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June 01, 2012

NASA Selects Five Universities For 2013 X-Hab Innovation Challenge

Will Design Habitat Systems For Future Deep Space Missions

Five universities have been selected to participate in the 2013 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge led by NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation. These universities will design habitat systems, concepts and technologies that could be used in future deep space habitats.

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Boeing Delivers 20th 747-8

Atlas Air To Operate Airplane On Behalf Of Panalpina

Boeing marked the 20th delivery of its new 747-8 Thursday. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter, was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air will operate it on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based freight operator. This marks the first time in Panalpina's history that an airplane has been painted in the company's livery.

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Flight Attendants At Horizon Air Reach Tentative Agreement

Pact Increases Pay, Vacation, Improves Schedule Flexibility

Horizon Air flight attendants, represented by the Association of flight attendants-CWA (AFA), announced Wednesday they have reached a tentative agreement with management of the airline. AFA represents the more than 500 flight attendants at Horizon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group.

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CALSTAR Upgrades Aircraft To Further Its Lifesaving Mission

Adds Super King Air B200 To Fleet

In an effort to upgrade its fixed wing transport capabilities, California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) has purchased a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air. The airplane will replace a Cessna 421B aircraft currently operated by the company.

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Kansas Company Receives STC For Garmin 750 In Older Learjets

Over 800 Aircraft Are Candidates For The Nav System Update

The FAA has granted an STC to Butler National Corporation for installation of the new Garmin GTN Series of Navigators that provide GPS, Navigation and Communications. The initial installation is for dual GTN 750 Navigators in a Lear 24B.

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NASA Lunar Spacecraft Complete Prime Mission Ahead Of Schedule

Now Preparing For Extended Science Operations To Begin In August

A NASA mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its prime mission earlier than expected. The mission team of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, with twin probes named Ebb and Flow, is now preparing for extended science operations starting Aug. 30 and continuing through Dec. 3, 2012.

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EC135 Sim Receives Full FFS Level B Certification From Luftfahrtbundesamt

Now Provide Fully Comprehensive Training Operations In Germany

The EC135 simulator operated by Eurocopter’s Training Academy in Germany has obtained Full Flight Simulator (FFS) Level B certification from Luftfahrtbundesamt, the German Aviation Administration. The simulator provides a multitude of training possibilities to international customers and is the first EC135 FFS in Europe to obtain this certification.

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ALTA, UBM Aviation Join Forces To Launch Major Airline MRO Event

Focus Is On Latin America And Caribbean Region

UBM Aviation and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) have announced the launch of a major new event for the region's airline engineering and maintenance community. The Latin America & Caribbean Engineering & MRO Summit 2012 will bring together senior representatives from the entire MRO spectrum from across the region, and their international counterparts.

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Venus To Transit The Sun Next Week

Phenomenon Won't Be Seen Again For More Than A Century

Scientists and amateur astronomers around the world are preparing to observe the rare occurrence of Venus crossing the face of the Sun on 5-6 June, an event that will not be seen again for over a hundred years.

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India's HAL Contracts With Russian UAC To Build New Transport

New Multirole Transport Aircraft To Be Operated By India And Russia

India's state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has entered into a contract with Russian firm United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) to manufacture 205 multi-role transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF), Russian Air Force (RAF) and export market.

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British Airways Jubilee Jumbo Takes Flight

Special Graphic Designed By 11-Year-Old Student Celebrates The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

One of British Airways' fleet of 747s is now featuring a very special emblem to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The celebratory aircraft will be flying its message of congratulations around the world. Designed by 11-year-old Blue Peter winner, Katherine Dewar from Chester, the official logo has been emblazoned on the side of the British Airways aircraft.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-11-01

PRODUCT: All Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 800 series turbofan engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.01.12

Mission Accomplished! Dragon is back on Earth…

Virgin Galactic may be next on the launch pad…

President Obama Signs Export/Import Bank Reauthoriz

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Airborne 06.01.12: SpaceX Triumphs, NavMonster's Demise, CAF's B-24 Nose Gear Troubles

Also: Evektor, Idaho NG's GA Rescue, Bond Helo, AirTran 717s, Remembering Sandy Dahl, Cool Seminoles, and Bloomberg's Heli-Blunder

NavMonster -- a very easy-to-use flight planning utility available on the web for a number of years, has shut down -- AeroNav and the FlightPrep legal assault appear to be culpable. In a pretty rare move, the NTSB has delegated the investigation of an accident which happened in Virginia over the holiday weekend to Transport Canada … but there’s a good reason. Two airplanes… a Piper PA-28 and a Beechcraft BE-35, collided in flight about five miles from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Sumerduck, Virginia, on Monday, resulting in the fatal injury of the two people aboard the Beech. The Piper was registered to an FAA employee, and the B

Airborne 06.01.12: SpaceX Triumphs, NavMonster's Demise, CAF's B-24 Gear Problem

Also: Evektor Cert, Idaho NG's GA Rescue, Bond Helo, AirTran 717s, Remembering Sandy Dahl, Cool Seminoles, and Bloomberg's Heli-Blunder

NavMonster -- a very easy-to-use flight planning utility available on the web for a number of years, has shut down -- AeroNav and the FlightPrep legal assault appear to be culpable. In a pretty rare move, the NTSB has delegated the investigation of an accident which happened in Virginia over the holiday weekend to Transport Canada … but there’s a good reason. Two airplanes… a Piper PA-28 and a Beechcraft BE-35, collided in flight about five miles from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Sumerduck, Virgini

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Aero-Analysis: SpaceX And The COTS 2/3 Mission

A New 'Chapter' In Spaceflight Has Been Written... But Its Not The Entire Book

By Wes Oleszewski, ANN Space Correspondent Although I am a big fan of SpaceX, I am a bit more reserved than many who have followed the COTS 2/3 mission. Rather than saying that this is THE future of spaceflight, I'd rather think of it as a whole new chapter in the spaceflight story - a REALLY fun to watch and exciting chapter that reflects back to the grand old golden era of spaceflight with those all-liquid fueled boosters launching from Cape Canaveral, going into orbit and then splashing down to be recovered.

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SpaceX Dragon Returns To Earth After First Commercial Flight To ISS

Several Scientific Experiments Returned To Earth Along With The Spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 1142 EDT a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, Thursday marking a successful end to the first mission by a commercial company to resupply the International Space Station.

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Virgin Galactic Wins FAA Approval For Flight Testing

SpaceShipTwo Set To Go For Heavy-Weight Glide Tests With Supersonic Flight Targeted For Year's End

Virgin Galactic announced Wednesday that its vehicle developer, Scaled Composites (Scaled), has been granted an experimental launch permit from the FAA for its suborbital spacecraft, SpaceshipTwo, and the carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered phase of test flight, bringing us a major step closer to bringing our customers to space,” said George Whitesides, president and CEO of Virgin Galactic.

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President Obama Signs Reauthorization Of EXIM Bank

Reverses Course On Earlier Opposition To The Institution

After calling it "little more than a fund for corporate welfare" during the 2008 Presidential campaign, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import bank that raises its lending authority to $140 billion ... a 40 percent increase ... by 2014.

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GA Causus Joins Fights Against Alexander Amendment To Highway Bill

Says National Parks Airspace Amendment Bad Idea

Eighteen members of the General Aviation Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 25 sent a letter to congressional conferees trying to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the highway authorization bill, urging the conference committee members to reject an amendment that would take control of airspace over national parks away from the FAA and give it to the National Park Service.

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Klyde Morris 06.01.2012

Careful, Klyde, 'Contents May Be Hot'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Gulfstream G280 Flies From Paris To New York In Less Than 8 Hours

Applies For Speed Record With Two Pilots And Five Passengers Aboard

A Gulfstream G280 recently set an unconfirmed city-pair speed record from Paris to White Plains, N.Y., making the flight in 7 hours, 40 minutes. Official recognition of this city-pair speed record by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is pending.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.01.12)

"This report usefully highlights a number of key factors impacting the industry, including the slow economic recovery in the largest markets - North America and Europe - as well as tight financing, the threat of new taxes and fees, and delays in certification which impact manufacturers’ ability to bring new, safety-enhancing technologies to market in a timely manner. Source: GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.01.12): Magnetic Dip

A vertical attraction between a compass needle and the magnetic poles. The closer the aircraft is to a pole, the more severe the effect.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.01.12)

Federation of Galaxy Explorers

The Federation of Galaxy Explorers seeks to inspire and educate kids in space related science and engineering. Galaxy Explorers was created to prepare children for the future; a future that advances a space faring civilization.

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