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December 26, 2007

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.27.07

The 12-year-old survivor of a crash in Panama reaches the hospital.
Grounded F-15s require improvisation by the services that fly them.
And if you're hiring a medevac pilot, look deeper than his

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NZ's Westpac Helo Scores Two More Rescues... On Christmas Eve

The Wellington (NZ) based Westpac Rescue Helicopter folks scored two more rescues over the holidays with the rescue of two divers near Cape Palliser on Christmas Eve. At 1945 (local), the Central Police Communications notified helicopter crews that two divers were being swept out to sea near Cape Palliser. A few minutes later police reported that the divers had made it safely to a rock about 300 metres off shore but needed to be uplifted from there and brought to shore.

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NTSB's Probable Cause On Fatal EC135 Crash Blames CFIT, Other Factors

Pilot's Work Experience Also Raises Questions

The probable cause on a tragic EC135 medical helo crash, that killed two people, has been published by the NTSB. While it blames CFIT as the probable cause for the accident, there do appear to be some additional questions raised about the pilot's background... The Night VFR occured Jan. 10, 2005, near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The impact killed the pilot, Joseph Schaefer of Sterling, Virginia, and a paramedic, Nicole Kielar of Henrico County. A Flight nurse, Jonathan Godfrey, survived. The Probable Cause report is excerpted below...

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NASA Names New Composite Government Invention of the Year

A device that can act like muscle and nerves to expand and contract surfaces is the 2006 NASA Government Invention of the Year. NASA's Macro-Fiber Composite, or MFC, can be attached to a structure to bend it, reduce vibrations and monitor force. A team at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., created the flexible and durable material that uses ceramic fibers. /

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Orbital-Built Horizons-2 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched

Spacecraft Is Performing As Expected Early In Its Mission 

Orbital Sciences has announced that their Horizons-2 satellite was successfully launched into orbit during a mission that took place on Friday, December 21, 2007. The Horizons-2 spacecraft was delivered into its initial orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket launched from the European space launch complex (located near the Equator in French Guiana).

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US/RoK Airmen Participate In Buddy Wing Program

Republic of Korea air force airmen from Seosan Air Base visited Osan's 36th Fighter Squadron Dec. 11 to Dec. 13 to participate in Seventh Air Force's quarterly "buddy wing" program. The purpose of the buddy wing program is to exchange ideas, introduce tactics and improve interoperability between the U.S. and ROK air forces.

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Kearsarge Achieves 1,000th Aircraft Deployed Approach

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed its 1,000th aircraft approach, Dec. 5, setting a new record during the current deployment for Kearsarge and large deck amphibious ships in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

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Embraer Packs In The Late 2007 Orders

Republic Confirms 11 E-Jets Options For A Total Of 102 Firm Orders

Embraer tells ANN that it has received confirmation from US-based Republic Airways Holdings of 11 options for the Embraer 175 jet. The aircraft will be operated by its subsidiary Shuttle America and will fly under the Delta Connection brand name. First delivery is scheduled for July 2008.

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Clifford Development Appoints Central Flying Service As A Service Center

Will Participate In Citation Engine Modification Programs

Clifford Development announced the appointment of Central Flying Service as a service center for the Company's Citation II and Citation SII re-engining programs utilizing Williams International FJ44-3A engines. Central Flying Service, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a family-owned aircraft maintenance, aircraft sales and charter company.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.26.07)


In 1959, the first plane in the collection of the Strategic Aerospace Museum arrived at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.26.07): Snap Roll


An aerobatic maneuver in which the airplane does a single turn of a spin while flying in a horizontal direction.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.26.27)

"The winds were around 35 knots and made the flight quick but made the winch rescue quite challenging. It was quite tricky maintaining a hover over the divers, but we managed to get the divers off the rock, one at a time, quickly... Once they were both on shore we checked them and they were unhurt, but very grateful to be back on solid land".

Source:  Wellington (NZ)'s Westpac Helo rescue Pilot Harry Stevenson, talking about the Christmas Eve rescue of two divers that were being swept out to sea when he, and two fellow crewmen, affected their rescue.  

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