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June 06, 2009

'Hometown Hero' Earns Thunderbird Flight

Local School Teacher Honored With Flight

A flight suit, G-suit, harness and helmet: not the usual daily outfit Megan Funk wears to work. As a second grade teacher at Majestic Elementary School in Ogden, Utah, she is used to working in normal business clothes. However, June 4 was not a normal day for the Ogden native as she was about to take the ride of her life.

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Shuttle Pad Makes Way For Ares 1-X Flight Tests

First Launch Scheduled for August

By Wes Oleszewski On Wednesday June, 3rd another in a string of modifications to launch pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center took place. In preparation for the upcoming Ares I-X launch, scheduled to take place in late August, a Space Shuttle service component  was removed from the pad's Fixed Service Structure. 

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First Flight: P-8A Poseidon T2

Successful Test Flight Gets Second Flight Test Article Into Program

A Boeing P-8A Poseidon test aircraft (T2) took off from Renton Field, Friday, to begin its first flight. T2 took off at 10:32 a.m. Pacific time and landed two hours and 56 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle at 1:28 p.m.

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NTSB Factual Accident Report Shows Pilot/NeuroSurgeon Had Drugs In System

And Not Just A Few Drugs...

While the ultimate cause of this tragic accident has yet to be published, the pilot of a Cessna 172 had the deck stacked against him, no matter how you look at it, according to a Factual Report filed by the NTSB.

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Airbus Emphasizes Procedures After Air France 447 Revelations

Warning Sent To All Operators Following Flight 447 Tragedy

A message from Airbus, approved by French investigators, reminds all those flying any model Airbus to follow established procedures should a pilot suspect an airspeed indicator malfunctioning. 

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Praise Grows For TSA Mica Amendment

NATA, AAAA Applaud Amended Security Rules.

The National Air Transport Association (NATA), and the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA), have joined the chorus of praise for passage of the amendment to the TSA reauthorization bill offered by Congressman John Mica (R-FL) and others to further study GA security rules at airports.

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Rolls-Royce Expands In Indianapolis

New North American Headquarters Opens In Indy

Rolls-Royce formally opened its new North American headquarters for On-Wing Care Thursday. It is the latest facility to open in a global Rolls-Royce network of aviation repair and overhaul service centers. Located at the Indianapolis International Airport, the state-of-the-art facility represents US$1 million of company investment and is the sixth Rolls-Royce facility to be opened in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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New Flightline Group Service Center In The Florida Panhandle

Warranty Work Available For Cessna, Cirrus, and Piper Aircraft

Flightline Technical Services, a subsidiary of Flightline Group, Inc, celebrated the grand opening of the new 26,000 square foot service center with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by over 100 employees, Tallahassee City officials and members of the local business community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.06.09): Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS)

Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) Electronically depicted instrument(s) as opposed to providing a mechanical depiction. (See FAA AC25-11A)

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.06.09)

Aero-Linx: Weather Service Flight Path Tool ANN Editor Tom Patton (our resident New-Guy... you'll be hearing more about him shortly) stumbled across this looking into the story on the potential closure of 20 regional ATC Weather centers. It's a JAVA tool from The National Weather Service that will allow you to see an animated view of what weather is forecast along your route of flight at various altitudes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.06.09)

"I had some Honeybunches of Oats for breakfast and I hope they stay right where they are." Source: Utah Schoolteacher Megan Funk -- who was selected as a Hometown Hero for service to her community, and her reward for this selection was the chance to ride in the back seat of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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