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May 08, 2013

Second Mission For Vega Booster Delivers Three Satellites

Spacecraft Placed In Two Sun-Synchronous Orbits During Two-Hour Flight

Arianespace’s light-lift Vega launcher performed an intricate mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana Tuesday, successfully delivering three satellite passengers at two different Sun-synchronous orbital altitudes during a flight lasting just over two hours. It was Vega’s second mission from the spaceport, and further demonstrated the capabilities of a vehicle that completes Arianespace’s launcher family – joining its medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5.

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Legal Petition To Keep All Knives Off Planes Submitted To TSA, Homeland Security

Petition Presented By Organizations Representing 400,000 On The Front Lines Of U.S. Aviation

Lawyers for nine organizations representing 400,000 aviation professionals, passengers and law enforcement officers today filed a legal petition with Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole and copied to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano seeking to rescind plans to allow knives in the aircraft cabins for the first time since 9/11.

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Transport Canada Grants WestJet Request Regarding FA Requirements

Increases Ratio To One Flight Attendant For Every 50 Passenger Seats

Transport Canada has granted permission for WestJet to employ a ratio of one flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats onboard an aircraft. "The safety of Canadians is Transport Canada's top priority," said the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "The department has considered WestJet's request carefully and is confident that the same levels of safety will be maintained."

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HMX-1 Lands 'Osprey'

Aircraft Will Carry White House Staff, Press Corps, But Not The President

One week after six MV-22B “Ospreys” successfully flew the longest and largest transatlantic flight of any Osprey squadron to date, Marine Helicopter Squadron One hosted a MV-22B Introduction Ceremony at the HMX-1 hangar on May 4, 2013. The ceremony marked the beginning of HMX-1’s transition from CH-46E “Sea Knights” to MV-22B Ospreys for green-side and presidential support flights: carrying White House staff members and press, said Col. John Faircloth, HMX-1 commanding officer.

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Sky Shuttle Helicopter Introduces First All-Female Crew

Will Operate Flights Between Hong Kong And Macau

Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited is pleased to announce that today, on May 6, Captain Meg Lam and First Officer Kirsty Holtkamp became the company’s first ever all-female helicopter crew to operate flights between Hong Kong and Macau.

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Chapman Freeborn Celebrates 40 Years Of Aircraft Chartering

One Of The Pioneers In Private Jet Charters For Corporate Travel

Chapman Freeborn is officially celebrating 40 years of successful aircraft chartering this May. Starting out from an office in London, arranging contracts for Alaska International Air’s L-100 Hercules fleet, the company has grown steadily and organically. Today, it is a recognized supplier of passenger and freight aircraft charters to major corporations, private individuals, aid agencies and governments, supporting 450 employees and over 30 offices globally. 

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British, French Attack Helicopters Build Strong Partnership

Ability Of Aircraft To Work Together Tested During Joint Military Exercise

The working relationship between the British and French Army's attack helicopters has taken off during a major military exercise. Apaches from the Army Air Corps and Gazelles from the French Army have forged an operational partnership during demanding training on Exercise Joint Warrior in the West Freugh area of Scotland.

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Bombardier Expands Technical Training Agreement With FlightPath International

Toronto-Based Company Appointed Authorized Technical Training Provider (ATTP)

Bombardier has appointed training services provider FlightPath International (FPI) of Toronto as its Authorized Technical Training Provider (ATTP) for all entitlement and recurrent technical training for Bombardier's CRJ Series commercial aircraft and Challenger 850, Challenger 870 and Challenger 890 business jets.

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NASA Partners With Utah State University's Space Dynamics Lab

Will Develop A High-Res Optical Encoder For Future Missions

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Innovative Partnerships Office in Greenbelt, MD, has entered into a Space Act Agreement with Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), North Logan, Utah, to develop a high-resolution optical encoder.

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EADS Delivers HC-144A Maintenance Training Unit To The U.S. Coast Guard

Will Convert Prototype CN235 In Elizabeth City, NC

The U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center has purchased the prototype CN235 aircraft and plans to transform it into an HC-144A maintenance training unit. The HC-144A is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. The transformation will configure the CN235 with systems from the HC-144.

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NASA's Spitzer Puts Planets In A Petri Dish

So-Called 'Roasters' Are Planets The Size Of Jupiter Orbiting Near Their Sun

Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets. In addition to our solar system's eight near-and-dear planets, there are more than 800 so-called exoplanets known to circle stars beyond our sun. One of the first "species" of exoplanets to be discovered is the hot Jupiters, also known as roasters. These are gas giants like Jupiters, but they orbit closely to their stars, blistering under the heat.

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C-130 Squadron First To Perform New Airdrop Method

New Technique Improves Accuracy For Supply Delivery

The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides. The new airdrop method is designed to pull the bundles out of the aircraft at a faster rate than the current airdrop process, which improves the overall accuracy of the drop itself.

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Classic Aero-TV: It's ALL About Attitude -- Lee Lauderback Explains 'UAT'

Aggressive New Unusual Attitude Training Program Targets Commercial Pilots

Its not easy flying in the NAS... and its only gotten more complicated over the years -- especially if you are a busy commercial pilot. But Lee Lauderback's Stallion 51 operation believes that they can ease the life of today's commercial pilots... and keep them from harm when one of the most disabling emergency scenarios goes from being postulated to being real...

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New Start Point Announced For EAA AirVenture Cup Race

Production Aircraft Classes Added

The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will feature a new starting point in 2013, plus several new aircraft classes that will allow even more aviators participate in this fun competition prior to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Four-Seat VTOL Plug-In Hybrid Aircraft On Terrafugia Drawing Boards

Company Says TF-X 'Would Provide The World With A New Dimension Of Personal Freedom'

As it continues to work through the process of having its Transition street-legal airplane approved by both the FAA and highway safety officials, Terrafugia is conducting feasibility studies for its next project: a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) plug-in hybrid-electric flying car, the TF-X.

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DOT Inspector General Says FAA Faces Challenges On Repair Station Rules

Final Report Issued Last Week Concerning Risk-Based Oversight

On May 1, 2013, the DOT Inspector General issued its final report on the FAA's risk-based oversight of aircraft repair stations. Currently, FAA is responsible for overseeing nearly 4,800 repair stations used worldwide by U.S air carriers. The IG found that while FAA developed a risk assessment process to aid repair station inspectors in identifying areas of greatest concern, its oversight continues to emphasize completing mandatory inspections instead of targeting resources where they are needed based on risk.

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Bahamas To Establish Civil Aviation Authority

Will Take Over Regulatory Functions From Civil Aviation Department

In a move it says will resolve an inherent internal conflict in its Civil Aviation Department (CAD), the government of the Bahamas is establishing a Civil Aviation Authority to serve as its aviation regulatory agency, allowing the CAD focus on its role as a service provider.

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X-47B Makes First Arrested Landing

Shore-Based Tests Adds Momentum, Confidence For Upcoming Carrier Trials

The first fly-in arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator has been successfully completed by the U.S. Navy and prime contractor Northrop Grumman. Conducted May 4 at the Navy's shore-based catapult and arresting gear complex at Patuxent River Naval Station in Maryland, the test represents the first arrested landing by a Navy unmanned aircraft.

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Officer Who Oversaw USAF Sexual Assault Program Charged With Sexual Assault

Accused Of Groping A Woman In A Parking Lot In Arlington, VA

The Air Force officer who was in charge of the service's sexual assault prevention program has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a woman. Lt. Col Jeffrey Krusinski was arrested after a woman said he had grabbed her breasts and buttocks in a parking lot in Arlington, VA, in the early morning hours of May 5. She said she was able to fight him off.

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Maintenance Capacity For Commercial Aircraft Expanded In Tucson

Bombardier Opens New Lines For Q400 At Planemaker's Largest Service Center

Bombardier has opened three new lines of maintenance at its Tucson, Arizona aircraft service center to boost heavy maintenance capacity for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops. The new lines are housed in an existing hangar space on Tucson's 1,146,901 square foot service center, complementing existing maintenance capabilities for Q-Series aircraft at Bombardier's facilities in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Macon, Georgia.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.08.13)

“TF-X is an opportunity to provide the world with a new dimension of personal freedom.” Source: Terrafugia CEO/CTO Carl Dietrich.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.08.13): Safety Management System

Safety Management System A system for the management of safety including the organizational structure, responsibilities, procedures, processes and provisions for the implementation of safety policies which provides for the control of safety of a operation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.08.13)

RITA -- Bureau Of Transportation Statistics

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers. Summary information on the number of on-time, delayed, canceled and diverted flights appears in DOT's monthly Air Travel Consumer Report

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