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May 10, 2009

Are You Ready For Space Tweets?

NASA Shuttle Commander Tweets, Will Answer Questions from Space  

NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station this June, is sharing updates about his training and flight on Twitter and has invited followers to submit video questions via YouTube that he will answer from orbit.

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First Delivery: Embraer Lineage 1000

Will Be On Display At EBACE 2009

After a not-so-good First Quarter, some good news still manages to leak out of the Embraer community with the first delivery of a Lineage 1000 executive jet, Thursday, in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

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USAF: Details Released On Bagram C17 Accident Investigation Report

C17 Slid 4500 Feet With Gear Retracted

 The bigger they are, the longer they... skid. The Air Mobility Command has released the results of its investigation into the Jan. 30 mishap involving a C-17 Globemaster III that landed with retracted gear at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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Jazz Pilots Have $5M Ready For 'Upcoming Contract Negotiations'

ALPA Offers Massive Resources

Air Canada Jazz pilots tell ANN that they will receive a whopping $5 million grant from their international union, ALPA, to help them prepare for upcoming contract negotiations with their management.

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Charity Begins At... Sportys

The Sporty's Foundation Issues Annual Report

Chronicling its second year, The Sporty's Foundation Annual Report has just been released and the resulting stats are impressive. The Sporty's Foundation has as its mission funding aviation education and safety programs with an emphasis on youth.

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Airbus Enhances Payload/Range Capability For The A330-200

Airbus is upgrading the A330-200's payload/range capabilities with a whopping 5 metric ton increase in maximum takeoff weight.

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Louis Braille Coin Heading Out On Hubble Mission

Commemorative Coin Will Fly on Space Shuttle Mission STS-125

Among the many intriguing contents in STS-125 will be a unique coin. The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, the first coin ever to feature readable Braille, will fly on Atlantis on May 11, 2009.

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Rota's Last 'Skywarrior' Hitches Ride on USS Wasp

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota's last EA-3B (A-3) "Skywarrior" departed southern Spain with the help of the crew of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) May 5.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.10.09)

Barometric Pressure The pressure exerted by the atmosphere at a given point. Its measurement can be expressed in several ways. One is in millibars. Another is in inches or millimeters of mercury (Hg).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.10.09)

Aero-Linx: Twitter Site of STS-127 Astronaut/Commander Mark Polansky NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station this June, is sharing updates about his training and flight on Twitter and has invited followers to submit video questions via YouTube that he will answer from orbit.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.10.09)

  "The AIB president also found that aircrew distractions, task saturation, reduced cockpit visual cues, failure of the flight crew to cross-monitor each other's performance, the tower's failure to transmit a required reminder, and the crew's inadvertent disabling of the ground proximity warning system alerts contributed to the mishap." Source: From a USAF investigation into a gear-up landing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The report's conclusions sound like many others we've heard who have "needed full power to taxi back to the ramp (grin)"... and for a wide variety of aircraft... and therefore we hope that all aviators will check this out and think about their own procedures before their next flight.

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