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October 02, 2010

FAA Issues First-Ever Spaceport Grants

Funds Intended To Strengthen Commercial Space Activities

The FAA announced a new grant program this week designed to fund projects that develop and expand commercial space transportation infrastructure. 

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Planetary Society, CSF, Others Comment On NASA Budget

One Organization Calls The Bill "Too Prescriptive"

Following passage by the U.S. House of Representatives this week of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010, the Planetary Society offered a qualified endorsement of the bill, while The Commecial Spaceflight Federation was effusive in its support.

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Analysts See 747-8 Delays As Indicative Of Larger Problems At Boeing

New Freighter Deliveries Pushed To Mid 2011

With the announcement of about a six month delay in the first deliveries of Boeing's new 747-8 freighter, some engineering analysts are saying that the planemaker is suffering from cultural issues stemming from budgetary constraints.

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Continental Airlines, Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement

New Labor Contract Covers About 9,300 FAs

Continental Airlines announced Thursday that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) representing Continental flight attendants. The IAM is expected to hold a ratification vote in the coming weeks.

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Air China Places $1.1 Billion Order For 777s

To Be The "Backbone" Of The Carrier's International Fleet

Air China has inked a deal with Boeing for four 777-300ERs (Extended Range), which have a total average value of $1.1 billion at current list prices.

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Multi-Year Navy Contract Awarded For 124 F/A-18 And EA-18 Aircraft

Multi-Billion Dollar Deal With Boeing For 66 Super Hornets, 58 Growlers

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $5.297 billion multi-year procurement contract to Boeing for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers to the Navy from 2012 through 2015.

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Russian Helicopter Company To Acquire 20 AS350/AS355 Helicopters

UTair Signs Contract With Eurocopter Vostok

Russia’s UTair will acquire 20 AS350/AS355 light helicopters in a new agreement that the rotary-wing aircraft operator says extends its long-term strategic relationship with Eurocopter.

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Guam Navy Base Being Bombed ... With Frozen Mice

Rodents Injected With Acetaminophen May Help Control Invasive Snakes

Naval Station Guam is being used as an experimental area for an effort to control brown tree snakes on the island. The snakes are in invasive species in Guam, and they endanger some of the island's native animals.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.02.10)

"This is a true merger of equals, bringing together two strong companies and positioning us to succeed in a dynamic and highly competitive global aviation industry." Source: Glenn Tilton, who will serve as non-executive chairman of the board of the merged United and Continental Airlines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.02.10): Light Icing

A rate of accumulation which may create a problem if flight is prolonged in this environment (over 1 hour).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.02.10)

NASA Astronaut Bios

Want to learn more about the people who have been fortunate enough to fly in space? NASA has a listing of US. and International Astronauts, Payload Specialists, and Cosmonauts available on its website.

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