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May 31, 2008

Discovery's Away!

STS-124 To Deliver BIG Part Of ISS

With all the (well-deserved) to-do this week at NASA over its successful Mars Phoenix mission, it's easy to forget NASA has another high-flying mission set to lift off Saturday afternoon.

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AD: Rolls-Royce

AD NUMBER: 2008-11-19 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-11-19 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Rolls-Royce

AD NUMBER: 2008-11-16 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-11-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for RR RB211 Trent 553-61, 553A2-61, 556-61, 556A2-61, 556B-61, 556B2-61, 560-61, and 560A2-61 turbofan engines.

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Groen Brothers Announces Cost-Cutting Measures, Slashes Workforce

Capital Markets, DARPA Delay To Blame; Company Hopes To Sell Off Sparrowhawk

Chalk up yet another aviation company to feel the sting of slumping investment markets. Gyroplane and rotor-wing developer Groen Brothers Aviation announced Friday that following the delays in its Heliplane program for DARPA and current conditions in capital markets, it is undertaking cost-cutting measures -- including significant jobs cuts -- that it hopes will allow it to continue to develop its technology on a reduced scale.

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Mars Phoenix Lander Robotic Arm Camera Sees Possible Ice

Minor Glitch Detected In Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer

Scientists have discovered what may be ice that was exposed when soil was blown away as NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed on Mars last Sunday. The possible ice appears in an image the robotic arm camera took underneath the lander, near a footpad.

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CEOs Say United/US Airways Merger Is REALLY Dead... For Now

Tilton Reportedly Turned Down Parker's Last-Ditch Overture

We now know more of the nature of Thursday's meeting between US Airways CEO Doug Parker, and his counterpart at United Airlines. We also know the outcome of that meeting.

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Utah State University Rocketeers Win NASA Competition

Awarded Top Prize In University Student Launch Initiative

A team of enterprising student rocketeers from Utah State University in Logan has won the 2007-2008 University Student Launch Initiative, according to event organizers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

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FAA Grounds Florida Air Ambulance Company

Safety Problems Cited In Air Trek Closure

The FAA suspended operations by a Florida air ambulance service Friday, saying the company failed to adhere to numerous safety practices.

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OC Air Show To Feature US Coast Guard SAR Demo

Firebirds Team Will Replace US Jet

Officials with the OC Air Show announced this week additions to the performer lineup for the inaugural event, taking place above the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City, MD on June 10-11. The show will feature military aircraft demonstrations, low-altitude flyovers and civilian aerobatic performances from noon to 3 p.m. both days.

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Nippon Takes Delivery Of GE's 1st Upgraded CF6-80C2 Engine

Installed On New Boeing 747-400F

Nippon Cargo Airlines recently took delivery of its first General Electric CF6-80C2 engines incorporating a new, high-pressure turbine upgrade.

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DOT Announces Open Skies Agreement With Kenya

20th Such Pact With An African Nation

US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Friday the United States and Kenya have negotiated an Open-Skies agreement between the two countries. The agreement, the first aviation accord between the two countries, was reached after two days of negotiations in Washington.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.31.08)

Aero-Linx!

As a core organization for aerospace technology, JAXA promotes consistent activities, from basic research to technology development and utilization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.31.08): Black Hole

Aero-Terms!

An object whose gravity is so strong that the escape velocity exceeds the speed of light.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.31.08)

"After months of hard work and preparation, Discovery and its crew are ready to fly. All of our systems are in great shape, we're tracking no issues, and we're right on schedule for tomorrow's launch."

Source: NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding, during a Friday morning briefing on Discovery's countdown status.

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NC TFR: 06.05.08 - 06.08.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9618  Issue Date: May 30, 2008 at 1153 UTC  Location: MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina near NEW BERN VOR/DME (EWN)  Beginning Date and Time: June 05, 2008 at 1530 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 08, 2008 at 2130 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, and other flight teams  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: MCAS Cherry Point (NKT) Approach Control, 252-466-7048 

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