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December 25, 2011

Diamond Aircraft Hands Over MC-21 Wing To AeroComposite

GA Company Completed The Wing Concept For The Russian Airliner In Just Two Years

Diamond Aircraft handed over a prototype wing assembly for the new Russian MC-21 airliner to state-owned AeroComposite on December 15th.

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Pentagon Welcomes Japan's F-35 Stealth Fighter Purchase

Canada Also Committee To The JSF

A defense spokesman says U.S. Government welcomes the Japanese defense minister's announcement that his nation has selected the F-35 joint strike fighter for its air force. Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Japan's purchase of 42 of the stealth aircraft will be "a critical component of strengthening our partnership in the alliance, and [in] working to improve security in the region."

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Thunder Over The Blue Ridge Moves On

Airshow, Halted After Crash In 2011, Back in 2012

A West Virginia airshow which closed early this year following a fatal T-28 crash will be back for 2012. The website for the Thunder Over The Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show in Martinsburg announces, "The 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard will once again partner with the local community and Thunder Over The Blue Ridge, Inc., to host the 2012 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show. The event is scheduled for September 15-16, 2012."

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NASA Emphasizes Scientific Integrity

Agency Scientists OK'd To Speak Freely

NASA has reaffirmed its commitment to science with the release of a new framework on scientific integrity. The framework summarizes the agency's policies and practices that strengthen and uphold scientific integrity. This represents the first time NASA has codified these policies under the umbrella of scientific integrity.

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NASA's Cassini Delivers Holiday Treats From Saturn

New Images Of Titan, Other Moons Make Them Look A Bit Like Christmas Ornaments

No team of reindeer, but radio signals flying clear across the solar system from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have delivered a holiday package of pretty spectacular images. The pictures, from Cassini's imaging team, show Saturn's largest, most colorful ornament, Titan, and other icy baubles in orbit around this splendid planet.

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Man Faces Caning For Touching Flight Attendant

Ukrainian National Accused Of Crossing The Line On Singapore Airlines

Some guys just haven't caught on that the days of "coffee, tea or me" are over. The online edition of the Strait Times reports that 35-year-old Sierkov Sergii, described as a sales manager from the Ukraine, was arrested by authorities in Singapore after he allegedly touched a flight attendant inappropriately during a Singapore Airlines flight from Moscow on November 15.

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Tokyo Fire Department’s Tachikawa Air Squadron Orders An EC225

Second Of The Heavy-Lift Helos Slated For Delivery In 2013

The Tokyo Fire Department has ordered a second EC225 helicopter to further expand its Eurocopter-built rotary-wing fleet, which already has seen significant operational service in Japan – including rescue and recovery efforts following the country’s earthquake and tsunami in March.

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Boeing Names Kim Smith Vice President Of Environment, Health And Safety

Will Lead Effort To Reduce Company's Environmental Footprint

Kim Smith has been named to the position of vice president of Boeing Environment, Health and Safety. In that role, she will be responsible for leading Boeing's ongoing effort to continuously reduce the environmental footprint of its global operations, products and services. In addition, she leads the company's workplace safety programs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.11): Van Allen Belt

Van Allen Belt A region containing charged particles trapped in the Earth’s magnetic force field (magnetosphere). The belt’s lower boundary begins at about 800 kilometers (496 miles) above the Earth’s surface and extends thousands of kilometers into space.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.11)

Aero Linx: NORAD Santa For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.25.11)

"We need to have this [aircraft]... It's true for us. It's true for our partners -- not only Canadians, but others -- who are going to work with us and participate with us in the development of the F-35." Source: During a speech in Canada Nov. 18, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the JSF is essential to meeting increasing global security challenges.

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