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April 28, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.29.13

Furloughed Controllers Will Be Going Back to Work…

The FAA Says the Dreamliner Can Fly Again…

A Grim Reminder of 9/11 Found in NYC&hel

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Affordability Priority For F-35 Program

Bogdan: Progress Has Been Made, But There Is A Long Way To Go

Affordability remains the priority for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's program executive officer for the Defense Department's most expensive procurement told Congress Wednesday. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told the Senate Armed Services Committee's air-land subcommittee that the program has made progress, but he acknowledged it is enormously complicated and has a ways to go.  

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Northwest Groups Propose UAS Testing In Central Washington State

Pacific Northwest Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Center, A Group of 12, Spearheading The Effort

A consortium of Washington-based organizations will soon submit the final section of a proposal to site an unmanned aircraft system research and testing facility in central Washington. If successful, the proposal to the FAA will result in the agency naming the Pacific Northwest Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Center as one of six U.S. testing facilities later this year.

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NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding With Saturn's Rings

Rings Act As Detectors Of Many Kinds Of Phenomena

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn's rings. These observations make Saturn's rings the only location besides Earth, the moon, and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur.

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Cessna Expands Service Capabilities In Europe For Caravans

Citation AOG Maintenance Offered At New Zurich Service Center

Cessna has begun offering "aircraft on ground" (AOG) maintenance on Cessna 208 Caravan model aircraft at their Citation Service Center in Zurich, Switzerland. The company recently announced that United States based factory-owned Citation Service Centers would perform similar unscheduled AOG maintenance on Cessna's 208 model Caravan aircraft.

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Edwards Completes Tests To Extend KC-135

Block 45 Upgrades Will Extend Airplanes Life 'For Decades'

Known as "The Mighty War Wagon" of the Air Force, the KC-135 Stratotanker has proven to be the core aerial refueling capability for the Air Force for more than 50 years. With the help of the 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards, along with a multitude of testers, the KC-135 Block 45 test team recently completed a series of tests in April to help extend the aircraft's service life for decades.

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Upgraded MH-60S OFT For US Navy Re-Enters Service At NAS North Island

Technology Refresh Completed By CAE

The United States Navy has declared an updated MH-60S "Sierra" operational flight trainer (OFT) as ready-for-training at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island near San Diego, California. This MH-60S OFT, originally manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was completely upgraded by CAE to add new technologies and ensure concurrency with other MH-60S training devices as well as the operational MH-60S helicopters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.28.13)

Aero Linx: National Association of Rocketry The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) is a non-profit tax-exempt scientific organization dedicated to consumer safety, youth education, and the advancement of technology in the hobby of spacemodeling (sport rocketry) in the United States. Founded in 1957, the NAR is the oldest and largest spacemodeling organization in the world with over 5100 members and 125 affiliated clubs across the U.S. The NAR supports all aspects of safe consumer sport rocket flying, from small model rockets with youth groups to very large high power rockets with serious adult hobbyists. It is a recognized national authority for safety certification of consumer rocket motors and user certification of h

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.28.13): Chandler Wobble

Chandler Wobble A small motion in the Earth's rotation axis relative to the surface, discovered by American astronomer Seth Carlo Chandler in 1891. Its amplitude is about 0.7 arcseconds (about 15 meters on the surface) with a period of 433 days. It combines with another wobble with a period of one year, so the total polar motion varies with a period of about 7 years. The Chandler wobble is an example of free nutation for a spinning non-spherical object.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.28.13)

“Siting a new flight center in central Washington will allow the state to build off of the established strengths of its thriving aerospace industry. The Flight Center supports the commercial growth of the UAS sector, attracting and additional aerospace research and development dollars, providing users with cost-effective, safe, flight testing facilities and fostering the development of more companies and high quality jobs in Washington.” Source: Bart Phillips, vice president for economic development for Innovate Washington, in comments made as a consortium of Washington state-based organizations ready submissions for the final section of a proposal to site an unmanned aircraft system research and testing facility

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PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-900 and -900ER series airplanes.

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AD: General Electric Company Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-08-20

PRODUCT: Certain General Electric Company (GE) CF6-80C2 series turbofan engines.

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