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October 14, 2007

Cirrus Bids For Columbia: Sale/Bankruptcy Now 'Likely To Be Long-Term Event'

Cirrus Now Confirmed To Be In The Bidding

Over the last few weeks since ANN first broke the story of the impending Columbia Shake-Up/Bankruptcy and Cessna's interest in purchasing most of the assets of the foundering high-performance A/C manufacturer, what was once touted as a "fairly simple" bankruptcy sale is now taking on overtones of a soap opera. A number of bidders are coming to the fore in an effort to fight off the takeover of the principal Columbia assets by Cessna/Textron. As a result of that, a number of legal papers (by four parties, to date) have been filed rejecting the deal that Cessna signed wit

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Airbus Readies For First A380 Delivery

To Be Delivered To Singapore Airlines On Monday, 15th October

In line with previous details, Airbus tells ANN that they will celebrate the first A380-Megaliner-handover to first customer Singapore Airlines on Monday, 15th October, with a dedicated delivery ceremony.

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Whitson Takes Command Of ISS

First Woman Station Commander Arrives At ISS

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson arrived at the International Space Station Friday to begin her tenure as the first woman to command a station mission. Whitson, Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor docked their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft to the station at 10:50 a.m. EDT.

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Serious Dollars: $355K in WAI Scholarships Available

But... The Deadline Approaches

Here's an impressive set of numbers... Women in Aviation, International's (WAI) annual scholarship opportunities now total $355,000 for 2008, but to qualify, interested individuals must apply by December 1, 2007. This year's scholarships range in value from a $500 academic scholarship up through a type-rating valued at $35,000.

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USAF Deploys Raven B SUAV In SEA

Raven B Has Landed in Southwest Asia

A small unmanned aerial vehicle is now being used to increase the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing's force protection capabilities. Maintained and operated by the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, the Raven B is the wing's sixth and smallest aircraft, weighing 4.2 pounds with a wing span of 65 inches and a length of 35 inches.

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ABQ Balloon Fiesta Announces Awards, Prize Winners

As the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta's many competitions come to an end, some lucky pilots are taking home great prizes for their scores in the 2007 flying competition. The prizes this year included a 2008 Honda Ridgeline pickup, an $8,000 Parmigiani watch and a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, among others.

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Not A Good Week For Balloon Accident Stats

Like Other Big Events, ABQ Balloon Fiesta Has Its Share of Problems

Like any other large event where a lot of one kind of aircraft congregate, the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is turning out to have its share of fender-benders (not that balloons have fenders...). After a fatal accident earlier in the week, we're relieved to note that the most recent spate of accidents (four, in the last two day's reports) have been or a less injurious variety... We hope the rest of the week proceeds safely.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.07)


Since its launch in 1997, the Space Day educational initiative, which takes place on the first Friday of each May, has evolved into a massive grassroots effort dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.14.07)

"Initially it will be used here to get eyes on the area where the enemy could launch a man-portable air-defense systems surface-to-air missile or other weapon at the aircraft or runway... With this airframe we can increase our force protection through aerial monitoring of the (surface-to-air missile) footprint."

Source: 1st Lt. Daryl Crosby, the 380th ESFS Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System program, officer in charge, diuscussing the use of the Raven B SUAV in SouthEast Asia.

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