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May 31, 2009

NTSB Offers Additional Details On RV-8 v CJ-6A MidAir

Sad Accident Resulted In One Fatality While One Walked Away

The puzzling details behind a tragic Alabama Mid-Air involving an RV-8 homebuilt (illustrated below) and a Chinese-made CJ-6A now appear more clear.

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Petraeus: Video Shows Air Strikes Aimed at Taliban Targets

Footage of a controversial US aerial bombing in Afghanistan this month shows the strike targeted Taliban militants, according to the commander of U.S. Central Command.

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Things Moving Into High Gear At NASA

Atlantis Coming Home, Endeavor Moving To Launch Pad

Space shuttle Endeavour's move from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B to Launch Pad 39A was targeted, as of a few hours ago, to begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, May 31. The 2-hour delay will allow engineers and technicians to complete move preparations following delays due to inclement weather at Kennedy.

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Pilots: Gulfstream Falsified Work Records

Management Disputes the Allegation

Employees ranging from current and former pilots to administrative personnel allege that Gulfstream changed computerized time records, allowing pilots to exceed federal safety rules for flying time.

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Aviation Bio-Fuels Work In Tests

Multiple Airlines Try Out Green Alternative

Through all the discussion of climate change, alternative fuels have shared a major portion of the spotlight. Whether ethanol, which is powering some aircraft flying at air shows today, or more exotic ideas for all segments of the aviation industry, the search for an environmentally-friendly fuel has sparked a wave of research that could one day lead to lower emissions for aircraft from LSA's to jumbo jets.

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FAA Honors Alaska Airlines

Eighth Award For Maintenance Training Excellence

For the 8th year in a row, Alaska Airlines has received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the FAA. It is also the sixth consecutive year Alaska received the award with the distinction of Special Recognition, an honor given only when all eligible employees participate in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards (AMT) program.

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Delta, Pilots Reach Early Retirement Agreement

Some Positions To Be Eliminated

The memo was delivered to Delta pilots late last week. Delta pilots union chairman Lee Moak said eligible pilots who elect to retire could receive up to nine month pay and benefits as part of an early-exit program.

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Sikorsky Opens New Blade Repair & Overhaul Center

Sikorsky Aerospace Services has formally dedicated its Composite Technology Inc. (CTI) unit's new "purpose built" helicopter blade repair and overhaul center at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.31.09): Transponder

Transponder An airborne transmitter that responds to ground-based interrogation signals to provide air traffic controllers with more accurate and reliable position information than would be possible with "passive" radar; may also provide air traffic control with an aircraft's altitude.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.31.09)

Aero-Linx: B-1B Lancer USAF Fact Sheet Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.31.09)

  "I was in Kabul the other night [and was] briefed by the brigadier general who I appointed to carry out an investigation of this particular incident, and there is indeed video from a B-1 bomber that very clearly shows bombs hitting individuals who are the Taliban who are reacting to the movements of the Afghan and coalition forces on the ground." Source: Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commenting after he recently watched a video recorded by an aerial bomber involved in the May 4 firefight in Farah province between a joint U.S.-Afghan force and Taliban insurgents.

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