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April 07, 2007

NTSB: R44 Involved In Silver State Heli Fatality Was 'Missing' Attach Hardware

The preliminary NTSB investigation (published below) into a tragic fatal R44 (file pix, below) accident is turning up some worrisome details. The March 27th, 2007, accident near Jacksonville, FL, resulted in the deaths of the two pilots aboard, Flight Instructor and Silver State employee Tamara Williams, 38, of California, and student Justin Ducan, 24, of Jacksonville, FL.

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Proposed SJC Height Limits Challenge Developers

Problems Arise Every Time The Wind Changes

Airlines flying out of Norman Mineta International Airport want the city of San Jose, CA to make a commitment it won't allow developers to build above a certain height downtown and west of downtown. 

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3rd Red Bull Air Race Off To Flying Start

Besenyei Wins Red Bull Air Race Season Opener In Abu Dhabi, But Brit Bonhomme Records The Fastest Time

The third rendition of the uber-exciting Red Bull Air Race program is off to quite a start... this time in Abu Dhabi. Peter Besenyei of Hungary has won the Red Bull Air Race 2007 season opener in Abu Dhabi under scorching heat on Friday, beating American Mike Mangold in what was described as a "a heart-stopping final."

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This Just In: Airport Security Is Expensive

Scotland Police Want BAA To Pay More Of The Bill

Thanks to the increased terror threat, the cost of security at BAA Edinburgh Airport is growing rapidly. So far, it has left local police forces, which provide all of the airport security, with a $2.3 million bill.

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Airlines Ponder Lawsuits Due To Overweight Airbus

Nose-Heavy A340-600s Cost Airlines Cargo Revenue

It's another weighty problem for Airbus... and this time, that's literally the case. Plagued by delays to its A380 superjumbo program and a costly redesign for its midsize A350XWB, now comes word the latest variants of the manufacturer's A340 widebodies are seriously nose-heavy.

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Expedition 14 Crew Prepares For Changing Of The Guard

15th ISS Crew Due To Arrive Monday Afternoon

NASA representatives tell ANN the Expedition 14 crew of the International Space Station was busy this week performing fitness evaluations, working on scientific experiments and preparing for the arrival of the Expedition 15 crew.

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US, British Aircraft Carry Out Ops Over Iraq And Afghanistan

Flares Released From B-1Bs Quell Small Arms Fire

US Central Command Air Forces officials released the following airpower summary for recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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USAF Academy Parachute Team Sets World Record

The US Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Competition and Demonstration Parachute Team set another world record in a big way. The team set a collegiate world big-way record March 31 at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, Ariz., when 39 cadets linked in the air.

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Ground Service Crew Strike Causes Flight Snags In Hungary

Workers Demand Increased Wages

Ground crews at Ferihegy International Airport in Budapest went on strike Thursday demanding higher pay.

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Flight Resource 'Props Up' Cessnas With MT

ANN has learned that Flight Resource, located in Benton, Kansas (and in association with MT Propeller of Germany), have STC'd the installation of the MTV-9 three blade composite propeller, and the MTV-15 two blade composite propeller on a full line of Cessna models that include the Cessna 180, 182, 185, 206, T206, 207, T207, 210 & T210 aircraft, powered by Continental engines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.07.07)


You've seen celebrity birthdays listed in the newspaper and other news that happened on a particular day; well this is This Day in Space History.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.07.07): Dynamic Propeller Balancing


The process whereby an electronic balancing computer is used to measure the vibration produced by the aircraft propeller and powerplant.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.07.07)

“As premium cabin interiors become more customised, the added weight of customisation must also be taken into account as a factor in the overall loading of the aircraft... A heavier cabin in the front section where premium cabin products are normally placed therefore could reduce the cargo loading capacity in that section.”

Source: An Airbus Spokesperson, discussing nose-heaviness issues with the A340-600 program... and some of the difficulties that they are encountering.

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