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December 10, 2011

NLRB Acting General Counsel Announces Close Of Boeing Case

Final Step In Resolution Of Dispute Over Boeing's 787 South Carolina Assembly Plant

The NLRB has closed its case against Boeing filed by the Machinists union, which was fighting the planemaker's plans to construct 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina, a right to work state. The issue had become a focal point for conservatives who said the company should have a right to assemble its airplanes where it make the most business sense to do so. The machinists had brought the charges saying Boeing was retaliating against labor unions who had stopped work in the planemaker's Pacific Northwest operations in the past.

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Airborne 12.09.11: Babbitt's Out, NTSB Examines Airshows, and USAF Cutbacks

Also: BARR, F35, Cessna, GEnx-1B, Eagle v Paraglider, Apollo 13, Pipistrel and MORE!!!!

Airborne 12.09.11 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, December 9th, 2011... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief  Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Arrested, Resigns Barnstorming Looks At The Fallout Of The FAA Shake-Up And The 'Draft Sully' Movement NTSB Schedules Hearings On Air Race And Air Show Safety

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NASA Announces Launch Date, Milestones For Next SpaceX Flight

COTS Demonstrations Now Set For Feb 7 Liftoff

NASA has announced the launch target for Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration flight will be February 7, 2012. Pending completion of final safety reviews, testing and verification, NASA also has agreed to allow SpaceX to send its Dragon spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) in a single flight.

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U.S. Challenges EU Non-Compliance In WTO Airbus Ruling

Requests Authorization To Impose Countermeasures Against EU's Claims

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced Friday that the United States is requesting that the European Union (EU) enter into consultations regarding the notification it made on December 1, 2011, claiming to have fully complied with the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that subsidization of Airbus aircraft is contrary to WTO rules. The United States has reviewed carefully the limited information in that notification. It appears to show that the EU has not withdrawn the subsidies in question and has, in fact, granted new subsidies to Airbus’ development and production of large civil aircraft.

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Aviation Orgs Supports Passage Of Senate EU-ETS Prohibition Bill

Groups Representing Pilots, Owners, Manufacturers, Airlines Coordinate Efforts To Oppose European Tax

Members of a coalition including nearly all segments of aviation are calling on U.S. senators to back legislation introduced Wednesday by Senator John Thune (R-SD), which would prohibit operators of all U.S. aircraft from participating in the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS).

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IG Finds NASA 'Lacks Sufficient Controls' Over Moon Rocks

Report Indicates Hundreds Of 'Astromaterials' Have Been Lost

A report released Thursday by NASA's Inspector General indicates that the agency has lost hundreds of samples of moon rocks and other "astromaterials" since the first specimens were returned to Earth by the Apollo program. NASA confirmed that 517 loaned astromaterials have been lost or stolen between 1970 and June 2010, including 18 lunar samples reported lost by a researcher in 2010 and 218 lunar and meteorite samples stolen from a researcher at  the Johnson Space Center in 2002, but since recovered.

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Alec Baldwin Apologizes To Passengers

But Continues To Slam Service On American Airlines

Actor Alec Baldwin has apologized to fellow passengers delayed by an hour when his refusal to obey the instructions of flight attendants to turn off a mobile device got him kicked off an American Airlines flight Tuesday afternoon. But he's still mad at the airline itself.

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P-40M Down Near Cincinnati, OH

Pilot Uninjured After Overshooting Clermont County Airport Runway

The pilot of a 1943 Curtiss Wright P-40M was uninjured after his airplane developed a mechanical problem in flight and attempted an emergency landing at Clermont County Municipal Airport (I69) in Batavia, OH.

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RC Accident Sparks Federal Probe

Model Plane Impacted National Archives Building In Waltham, MA

A wayward RC model airplane made an unscheduled arrival on the roof of the National Archives building in Waltham, MA, sparking a federal investigation which involved the FBI, TSA and Homeland Security.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.10.11)

"In reality, the EU-ETS will increase costs in the industry significantly." Source:  An open letter from 15 aviation organizations to the U.S. Senate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.11): Terrain Awareness And Warning System (TAWS)

A timed-based system that provides information concerning potential hazards with fixed objects by using GPS positioning and a database of terrain and obstructions to provide true predictability of the upcoming terrain and obstacles.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.11)

The 303rd Bombardment Group

The Men, the B-17s, the Missions and the Legacy --- These historical pages are dedicated to preserving the memory and the legacy of the men who served in the 303rd Bombardment Group, "Hell's Angels" during World War II.

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