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June 03, 2012

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum Comes To Teterboro, NJ

Presentations Will Focus On Major Challenges, Opportunities For Biz-Av

Opportunities to expand economic activity in the Northeastern U.S., thanks to business aviation at Teterboro Airport (TEB) and other area airports, will frame discussions at an upcoming NBAA event.

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UNESCO Backs Airbus Initiative To Engineer Tomorrow’s World

Global ‘Fly Your Ideas’ Contest To Inspire A New Wave Of Engineering Talent

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is supporting Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas challenge, a student contest which aims to inspire a new generation of engineers. An in depth report by UNESCO about future engineering capacity highlights an engineering skills gap that threatens industry and growth. Aviation is no exception. There are not enough aviation engineers currently graduating to meet industry needs and nearly half of them switch to other careers once they qualify.

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Gone West: ECi CEO Gary Garvens

Had Been With The Company Since 1960

ANN received this notice late Friday from Engine Components International: "It is with great sadness that Engine Components International (ECi), along with its parent company, Danbury AeroSpace, announces the passing of its owner and Chief Executive Officer, Gary H. Garvens. Gary passed away, Thursday, May 31, 2012, after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer."

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Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal For KC-46 Aircrew Training System

Proposal Encompasses Flight, Refueling, Cargo, And Medical Scenarios

The U.S. Air Force has received a proplas from Lockheed Martin for the KC-46 Aircrew Training System, a program that will prepare pilots, boom operators and other on-board personnel for air refueling, cargo transport and medical evacuation. The proposal was submitted on Thursday.

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Critics Of New York Garbage Plant Concerned With Airplane-Bird Threat

New Facility Is Less Than Half Mile From LGA’s Runway 31

Critics of a garbage transfer station less than a half mile from LaGuardia’s runway 31 petitioned a federal appeals court to force the city to defend itself against claims of an increased bird strike hazard. Attorneys for the FAA and a group called Friends of LaGuardia Airport Inc. gave arguments in front of a three judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but there was no immediate ruling.

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BC Company First Official Producer, Distributor Of SpaceX Models

Proach Models Signs Deal With SpaceX spacecraft To Market Falcon 9, Dragon

Less than an hour after Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made spaceflight history by becoming the first commercial company ever to dock a spacecraft at the International Space Station, an independent aerospace model-making company based on BC's Sunshine Coast made history of its own.

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American Eagle RJs Involved In Two O'Hare Incidents

One Runway Excursion, One Taxiway Collision

Chicago O'Hare has not been a lucky place for American Eagle regional jets the past couple of days. Two of the airplanes have been involved in incidents, but fortunately none with any injuries.

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U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS III Flight Operations Contract

Company to Provide Readiness, Launch, Checkouts, And Operations Of First Satellites

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles to Lockheed Martin. The first and second GPS III satellites are on schedule for launch availability in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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25th ISU’s Space Studies Program Lands In Melbourne

Hosted By FIT And KSC

From 4th June to 3rd August, the Florida Space Coast will welcome 140 space professionals from 30 different nationalities with mixed backgrounds, to attend an extensive nine-week program dedicated to space. The 25th ISU’s Space Studies Program will gather graduate students and professionals on the campus coming of the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne partnering with NASA Kennedy Space Center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.03.12)

Aero Linx: American Association of Airport Executives It’s hard to imagine that an organization born in the early days of aviation in 1928 with a gathering of 10 airport directors would eventually grow to become one of the largest and most influential associations in Washington, but that’s precisely the history of the American Association of Airport Executives. AAAE ranks in the top 1 percent of professional trade associations in terms of budget and staff size and has an equally impressive reputation in Washington for providing outstanding representation on behalf of airport executives.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.03.12): Navigation Reference System (NRS)

Navigation Reference System (NRS) The NRS is a system of waypoints developed for use within the United States for flight planning and navigation without reference to ground based navigational aids. The NRS waypoints are located in a grid pattern along defined latitude and longitude lines. The initial use of the NRS will be in the high altitude environment in conjunction with the High Altitude Redesign initiative. The NRS waypoints are intended for use by aircraft capable of point-to-point navigation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.03.12)

"The GPS III flight operations contract along with the Launch and Checkout Capability will better synchronize our GPS control and space segments to support the first launch of a GPS III satellite and ensure mission success. We are focused on delivering the critical GPS III capabilities to users as efficiently and affordably as possible."  Source: Capt. Alex Rawling, the Air Force's GPS III Launch Operations lead after the Air Force awarded a $68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles to Lockheed Martin. The first and second GPS III satellites are on schedule for launch availability in 2014 and 2015, respe

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