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September 07, 2008

Structural Failure Takes Life Of Reno Race Pilot

Tragic Start To Aviation's Premier Race Event

With the annual excitement of the Reno Air races not quite underway, a tragic accident has taken the life of a pilot in the process of final preparation for her race efforts. Formula One air-racer Erica Simpson, 32, of Phillipsburg, N.J., flying a Cassutt IIIM racer, was killed when her aircraft experienced a structural failure during an evaluation flight.

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FAA Flight Data System 'Upgraded'

The FAA claims that modernization of a computer system responsible for the processing of essential flight data is near completion. An outage in the National Airspace Data Interchange Network (NADIN) last week caused hundreds of air traffic delays. However, the FAA claims that important upgrades to the system are just months from being finished.

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NTSB: 'Bang' Precedes Forced Landing For Rallye

 This couldn't have been a lot of fun, but thankfully, the injuries were minor. A somewhat uncommon Rallye Minerva (file photo, below) experienced an engine failure after its engine pretty much destroyed itself from the inside out...

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NOBODY Loves Hanna... C-17s Evacuate Charleston

Eleven C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Charleston Air Force Base, SC, evacuated Sept. 4 due to the possibility of severe weather caused by Tropical Storm Hanna. The evacuation of the C-17s began midmorning and continued until about 2:15 p.m.

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Air Force Halts Wing Reorganization

Air Force leaders halted plans to perform a global wing restructure which was designed to realign fighter, bomber and rescue airlift maintenance units into flying squadrons. Maintenance and flying squadrons will remain separate and will continue doing business "as they have for the past four or five years," said Lt. Gen. Kevin Sullivan, deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support here at the Pentagon.

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Astronaut Joe Tanner Leaves NASA

A veteran space shuttle astronaut, Joe Tanner, has left NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Tanner flew on four space shuttle missions and performed seven spacewalks. "Joe has played an extremely important role for both our office and the agency as a whole throughout his many years with NASA," said Steve Lindsey, astronaut office chief.

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Boeing Launches GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite

Boeing's commercial launch business has successfully launched the GeoEye-1 satellite today aboard a Delta II rocket procured from United Launch Alliance (ULA). Liftoff occurred, Saturday, at 11:50 a.m. Pacific time from launch pad SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The ULA Delta II rocket deployed the spacecraft approximately 58 minutes after liftoff.

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CIT Aerospace Orders Ten More Airbus A320s

CIT Group Inc. has signed a firm contract with Airbus for a further ten A320 Family aircraft. With this order, the total number of aircraft in the Airbus order book for the CIT Group now stands at 199 aircraft, comprising 157 A320 Family aircraft, 30 A330s, seven A350s and five A319s for executive & private use.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.07.08)

Aero-Linx!

This site is dedicated to 1/48 scale model plastic models that are painted, "weathered" and then photographed. Absolutely amazing craftsmanship, these models are truly works of art. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.07.08): Nacelle

Aero-Terms!

The enclosed compartment in which an engine is mounted. Propeller-driven aircraft have nacelles mounted on the leading edge of the wings, at a distance far enough outboard that the propellers clear the fuselage.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.07.08)

"Joe has played an extremely important role for both our office and the agency as a whole throughout his many years with NASA... Not only has he performed critical roles in each of his four shuttle missions, from servicing the Hubble Telescope to assembly work on the International Space Station, but his leadership and expertise have been invaluable resources to us on the ground as well. He will be missed." Source: Steve Lindsey, NASA's Astronaut office chief, commenting on the departure of Astronaut Joe Tanner, for a job in private industry.

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