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July 22, 2012

Cassini Spots Daytime Lightning On Saturn

First Visible Lightning Display On The Gas Giant

Saturn was playing the lightning storm blues. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured images of last year's storm on Saturn, the largest storm seen up-close at the planet, with bluish spots in the middle of swirling clouds.

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Hinds CC Aviation Department To Offer UAV Pilot Training

Flight Training, Hardware And Software Courses Part Of The Curriculum

Beginning in August, Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS, will begin training students interested in piloting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in an effort to address the expected increasing demand within the civilian U.S. market.

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FAA Sets Airspace Restrictions For Laser Testing On UAVs

Local Pilots Express Safety Concerns Over 'Non-Eye Safe' Laser Tests

The FAA has designated seven areas of airspace over the Camp Grafton military base in North Dakota to fly Predator UAVs for training and testing purposes. The airspace set aside is between 8,000 and 14,000, and has caused some local pilots to express concern about safety when the UAVs are flying.

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MD Helicopters Receives New 500E Order From St. Louis Metro Air Support Unit

Adds To The More Than 150 MD Helicopters Active In Law Enforcement

MD Helicopters has received a new order for a 500E helicopter from the Metro Air Support Unit in St. Louis, Missouri. The order adds to the unit’s existing fleet of helicopters which includes three MD 500E models.

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Inaugural Class To Graduate From Tuskegee Academy

Program Hopes to Encourage Minority Aviators

Saturday, July 21, 2012 will be a special day in the lives of a special group of students. The inaugural class of the Legacy Flight Academy will receive their diplomas as the first of what could be the next generation of Tuskegee Airmen.

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ULA Secures Launch Contracts From NASA

Three Future Missions To Use Delta II Boosters

NASA's Launch Services Program has chosen United Launch Alliance's (ULA) proven Delta II launch vehicle for three future missions, the agency said Monday. The newly contracted missions include Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) scheduled to launch in July 2014, Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) scheduled to launch in October 2014, and the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS) scheduled to launch in 2016.

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Embraer Selects Boeing To Provide Weapons Integration For A-29 Super Tucano

Capacity To Benefit Light Air Support Aircraft

Embraer and Boeing announced an agreement at the Farnborough International Air Show that further enhances the collaboration between the two companies and brings additional capabilities to Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano through new weapons integration developments to meet future customer requirements.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.22.12)

"While we count success one mission at a time, we have been able to count on the Delta II's success 97 times in a row over the last decade. This is a tribute to our dedicated ULA employees, our supplier teammates and our NASA Launch Services Program customer who ensure mission success is the focus of each and every launch." Source: Michael Gass, ULA president and CEO, in comments made after NASA's Launch Services Program chose United Launch Alliance's (ULA) proven Delta II launch vehicle for three future missions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.22.12): Kollsman Window

A barometric scale window of a sensitive altimeter used to adjust the altitude for the altimeter setting.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.22.12)

AirVenture

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. It's the last week in July, and that can mean only one thing in the GA and Sport Aviation world.

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