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May 24, 2009

STS-125 Home! FL WX Requires Edwards Landing

Amazing Mission Comes To End On RWY 22

What a rush! One of the most aggressive missions in NASA history is now over, as the crew of STS-125 made a safe and pretty good-looking landing on RWY 22 at Edwards AFB, with 15-21 knot winds coming at them right down the runway some 12 days and nearly 22 hours after they started their journey. The trip covered some 5.3 million miles, overall and was completed at 11:39:58 AM EDT.

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Formation Flight Leads To Mid-Air, One Fatality

RV-8 v CJ6A Collision Leads To Tragedy

ANN is monitoring the details of a tragic Alabama Mid-Air involving an RV-8 homebuilt (illustrated below) and what appaears to be a Chinese-made CJ-6A. The two aircraft were reported to have been involved in a planned formation flight when they temporarily lost sight of each other and subsequently collided near Pryor Field, AL. The accident occurred Saturday at approximately 1300, local time.

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Former Shuttle Pilot/CDR, Charles Bolden, Tapped As Next NASA Boss

Bolden Is First African American Nominated For Post

 The White House has nominated a pioneering Space Shuttle astronaut, Charles Bolden, to lead NASA during what may come to be one of its most demanding times.

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Air New Zealand Produces 'Revealing' Ad Campaign

ANZ CEO Proves He Has Nothing To Hide

Ya gotta hand it to Air New Zealand... the generic image of the airline business is one that can usually be called (charitably) stuffy, and humorless... but the most recent ANZ ad campaign breaks the ice in a most revealing and admittedly humorous way.

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Edwards AFB T-38 Crash Claimed Life of TPS Pilot

Test Pilot School Trainee Lost In Talon Accident

As previously reported, an Air Force test pilot student died May 21 when his jet trainer crashed north of Edwards Air Force Base. Captain Mark P. Graziano, 30, died when the T-38A Talon he was piloting crashed about nine miles north of the base here, near California City, Calif. Captain Graziano was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, where he was undergoing training to become a test pilot.

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2009 Arlington Fly-In To Feature RC Aircraft Displays

The Latest Generation Of RC Aircraft Will Be Shown... And So Much More

It's no surprise to those of who fly that the concept of 'Flying' has been one of the most common and most enchanting fascinations of mankind. For those enamored of the model side of the aviation equation, this year's Arlington Fly-In has much to offer... and if you weren't interested in RC models before, this Fly-In may change that for you.

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Alliance for Aviation Across America Applauds House FAA Reauthorization Passage

  "The Alliance for Aviation Across America applauds the House of Representatives for passing an FAA Reauthorization bill. This legislation would provide crucially needed funding for the modernization of our air traffic control system while building on the current, efficient fuel tax system..."

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New Mil-Web Program Tackles Fatigue-Related Aviation Accidents

"FlyAwake" Produced By Air National Guard

A new Web-based program is helping military pilots and aircrews "FlyAwake," thanks to the combined efforts of the District of Columbia Air National Guard's 201st Airlift Squadron and the National Guard Bureau. "We were noticing the number of fatigue-related mishaps were quite high, and we needed to do something about it," said Air Force Capt. Lynn Lee.

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6th Space Investment Summit Exploring Entertainment/Tourism Opportunities

Senior hospitality/tourism/entertainment industry executives and space industry leaders will come together May 27, 2009 for the Space Investment Summit 6 (SIS-6) to engage in a full day of presentations and discussion relating to a variety of emerging business opportunities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.24.09): Flight Plan

Flight Plan A planning document that covers the expected operational details of a flight such as destination, route, fuel on board, etc. It is filed with the appropriate FAA air traffic control facility. There are both VFR and IFR flight plans. VFR plans are not mandatory.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.24.09)

Aero-Linx: USAF Fact Sheet T-38 Talon The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.24.09)

  "America's space program is at a critical crossroad. NASA needs a clearly defined plan and unwavering support from the president and Congress to achieve our nation's space exploration objectives. We look forward to working with the new NASA administrator and his leadership team as we address the rapidly approaching human spaceflight gap following retirement of the Space Shuttle, the next generation Constellation program and full utilization of the International Space Station." Source:  Dean Acosta, Chairman-Public Affairs Team, Coalition for Space Exploration, following the nomination of Charles Bolden to be the next NASA Administrator.

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