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May 11, 2013

GSA Auctioning Former Presidential Airlift DC-9

Bidding Opens May 15 With A $50,000 Ante

OK, so you're not going to buy a flyable DC-9 for $50,000, but that is the reserve for an airplane that is still painted in Air Force One colors, missing only the Presidential seal, in an upcoming General Services Administration (GSA) auction.

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Citation M2 Reaches 'Wing Mate' Stage

Proceeding Towards Certification Later This Year

The first production unit of the new Citation M2 has reached the significant milestone of wing and fuselage mating, according to a Cessna news release. Certification is expected in the second half of 2013.

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EAA Annual Member Meeting Moves To Wednesday At AirVenture

Pelton Says More Members Should Be Able To Attend Mid-Week Meeting

To allow more EAA members to attend their annual membership meeting at AirVenture, which is also the organizations annual convention, EAA's annual meeting has been moved to Wednesday, July 31, at 8:30 a.m. at Theater in the Woods. The annual meeting had traditionally been held on Saturday morning at the fly-in.

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NASA Commercial Partner Sierra Nevada Completes Safety Review

Presents Safety And Reliability Plans for Major Components Of Dream Chaser Spacecraft

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems of Louisville, CO, has completed its first major, comprehensive safety review of its Dream Chaser Space System. This is the company's latest paid-for-performance milestone with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), which is working with commercial space partners to develop capabilities to launch U.S. astronauts from American soil in the next few years.

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NASA Wins Prestigious Aerospace Industry Awards

Collier Trophy To Goes To Mars Science Laboratory Team For Curiosity

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) presented its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Team of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, at an event in Arlington, VA, Thursday night. At an event in Washington on Wednesday, the team received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Award.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Hartzell Propeller Spinners

Applies To Some Piper And Mooney GA Airplanes

The FAA has put out a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) concerning Hartzell Propeller spinner assemblies, part numbers (P/N) 835-54(P) or 835-58(P) that may be installed on  Piper PA-24, Piper PA-28R-180, Piper PA-28R-200, and Mooney M20 airplanes. The SAIB does not include the Mooney M20(J).

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It's Three More Months In Jail For Barefoot Bandit

Sentenced In Washington State For Airplane Theft

The 22-year-old "Barefoot Bandit" who led authorities on a two-year chase as he stole a string of airplanes, boats, and cars has been sentenced by a court in Washington State to three months in jail after accepting a plea agreement Wednesday.

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Officials Search For Eagle-Buzzing Pilot

Helicopter Seen Flying Low Over Bald Eagle Nesting Areas

A helicopter has reportedly been "buzzing" an area along the Delaware River were American bald eagles are thought to be nesting with fledgling birds, and local, state, and federal officials are asking for help from the public in getting the N-number from the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.11.13)

"We'd heard from numerous members that the Saturday morning meeting was too late in the week for them to attend. Thus, most years that annual meeting attendance was quite sparse." Source: Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.11.13): Call Up

Call Up Initial voice contact between a facility and an aircraft, using the identification of the unit being called and the unit initiating the call.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.11.13)

Forest Service Aviation

The story we did a couple of days ago about aerial firefighting tankers got us thinking about the role aviation plays in many areas that we might not consider. Take, for instance, the U.S. Forest Service.

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