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April 21, 2012

NASA Transfers Shuttle Discovery To National Air And Space Museum

Bolden Says Agency's Focus Is Now On A 'Bold New Era' Of Space Exploration

NASA transferred space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum during a ceremony Thursday, April 19, at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. "Today, while we look back at Discovery's amazing legacy, I also want to look forward to what she and the shuttle fleet helped to make possible," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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AMR Corporation Announces First Quarter Loss Of $1.7 Billion

Excluding Special Items, 1Q Net Loss Was $248 Million Compared To A Net Loss Of $405 Million In 1Q 2011

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. The report summarizes AMR's business and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, on a consolidated basis.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Supports Budget Boost For Commercial Crew

Draft Bill Shows An Increase Of Over $400 Million Compared To FY2012

The Senate Appropriations Committee has released details of its draft Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill that provides $525 million for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program for the 2013 Fiscal Year, an increase from the $406 million provided in the final bill last year. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science draft bill provides $500 million for the program.

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U.S. Helicopter Confirmed Down In Afghanistan

Details On Casualties Have Not Been Released

A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter on a mission to evacuate Afghan police officers wounded during a suicide attack in Helmund Province has gone down in bad weather, according to NATO officials.

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Florida Governor Scott Signs Cecil Spaceport Bill

JAA Applauds Governor, Legislature For Promoting Commercial Space Industry In Jacksonville, FL

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a space territory measure that will strengthen the ability of Cecil Airport in Jacksonville to compete as a commercial horizontal launch spaceport. Under House Bill 59, Cecil Airport will be included in Space Florida’s master planning efforts and be eligible for appropriate infrastructure improvements that will ultimately allow Florida to compete for spaceflight industries business.

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European Parliament Approves Passenger Name Record Agreement With U.S.

Pact Allows Transfer Of EU Airline Passenger Data To U.S. Authorities

A new agreement on the transfer of EU air passengers' personal data to the US authorities was approved by the European Parliament on Thursday. The deal sets legal conditions and covers issues such as storage periods, use, data protection safeguards and administrative and judicial redress. The agreement will replace a provisional deal in place since 2007.

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Boulder Reservoir Re-Opens To Model Aircraft

Model Runway Closed Due To Concerns Over Protected Species

The city of Boulder, Colorado has reached an agreement that will reopen the airspace over Boulder Reservoir to model aircraft once more. The city Parks and Recreation Department had shut down the runway used by the Boulder Aeromodeling Society due to wildlife concerns but an agreement reached a week ago Friday will allow the group to resume model flying activity.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.21.12)

“As the House and Senate work to agree on appropriations for the upcoming year, we support the highest possible funding level for Commercial Crew.” Source: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Chairman Eric Anderson.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.21.12): Pitot Pressure

 Ram air pressure used to measure airspeed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.21.12)

The Oregon Pilots Association

The goal of the Oregon Pilots Association is to promote aviation in the State of Oregon and to provide information to pilots and anyone interested in general aviation.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-02-51

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 helicopters with certain main rotor blades installed.

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