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November 22, 2009

Navy Identifies T-34C Pilot Lost In Gulf Crash

October Accident Search Yields Wreckage, Remains

The remains of Lt. John Joseph Houston were positively identified by medical personnel of Training Squadron 28 Nov. 18. The T-34C Turbomentor aircraft that went missing Oct. 28 has been located and salvage operations have begun.

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First Engine Runs Performed On A400M

Ground-Idle And Flight-Idle Power Tested, Takeoff Power Soon

Airbus Military achieved a key milestone in the A400M military airlifter program, when all four Europrop International (EPI) TP400 turboprops on the aircraft were run simultaneously for the first time on Wednesday.

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First B777 Delivered To Philippine Airlines

Aircraft Carried Relief Supplies For Victims Of Typhoon Ketsana

Boeing delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to U.S.-based leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and its customer, Philippine Airlines (PAL) Wednesday. The new airplane is the first 777 to join PAL's fleet and is one of two leased 777-300ERs the airline will deploy on its international routes

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StandardAero Awarded $36M Contract For T56 Engine MRO Services

Contract Covers 56 Engines, Will Span 4 Years

StandardAero has received a $36 million delivery order from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for overhaul of Taiwanese T56 Engine and Quick Engine Change (QEC). The award was made to StandardAero's Government & Military sector based in San Antonio, Texas.

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Challenger Center Awarded NASA Grant For Education And Public Outreach

New Space Weather Team To Be Added To Missions

Challenger Center for Space Science Education has received a $274,000 grant from NASA for education and public outreach in Earth and space science. The award is designed for the development of a Space Weather team to enhance the network of 47 Challenger Learning Centers' signature simulated spaceflight missions.

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Two Airlines Expand 'Peak Day' Holiday Surcharges

Continental And American Tack On Additional Fees

Two major U.S. carriers are making it more expensive to travel this holiday season, and others are expected to follow. Continental and American Airlines have announce additional surcharges on peak travel dates of as much as $30 per ticket.

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C-17 Heavy Airlifter Simulator Delivered To RAAF

Officials Call The System A "Major Training Milestone"

The Royal Australian Air Force said Wednesday that it has received a C-17 Heavy Airlifter Simulator from Boeing, the first such system to be owned by a foreign government.

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Redbird Flight Simulations Expands

Demand Surge Warrants Staff Increase, Bigger Facilities

Redbird Flight Simulations announced the expansion of its Austin, Texas based operation Tuesday.  To better serve the needs of their growing customer base, Redbird has not only doubled their manufacturing facility but has also added key support and executive staff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.22.09): PFC

PFC Stands for "passenger facility charge." It is a tax authorized by Congress, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, assessed by airports, and collected by airlines as an add-on to the fare. It is designed to help pay for airport improvements that enhance safety and capacity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.22.09)

Aero-Linx: Space Tweep Society The Space Tweep Society is a group of space enthusiasts on Twitter from a variety of backgrounds. Our ranks include NASA and other space program employees, astronomers, journalists, astrophysicists, scientists, educators, and space geeks. Our mission is to promote enthusiasm for all things space and to unite those inside the space industry with those who are outside looking in.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.22.09)

"The C-17 Simulator commissioning marks the start of aircrew training in Australia. From January 2010, RAAF C-17 pilots will undertake their training at Amberley instead of travelling to the United States (US)... The attainment of the C-17 simulator is another successful outcome for the C-17 Heavy Air Lift Project and further testimony to the cooperative relationship between the Department of Defence, the United States Air Force and its contractors." Source: Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science...

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