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October 12, 2008

Expedition 18 -- Plus One -- Launches Towards ISS

Garriott Becomes First US Citizen To Follow Parent Into Orbit

Accompanied by the popping of champagne corks, cheers -- and tears -- hundreds of eager spectators watched as three new spacefarers blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome early Sunday morning, riding inside their Soyuz TMA-13 capsule towards a Tuesday rendezvous with the International Space Station.

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US Law Firms Partner To Go After FAA In Aeroflot-Nord Accident

Note Probable Cause Hasn't Been Determined, But Maintain Oversight 'Shortcomings' Are Clear

Two American law firms have joined forces to sue the Federal Aviation Administration in connection with the September 14 downing of a Boeing 737-500 airliner near Perm, Russia.

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AP Study Says NextGen ATC Could Save Big Bucks On Fuel

Airlines Likely To Realize Significant Reduction In Fuel Consumption

Replacing the current ground radar-based air traffic control system with the proposed satellite-based NextGen network has the potential to save the airlines billions of dollars annually in fuel costs, according to a recent Associated Press study.

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Gone West: SpaceDev Founder Jim Benson

Computer Genius And Rocket Motor Developer Leaves Indelible Mark

SpaceDev, Inc. has announced that SpaceDev Founder and Board Member James Benson, 63, died peacefully in his home Friday.

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Cyclist Causes Brief Alarm At Logan International

FAA Tech Just Getting A Bit Of Exercise

Seeing a man on a bicycle is not normally a cause for concern, unless maybe he's riding it in a strange location... like near a runway at Boston's Logan International Airport.

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Analyst Believes 787 Won't Deliver Until 2010

Expert Predicts Financial Crunch May Lead To Canceled Orders

Despite continued optimism from Boeing officials and a record $275 million backlog of orders, experts expressed doubts relating to forecast 787 Dreamliner deliveries.

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FAA Frowns On Horizon In-Cockpit Videos

Videos Recently Posted On YouTube Show Violation Of Regs

Certain amateur videos posted recently on YouTube have piqued the interest and warranted the scrutiny of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Continental To Take $91M Hit In Third Quarter On Layoffs

Rising Fuel Costs And Slipping Load Factor Taking A Toll

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday, Houston-based Continental Airlines Inc. announced it would take $91 million in special charges in the third quarter of 2008, due in part to capacity cuts and severance costs.

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Recovered Wing Belongs To C177 That Crashed In 1976

One Mystery Gains A Clue While Another Remains Unsolved

A portion of an aircraft’s wing found in a remote area of Nova Scotia provided a piece of the puzzle to the investigation of a crash that happened over thirty years ago.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.12.08)


This site has been built as a tribute to these aircraft and to serve as a memorial to those that died in what became known as the "VISCOUNT DISASTERS".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.12.08): Water Injection


A system in which a water and alcohol mixture is injected into the induction system of a reciprocating engine when it is developing full power. When the  water injection system (or anti-detonation system, as it is also known) is used, the fuel -air mixture is leaned, allowing the engine to develop its maximum power while still providing adequate cooling to the engine.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.12.08)

"The new enthusiasm from the public is already leading to a rebirth of the space industry, with a new generation of 'space cadets' -- those students enrolling in the burgeoning university programs for astronautical -- rather than aeronautical --engineering programs, spearheading a 'next-generation' of space industry careers and experts. I am happy and proud to be part of this new wave of economic activity and a new start on the human exploration and development of the Infinite Frontier! This is truly revolutionary."

Source: SpaceDev Founder and Board Member James Benson, who died peacefully in his home Friday at the age of 63.

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