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May 31, 2012

Mission Accomplished! Dragon Splashes Down In The Pacific Ocean

Completes Historic First Commercial Flight To ISS

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft returned safely to Earth Thursday, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles off the coast of southern California. The return of the vehicle marks the successful completion of the first commercial mission to supply the ISS. The spacecraft was confirmed to be in the water at 1142 EDT Thursday.

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Dreamliner Hardware May Be Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks

Computer Chip 'Back Door' Discovered By UK Researchers

A computer chip used in Boeing's Dreamliner may be vulnerable to cyber attacks via the Internet, according to a pair of Cambridge University researchers. The two said in a draft paper published online that hackers could connect to the Actel chip, reprogram it, or cause permanent damage over the Internet.

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OAG Analysis Studies Brazilian Aviation Market

Report Assesses Market Development And Long-Term Growth

Having suggested earlier in the year that "U.S. Carriers should look to the South for growth", OAG's latest Aviation Market Report released Tuesday takes a closer look at the opportunities presented by the aviation market in Brazil. This new report explores how tapping into new oil & gas reserves is fuelling aviation as well as GDP growth in South America's largest market.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Meets Software Milestone

PDR Of Programming To Operate The CST Spacecraft Complete

NASA says the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of software developed by Boeing for the operation of its Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft has been completed. The company now has completed more than 40 milestones under partnerships supporting NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

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Canada Replacing Aging SAR Fleet

Several Contenders For Long-Delayed Contract

Canada’s government is moving ahead with plans for a $3.8 billion purchase of new fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft to replace older types. Following cabinet approval late last year, the government has set a new schedule that will issue a draft request for proposal in September, with final selection of the winning bidder or bidders expected in 2014.

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FAA Says Somerset, KY FBO Lease Does Not Pass Muster

New FBO Does Not Comply With Fair Market Value Policy

In a letter sent to officials at Lake Cumberland Airport (KSME) in Somerset, KY, the FAA says a lease agreement between the airport and a new FBO is in violation of one of 39 grant assurances required by the federal government.

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Intelsat Signs First Commercial Falcon Heavy Launch Agreement With SpaceX

Advanced Vehicle Provides Expanded Options For Operator Of The World's Largest Satellite Fleet

The first commercial launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will carry an Intelsat communications satellite, the two companies announced jointly Tuesday.

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Plans Made To Fly Waterbird Seaplane Replica In England

Winston Churchill Was Aboard On Original Aircraft's First Flight In 1911

As First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill was one of the driving forces behind the creation of a pre-WWI seaplane dubbed "Waterbird." When the airplane made its first flight in 1911, Churchill joined Edward Wakefield, who designed and built the Britain's first seaplane, on board.

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International Stars To Headline Oshkosh Air Shows

Aerobatic Performers From U.S., Canada And Brazil Coming To Wisconsin

Air show stars from the U.S. and from around the world will entertain audiences as part of the daily performance lineup at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, joining homebuilts, vintage aircraft, warbirds, ultralights and other airplanes at what's called "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."

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Airliner Engine Catches Fire After Landing

Jet Airways 737 Had Just Arrived At Mumbai

An engine on a Jet Airways 737 which had just landed at Mumbai Monday caught fire, forcing the evacuation of all 158 passengers from the jet. While no one was injured, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation categorized it as a serious incident.

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AirTran Airways Discontinuing Service To Westchester County Airport

Carrier Operates Ten Daily Flights

Travelers at White Plains Airport in New York are bemoaning the impending loss of the discount carrier. Orlando-based AirTran currently operates 10 daily flights to and from Westchester County Airport that serve Atlanta, Orlando and West Palm Beach, Florida but those flights will end August 11.

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Pietenpol Air Camper Lands In Kalamazoo, MI, Museum

Owner/Builder Began His Project In The Mid-1960s, Had Not Flown Since 2007

A project which began on a dining room table in the mid-1960s has landed at the Kalamazoo, MI, "Air Zoo" museum after its pilot/builder became unable to fly. And Bob Humbert never got the chance to take his wife for a promised ride in the airplane.

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GE Aviation, Emirates Airline Work To Optimize Traffic Flows

Project Designed To Reduce Flight Costs, Delays

GE Aviation has been selected by Emirates airline to provide GE’s airline-based flow management system for a 16-month validation at Dubai International Airport. To commence in July, 2012, the Emirates “FLOW Project” will allow the airline to reduce fuel and delay costs, as well as improve their hub passenger-connection schedule at Dubai International Airport.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.31.12

Transport Canada to investigate a Virginia Mid-Air collision…

A glider pilot was fatally injured in competition Tuesday…

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Classic Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2011 -- Boeing's Dreamliner Arrives At Airventure

Once A Year, The Aviation World Comes To Oshkosh... And Now They Do It by B787!

NOTE: This story was first published August 18th of 2011 -- It was quite a year as far as Oshkosh was concerned... especially with the first local showing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner... which JUST completed its flight test program this week and is heading VERY shortly for full production. The world's first jetliner made largely of carbon fiber is still officially "experimental,' sharing that title with many of the homebuilts and other aircraft that were on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual week-long show in Oshkosh, WI. But that

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NTSB Delegates Investigation Of Virginia Accident To Canadian Agency

Both Aircraft Involved Were Owned By Federal Employees

In something of a rare move, the NTSB has delegated the investigation of Monday's mid-air collision which occurred about five miles from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Sumerduck, VA, to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada ... but they have a compelling reason to do so.

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IATA Report Shows Strong Passenger Demand - Some Cargo Improvement

Total Passenger Demand Up Over Six Percent In April

Despite continuing economic weakness in some parts of the world, demand for air travel continues to grow. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for April showing that total passenger demand rose 6.1% while freight demand was 4.2% down on April 2011.

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Air Cam Down In Colorado, Pilot Fatally Injured

Memorial Day Accident Also Seriously Injures Passenger

The pilot of an Air Cam which went down Memorial day in Morgan County, CO, was reportedly killed instantly in the accident. The passenger in the homebuilt twin, the pilot's 42-year-old dauther, was seriously injured.

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Search Ongoing For Missing Pilot In Oregon

Plane's Last Known Location Was Near Plush, OR

The family of a missing Idaho pilot had not given up hope he'd be found as searchers fanned out Tuesday across 4,000 square miles of mountains, forest and high desert to find a plane they believe went down in Southern Oregon.

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Gone West: Modeler And Legend, Bill Northrop

Champion Free Flight And Radio Control Modeler Was 89

One of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and aeromodeling legends has passed away. Bill Northrop, 89, was a champion free flight and radio control competitor, columnist, publisher and model builder in an aeromodeling career that began in 1936, the same year AMA was founded, when he was 14 years old.

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One Million B737 Flights For WestJet

Airline Celebrates Significant Milestone In Its 16-Year History

Canadian carrier WestJet completed the one millionth flight of its Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft Tuesday. The milestone flight was WS 612 from Calgary to Toronto, departing Calgary International Airport at 1210 MDT and arriving at Toronto Pearson at 1752 EDT.

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Glider Pilot Fatally Injured During Competition

Other Pilots Plan To Vote On Whether To Continue Flying

A pilot from Minnesota participating in the Soaring Society of America (SSA) Region 6 North Super Regional glider competition was fatally injured Tuesday when his aircraft went down near the end of the runway at Ionia County (MI) Airport (Y70).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.31.12)

"I'm grateful to TSB-Canada Chair Wendy Tadros for agreeing to conduct the investigation, and the NTSB stands ready to support and assist them in any way we can." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A. P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.31.12): Thermal High

Area of high pressure that is shallow in vertical extent and produced primarily by cold surface temperatures.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.31.12)

Although designed for modelers, this site is a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in Japanese military aviation.

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