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October 03, 2010

FAA Awards Honeywell NextGen FAA Research Program Contract

Agreement Covers 4-D Trajectory To Increase Traffic Predictability

The FAA has finalized a research agreement with Honeywell to evaluate and demonstrate NextGen Air Traffic Management technology that will allow aircraft to fly more direct routes to save on fuel and emissions and arrive in a precise location at a precise time.

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Two Embry-Riddle Alumni/Astronauts To Launch On Discovery's Final Mission

Second Space Flight For Mission Specialists Alvin Drew And Nicole Stott

Space shuttle Discovery's final launch will be a landmark event for Embry-Riddle – the first time that two of its alumni will serve together in space.

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NASA Invites Public To Discuss 'What Matters Next' At TedxNASA

Event Hopes To Bring Scientists, Artists, Musicians, Engineers, Others To The Table

NASA is inviting the public to join agency leaders and innovators from a variety of fields on November 4 to discuss "What Matters Next." Discussions and presentations on the theme will be the centerpiece of the second TEDxNASA, a daylong event modeled on the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences that bring together leading thinkers to create a dialogue on important global challenges.

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EASA Certified: Engine Upgrade For European Piper Cheyennes

Blackhawk Receives Approval To Upgrade Cheyennes In Europe To PT6A-135A Powerplants

The EASA has certified Blackhawks XP engine upgrade for the Piper Cheyenne I, II and IIXL models.  The XP upgrade package replaces original engines with factory new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135As. 

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NGC, Bell Helicopter Conduct 1st 'Power-On' Of Fire-X Medium-Range VUAS

Milestone Adds Momentum To Team's Plans To Begin Flight Testing By Year's End

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Bell Helicopter, have moved a significant step closer to being able to offer military users a vertical unmanned system that can ferry cargo - either internally or externally - over extended distances. On September 17, the team applied external power for the first time to the main computers and associated subsystems for its new Fire-X medium-range vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS), currently in final integration and test at Bell Helicopter's Xworx rapid prototyping facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

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France, Principality Of Monaco Take GrandNew Deliveries

First Of The Type For Both Countries

France and the Principality of Monaco have each taken delivery of their first GrandNew light twin helicopters.

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Air Memphis Selects Pratt & Whitney's Engine Management Program

Five-Year Contract For Airlines' V2500 Engines

Air Memphis signed an exclusive five-year Engine Management Program agreement with Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners (GSP) for the airline's fleet of V2500 engines.

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NASA Invites Virginia Students To Become 2011 Aerospace Scholars

High School On-Line Program Focuses On STEM Subjects

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, now in its fourth year at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, is currently accepting applications for its interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and math program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.03.10): When Able

When Able When used in conjunction with ATC instructions, gives the pilot the latitude to delay compliance until a condition or event has been reconciled. Unlike "pilot discretion," when instructions are prefaced "when able," the pilot is expected to seek the first opportunity to comply. Once a maneuver has been initiated, the pilot is expected to continue until the specifications of the instructions have been met. "When able," should not be used when expeditious compliance is required.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.03.10)

Aero-Linx: America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race was founded by the Balloon Fiesta in 1995 due to the vision and efforts of Mark Sullivan, former Balloon Fiesta President and recipient of the Montgolfier Diplome (one of ballooning's highest honors), who saw the need for America to be identified with the world's most prestigious ballooning sport. The America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race is modeled after the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, but it differs from the older event in allowing balloons from all countries, without limits on the number of entries from each. The team that travels the longest distance wins.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.03.10)

"The challenge is to duplicate, using hardware and software, the behavior of the air vehicle when it is flown by a human. For example, we're installing and testing actuators that will move the air vehicle's flight control surfaces in response to commands from a ground control station the same way they would move in response to commands from a pilot in the cockpit." Source: George Spongberg, Northrop Grumman's Fire-X program manager, speaking about Northrop Grumman Corporation and Bell Helicopter's having moved a significant step closer to being able to offer military users a vertical unmanned system that can ferry cargo - either internally or externally - over extended distances.

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