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Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Airborne at NBAA--10.21.14: NBAA2014 Opens Strong, Eclipse Update, FJ44 TBO Increase

Also: Shuster/Hart Address NBAA, Gogo Means Business, BBJ Maxes Out, Hartzell Pulls Its Weight

The NBAA Opening General Session featured two well-known names from Washington. Representative Bill Shuster, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, and Acting NTSB Chair Christopher Hart were the keynote speakers for the opening general session Tuesday morning. Shuster said that the he has already begun the process of crafting a new FAA reauthorization bill … which he says should be “transformational” with a goal of easing the regulatory burden on the industry. While much of the news at NBAA is about mid-size and large business aircraft, there is a very distinct niche for smaller BizJets … including the Very-Light-Jets.  One of the major players in that segment of the industry is Eclipse Aerospace. ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell talked Tuesday with Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason Holland about how the E550 is helping revitalize that segment of t

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Boeing Concludes Commercial Crew Space Act Agreement For CST-100/Atlas V

Culminates Four Years Of Development Work On Commercial Space Systems

Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing's crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket.

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Boeing-Built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes 3rd Flight

Concludes 647-Day Experimental Mission For The USAF

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) successfully de-orbited and landed late last week at Vandenberg Air Force Base concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. The X-37B was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Dec. 11, 2012. 

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Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Airborne at NBAA--10.20.14: HondaJet, Honeywell Forecast, Gulfstream's G500/G600

Also: Garmin's ADS-B For BizAv, R44s For Jordan, Textron Aviation, Hartzell Props, Clarity Aloft Pro Plus

At a news conference early Monday at the 2014 NBAA convention, HondaJet said that it is months away from first deliveries of the new airplane. After the news conference, ANN Editor in Chief Jim Campbell talked with HondaJet CEO Michimasa Fujino about getting the airplane into the hands of customers. If you are interested in what’s going on at NBAA 2014, the best place to start is by reading the Honeywell Global Business Aviation Forecast. This detailed report brings into focus what is expected in business aviation over the next decade. Several orders for the G500 were announced along with the rollout. Among the most innovative features of the new Gulfstream jets is their fly-by-wire systems includes an Active Control Sidestick. Gulfstream says the ACS system offers enhanced safety and situational awareness over passive sticks through tactile feedback. With electron

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Mon, Oct 20, 2014

NASA Soil Moisture Mapper Arrives At Launch Site

Will Be Deployed From Vandenberg AFB In January

A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth's water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms -- soil moisture -- now is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for launch in January.

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Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Space Research Institute Awards Fellowships To Five Scientists

Will Support Two Years Of Biomedical Space Research By Each Recipient

Five young scientists have received First Award Fellowships from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Through this two-year program, they will conduct research with the eventual aim of protecting astronaut health during long-duration spaceflights.

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