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June 25, 2012

NASA Space Launch System Core Stage Moves From Concept To Design

Space Agency Completes Major Technical Review Of Heavy-Lift Booster

The nation's space exploration program is taking a critical step forward with a successful major technical review of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS). The core stage is the heart of the heavy-lift launch vehicle. It will stand more than 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.5 feet.

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Transaero Airlines Firms Up Order For Four A380s

First A380 Customer In Russia, The CIS And Eastern Europe

Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, has completed a purchase agreement with Airbus for four A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed Thursday by Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines CEO and Christopher Buckley, Airbus’ Executive Vice President Europe, Asia and the Pacific on the first day of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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AeroCamp To Be Held In Greenville, SC July 16 - 20

First Time For The Airport To Host Such An Activity

AeroCamp, which is designed to give young people a unique opportunity to explore the vast and exciting world of aviation and aerospace at their local airport, will be held at Greenville Downtown Airport in Greenville, SC July 16-20.

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Open For Business: NASA Launches New Technology Transfer Portal

Internet-Based 'Front Door' To Agency's Intellectual Property

In an effort to accelerate technology transfer from NASA into the hands of American businesses, industry and the public, the agency's new Technology Transfer Portal is open for business. NASA's Technology Transfer Portal provides an Internet-based one-stop front door to the agency's unique intellectual property assets available for technology transfer and infusion into America's new technology and innovation-driven economy.

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German Air Force Brings Eurofighter, Skills To Eielson AFB

First Time The Typhoon Has Deployed Overseas

After a nearly 5,000-mile trip across the world, 150 members of the German air force recently arrived at Eielson AFB in Alaska with eight German Eurofighter Typhoons. It is the first time the German airframe has deployed overseas, according to German officials. In fact, it is the very first of the Eurofighter's participation in any U.S. exercise.

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Air Traffic Management Research Collaboration With Boeing Announced In Poland

LOT Polish Airlines, Polish Agencies And Research Institutions To Work With Planemaker To Develop New Technologies

A collaboration between LOT Polish Airlines, Polish government agencies and academic institutions, and Boeing was announced Wednesday. The group will conduct air traffic management (ATM) research to make commercial aviation in Poland more efficient and to support airline profitability.

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Civil War Balloon Replica To Get A Lift From Macy's

Last-Minute Helium Donation … A ‘Macy's Miracle’ … Makes Civil War Replica Balloon Flight Possible

When Peter Arnold, Genesee Country Village & Museum president and CEO, set out last year to build and fly the world's first replica of a Civil War manned balloon – the Intrepid – little did he know his dream could collapse from a nationwide helium shortage. But he also didn't bargain that one of the country's most iconic retailers would step forward to deliver a miracle at the last minute, literally raising the project off the ground.

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Airline Passengers Want Privacy, Peace And Quiet

Skyscanner Reveals Most Wanted Features Of Dream Aircraft

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is set to take to the UK skies this August, and promises passengers a more pleasurable flying experience with larger windows and LED lighting. But a new survey of over 1000 passengers by Europe’s leading flight comparison site Skyscanner reveals what people really want to find on their dream aircraft.

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ULA Marks 50th Successful EELV Launch

Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Boasts 100 Percent Mission Success

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the 50th commercially developed Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), following the deployment of the National Reconnaissance Office's NROL-38 mission Wednesday.

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Austin, TX Police Department Seeks New Helicopter

Hopes City Council Will Approve $3.7 Million Purchase

The Austin, TX Police department says it needs a new helicopter, and hopes the city council will approve spending $3.7 million on a 3012 Eurocopter to add to its 2-helo fleet.

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Make A Paper Airplane? There's An App For That

Library Of Paper Airplane Designs Available For iOS Devices

If you're tired of just folding a standard sheet of paper into the familiar delta-shaped paper airplane, then the app "How to Make Paper Airplanes" may be just the summer diversion you're looking for.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.25.12

Matt Younkin is the 2012 Bill Barber Showmanship Award Recipient…

The NTSB Wants to Improve Search and Rescue…

The second time was the

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Matt Younkin To Receive 2012 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

Becomes First Second-Generation Barber Award Winner

Matt Younkin has been named as the 2012 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. The award will be presented during EAA AirVenture 2012 at EAA's Theater in the Woods on Tuesday, July 24th at 7pm. Matt joins a list of honorees that reads like an airshow hall of fame. He also becomes the first second-generation Barber Award winner. His father, Bobby Younkin, won the award in 2004.

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Airborne 06.22.12: NEXRAD Not So Fast, Pilot's Rights, NTSB's GA Forum

Also: Fly Nano! X-37B Landing, F22 FlightSuits, NASA/FAA Cooperate, TSA Fires 7, The 'New' EAA V The 'Old', and Gamera Flies Again!!!

Stand back... we have LOTS of news for you! The NTSB on Tuesday issued a Safety Alert to warn pilots who use in-cockpit FIS-B and Satellite Weather display systems that the NEXRAD "age indicator" can be misleading. The actual NEXRAD data can be as much as 20 minutes older than the age indication on the display in the cockpit. If misinterpreted, this difference in time can present potentially serious safety hazards to aircraft operating in the vicinity of fast-moving and quickly developing weather systems. Oklahoma Senato

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Klyde Morris (06.25.12)

Klyde Keeps An Eye Out For Trick Questions...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NuSTAR Mast Successfully Deployed, NASA Says

Mission Is To Detect Hidden Black Holes In The Milky Way And Other Galaxies

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has successfully deployed its lengthy mast, giving it the ability to see the highest energy X-rays in our universe. The mission is one step closer to beginning its hunt for black holes hiding in our Milky Way and other galaxies.

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Next 'Cluster Balloon' Flight Will Be For Two

Iraqi Skydiver To Accompany Kent Couch In July Flight

It's the stuff of cartoons, except that it really works. In 2008, Kent Couch managed to fly a lawn chair suspended under dozens of party balloons some 235 miles from Bend, OR, to a farmers field in Idaho.

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Thunderbirds To Join Nevada Aerospace Hall Of Fame

Team Calls Nellis AFB Home

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds past and present will be saluted in November, 2012 as the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF) enshrines and celebrates them at festivities coinciding with Aviation Nation- Nellis Air Force Base Open House and Air Show. The NVAHOF will recognize the current team and the Thunderbird Alumni at the NVAHOF induction banquet on November 7, 2012.

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Flight Instructors To Embark On Nationwide Tour In A J-3 Cub

Plan To Write A Book To Support Aviation Scholarships

A pair of flight instructors from Montgomery County, MD is planning an 8,000 mile 48-state odyssey this summer in a 1938 Piper J-33 Cub. Meredith Tcherniavsky, age 40 and her 51-year-old husband Dana Holladay have set July 4 as their departure date from Fallston Airport (W42) in Fallston, MD.

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ANA: Dreamliner Windows Don't Get Dark Enough

Has Asked Boeing To Devise A Way To Make The Cabin Darker

While those high-tech electronically-dimmable windows in Boeing's Dreamliner may be very cool, they're apparently not dark enough for the 787's launch customer ANA. Reuters reports that the airline wants Boeing to find a way to make the passenger cabin darker during long-haul flights.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.25.12)

Aero Linx: Texas Aviation Association Our goal is to preserve and protect Texas airports and to advance public understanding of general aviation to the citizens of Texas. In 1999, Texas pilots were stunned with the loss of a convenient and close in airport in our capital city. One or our earliest and most celebrated airports, Robert Mueller, was closed and a fancier and much less accessible airport was substituted. It seemed to the local general aviation sector that they were ignored, hassled and shuffled off into second class citizenship. The perception of the value of Business Aviation and General Aviation needs to be corrected. This can only be accomplished through a unified, statewide voice. TXAA was organized to be th

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.25.12): Equinox

Equinox The equinoxes are times at which the center of the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator. The day and night would be of equal length at that time, if the Sun were a point and not a disc, and if there were no atmospheric refraction. Given the apparent disc of the Sun, and the Earth's atmospheric refraction, day and night actually become equal at a point within a few days of each equinox. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, and the autumnal equinox marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.25.12)

“We are thrilled to recognize the Thunderbirds,” said Thornton ‘T.D.’ Barnes, NVAHOF Director. “It is with great pride that the NVAHOF distinguishes the Thunderbird organization for its service to its country and to the state of Nevada.” Source: Thornton ‘T.D.’ Barnes, Director for the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF). The United States Air Force Thunderbirds past and present will be saluted in November, 2012 as the NVAHOF enshrines and celebrates them at festivities coinciding with Aviation Nation- Nellis Air Force Base Open House and Air Show. The NVAHOF will recognize the current team and the Thunderbird Alumni at the NVAHOF induction banquet on November 7, 2012.

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