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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

First Flight: Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator Helicopter

Showed Autonomous Hover And Flight Operations For U.S. Army

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Young Eagle Enrollment In Sporty's Course Surpasses 25,000

Free Access To Program Provided To Young Eagles Participants

EAA and Sporty's announced recently that the more than 25,000 EAA Young Eagles have now enrolled in the online Sporty's Learn to Fly course, which is provided free to Young Eagles to help them pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight. The Sporty's course is part of EAA's Young Eagles Flight Plan - a five-step program to create a clear pathway to aviation.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

NASA Sending Over $450 Million To Russia For ISS Transport

Payment Comes Despite 'Sanctions' Against The Country For Its Actions In Crimea

Despite announced sanctions against Russia for their annexation of Crimea, the U.S. Government still needs a way to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station ... and Russia has the planet's only taxi medallion.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Airborne 04.23.14: Dream Chaser Returns, FAA Starts UAS Tests, Air Racers 3D

Also: Teen Survives Wheel Well Flight, Oshkosh Seaplanes, Weird 'FlightSuit Lawsuit', WI Supports Rec A/C Ops

Sierra Nevada Corp. co-program director John Curry is reported to have said that they will conduct additional drop tests of their Dream Chaser spacecraft at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in the fall of this year. The North Dakota Department of Commerce team has been authorized to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The authorization is effective for two years, and the team plans to begin flight operations during the week of May 5. If there was ever a time to see a movie in the modern 3D format, this has got to be it. A new theatrical release of Air Racers 3D from 3D Entertainment Distribution is now showing at select IMAX theaters. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Model Airplane In Georgia Takes Ground Fire

Flying A Remote Control Model Airplane Is Tricky Enough Without Getting It Shot At

Having your airplane shot at is something none of us want to experience but if it has to happen, it’s better that the pilot is on the ground while he airplane is flying. You see, the airplane in this case was a remote control model being flown by Robert LaCount over an open field in Georgia.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

B612 Foundation Releases Video At Museum Of Flight Earth Day Event

Shows Evidence Of 26 Atomic-Bomb-Scale Asteroid Impacts Since 2000

At a news conference on Tuesday at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, three prominent astronauts supporting the B612 Foundation presented a visualization of new data showing the surprising frequency at which the Earth is hit by asteroids. The astronauts were guests of the Seattle Museum for a special series of public events on Earth Day 2014.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Shandong Airlines Reports 50-Plane Purchase From Boeing

Order Would Be Worth $4.6 Billion At List Prices

China's Shandong Airline says it has signed an agreement with Boeing for the purchase of up to 50 single-aisle airliners, including 16 737-800s and 34 737 MAX airplanes.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Aeroflot Expands Fleet With New A320

New Aircraft Named For Soviet Cosmonaut Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov

Aeroflot has taken delivery of a new A320 fitted with "Sharklet" wing-tip devices. The aircraft has been named in honor of Soviet cosmonaut Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

General Aviation Airplane Forced Down By Military Jets In Indonesia

Around-The-World Flight Was Brought To A Stop For Violating Indonesian Airspace

Building your own airplane, in this case a Swearingen SX300, and then flying around the world would certainly top off your bucket list. But, that’s apparently what retired Swiss airline pilot Heinz Peier had in mind when he started his around the world flight in February 2012.

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014

U.S. Spy Flights Conducted Over Russia ... With Their Consent

'Open Skies' Treaty Allows Limited Espionage Flights Over Both Countries

A U.S. spy flight was conducted over Russia ... with that government's consent ... under an "Open Skies" treaty that allows both the U.S. and Russia to conduct limited espionage missions over the other's territory.

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