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March 14, 2010

SpaceX Successfully Tests Engines On New Rocket

Falcon 9 Test Was Delayed After An Abort On Tuesday

Today, SpaceX announced a successfully test firing of the inaugural Falcon 9 launch vehicle at Space Launch Complex 40 located at Cape Canaveral, FL. 

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CTLS Lite Raises Payload, Lowers Price

Flight Design: "Stimulus Package" Benefits Buyers On Budgets

Flight Design has created the new CTLS Lite, which substantially raises payload while lowering the airplane's price.

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Totaling $787,500 Against American Airlines

Three Separate Fines For Maintenance Violations

The FAA is seeking to collect three proposed civil penalties totaling $787,500 from American Airlines for maintenance violations.

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TSA Agent In 'Kiss And Fly' Incident Will Be Back On The Job

Was Placed On Paid Administrative Leave

The TSA agent who left his post unattended, allowing a Rutgers graduate student to breach security and meet his girlfriend in a "passengers only" area of Newark Liberty Airport, will be reinstated, TSA confirmed Friday.

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Bell Helicopter, FAA Joint Research Project Will Use Ultrasound Inspection Tools

Imperium's Handheld Imaging Device To Be Used For Remote Inspection Of Composites

Ultrasound imaging cameras designed for non-destructive inspection ("NDI") made by Imperium have been selected by Bell Helicopter to be part of their joint inspection technology program with the FAA.

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Kissimmee Airport Business Expands Service And Aircraft Offerings

Orlando Flight Training Adds New Sport Pilot Training Program, Four New Aircraft

Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) says that its airport business, Orlando Flight Training (OFT), will be offering a sport pilot training program beginning this summer. The program will be conducted in four new Cessna Skycatcher aircraft it plans to add to its fleet.

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NORAD, Northcom, 'Inextricably Linked,' Commander Says

Reunart Says The Commands' Missions Are "A Hemispheric Problem"

U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command are "inextricably linked" and share an "indispensable partnership," the commander of both commands said in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

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Terrorists Use Internet For Recruiting, Training

DoD: Accused December 25th Bomber Was Found, Trained In Just A Few Weeks

Testifying before the Senate Armed Service Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Garry Reid, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, said that militant groups are using the internet to quickly identify, recruit, and train individuals to carry out attacks.

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OAG Report: March Global Airline Capacity Exceeds 2008 Levels

Total Seats Available Worldwide In March Is 303.1 Million

Global airline capacity for March 2010 shows positive growth when compared to the same month in both 2009 and 2008, reports aviation analyst OAG in its monthly report on trends in the supply of airline seats and flights.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.14.10)

"Today, SpaceX successfully completed a test firing of the inaugural Falcon 9 launch vehicle at Space Launch Complex 40 located at Cape Canaveral. Following a nominal terminal countdown, the launch sequencer commanded ignition of all 9 Merlin first stage engines for a period of 3.5 seconds." Source: SpaceX, following the successful static firing of a Falcon 9 rocket assembly.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.14.10): Offshore/Control Airspace Area

Offshore/Control Airspace Area

That portion of airspace between the US 12 NM limit and the oceanic CTA/FIR boundary within which air traffic control is exercised. These areas are established to provide air traffic control services. Offshore/Control Airspace Areas may be classified as either Class A airspace or Class E airspace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.14.10)

Intellicast - Current Radar in United States The Current Radar map shows areas of current precipitation. A weather radar is used to locate precipitation, calculate its motion, estimate its type (rain, snow, hail, etc.), and forecast its future position and intensity. Modern weather radars are mostly doppler radars, capable of detecting the motion of rain droplets in addition to intensity of the precipitation.

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