Kozak, crew chief for the "24" mission, is realistic about his chances for superstardom.

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PPG Named Supplier For 787 Electrochromic Windows

Will Replace Plastic Shades, Offer Five Settings

One item of future-tech that Boeing has promised from the earliest days of the upcoming Dreamliner's development appears to be one step closer to reality, as Boeing announced last week the company has selected PPG Aerospace, a business unit of PPG Industries, to provide electrochromic windows for the passenger cabin of the 787.

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RAF Pilot Admits To Taking Women On Joyride

Reprimanded Over "Jolly" Incident

It's a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Boy flies airplanes. Boy takes girl on airplane ride. A RAF search-and-rescue pilot is now dealing with the consequences, however, after admitting he took two women along for an unauthorized ride in a Sea King helicopter -- all in an effort to impress them.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.18.05)

"The best thing to do is to just take it off." Source: NASA's Director of Space Operations William H. Gerstenmaier, on the agency's plan to remove the protuberance airload ramp (PAL) from the external fuel tank on future space shuttle flights. The PAL ramp was identified by NASA engineers in October as one of the five areas that lost foam during the launch of Discover this summer. The final decision on its removal was delayed, however, until scientists could prove the components protected by the ramp could withstand aerodynamic forces without it.

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