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Sun, May 03, 2015

Airborne 05.01.15: Blue Origin Flies!, ForeFlight 7, Farewell Ashley!

Also: New Airborne Host Brianne Cross, NTSB Won't Reopen 'Big Bopper' Case, Barnstorming, Dava Newman, NASA Budget, Star Wars UAVs, 757 Bug Research

Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos announced the successful first developmental test flight of his New-Shepherd space vehicle yesterday. It’s reported the 110,000-pound thrust liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen BE-3 engine worked flawlessly, powering New-Shepard through Mach 3 to its planned test altitude of 307,000 feet. The NTSB will not go back and review information related to an accident which occurred on February 3, 1959 that has been called "the day the music died." A New England man, L.J. Coon, had requested that the NTSB re-open its docket on the accident that fatally injured Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson. Pilot Roger Peterson also died in the accident. The makers of ForeFlight have released version 7 of their flight

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Sun, May 03, 2015

Boeing Delivers Cathay Pacific Airways' 50th 777-300ER

Airline Is Asia's Largest 777-300ER Operator

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated today the delivery of the airline's 50th 777-300ER (Extended Range). With this delivery, Cathay Pacific will have 67 777s in operation, which also includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. Cathay Pacific is slated to receive three more 777-300ERs this year and is one of the launch customers for the 777X with 21 777-9X airplanes on order.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

Rheinmetall To Upgrade NH90 Cockpit Trainer For The Bundeswehr

Asterion Software Will Modernize NH90 Helicopter Sims

The German Bundeswehr is currently upgrading its helicopter training program with simulation technology from Rheinmetall. In March 2015 the Simulation and Training business unit of Rheinmetall Defence was awarded a contract from Germany’s BAAINBw defence procurement agency to upgrade all NH90 Cockpit Trainer to IOC+ configuration and with additional software modules from Rheinmetall’s Asterion product line.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

NASA Brings In Small Business For Further Development Of Hypervelocity Vehicles

Company In Hampton, VA Awarded Development Contract

NASA has awarded the Entry Systems Technology Research and Development (ESTRAD) contract to Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc., a small business in Hampton, Virginia.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

NASA Awards Research Grants For Minority Serving Institutions

Ten Institutions To Receive Grants Totaling Nearly $47 Million

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected 10 minority serving universities for cooperative agreement awards valued at almost $47 million.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

State Department Approves Super Hornet, Growler Sustainment For Australia

Contract Totals $1.5 Billion, Must Be OKed By Congress

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler Aircraft Sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

North Pole Investments Signs Contract For One AW139 And One AW189

Deliveries Planned By Early 2016

North Pole Investments Inc. of Panama has signed a contract for one AW139 intermediate twin-engine and one AW189 super medium helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered by early 2016 and operated by Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia for offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

Sierra Nevada Corporation Acquires Kutta Technologies

Plans To Expand Its Unmanned Technologies

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is proud to announce the successful acquisition of its newest wholly-owned subsidiary, Kutta Technologies, Inc. (Kutta) located in Phoenix, AZ. Kutta is a provider of unmanned technologies with specialized capabilities in command/control (C2), manned-unmanned teaming, visualization and airspace management/deconfliction.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

Report: Threats To Low-Flying Aircraft Drive Need For Airborne ICRM

But Tight Defense Budgets Delay Purchase Of Airborne Infrared Countermeasures In Some Countries

Market participants have been developing airborne infrared countermeasures (IRCM) systems to help fend off growing threats to low-flying aircraft. Due to advancements in man portable surface-to-air missiles, market participants are investing in R&D to find IRCM that autonomously defend against these threats.

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Sun, May 03, 2015

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.03.15)

Aero Linx: Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. On March 29, 2007 the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL in recognition of their Outstanding Military Record, which inspired Revolutionary Reform in the Armed Forces. “To preserve the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen by continuing to be leaders and role models in overcoming bias and prejudice towards minorities and the underprivileged in the world of aviation, the military and society in general.”

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