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December 11, 2011

Flying The Nextant 400XT? There's An App For That

Nextant Aerospace Launches iPhone App For The Remanufactured BizJet

A dedicated, content-rich iPhone application has been published by Nextant Aerospace for the 400XT. With an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, users have access to comprehensive specifications, comparisons, range maps, videos, news updates and interactive features for the airplane.

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Strong Evidence Of Water Found On Mars

NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover Scores Breakthrough

NASA says its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum, deposited by water. Analysis of the vein will help improve understanding of the history of wet environments on Mars.

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NTSB Prelim: Experimental 'Tailwind' Demonstrated Power Interruptions

Recently Completed Aircraft Was Still Flying Off Required Test Program

It is one of the most depressing of facts, in the sport aviation community, that the first 40 hours in an experimental aircraft's life are likely to be the most dangerous. A recently completed Tailwind was the latest victim to that fact when a test flight showed the aircraft exhibiting power problems, followed by a descent into tall trees. The impact was fatal to the single pilot on board the aircraft.

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Navy To Demonstrate Biofuel Use During Exercise

Renewable Fuels Will Power Aircraft, Most Ships

The U.S. Navy will employ a biofuel blend to power aircraft and most vessels participating in a maritime exercise that's slated to be conducted near Hawaii next summer. In a conference call with reporters held Monday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed a contract the Defense Logistics Agency announced last week for 450,000 gallons of biofuel that will power a Navy carrier group during a maritime exercise next summer.

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Sikorsky, Brunei Ministry Of Defence Sign Deal For S-70i Black Hawks

Contract Includes A Simulator In SE Asia Region

Sikorsky Aircraft has formally signed a contract with the Brunei Ministry of Defence to provide 12 S-70i Black Hawk helicopters with associated spare parts, training and ground support equipment. The contact contains an option for 10 additional aircraft. The announcement was made at the Langkawi International Maritime and Air Show being held this week in Malaysia.

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Canada's NRC Signs R&D Agreement With Bombardier

Continues A 'Long Standing Relationship' Between The Two Organizations

The national Research Council of Canada and Bombardier have signed a multi-year framework agreement covering research, development and testing in areas of interest to both organizations. A Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010 paved the way for this agreement.

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Tennessee Man Charged In 2009 Helicopter Theft

Accused Had Reportedly Ferried The Aircraft To An Interested Buyer

Police in Elizabethton, TN have gotten a break in a 2009 case in which a man allegedly stole a $250,000 helicopter on the pretense of showing it to an interested buyer.

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UAV Hours Surpass Piloted Flights For Israeli Air Force

Official Says 'Spectrum Of Tasks Is Growing Bigger'

UAVs now fly more hours for the Israeli Air Force than do piloted aircraft, according to an official with the IAF's UAV department.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.11.11)

Aero Linx: 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X CHALLENGE On November 5, 2009, the X PRIZE Foundation along with NASA hosted the NGLLXPC 2009 awards ceremony in Washington D.C. Masten Space Systems, led by David Masten, was awarded the top $1 million prize, while Armadillo Aerospace, led by id Software founder John Carmack took home the second place prize of $500,000. The NGLLXPC is a partnership with NASA funding the $2 million in prize money as part of their Centennial Challenges program while the X PRIZE Foundation managed the competition which began in 2006. The $2 million prize purse, with part of it already awarded to Armadillo Aerospace in 2008, is the largest incentivized prize awarded by the X PRIZE Foundation since the winni

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.11): Sun Synchronous Orbit

Sun Synchronous Orbit A spacecraft orbit that precesses, wherein the location of periapsis changes with respect to the planet's surface so as to keep the periapsis location near the same local time on the planet each orbit. See walking orbit.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.11.11)

"This tells a slam-dunk story that water flowed through underground fractures in the rock. This stuff is a fairly pure chemical deposit that formed in place right where we see it. That can't be said for other gypsum seen on Mars or for other water-related minerals Opportunity has found. It's not uncommon on Earth, but on Mars, it's the kind of thing that makes geologists jump out of their chairs." Source: Steve Squyres of Cornell University, principal investigator for Opportunity, in comments made as NASA reported that its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum, deposited by water. Analysis of the vein will help improve understanding of the history of wet environments on Mars.

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