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July 01, 2012

Sixteen-Year-Old Boy Set To Become Youngest Helo Pilot In The U.S.

Plans To Solo On Monday, His 16th Birthday

If everything goes according to plan, Robert Wilson Pinksten will become the youngest pilot to fly solo in a helicopter in the U.S., and he owes the milestone to the generosity of strangers. Pinksten, of Nashua, NH, will turn 16 on Monday, and he has plans to make his first solo flight the same day.

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Space Telescope Opens Its X-Ray Eyes

NuSTAR Captures First Test Images, Search For Black Holes To Begin Soon

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has snapped its first test images of the sizzling high-energy X-ray universe. The observatory, launched June 13, is the first space telescope with the ability to focus high-energy X-rays, the same kind used by doctors and dentists, into crisp images.

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Horizon Air Flight Attendants Turn Down Tentative Agreement

Demand Additional Contract Improvements Meeting FA Priorities

Flight attendants at Horizon Air, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today turned down a tentative agreement with management. The union said in a news release that the vote makes clear that the more than 500 Horizon Air FA's expect more for their contributions to the airline.

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Canadian Airline Places Conditional Order For Up To 45 Q400 NextGen Aircraft

WestJet To Acquire 20 Aircraft With Options For 25 More

Alberta, Canada airline partnership WestJet has inked a deal with Bombardier which includes a conditional order for 20 Q400 NextGen turboprops following the letter of intent to purchase the aircraft that was announced by WestJet on May 1, 2012. The transaction also includes options on an additional 25 Q400 NextGen aircraft.

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Dan Burkhart, Founder Of NBAA's Regional Program, Retires

Steve Hadley To Lead Program, Stacy Howard To Represent Western Region

Business aviation veteran Dan Burkhart, who joined the NBAA in 1998 to create NBAA’s Regional Program, will retire from his post as the director of regional representatives for the organization, effective July 6.

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Boeing Completes Wind Tunnel Tests On Silent Eagle Conformal Weapons Bay

F-15 Program Test Milestone Validates CWB Design

Wind tunnel tests on the Silent Eagle Conformal Weapons Bay (CWB) were recently complted at Boeing's St. Louis facility. The tests validated the aerodynamics of the CWB design. CWBs are integral to the adaptable configuration and balanced survivability of the Silent Eagle.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.01.12)

Aero Linx: The Coast Guard Aviation Association Coast Guard Aviation Association, The Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl: Objectives (from CGAA By Laws) To actively contribute to the enlargement and perpetuation of the history of Coast Guard Aviation and the recognition thereof, both internally and to areas external to the service. To support Coast Guard Aviation and its goals, and to promote interest in such matters in areas external to the service. To maintain informational liaison between present and past members of the Coast Guard Aviation establishment. To promote social contact and camaraderie between all Coast Guard aviation personne

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.01.12): NOTAM

NOTAM A notice containing information (not known sufficiently in advance to publicize by other means) concerning the establishment, condition, or change in any component (facility, service, or procedure of, or hazard in the National Airspace System) the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.01.12)

"Today, we obtained the first-ever focused images of the high-energy X-ray universe. It's like putting on a new pair of glasses and seeing aspects of the world around us clearly for the first time." Source: Fiona Harrison, the mission's principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, who first conceived of NuSTAR about 15 years ago -- NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has snapped its first test images of the sizzling high-energy X-ray universe.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-13-03

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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