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December 25, 2007

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.26.07

MAXjet declares bankrupty and strands its customers on Christmas Eve.
Weather interferes with travel plans in the air and on the ground.
And Southwest Airlines steps in to save Christmas for 171

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MAXjet: T'is The Season To... File Chapter 11

Another One Bites the Dust

Just when most of the world seems ready to sit down and enjoy the latest in Christmas diversions, comes word of another airline bankruptcy... stranding a number of passengers halfway around the globe, in the process. MAXjet Airways is the two year old airline serving a business class market for a number of transatlantic routes, that ceased operations on Christmas Eve, citing the usual culprits in a US airline bankruptcy petition... failure to raise needed operating capital, rising fuel costs, and an increasingly tough competitive environment.

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Southwest Brings 171 Soldiers Home For The Holidays

Southwest Shows Christmas Spirit to 171 TX Families

Southwest Airlines was busy flying 171 Texas Army National Guard soldiers from North Carolina to Texas on Sunday, Dec. 23rd. The 436th Chemical Company of the Texas Army National Guard is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, waiting for deployment to Afghanistan. They recently got news that their deployment has been delayed, so they are able to spend the holidays with their families...

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Blakey Expresses Concern About Old Job

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey Comments On FAA Administrator Nomination

It seems that former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey is anxious to see someone take over her old job... officially, that is.

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NASA Dryden Notes The 'Missions And Memories of 2007'

2007 marked another year of accomplishment and growth, tempered by the passing of old friends, for NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. In 2007, NASA Dryden supported a number of research projects and environmental science efforts, gathering and analyzing data that contributed to aerospace technology, the agency's space exploration goals and the knowledge and protection of our environment.

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'Gunfighters' Keep Apache Helicopters Flying in Iraq

In today's world of technologically advanced aviation, Army pilots alone cannot keep AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters operational without ground crews. Sustaining the intricate workings of digital and complex avionics requires proficient ground crews and technical personnel.

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Astronaut Talks About Loss Of His His Mother While Aboard ISS

The following statement is from Daniel Tani, NASA astronaut and Expedition 16 flight engineer on the International Space Station, regarding the death of his mother. "I would like to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences during this time of grieving for me and my family. Living on the space station means that I experience all aspects of life -- be they joyous or tragic -- while circling the Earth without a convenient way to return...

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NTSB Recommends Inspections For Boeing 777s

Safety Recommendations A-07-113 through -116

Word from the National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration... Require operators of Boeing 777 airplanes to perform regular inspections of the primary and secondary external power receptacles and their protective cover guards to detect signs of worn or overheated pins and thermal damage and repair or replace any damage found. (A-07-113)...

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Oshkosh 2008 AirShow Performer Roster Shaping Up Nicely

Early Confirmations Already Logged For For EAA Fly-In 2008

Many of the world's top air show performers have given early confirmations to participate at the annual 2008 Oshkosh EAA Fly-In, on July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.07)


The B-57 Canberra served the US Air Force for more than 25 years as a nuclear weapons platform, conventional weapons bomber, reconnaissance, tow target, weather, and electronic countermeasures aircraft as well as being the mainstay for other nations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.07): Air Mass


An large body of air within which the conditions of temperature and moisture in a horizontal plane are essentially uniform.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.25.07)

"I would like to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences during this time of grieving for me and my family. Living on the space station means that I experience all aspects of life -- be they joyous or tragic -- while circling the Earth without a convenient way to return. Of course, I was aware of this situation before my mission, and I fully accept that I will proudly complete my mission on the International Space Station and join my family when I return. My NASA management and colleagues have been fully supportive through this, and I would like to thank them for their concern and compassion."

Source: NASA Astronaut and Expedition 16 flight engineer, Daniel Tani, speaking about the untimely death of his Mother while he was crewing o

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