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September 22, 2012

Launch Date Set For First Contracted U.S. Cargo Resupply Mission To ISS

NASA Mission Managers Set Sunday, October 7 Is The Targeted Date For Liftoff Of SpaceX Dragon Cargo Vessel

NASA managers, SpaceX officials, and international partner representatives have set Sunday, Oct. 7, as the target launch date for the first contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.

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FAA Achieves Major NextGen 'Milestone'

Signs Contract For Digital Communications In Aircraft

The FAA announced a significant step forward in its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) programs, awarding a contract that will supplement the voice communications currently used in commercial aviation with a digital system for clearer, more efficient communication between air traffic controllers, the flight deck and pilots.

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Nineteen Aviation Organizations Appeal To President Obama To Challenge EU-ETS

Letter To The President Calls For An 'Article 84' Proceeding With The ICAO

A group of 19 aviation organizations has sent a letter to President Obama calling for him to take legal action against the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The groups include airline, business aviation, general aviation, and sport aviation associations ... the so-called "letter groups."

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Air Canada To Hire Over 900 Employees

200 New Jobs To Be Created By Planned Low Cost Carrier

Air Canada is hanging out the "Help Wanted" sign. The carrier said Thursday that it will hire more than 900 employees over the next 12 months to meet its planned workforce requirements. In addition, 200 new jobs will be created for flight attendants and pilots at the airline's low cost carrier that will be launched in 2013.

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American Eurocopter Celebrates 200th American-Made AS350

Manufacturing Facility Opened In 2005

American Eurocopter held an event Thursday at its Delivery Center in Grand Prairie, TX to honor the 200th AS350 helicopter manufactured in the United States. The 200th aircraft, an AS350 B3e, was delivered to the Texas Department of Public Safety in April and was placed into service Thursday. Members of the Texas DPS were on hand to celebrate the occasion.

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ANA Set To Increase Its Dreamliner Fleet

787 Launch Customer Placing Orders For 11 Additional -9 Aircraft

ANA Group said Friday that it is placing orders for eleven additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners. ANA initially ordered 55 of the airplanes, thirteen of which have already been delivered.

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Myrtle Beach Helicopter Tour Operator Still In Business ... For Now

Judge Rules Helicopter Adventures Can Continue Flying While Zoning Decision Is Appealed

The owner of Helicopter Adventures in Myrtle Beach, SC, has won a round in court that will allow the company to keep flying at least for the time being. The Horry County Circuit Court has ruled that Freddie Rick can continue operating while he appeals a zoning board ruling that said his business is not appropriate for the area in which it operates.

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Coast Guard Rescues Two 28 miles East Of South Pass, LA

Plane Went Down In The Gulf Of Mexico

Two men were rescued by the Coast Guard after their airplane went down 28 miles east of South Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday. Rescued were Theodore Wright and Raymond Fosdick of Baytown, Texas.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.22.12)

"We are grateful that we will be allowed to operate our business as we challenge the ruling of the Zoning Board of Appeals." Source: News release issued by Helicopter Adventures Owner Freddie Rick.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.22.12): Radar Contact Lost

Used by ATC to inform a pilot that radar data used to determine the aircraft's position is no longer being received, or is no longer reliable and radar service is no longer being provided.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.22.12)

An FAA web page designed to provide potential pilots with information about how to reach their goals.

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