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April 22, 2013

NASA Imaging Sensor Prepared For Western Wildfire Season

Space Agency Technology Transferred To USFS Last Year

Airborne imaging technology developed by NASA and transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USFS) in 2012 is being tested to prepare for this year's wildfire season in the western United States.

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Airbus, EADS Innovate With A 'Stealthy' Building At Blagnac Airport

Shaped Aluminum Panels Do Not Disrupt ILS At The Airport

Airbus, with the support of EADS Innovation Works, has opened the first "stealthy building" at the Toulouse, France Airbus site attached to Blagnac Airport.  EADS and Airbus built the C65 hangar at the airport by equipping the building with specially shaped aluminium panels.

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Eurocopter Donates Helicopter To China's Civil Aviation Flight University China

Ecureuil Aircraft To Be Used For Hands-On Training

Future generations of Chinese aviation technicians will benefit from hands-on training experience with an Ecureuil (AS350 family of helicopters) donated by Eurocopter China to the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC). The aircraft is to be located at the CAFUC campus in Guanghan, Sichuan Province as part of the Eurocopter-supported training courses for students who seek qualification as helicopter technicians in pursuing aviation industry careers.

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Dying Supergiant Stars Implicated In Hours-Long Gamma-Ray Bursts

Data Presented At Symposium In Nashville, TN

Three unusually long-lasting stellar explosions discovered by NASA’s Swift satellite represent a previously unrecognized class of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Two international teams of astronomers studying these events conclude that they likely arose from the catastrophic death of supergiant stars hundreds of times larger than the sun.

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Embry-Riddle Offers Science, Tech Scholarships In National Design Challenge

Partnership Expands Ongoing Efforts To Draw Young People To STEM Careers

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is partnering with the Aerospace States Association in support of the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC), an annual high school competition aimed at increasing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

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Rockwell Collins Selected For Two KC-135 Service And Support Contracts

Avionics Repair Agreement One Of The Largest Such Deals In Company History

Rockwell Collins has been awarded two contracts to provide service and support for the KC-135 Pacer CRAG (Compass, Radar and GPS) program. The scope of the avionics repair package consists of nearly 4,000 line replaceable units across the fleet of 417 KC-135 aircraft and will be one of the largest repair contracts in terms of volume for Rockwell Collins in its 80-year history.

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NATO Looks To Contract For C-17 Support

Proposed Sale Of Contractor Logistics Valued At $300 Million

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to a NATO consortium for follow-on contractor logistics support for NATO Airlift Management Program C-17 aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $300 million.

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New Zealand To Purchase Ten Super Seasprite Aircraft

Kaman Expects To Deliver The Helos Over The Next Three Years

The New Zealand Cabinet has authorized the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) to enter into an approximately $120 million contract with Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) for the purchase of ten SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite aircraft, spare parts, a full mission flight simulator, and related logistics support.

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Air Force Combat Talons Fly For Last Time

Unit To Officially Be Retired On April 25th

The Air Force's last four MC-130E Combat Talon I's spread their wings for a final mission from their home at Duke Field on April 15. The Talons will be officially retired in a ceremony at Duke Field on April 25 and the aircraft will then be flown to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ.

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Digital Techlogs Next Step In Use Of Tablets In MRO

Hard-Copy Techlogs Replaced By Tablets To Further Reduce Paperwork

With tablets being more and more used in aviation it was a matter of time before the hard-copy techlog would be digitalized too. In cooperation with the Luxembourg based company MRX Systems, the BlueEYE system has been enrolled within JetSupport’s CAMO organization. The main goal of this project was to reduce the paperwork and improve efficiency in the cockpit and CAMO office.

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Another Win For Civilian Space: Orbital Sciences Test Launches Antares

Despite NASA's Woes, American Space Industry Is Building Alternatives

Orbital Sciences Corporation launched its Antares rocket at 5:00 p.m. EDT, Sunday, from the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The test flight was the first launch from the pad at Wallops and was the first flight of Antares, which delivered the equivalent mass of a spacecraft, a so-called mass simulated payload, into Earth's orbit. Lift-off took place at 1700 (EDT) followed by payload separation approximately 10 minutes later and mission completion at about 18 minutes after launch, once the rocket’s upper stage completed planned maneuvers to distance itself from the payload. The test flight demonstrated all operational aspects of the ne

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Airborne 04.19.13: Citation X Rollout, Dassault Certifications, New Czech LSA

Also: TBird Update, SpaceShipTwo Progress, AAL Takes Itself Down For A Day, USAF UAV Medal Cancelled, Restoring Blue Angel Funding...

The FAA has certified the two newest members of the Falcon family of business jets, the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. The approvals came just days after the aircraft received its EASA type certificate. Jihlavan Airplanes of the Czech Republic plans to introduced a new mid-line model of ultralight/light sport aircraft, the Skyleader 400. The airplane's "sports car-inspired" design, with new features such as side opening canopy, "aggressive" cowling and easily maneuverable landing gear, is targeted directly at sport avi

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Klyde Morris (04.22.13)

Klyde Figures NASA Isn't What It Used to Be...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Boeing Adjusts 747-8 Production Rate

Lower Market Demand Cited For The Move

Boeing will adjust the production rate for the 747-8 program from two airplanes to 1.75 airplanes per month because of lower market demand for large passenger and freighter airplanes. Boeing will continue to monitor market conditions and their effect on production rates moving forward. The company expects long-term average growth in the air cargo market to resume in 2014, and forecasts a demand for 790 large airplanes (such as the 747-8 Intercontinental) to be delivered worldwide over the next 20 years.

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Sao Tome, Africa Aviation Officials Slow To Search For U.S. Pilot, Family Says

Waited 24 Hours Before Beginning To Search For His Airplane Off The West African Coast

The family of a U.S. missionary pilot who went missing off the West African coast earlier this month says that authorities were slow to begin a search for Jerry Krause, but civil aviation officials for the island nation said that the coast guard was alerted about the missing Beech 1900C about two hours after contact was lost with the plane and began a search that night.

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Idaho's Hammer Flat To Once Again Welcome Hang Gliders

Flying Has Been Banned For Three Years

Hammer Flat near Boise, ID, had been a popular hang gliding spot for 30 years. But three years ago, the city of Boise and then the Idaho Department of Fish and Game took control of the area near Lucky Peak Reservoir where strong winds from the Boise River basin allowed hang gliders and paragliders to soar.

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City of Greenville Helps Aviation-Themed Park Project Gain Momentum

City Council Passes Resolution To Appropriate $10,000 For The Project

After three years of planning, the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina has set the ETA of an aviation themed playground set designed for children 2 - 5 years old, a swing set and an airplane shaped climbing structure to be in their new park by mid-June 2013, barring any weather delays.

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Boeing Announces Job Reductions In The Northwest

But SPEEA Says It Fails To Mention More Outsourcing To Moscow

As The Boeing Company works to assure the FAA and customers the 787 is ready to resume service, the company on Thursday announced plans to reduce its workforce by 1,500 to 1,700 engineers and technical workers – the same Northwest employees who found remedies to the problems caused by misguided corporate outsourcing.

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Airmen Make Progress In Bid To Summit Everest

Team Attempting To Climb The Highest Mountains On Each Continent

A team of Air Force mountaineers has begun their journey to ascend and summit Mount Everest recently as the final expedition of the independent U.S. Air Force Seven Summit Challenge. The team of six Airmen is underway on a 50-day journey to the highest mountain on earth, completing a project that began eight years ago.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.22.13): Aneroid Barometer

Aneroid Barometer An instrument for measuring the atmospheric pressure. It registers the change in the shape of an evacuated metal cell to measure variations on the atmospheric pressure. The aneroid is a thin-walled metal capsule or cell, usually made of phosphor bronze or beryllium copper. The scales on the glass cover measure pressure in both inches and millibars.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.22.13)

Aero Linx: FootFlyer Powered paragliding lets us realize our most amazing dreams of flight. But be educated! This website is dedicated to unbiased, helpful information. The PPG Bible, now in its third edition, is a collaborative effort that takes you from "first sight to first flight" and way, way beyond, helping you aviate confidently in the national airspace system while having a blast along the way. Enjoy the ride!

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.22.13)

"The park project was conceived to accommodate the more than 10,000 school age children a year that used to visit our commercial service airport (GSP) prior to 9/11. They can no longer provide airport tours due to security constraints enacted as a result of 9/11. We also want to provide a community place where people can get outside and be active, exercise, play, and learn." Source: Lara Kaufmann, Public Relations Director for the Greenville Downtown Airport, in comments made after three years of planning as the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina set the ETA of an aviation themed playground set designed for children 2 - 5 years old, a swing set and an airplane shaped climbing structure to be in their new park by mid-Ju

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