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September 17, 2011

Air France - KLM Orders Dreamliners, A350 XWBs

If All Aircraft Are Delivered, The Airline Will Acquire 60 Airbus And 50 Boeing Composite Airplanes

In what is being described as a major fleet renewal, Air France-KLM announced Thursday that it has placed orders for as many as 60 Airbus A350 XWB airplanes, and 50 of Boeing's 787-9 Dreamliners.

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Space Station Trio Lands Safely In Kazakhstan

Tentative Launch Date Set For Remaining Expedition 29 Crew

Three International Space Station crew members safely returned to Earth Thursday, wrapping up a six-month mission of research and exploration.NASA's Ron Garan, Expedition 28 commander Andrey Borisenko and flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaev, both of the Russian Federal Space Agency, landed their Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan at 1159 EDT.

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Justice Ginsburg Evacuated From United 586

78-Year-Old Among 185 Occupants Who Used Emergency Slides

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was among 179 passengers and six crewmembers who evacuated United Flight 586 using the inflatable slides Wednesday at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC. The 78-year-old Ginsburg has undergone surgery and chemotherapy since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009, according to the Associated Press.

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NTSB Prelim In Christen Eagle Fatal Accident Indicates Total Loss Of Power

Flight Was Reportedly The First For The Airplane's New Owner

The first flight for the new owner of a Cristen Eagle-II ended in tragedy when he and the previous owner, a flight instructor, were fatally injured after the airplane apparently lost power and went down shortly after takeoff. So far, there's no way to know whether the engine failure was mechanical, or the result of pilot error.

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Unpaved Runways Now Open To Piper Meridian Pilots

FAA Ruling Adds Flexibility For Operation Of The Business Turboprops

Unpaved runways are no longer off limits to owners and operators of Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop business aircraft, according to an FAA ruling announced Friday at the 2011 Malibu/Mirage Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) Fly-In Convention held here in Hot Springs, AK. Up until now, the Meridian had been limited to operations from paved runways.

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Senate Committee Approves $500 Million For Commercial Spaceflight Development

SpaceX Founder Elon Musk: U.S. Needs Alternative To Dependence On Russia 'As Soon As Possible"

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a NASA budget that includes $500 million for the development of commercial crew capacity for transporting U.S. and other astronauts to the ISS. The summary of the appropriation, provided by the committee, indicates that NASA is funded at $17.9 billion, a reduction of $509 million or 2.8 percent from the FY2011 enacted level.

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Entrepreneur Calls For A Halt To The 'Vilification' Of GA

Tom Coble Opposes Additional Taxes And User Fees On Aircraft Use

The CEO of Coble Trench Safety, which is headquartered in Greensboro, NC and has branch offices throughout the south and east, writes in the Charlotte Observer that the President and some in Congress should lay off their "vilification" of general aviation to score political points.Tom Coble, who flies his personal Beech King Air B-200 to visit his 11 branches in six states, writes what most involved in aviation already know: Business airplanes allow company executives to be far more efficient, support American manufacturing, generate $150 billion in economic impact and support 1.2 million jobs.

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Hawk Advanced Jet Training System On The Show Circuit

BAE Systems Takes Its AJTS To Military Air Shows And Trade Shows From Maryland To New Mexico To Florida

A semi-trailer designed to show off the capabilities of the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) is embarking on a national road show that begins in Maryland and plans stops across the west and south from New Mexico to Florida. BAE Systems announced the launch of the tour Tuesday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.17.11)

"The investments made by this legislation will accelerate efforts to return America to launching astronauts and reduce our dependency on Russia." Source: SpaceX Founder Elon Musk.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.11): Breakout

A technique to direct aircraft out of the approach stream. In the context of close parallel operations, a breakout is used to direct threatened aircraft away from a deviating aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.11)

Tiger Flight Foundation

Tiger Flight is a 501(c)(3) non profit foundation. Major components of the Tiger Flight progam include the Tiger Flight Formation Flight Team, Tiger Flight Museum, and the Children's Education and Motivational Program.

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