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November 15, 2008

Boeing, SPEEA Reach Tentative Agreement On New Contracts

Membership Presented With Details Friday Night

Boeing announced Friday afternoon it has reached tentative agreement with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) IFPTE Local 2001 on new four-year contracts covering 21,000 engineers and technical workers.

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R44 Sagem Glass Cockpit Retrofit Earns STC

"The R44 Grand" Includes Two 8-Inch Displays

The FAA recently granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of a two display configuration of Sagem Avionics (SAFRAN Group) Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) in the Robinson R44 helicopter. The glass panel solution has since been renamed "The R44 Grand" by the owner of the aircraft and STC holder ASAP Avionics of Vancouver Island, Canada.

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Ares J-2X Rocket Engine Passes NASA Review

First Constellation Element To Accomplish Milestone

What's old is new again... and, it's the best candidate for the job. NASA's high-performance J-2X rocket engine -- a modern derivative of the same motor that launched Saturn V rockets to the moon 40 years ago -- successfully completed its critical design review Thursday at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

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Biggest Simulation Exhibition In History Set For December Opening

I/ITSEC Coming To Orlando Early Next Month

The largest exhibition of modeling and simulation technology in history will be held in Orlando from December 1-4, 2008.

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Aviation Museum Of Santa Paula To Pay Tribute To Steve McQueen

Town Was "Beginning And End" Of Actor's Aviation Roots

Steve McQueen's last hometown is paying tribute to its most famous resident with a weekend of aviation and family-related activities. The Aviation Museum of Santa Paula will welcome home Barbara McQueen with a VIP reception, dinner and booksigning on Saturday, December 6 at the Santa Paula Airport.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers First Of Four C-130Js To Norway

First Order For Type Under Foreign Military Sales Program

Lockheed Martin delivered the first of four C-130Js to the Royal Norwegian Air Force at a ceremony this week with US and Norwegian officials at the company's Marietta, GA facility.

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NASA Restores Historic Lunar Orbiter Image

Refurbished Image Will Help In Plotting Future Landing Sites

It's one of the most iconic images ever captured, of any medium... and thanks to modern technology, it's now ever more vivid than before. On Thursday, NASA released a newly restored 42-year-old image, taken by the Lunar Orbiter 1 spacecraft, of Earth rising above the lunar surface in 1966.

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Edwards AFB Squadron 'Test Drives' Global Hawk

Maintainers Assist In Readying RQ-4s For Duty

Members of the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base "test drive" the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system, and ensure the aircraft is up to par with advertised specifications. Squadron personnel evaluate the operational effectiveness and suitability of advanced Air Combat Command weapon systems, one of which is the Global Hawk.

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Completes Operational Assessment

Northrop Says Program On-Track For Next Milestone

Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye System recently completed its Operational Assessment (OA), flying out of the Northrop Grumman East Coast Manufacturing and Flight Test Center in St. Augustine, FL. With completion of OA, the flight test program has accumulated more than 600 flight hours, over half involving in-flight radar testing.

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DA42 MPP Successfully Flies Mission Over Lower Austria

Airborne Sensing Platform Deployed To Monitor Fire

On the morning of the November 5, forest rangers detected a fire at an altitude of about 800m on the steep forest slopes of the Schneeberg Mountain Range in Lower Austria.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.15.08)


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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.15.08): Oil Slinger


A ridge around a rotating shaft on the engine side of an oil seal. The slinger throws much of the oil away from the shaft, back into the engine crankcase, before it reaches the oil seal.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.15.08)

"Santa Paula was Steve's church and he really loved the city with all of his heart and soul. He was treated like a normal person there where he could relax and be himself, hang out with friends and fly his planes. I'm really looking forward to coming back because it was a big part of my life. It'll be good to renew some of those old ties and make new friendships."

Source: Barbara McQueen, widow of late actor Steve McQueen. The iconic actor's "last hometown" is paying tribute to its most famous resident with a weekend of aviation and family-related activities. The Aviation Museum of Santa Paula will host a VIP reception, dinner and booksigning on Saturday, December 6 at the Santa Paula Airport.

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