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April 30, 2013

Airborne 04.30.13: SpaceShipTwo Breaks Mach, Furloughs Canceled, 787 Flies Again

Also: Boeing Debris From 9/11, Glasair SB, Tecnam's Astore, Nasty PPG Pilot, More Legal Excess

After a number of unpowered test flights, in which SpaceShipTwo was dropped from beneath its WhiteKnightTwo “Mothership,” to evaluate its flying qualities, SS2 has finally had the chance to fly under power. The vehicle utilizes a rubber-based solid fuel and nitrous oxide to power its single engine propulsion system. In the wake of growing consumer anger over airline flight delays, Congress worked quickly last week to pass legislation that will provide the FAA with funding to eliminate air traffic controller furloughs. The FAA on Thursday said that

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.30.13)

"It's been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force's great Airmen. Their accomplishments have been nothing short of impressive and I'm humbled to be a part of this team." Source: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announcing his planned retirement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.13): Flight Management System (FMS)

Provides pilot and crew with highly accurate and automatic long-range navigation capability, blending available inputs from long- and short-range sensors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.30.13)

Astronomy for Kids

Astronomy for children, students, and kids of all ages. A free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space. Packed with games, activities, fun facts, and resources to help teachers, parents, and students of all ages reach out and touch our universe.

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