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June 03, 2010

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Gives Falcon 9 First Flight A 75 Percent Chance Of Success

Maiden Flight Of The Commercial Rocket Planned For Friday, Weather Permitting

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and Ken Bowersox, VP of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance, say the Falcon 9 maiden launch scheduled for Friday has about a 75 percent chance of success, and regardless of the outcome, the launch is expected to provide valuable data.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II: TARC 2010 with Audrey Koehler - 06.04.10

ANN's Jim Campbell asks Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Audrey Koehler about the program's obvious success in making math and sceince cool for girls, too.

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ANN Special Feature: Part I: TARC 2010 with Audrey Koehler - 06.03.10

ANN's Jim Campbell meets with Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Audrey Koehler on the eve of this year's US finals outside Washington DC.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.03.10

An LSA pilot is OK after a scary encounter with powerlines.
Two helicopters went down yesterday after losing tailbooms in flight.
And the Russian controllers tried to warn the Polish

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.03.10

An LSA pilot is OK after a scary encounter with powerlines.
Two helicopters went down yesterday after losing tailbooms in flight.
And the Russian controllers tried to warn the Polish

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.03.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.03.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.03.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: TARC 2010 with Audrey Koehler - 06.03.10 (ANN Special Report, with Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Audrey Koehler)

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New Wing Commander Was First Female Raptor Pilot

Col. Dunlop Will Be The First Woman To Command A Test Pilot Wing

Col. Dawn Dunlop, who was the first woman to fly the F-22 Raptor in 2003, will become the the first female test pilot to command an Air Force Wing when she assumes that role with the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, CA on June 4th.

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Canadian Floatplane Crash Renews Government Call For Personal Floatation Devices

Industry Leaders Say Life Jackets May Not Be The Best Solution To The Problem

After four people died following an accident involving a floatplane in Canada on Saturday, the Canadian Transportation Safety Agency has again called for float plane operators to be required to carry a personal floatation device (PFD) for every person on board the aircraft.

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Heli-One Sponsors Rotary Wing Classroom At Aerospace Campus

Ponies Up $50K For Helicopter Maintenance Training

Delta, BC-based Heli-One has donated $50,000 to sponsor a rotary-wing classroom at Canada's leading aerospace technology school, BCIT.

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Eurofighter Debuts In Slovakia

Seen As A Replacement For The Slovak Air Force MiG-29s

Two Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, one piloted by the Alenia Aeronautica test pilot Matteo Maurizio, landed in the Central European country of Slovakia for the first time on May 28th to participate in the Piestany Air Show.

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EADS Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

The Company Has Had Its Ups And Downs In The Decade Of Its Existance

In July 2000, the French Aerospatiale-Matra, the German DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and the Spanish CASA companies merged to become EADS, and the company says that in the ensuing decade, it has become a global leader in the aeronautics, space, defence and associated services sector.

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EBAA Launches Flight-Time-Limitations Web Survey

For Statistical Accuracy, A Large Sample Is Requested

The EBAA has launched a web-based survey on Flight Time Limitations(FTL) whose input will be used to help develop a tailored business aviation regulation for EU pilots.

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Camcopter S-100 1st Rotary Wing UAS To Fly At ILA Berlin Air Show

Daily Flight Displays Planned For June 8-13

The first unmanned VTOL System to fly at ILA Berlin will be Schiebel's Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The company plans daily flight displays at Berlin Schonefeld airport from June 8-13.

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'Ultralight' Pilot Suspected Of Alcohol Consumption In Crash

Neither Pilot Nor Passenger Were Injured When The Aircraft Went Down In A Minnesota Lake

The pilot of an ultralight airplane which went down in a lake in Sherburne County Minnesota is suspected of having consumed alcohol before flying the aircraft.

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Aero-TV: AIA's Audrey Koehler -- Launching Our Next Generation (Part 2)

Recrafting The Future of Aerospace

Recent publications from the Aerospace Industries Association note that, "America’s requirement for workers who are well educated in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is falling far short of anticipated need. Trends are discouraging, and interest is lacking among American youth. We simply aren’t producing enough engineers and non-engineering technical workers, such as hands-on manufacturing labor. Without dramatic change, these needs will go unmet, the future of the American aerospace industry will be bleak and the consequences for the nation will be extreme."

Aero-TV: AIA's Audrey Koehler -- Launching Our Next Generation (Part 2)

Recrafting The Future of Aerospace, Part 2

Recent publications from the Aerospace Industries Association note that, "America’s requirement for workers who are well educated in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is falling far short of anticipated need...

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DoD Certifies 6 Programs Under Nunn-McCurdy Law Breaches

F-35, Apache AH-64 Get Votes Of Confidence

The Department of Defense has certified that six acquisition programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter and the Block 3 upgrade program for the Apache AH-64 helicopter, should continue under Nunn-McCurdy legislation.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Agusta Model 119

Missing Control Rod Bushing Could Cause Excessive Vibration, Loss Of Control

The FAA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) (2010-12-51) for Agusta Model AW119 MKII helicopters. The EAD is the result of the report of a missing control-rod bushing (bushing) from a 90-degree tail rotor gearbox (TGB) installed on a Model AW119 MKII helicopter.

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First Falcon 9 Launch Attempt Possible For Friday

SpaceX Completes Testing, Weather Could Be A Factor

SpaceX says it is ready for the first launch attempt of a Falcon 9 heavy-lift rocket, and has announced a launch window opening a 1100 EDT Friday.

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International Space Station Expedition 23 Crew Lands Safely

Soyuz-17 Touches Down In Kazakhstan

Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi landed their Soyuz-17 spacecraft in Kazakhstan Tuesday, June 1, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Unions Target Delta Airlines

Less That Half Of Delta Employees Represented By Unions

Following a ruling from the National Mediation Board, which lowers the bar for approving union representation, union organizers have aggressively targeted Delta Airlines employees, which have the lowest percentage of union representation of any of the major carriers.

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FAA Takes Aim At Identity Theft

Will Provide All Employees With Identity Theft Protection

The FAA has contracted with a company called Identity Force to provide all employees with identity theft protection services. The FAA says the contract is part of the agency’s continued response to a breach in February 2009 that exposed the personal information of more than 45,000 employees and retirees.

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Vector Aerospace Engine Services Receive Rolls Royce 250 Approval

EASA Grants Part 145 Approval For All Engine Variants

Vector Aerospace Engines Services-United Kingdom has been awarded the EASA Part 145 approval rating for all variants of the Rolls Royce (RR) 250 model engine.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.03.10)

"We should know and do know ... well before it gets to 50 percent cost growth. The Nunn-McCurdy 'bell' rings well after the managers of the enterprise should know about what is happening and should be acting." Source:  A senior Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.03.10): Information Request

A request originated by an FSS for information concerning an overdue VFR aircraft.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.03.10)

Unreal Aircraft

"Unreal Aircraft" is a site dedicated to unique and unusual aircraft like twin-fuselage Mustangs, Canadian flying saucers, gravity-defying VTOL airplanes and even personal rocket packs.

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