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May 01, 2014

Whitehead House In Connecticut Demolished

Wrecking Ball Applied Despite Weeks Of Protest From Supporters

As the controversy about whether the Wright Brothers or Gustave Whitehead was actually first to fly a heavier-than-air machine in a controlled manner continues to simmer ... a developer in Connecticut showed no love for those who believe Whitehead should be in the history books rather than Orville and Wilbur.

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AT&T Takes Aim At Gogo's In-Flight Wireless Business

Hopes To Launch 4G Service On Airliners In 2015

News that AT&T is looking to launch an in-flight 4G LTE wireless service for airliners in 2015 caused Gogo's stock to tumble on Tuesday. The telephone giant claims that its plan would "transform airborne connectivity."

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NASA Seeks To Evolve Space Station For New Commercial Opportunities

Soliciting Ideas For Ways To Create Greater Access To The Orbiting Outpost

As part of NASA's continuing effort to open low-Earth orbit to commercial space opportunities, the agency is seeking feedback on ways it can help create greater access to and use of the International Space Station for research and commercial activities.

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International Researchers Produce Jet Fuel Alternative From Sun, Water, CO2

SOLAR-JET 'Reverses' The Combustion Process To Produce Fuel

An international group of researchers has succeeded in producing the world's first jet fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide in the SOLAR-JET (Solar chemical reactor demonstration and Optimization for Long-term Availability of Renewable JET fuel) project.

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New Features Available From Jeppesen For European Private Pilots

VFR Enroute Data, Graphical NOTAM/TFRs, More Added To FliteDeck VFR For iPad

European private pilots who subscribe to Jeppesen's FliteDeck VFR for iPad have gotten another set of upgrades. The Boeing subsidiary announced Wednesday that it has added new features and expanded European coverage areas for Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR on iPad.

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Boeing CEO Questioned By Shareholder About Possible Improprieties Of Donation

Is A Donation To The Clinton Foundation Simply A Charitable Gesture Or Did It Buy A Favor?

In an article published by the Washington Post earlier this month it was pointed out that the Boeing Company had, in 2010, contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Family Foundation to rebuild schools in Haiti. According to the Post report, the donation was made shortly after then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, had had suggested that a state-owned Russian airline should buy Boeing passenger jets.

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RAF Deploys Typhoon Jets To Bolster NATO Air Policing Mission

Hammond: NATO Right To Take Appropriate Steps In Light Of Events In Ukraine

Four Royal Air Force Typhoons have deployed today to take part in the NATO Baltic air policing mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The UK fast jets will reinforce the Polish contribution to the air policing mission; a standing defensive mission undertaken by rotations of aircraft from contributing nations on a 4-month cycle.

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Annual MT Aviation Academy (ACE) Ready For Summer Enrollment

Open To High School Students In Grades 9-12

The state of Montana each year provides an opportunity for students to discover what a career in aviation or aerospace is all about. The Aviation Career Education (ACE),  hosted by the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), is open to Montana students in grades 9-12.

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With Final Approach, U-2 Pilot's Career Makes Celebrated Landing

Planning Retirement After 19 Years Of Flying

Lt. Col. Jeff Klosky is an aviator who has spent much of his life racing out of twilight and into the dawn. After a storied career, spanning 19 years in the U-2, sundown has finally become visible on his horizon.

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Buzz Aldrin, Elon Musk Headline International Space Development Conference

Thirty-Third Annual Conference Opens May 14 In Los Angeles

The 33rd Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2014) kicks off on Wednesday, May 14, for five days of presentations, panels, exhibits, lunches and dinners celebrating this year's theme, "A Space Renaissance." ISDC is the yearly conference of the National Space Society (NSS), a nonprofit organization that has hosted the gathering since 1982. This year's venue is the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta Private Jets Opens New Tech Service Center

Facility Located At Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Delta Private Jets has opened a 40,000 square-foot comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul facility (MRO) at its headquarters at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The Delta Private Jets Tech Service Center provides private jet owners and operators with a one-stop MRO facility servicing a broad range of aircraft.

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FAA Would Stymie Another UAV Entrepreneur

DroneCast Had Hoped To Fly Advertising Banners Under Quadcopters

The FAA says that a 19-year-old Philadelphia entrepreneur can not fly advertising banners under a quadcopter about 25 feet off the ground.

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Airborne 04.30.14: CAF Does Dallas, SpaceX Sues Uncle Sam, AOPA $175K Kiddy Park

Also: Jepp Loses Lawsuit, Para-Phernalia, Melbourne AirShow, McWherter Bails Out of Tailhook

The Big “D” is about to get its own Air Force! The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) just announced its selection of Dallas Executive Airport as the location for their CAF National Airbase and corporate Headquarters. The CAF will move a few initial staff in 2014, with the full operations of its Headquarters arriving in Dallas by the end of 2015. SpaceX has filed a legal challenge to the U.S. Air Force’s latest Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA). The long-term contract, which guarantees the purchase

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Quicksilver Earns FAA Acceptance For SLSA

Sport L-S2S Is Entering Production

The FAA has informed Quicksilver Aeronautics that their audit to produce the Sport 2S model as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft has been satisfactorily concluded. The model will officially be known as the Sport L-S2S and marketed as the Sport S2SE.

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NTSB: Planes That Collided Over SF Bay Engaged In Passing Maneuver

Wreckage Found Tuesday Using Underwater Cameras

The two airplanes involved in a mid-air collision over San Francisco Bay Sunday were engaged in a "passing maneuver," according to an NTSB investigator on the scene.

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Student Selected For Tubreaux Aviation Flight Training Scholarship

Nebraska Highschooler To Learn To Fly This Summer

Matthew Callahan, 18-year-old high school senior from Bellevue, Nebraska, is getting the opportunity of a lifetime this June when he’ll travel to Shreveport’s Downtown Airport in Louisiana and learn to fly at Tubreaux Aviation. Matt, EAA 863129, was announced last week as recipient of a complete private pilot training experience offered by Tubreaux to a previous EAA Young Eagle between the ages of 18 and 21.

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House Science Committee Approves Bipartisan NASA Authorization Act

Vote In The Committee Was Unanimous For Passage

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Tuesday approved the NASA Authorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4412) with unanimous bipartisan support. The bipartisan bill reaffirms Congress’s commitment to space exploration, both human and robotic, and makes clear that human spaceflight to Mars is NASA’s primary goal.

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P-8s, Cesar Chavez Detached From MH370 Search

Poseidons Will Return To Other Operations Within The 7th Fleet

In conjunction with the collaborative decision to cease flight operations, the two U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft flying missions in support of the MH370 search efforts, along with USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), were detached from search operations and support efforts in Perth and will return to other operations within 7th Fleet this week.

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FAA Investigates UAV Use In Aftermath Of Arkansas Tornado

Stormhunter/Journalist Flew The Aircraft For Aerial Views Of The Damage

The FAA is looking into the use of a UAV by a stormhunter who also works as a journalist to get aerial photos and video of the damage caused by Sunday's tornado that tore through the area

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Kazakhstan's First Earth Observation Satellite Delivered To Orbit

Arianespace Vega Booster Lifted Off At About 10:35 Local Time In French Guiana

Arianespace is on track for a record launch performance in 2014 following tonight’s Vega mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which successfully orbited a pioneering Earth observation satellite for the Republic of Kazakhstan. Lifting off from the SLV launch site at 10:35:15 p.m. local time – which was the planned precise moment of launch – Vega was put through its paces to loft DZZ-HR, renamed “KazEOSat-1” after reaching Sun-synchronous orbit, during a flight lasting 55 minutes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.01.14)

"We are prepared to swiftly put the Sport S2SE into production as a fully-built aircraft." Source: Quicksilver Aeronautics President, Will Escutia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.01.14): Hail Contamination

A limitation in NEXRAD rainfall estimates whereby abnormally high reflectivities associated with hail are converted to rainfall rates and rainfall accumulations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.01.14)

The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA)

The association is recognized as the leading global industry association dedicated to pursuing and promoting environmental best practice, regulatory excellence and sustainable developments in aircraft disassembly, as well as the salvaging and recycling of aircraft parts and materials.

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