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November 29, 2008

NTSB Sends Team To Assist With A320 Investigation

Locator Signals From Flight Recorders Detected

The National Transportation Safety Board will be sending a team of investigators to Perpignan, France to assist in the investigation of Thursday's accident in which an Airbus A320 crashed into the ocean.

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SPEEA Counts Votes On Boeing Contract Offers

Ballot Deadline Is December 1

The outcome of union contracts covering nearly 20,400 engineers and technical workers at The Boeing Company will be decided on Monday, when the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, counts member ballots.

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NATO Moves Forward With Agreement To Acquire C-17s

Contract Signed For First Two Aircraft

Boeing announced this week the NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA) general manager, on behalf of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) nations, signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the US government for the acquisition of two Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets. The agreement follows NATO's October 1 announcement that the 12 SAC nations had formally agreed to move forward with the acquisition of C-17s, which will address national requirements for strategic airlift.

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Astronaut Invents Zero-G Coffee Cup

Can A Starbucks Onboard The ISS Be Far Behind?

Nevermind $100,000 toolbags and troublesome water reclamation units. NASA Astronaut Don Pettit has come up with a REALLY useful invention: a zero-gravity cup that allows spacefarers to enjoy their coffee properly.

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Airpower Continues To Dominate Skies Over Iraq, Afghanistan

69 Close-Support Missions Flown Tuesday

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations November 25, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials in Southwest Asia.

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NASA Uses iTunes To Share Development Progress Of Ares Rocket

Video Updates Available For Free Download

Video updates reporting progress made on NASA's newest family of exploration vehicles -- the Ares I crew launch vehicle and Ares V heavy cargo launch vehicle -- are now featured on iTunes.

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Malaysia Airlines, ATR Ink Global Maintenance Agreement

Seven-Year Contract Valued At $27 Million

Malaysia Airlines and ATR announced this week the signing of a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA), valued at US $27 million, for spare parts and maintenance services for the new ATR 72-500 fleet of the two Malaysia Airlines' subsidiaries, MASwings and Firefly. 

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Alenia Aermacchi Flies Malaysia's First MB-339CM

Trainer First Of Seven To Be Delivered In 2009

The first MB-339CM advanced trainer for the Malaysian Air Force made a successful first flight on November 25 from the Alenia Aermacchi facilities at Venegono airport.

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You've Never Seen An Avro Look Like This...

First Design-Q Interior Fitting Completed

To our knowledge, the terms "Avro RJ" and "luxurious" have never been used in the same sentence... but that's about to change. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft announced Thursday a significant milestone has been achieved in the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) program, with the completion of the first aircraft fitted with a luxurious Design Q interior.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.29.08)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the Blackbird Archive: One of the best resources on the Internet for information, photos, and diagrams pertaining to the A-12, YF-12, SR-71, and D-21. This archive contains history and specifications on all Blackbird variants and most other associated aspects.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.29.08): Plunge

Aero-Terms!

In describing the tracking motion of an AZ-EL or ALT-AZ mounted radio telescope, to "plunge" means to exceed 90° in elevation and then to continue tracking as elevation decreases on the other side without swiveling around in azimuth. This is not a capability of DSN antennas.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.29.08)

"...Just because we're in space and we can."

Source: Part of NASA astronaut Don Pettit's Thanksgiving toast Thursday, onboard the International Space Station.

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