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August 17, 2008

Attention San Jose Teachers... An Amazing Adventure Awaits

Last Call for San Jose Area Teachers to Participate in Weightless Flights

Northrop Grumman is issuing a last call for teacher applications for the 2008 Weightless Flights of Discovery program's Sept. 18 micro- and zero-gravity flights in San Jose.Middle-school math and science teachers, and those studying to become teachers, have a limited time to apply for the program.

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NASA To Take Corrective Action In Spacesuit Contract Protest

NASA has concluded that corrective action is appropriate in the Government Accountability Office bid protest of Exploration Systems & Technology, Inc.NASA determined that a compliance issue requires the termination of the contract for the Constellation Space Suit System with Oceaneering International, Inc. of Houston for the convenience of the government.

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NTSB Cites IFR WX, Loss of Control in RV-6A Downing

Fatal Accident Occurred As A/C Went Down At A "Steep Angle"

 Scud running... it's the bane of many a VFR flyer who can't or won't file IFR or stay on the ground when the conditions tend to start the bird walking. It appears that another pilot has fallen to this hazard... and we can only hope (forlornly, we'd imagine) that he might be the last.

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C-130s Bring Humanitarian Assistance To Georgia

Humanitarian aid to the former Soviet republic of Georgia continues, as two C-130 Hercules aircraft arrived in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, carrying pallets of cargo, including emergency shelter items and medical supplies.Military forces throughout U.S. European Command's area of responsibility are contributing to the effort.

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Good News For BRS -- For A Change

Announces Results for 3Q/08, Highlights Include 23.6% Net Revenue Growth

 Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., the manufacturer of whole-aircraft emergency parachute systems, has announced results of its fiscal 2008 third quarter ended June 30, 2008 -- and for a change, the news isn't half bad.

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More Details Emerge On TX Glider MidAir

MidAir Destroyed One Bird, Injured Pilot, While Other Landed Safely

 The NTSB has updated the details on the recent TX glider midair that destroyed one aircraft and injured its pilot, while the other managed to fly back to the field.

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Northrop Grumman To Support NASA's Use of Global Hawk for Earth Science Research

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a five-year contract to Northrop Grumman for engineering and technical services to support NASA's use of Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for Earth science research.

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Boeing Delivers Super Hornet Proposal to Brazil For F-X2 Competition

Boeing has delivered a detailed proposal offering its advanced F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the Brazilian Air Force as part of Brazil's F-X2 fighter competition.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.17.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Tiger Boys' Aeroplane Works & Flying Museum is a "hobby out of control" overseen by partners Tom Dietrich and Bob Revell. For the past thirty-five years, The Tiger Boys have tracked down the remains of rare old airplanes in barns, fields, forests, and from the bottom of northern lakes, then rebuilt these wrecks to better-than-new condition.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.17.08): Equinox

Aero-Terms!

The equinoxes are times at which the center of the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator. The day and night would be of equal length at that time, if the Sun were a point and not a disc, and if there were no atmospheric refraction.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.17.08)

"NASA determined that a compliance issue requires the termination of the contract for the Constellation Space Suit System with Oceaneering International, Inc. of Houston for the convenience of the government." Source: NASA, in a public statement that concluded that 'corrective action' is appropriate in the Government Accountability Office bid protest of Exploration Systems & Technology, Inc. NASA anticipated that the above-mentioned corrective action will involve reconsideration of its procurement decision. The pending protest litigation is subject to a Government Accountability Office Protective Order. FMI: www.nasa.gov

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