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October 01, 2011

Elon Musk Sees A Future Fully Reusable Commercial Space System

Booster, Second Stage, Crew Or Cargo Capsule Would All See Multiple Uses

SpaceX Founder Elon Musk outlined a fully re-usable commercial space system Thursday in a speech that was webcast from the National Press Club in Washington, DC and archived by C-SPAN. In a video SpaceX has placed on YouTube, the company foresees a transportation system in which all components can be recovered and re-used.

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FBI Thwarts R/C Model 'Terrorist Attack'

Says US Citizen Planned To Pack R/C Models With Explosives

General Aviation advocates have been alarmed at the TSA's continued mission creep into light aircraft, despite the fact that terrorists don't appear interested in using them for attacks. Maybe TSA just didn't think small enough. In Boston, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz says a suspect has been charged with planning attacks on the US Capitol and the Pentagon using radio-controlled model airplanes filled with plastic explosives.

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Judge Rules Against Pilots Unions In United Continental Case

Will Not Delay Merger Over Pilot Integration Issue

A federal judge has denied a request by ALPA on behalf of United Airlines pilots to delay the merger of finalization of United and Continental Airlines over an issue regarding the integration of pilot training procedures.

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FAA Expected To Boost Co-Pilot Training Requirements

Number Of Hours Still About Half What Congress Had Sought

The FAA is reportedly on the verge of proposing that the minimum number of hours required to be an airline co-pilot be boosted to 700 hours, which is substantially higher than the 250 hours under current requirements but less than half the 1,500 hours proposed by Congress.

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Model Airplane Bomb Plot Condemmed By Hobby Organizations

NAA, AMA, Issue Statements After Suspect Apprehended

The National Aeronautic Association, the Aero Club of the United States and partner with the Academy of Model Aeronautics in the advancement of model aviation in the United States, issued a statement Thursday strongly condemning the alleged planning of the use of model aircraft for the purposes of domestic terrorism as outlined in the arrest of an individual by the FBI.

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Nancy Abruzzo Moves Forward One Year Later

Widow Of Balloonist Richard Abruzzo Works To Honor His Memory

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of famed balloonist Richard Abruzzo (pictured), and his widow, Nancy Abruzzo, has channeled her grief into energy in hopes of drawing support for causes that were important to her husband and to her. One of those causes is Albuquerque, New Mexico's Balloon Fiesta Park and the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

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Lindbergh Prize To Be Awarded To The Quietest Aircraft

Award To Be Presented At NASA's Green Flight Challenge

Erik Lindbergh said on the blog of The Lindbergh Foundation that the first annual Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft will be awarded at the NASA Green Flight Challenge being held this week at Charles M. Shulz airport in Santa Rosa California.

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DOT Moves To Change Shipping Designation For Model Rocket Motors

Retailers, Hobbyists Urge Department To Reverse Its Decision

The model rocket world is feeling threatened by a DOT decision that model rocket motors do mot meet the criteria for exclusion for shipment as explosives, which would result in the termination of a special permit allowing their shipment to hobby stores and elsewhere in the U.S. as "flammable solids."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.01.11)

"The first company to produce a certified two seat electric aircraft with a 1.5 hour range will dominate the aviation training market." Source: Erik Lindbergh, writing on his blog about this week's Green Flight Challenge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.01.11): Execute Missed Approach

Instructions issued to a pilot making an instrument approach which means continue inbound to the missed approach point and execute the missed approach procedure as described on the Instrument Approach Procedure Chart or as previously assigned by ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.01.11)

The Golden Age of Aviation

This site presents photographs of Antique and Classic aircraft and attempts to take you back to an era in aviation history,when pilots were popular heros,airports were accessible and you could perform odd jobs for a little flying time.

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