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December 22, 2007

DC-3 Down In Antarctica, All Safe

NSF-Chartered Plane Crashed On Takeoff Near Mt. Patterson

All 10 people onboard a Basler DC-3 chartered by the National Science Foundation are safe, after the aircraft crashed on takeoff earlier this week in Antarctica. The turboprop-converted workhorse was providing support to a group of researchers at a remote location on the southernmost continent.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.07): Master Switch


A single switch that controls electrical power to all the circuits in an aircraft electrical system. When the master switch is off, no circuit can be energized.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.22.07)

"There is a consensus from the event organizers that they want to continue. However, each event annually decides on its own whether it will operate in future years by evaluating a variety of factors. That ability for the local organizers to determine their own course will not change."

Source: From a message on the Experimental Aircraft Association website, intended to clarify EAA's position on its support of regional fly-ins. On Monday, officials with the Southwest Regional Fly-In announced the end of the 46-year event, saying changes in regards to EAA's relationship with SWRFI, including a decision to end EAA's previous insurance arrangements for such events, led to the decision.

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