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January 08, 2011

A Few Real Questions For FlightPrep

Let's Start Some REAL Dialogue On This Issue

 In all the hub-bub created by the Flight Prep controversy, we're concerned that substantive discussion aren't taking place and some of the real issues seem to be falling by the wayside. The few questions we've seen (partially) addressed are the kind of soft-ball interrogatories that are easy to defuse and evade... and do little to bring comprehension to the matter.

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Gates: F-35 STOVL Variant 'On Probation'

Secretary Of Defence Cites Numerous Delays In The Program

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates on Thursday announced a series of efficiencies decisions designed to save the Department of Defense more than $150 billion over the next five years primarily by reducing overhead costs, improving business practices, and culling excess or troubled programs.

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Australia Welcomes JSF Restructure

Acting Minister Of Defense Says Overall Program Risk For His Country Reduced

Australia's Acting Minister for Defence Jason Clare said Thursday he welcomes the restructure of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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Boeing Hits 2010 Airplane Delivery Target, Achieves Strong Order Bookings

Company Delivered 462 Airplanes, 530 Net Orders Booked As Global Economy Shows Recovery

Figures released Thursday by Boeing show the planemaker recorded 462 commercial airplane deliveries in 2010, meeting company guidance of approximately 460 deliveries during the year. The company also posted 530 net commercial orders for the year.

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Aero-News Update: Discovery Launch Pushed To Late February

Firm Launch Date (As Firm As Such Things Get) To Be Determined Next Week

NASA managers are evaluating potential launch dates for space shuttle Discovery in late February and working to see if International Space Station on orbit operations would allow a launch as early as Feb. 24. More will be known next week and managers hope to set a launch date by the end of next week.

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Air Force May Discipline Pilots In Football Flyover

Four Jets Took Part In Iowa/Ohio State Pre-Game Display

The Air Force is still making a determination as to whether to discipline four pilots who participated in a pre-game flyover before the November 20th Iowa/Ohio State football game in Des Moines.

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FAA Proposes $330,000 Civil Penalty Against Heli-Dudes

Helicopter Tour Company Allegedly Not Authorized For Sightseeing Trips

The FAA has proposed a $330,000 civil penalty against Heli-Dudes LLC, of Salt Lake City, for allegedly operating sightseeing helicopter rides for hire when it was not authorized to do so, a violation of Federal Aviation Regulations.

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NASA Selects Firms For Multiple Award Construction Contracts

Work To Encompass Complex Laboratory Installation To General Maintenance

NASA selected four companies to perform a variety of construction services at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, and Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.08.11)

"(I)t is imperative for this Department to eliminate wasteful, excessive, and unneeded spending.  Indeed, to do everything we can to make every defense dollar count.” Source: Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.08.11): Departure Center

The ARTCC having jurisdiction for the airspace that generates a flight to the impacted airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.08.11)

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum will provide a unique educational experience on United States history and basic core values through the preservation interpretation and recognition of US Army airborne and special operations history, equipment, technology, legend, art and weaponry.

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