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February 06, 2011

First Flight: USN X-47B UCAS

Was That A UFO Over Edwards AFB?? ('Sure Looked Like One)

It was a heckuva week for Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Navy as they conducted a successful first flight of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft. The first flight was conducted under hazy skies at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), CA, on Feburary 4th, began at 1409 PST and lasted 29 minutes.

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 Obtains IAC AR Type Certificate

Russian Certification Authority Clears Aircraft For Operation

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 Type Certificate was presented Thursday by the Russian Certification Authority IAC AR.

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Collier Trophy Selection Committee Includes Three Recipients

One-Hundredth Presentation To Take Place In March

Neil Armstrong (1969), Dick Rutan (1986) and Richard Truly (1988) will participate in the Selection Committee for the 100th presentation of the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced Thursday.

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NBAA Announces Recipients of 2011 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship

Individuals Will Be Recognized At The Leadership Conference, Feb. 23-24

The NBAA announced Friday that four individuals have been selected by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee as recipients of the 2011 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship.

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NASA Names Winning Experiments In Kids Micro-G Challenge

Older Elementary Kids Get To Design Experiments To Fly In Space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station this spring will conduct six experiments designed by middle school students from across the country.

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Lawsuit In Brazilian Accident Can Proceed In Florida

Case Involves The Worst Accident In Brazilian Aviation History

The mother of a man killed in a Brazilian aircraft accident in 2007 can sue TAM airline, as well as Airbus, which built the accident airplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.06.11): Iridium

Iridium The Iridium satellite constellation consists of a system of 66 active communication satellites with spares in orbit and on the ground. It allows worldwide voice and data communications including the poles, oceans, and airways.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.06.11)

Aero-Linx: FAR Part 103 Yes... ultralights still exist... and there are signs that the most inexpensive way to fly may still see a renaissance... especially if aero-prices keep climbing for the stratosphere. In case you weren't aware of what a REAL ultralight is and what it can and can not do... herewith, we provide the link to the US Ultralight Association's recitation of FAR Part 103.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.06.11)

"First flight represents the compilation of numerous tests to validate the airworthiness of the aircraft, and the robustness and reliability of the software that allows it to operate as an autonomous system and eventually have the ability to take-off and land aboard an aircraft carrier." Source: Capt. Jaime Engdahl, UCAS-D program manager, US Navy, following the first flight test of the X-47B.

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AD: Pilatus

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AD: GE

AD NUMBER: 2011-02-07

MANUFACTURER: General Electric Company CF6-45 and CF6-50 Series Turbofan Engines  

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