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May 04, 2013

Senators Pressure FAA To Keep Contract Towers Open

Forty-Two Senators Send Letter To LaHood, Huerta

Forty-two members of the U.S. Senate have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to call on the agency to stop the planned closure of 149 contract towers. In the letter, the Members highlight that the bill passed in the Senate on April 25 and signed into law by the President to end furloughs at the FAA provides enough budget flexibility to also fully fund contract towers currently scheduled for closure this summer.

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Solar Impulse Begins Trek Across America

First Leg From San Francisco To Phoenix Launched Friday Morning

The Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane has begun its trek across the United States, leaving San Francisco early Friday morning (PDT) en route to its first stop in Phoenix, AZ.

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X-51A Waverider Achieves History In Final Flight

Hypersonic Scramjet Achieves Speed Of Mach 5.1

The final flight of the X-51A Waverider test program has accomplished a breakthrough in the development of flight reaching Mach 5.1 over the Pacific Ocean on May 1 a little after 10 a.m. Pacific Time. "It was a full mission success," said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate.

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Mark King Steps Down As Head Of Rolls-Royce Aerospace

Abrupt Departure Comes Just Four Months After He Was Appointed To The Post

The man who was tapped barely four months ago to lead Rolls-Royce's Aerospace division said Thursday he would be stepping down from the position in a move that was described as a "surprise."

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Boeing Gives Go-Ahead For 777X Marketing

No Final Decision Yet On Whether The Aircraft Will Actually Be Built

Boeing has reportedly begun talks with potential customers for its next-generation triple-7 airplane, for now called the 777X. And while the board has not yet given a green light for production of the new model, it has started a marketing effort to generate interest in the plane.

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Grumman Widgeon Down In Hudson River

Police Divers Check Possible Debris Field On River Bottom

A Grumman G44A Widgeon reportedly nosedived into the Hudson river Thursday afternoon and sank to the bottom of the river. Police divers were checked a possible debris field located by sonar on the river bottom Friday.

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Shots Fired At Bush Airport In Houston

Gunman Only Casualty After Discharging A Firearm In The Terminal

A man who reportedly fired shots at a ticket counter at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport Thursday appeared to be the only casualty in the incident, though it was unclear if he took his own life or was killed by a Homeland Security Agent who confronted him. The terminal was closed for a time after the incident.

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Coming Soon To A City Near You ... Despicablimp!

Giant Flying 'Minion' On Nationwide Tour To Promote Upcoming Premiere of Despicable Me 2

It's a good thing the horses at the Kentucky Derby will be wearing blinders, less they be distracted by a strange sight overhead --- the Despicablimp! Despicablimp is a 165 foot long helium filled blimp currently in Louisville, KY on a cross country tour promoting the coming premier of the movie Despicable Me 2.

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First F-15SA For Royal Saudi Air Force Completed

Latest International F-15 Variant Brings Enhanced Mission Capability, Boeing Says

The F-15SA has been rolled out by Boeing for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company says the F-15SA, the newest variant of the combat-proven F-15, provides improved performance and increased survivability at a lower life-cycle cost. The aircraft has two additional wing stations for increased payload and capability.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.04.13)

"Sequestration only reduces the FAA’s budget by 5 percent bringing it down to 2010 levels. Now that the FAA furloughs have been canceled due to this new law, I hope the FAA will have the common sense to also find a solution to end the planned closures of its contract towers.” Source: Senator James Inhofe (R-OK).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.04.13): Touchdown Zone Elevation (TDZE)

The highest elevation in the first 3,000 feet of the landing surface, TDZE is indicated on the instrument approach procedure chart when straight-in landing minimums are authorized.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.04.13)

Flying Scholarships for Disabled People

Since 1983 nearly 400 disabled people have been awarded a flying scholarships from this U.K.-based non-profit organization. To apply, you must be over 18 years of age, not in full time education, a resident in the UK, and allowed to drive by the DVLA.

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