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July 04, 2009

Rocket Racing League Completes Institutional Financing

New President And CEO Also Announced

The Rocket Racing League announced the closing of a $5.5 million dollar financing round Friday, ensuring the next phase of development of the league. It also announced the appointment of a new President & CEO and the commencement of manufacturing activities for its next generation Rocket Racer.

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Sikorsky X2 Prototype Makes First Flight Using Pusher Prop

Achieved 42 Knots In First Forward Thrust Propeller Test

The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation X2 Technology demonstrator has made another two test flights, one of which included full engagement of the distinctive propeller for the first time. In one hour of testing conducted in two flights, the aircraft flew at speeds reaching 52 knots in one test and 42 knots with the propeller providing forward thrust in the second flight.

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New National Sales Manager Tapped for Flight Design USA

John Gilmore To Lead Sale Team For the CT Light-Sport Aircraft

Flight Design USA has announced the appointment of John Gilmore as National Sales Manager for the Flight Design line of Special Light-Sport Aircraft, including the CTLS and MC.

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Hurricane Hunters Prep For '09 Season

Team Helps Predict Intensity, Tracks Of Storms

Those of us who live in coastal areas where hurricanes are just a fact of life really appreciate these guys. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron deployed to their detachment here recently to fly training missions over the Caribbean in preparation for the 2009 hurricane season.

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AIRSHO 2009 Reduces Ticket Prices

CAF Doesn't Want The Economy To Keep Anyone Away

In response to the difficult economy, the 2009 Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AIRSHO  presented by Western National Bank (WNB) takes a step back in time with ticket pricing at just $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12 when purchased in advance.

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JetAmerica Delays First Flights 31 Days

Newark Airport Slots At Issue

JetAmerica has announced a self-imposed a 31-day delay of the launch of its first flights, which were originally scheduled for July 13, but are now slated to take-off on August 14. The airline says the primary reason for the delay is unforeseen complications with landing and take-off time slots at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey.

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NTSB Delivers Annual Report To Congress

Board Launched Seven Major Accident Investigations In 2008

The NTSB delivered its 178-page report to Congress this week, detailing all of the activity across each of its disciplines in the past year. The Aviation section of the report notes 213 accident investigation launches last year, of which 7 were major investigations. There were also 18 requests for international assistance.  The board issues 86 aviation-related recommendations, and closed 27 investigations.

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Detroit Metro Airport Receives Additional $2.3 Million In FAA Grants

Money Earmarked For Critical Runway Rehabilitation Work

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)has been awarded more than $2.3 million in grants by the FAA. This new federal investment in DTW is comprised of two grants: a $1,250,490 contribution toward the reconstruction of crosswind Runway 9L/27R currently underway and a $1,136,250 grant toward the preliminary design of a reconstructed Runway 4R/22L.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.04.09)

"This bill honors mothers, grandmothers, teachers, office workers, nurses, business women, photographers, [and] dancers. One was even a nun. But before that, they were pilots for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II." Source: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.04.09): Scattered Clouds

A staple pretty much everywhere this time of the year. The amount of sky cover for a cloud layer between 3/8ths and 4/8ths, based on the summation layer amount for that layer. FMI:

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.04.09)

Photographs From NASA's LRO Since most of us stayed up late at night 40 years ago this month to watch the first moon landing, we've been facinated by our nearest celestial neighbor. NASA's LRO is sending back the first images of the moon, looking for a good place to land on a return mission.

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