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May 24, 2012

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Completes Key Tests In Quest To Visit ISS

Most Difficult Challenges Still Ahead

SpaceX reports that its Dragon spacecraft completed key on-orbit tests Thursday as part of a historic attempt to be the first commercial company in history to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX Dragon Transports Student Experiments to Space Station

Fifteen Experiments Focusing On Physical, Chemical, And Biological Systems

The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which on Tuesday became the first commercially developed and built spacecraft to launch to the International Space Station, is carrying among its cargo a suite of 15 science experiments designed by students.

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Marine Corps' F-35B Makes Historic First Flight

New Fighter To Replace Legacy Aircraft

The Marine Corps' fifth generation fighter, the F-35B Lightning II, made its first flight at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Tuesday, signaling the start of the next era of Marine Aviation on the cusp of last weekend's Centennial of Marine Aviation celebrations in Washington D.C.

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Progress Reported In Labor Negotiations At UAL

Several New Agreements Reached With IAM

United Airlines announced Tuesday that the company has reached several new agreements for employees represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).  The two parties reached a tentative agreement for an initial collective bargaining agreement covering pilot ground school instructors from the company's Continental subsidiary. These employees will vote on the agreement in the coming weeks.

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Scout Builds Heliport As Eagle Project

Single Donor Provides Over Half The Funding Needed

Jarrett Jackson, a member of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 391, has started working on his ambitious Eagle Scout project, "Project Eagle Flight," thanks to a generous contribution from a Warsaw, N.C.-based livestock production company.

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Forest Ranger Discovers Bomber Crash Ejection Seat

Identified As Having Come From A B-52 Stratofortress Which Went Down Nearly 50 Year Ago

You never know what you might find during a walk in the woods. While not exactly Bigfoot, a Maine Forest Service forest ranger out hunting last fall came across a strange object he found right in the middle of an old, overgrown logging road on Elephant Mountain. That object has been identified as an ejection seat from the infamous B-52 Stratofortress-C crash that killed seven airmen almost 50 years ago north of Greenville.

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Turbomeca Presents The Ardiden 3G Engine Mockup

Selected To Power The Ka-62 Helicopter

A full-size mockup of the Turbomeca Ardiden 3G engine has been put on display at the Heli Russia Air Show. The engine has been chosed to power the multipurpose medium-class Ka-62 helicopter, being shown at the Russian Helicopters display.

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Korea Requests Purchase Of MH-60R Seahawk Helicopters

Sale Must Be Approved By The U.S. Congress

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Republic of Korea for eight MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission Helicopters, associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion.

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Bloomberg Allegedly Busts Helicopter Curfew

Neighbors Say The Mayor Of NYC Uses State Heliport When It Is Supposed To Be Closed

For over 10 years, there has been a curfew in place for the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City. The city-owned facility is open from 0800-2000 EDT Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends. The information is posted on the FAA website.

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Oman Air Wins Best Business Class Airline – Middle East

Honor Bestowed By Readers Of Business Destinations Magazine

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has been awarded ‘Best Business Class Airline, Middle East’ in the prestigious Business Destinations Travel Awards 2012. The Business Destinations Travel Awards are voted for by readers of Business Destinations magazine, which is published in the UK every other month.

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Mesa Airlines Retains Top On-Time Ranking

Third Consecutive Annual Award

For the third straight year, Mesa Air Group has achieved top honors among US regional airlines for on-time arrivals in March 2012, as reported by US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics in the Air Travel Consumer Report, the industry recognized measure of performance.

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AD: Bombardier Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-10-08

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701 & 702), CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), and CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes.

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AD: Boeing Model 747 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-10-03

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 747 series airplanes.

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Historic Aircraft Community Fears Further FAA Restrictions

Why Does The FAA Seem SO Intent on Shutting Down Historic Aircraft Flight Operations?

ANN is monitoring the reactions that have been piling up this week to recent FAA statements, memorandums and discussions concerning the future of operating historic aircraft in the USA. With public meetings coming up in just a month, the temperature of the community that embraces, restores, operates, instructs in, and maintains these aircraft is about as distrustful of the FAA's intent and goodwill as we have ever seen it... and for potentially good reason. An increasingly risk/work adverse mindset in certain divisions of the FAA is creating a huge need for proactive effort on their part in order to make that these extraordinary historic aircraft remain airworthy and flying... an effort

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Classic Aero-TV: Heritage Over Oshkosh 2010 -- Honoring What Got Us Here Today

Stirring the Souls of Flyers All Over America, The Heritage Flights Remind Us Why We Are Free

These are the sights and sound that stir the hearts of aviators all over the world... but especially for those is here in the good ol' USA. Airpower, old and new, in tight formation, showing the world what kept us free... time after time. The USAF Heritage Flight program was established in 1997 to commemorate the Air Force's 50th anniversary. It involves today's state-of-the-art fighters flying in close formation with World War II, Korean and Vietnam era fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre. In 2010 the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHF

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First Flight: GippsAero GA10

Ten-Place Turboprop Single Designed For Air Taxi, Freight, And Similar Uses

The news from down under is that GippsAero has flown its new GA10 Turboprop for the first time. The 20-minute flight took place Tuesday in Latrobe, Australia at Latrobe Regional Airport.

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Fifty Years Ago, Scott Carpenter Became The Second American In Orbit

Pilot Workload, Fuel Became A Challenge As He Conducted Experiments And Flew The Spacecraft

On the 20th day for February, 1962 John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Three months later, astronaut Scott Carpenter was prepared to do it again. His project Mercury spacecraft had been christened Aurora 7. Considering the everlasting fame and notoriety that Glenn's flight generated, Scott Carpenter's flight would be known throughout the years mostly for one thing in particular; the fact that his spacecraft overshot the landing point by 250 miles.

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Aerial Firefighters Deploying More Aircraft To Colorado, Arizona Wildfires

Scrambling To Attack This Year's First Major Wildland Fires In The Western U.S.

A steady build-up of privately operated helicopters and fixed wing tankers is in progress on three massive fires that have scorched thousands of acres in parts of Arizona and Colorado for more than a week.

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Trans-Atlantic Flight Diverted To Bangor For Security Issue

Passenger Said She Had A “Surgically Implanted Device”

A US Airways 767 flying from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Bangor, Maine on Tuesday after a passenger handed a note to a flight attendant saying she had a surgically implanted device, thus raising concerns of a terror threat previously warned about by security officials.

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PA House Exempts Airplanes From Sales Tax

Measure Pending In The State Senate

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a measure that would exempt airplanes sold in the state from sales tax. Aircraft maintenance would also be sales-tax-free.

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FAA Disallows Noise Abatement Reimbursements In Florida

Residents Of Dania Beach Say They Plan To Sue

The residents of Dania Beach, FL, near Fort Lauderdale thought their 25-year battle with the FAA over an expansion of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport was over. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came for the groundbreaking on the new runway, which he said would provide jobs for workers in the area.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.24.12)

"I guarantee I'm breathing." Source: Astronaut Scott Carpenter during his three-orbit Mercury mission  50 years ago today.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.24.12): Occluded Front

A composite of two fronts, formed as a cold front overtakes a warm or quasi-stationary front.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.24.12)

The Vintage Glider Club

A group promoting the international preservation, restoration and flying of vintage and classic gliders.

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