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June 12, 2011

Heck Of A Shortcut... C-5M Overflies Pole To Afghanistan

First Direct Arctic Overflight To Afghanistan

Fourteen mobility Airmen teamed together to fly a C-5M Super Galaxy on a direct, non-stop mission from Dover Air Force Base, Del., to Bagram, Afghanistan, June 5 and 6, 2011 -- and they called this a 'shortcut.' The flight was reportedly the first time a US Air Force plane flew this northern route from the U.S., over Canada and into the Arctic Circle, then back down through Russian and Kazakhstan airspace to Afghanistan.

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Changes: Quest Aircraft Shifts Management, Shows Progress

KODIAK Production Ramping Up After Tough Times

Following a few tribulations along the way, Quest Aircraft says that it is now moving forward on several fronts, including increased production rates for the KODIAK. Earlier this year, a recapitalization along with new funding from investors enabled the company to expand and invest in a few key areas, including production increases at its Sandpoint facility.

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ISS Suffers Population Explosion

Six, Count 'em, SIX Astros Working On Board Now

It's getting kinda cozy up in orbit... at least as far as the International Space station is concerned. The Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station enjoyed a day off Friday to catch up on some much-needed rest following the arrival of three new flight engineers Thursday evening aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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NASA Wallops Launches Terrier-Improved Orion Suborbital Sounding Rocket

If At First You Don't Succeed.. Launch, Launch Again

It took a few tries, but the launch of a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital rocket was successfully conducted at 7:16 a.m. EDT, Friday, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The launch was to test several new rocket and spacecraft technologies including the Small Rocket/Spacecraft Technology (SMART) platform, Autonomous Flight Safety System, Low Cost Telemetry Transmitter, and an electro hydrodynamic-based thermal control unit.

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NTSB: PPC Tree Landing Doesn't Go Well

It Wasn't So Bad... Until The PPC Broke Free From The Tree

There are good days and bad days... and a good day starts going bad when you land your PPC in a tree and gets worse when the PPC falls out of the aforementioned tree. Ouch...

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SPEEA Wants Boeing To Change Union Negotiation Procedures

SPEEA Executive Director Proposes A New Way To Negotiate Union Contracts

At a time when union influence in Washington is causing more than a few headaches for Boeing, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace has put forth a proposal that would change upcoming contract negotiations.

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Despite The Rest of Industry's Ailments, AIA Claims 'Record Growth'

Well, At Least Someone is Growing...

The Aerospace Industries Association tells ANN that it has 'extended its record growth with the enrollment of eight new full members and nine associate members at its May Board of Governors meeting.' Full membership has increased almost 50 percent since January 2010 to 147 companies.

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NTSB Safety Recommendation Issued Concerning Passenger Warnings

Makes Recommendation To AOPA -- But Will They Listen?

Here's something a little on the different side of things, NTSB-Wise... the NTSB is seeking to increase passenger comprehension as to the location and availability of various survival and emergency communications equipment... through AOPA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.12.11): DZUS Fastener

DZUS Fastener Pronounced 'Zoose' -- Very singular to aircraft, a patented slotted screw that binds to a wire for fast release and securing of cowlings and inspection plates, requiring no special tool other than a quarter coin. FMI: www.faa.gov

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.12.11)

Aero-Linx: Aviation Survival Technician (AST) ASTs function operationally as helicopter rescue swimmers and emergency medical technicians basic. ASTs may find themselves being deployed into a myriad of challenging rescues ranging from hurricanes and cliff rescues, to emergency medical evacuations from ships at sea. ASTs also provide all survival training to aviators such as swim tests, survival lectures and shallow-water egress training. Other aircrew positions include HC-130H dropmaster, loadmaster, sensor systems operator, HU-25A dropmaster, and basic aircrewman.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.12.11)

"This route used by the C-5M may also be useful for swap-outs of deployed tankers and crews and for redeploying troops. The benefit might also allow for quicker trips saving days at home for deploying Airmen as well as requiring less stops for aircraft." Source: Maj. John Rozsnyai, a planner in USTRANSCOM operations at Scott AFB, in comments connected to a recent and historic flight from Dover AFB to Bagram, Afghanistan via C-5M Super Galaxy... over the North Pole -- the first time such a flight has taken place with a USAF bird.

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