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July 11, 2009

More Bad Luck For STS-127 -- Possible Lightning Strike, Certain Delay

Endeavour's Launch Delayed 24 Hours... At Least

Space shuttle Endeavour’s launch has been delayed 24 hours to allow technical teams additional time to evaluate lightning strikes at Launch Pad 39A that occurred during a Friday thunderstorm.

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Airshow Pilot Chandy Clanton Lost In Airshow Practice Accident

Clanton Pronounced Dead After Edge 540 Practice Session Goes Awry

ANN regrets to report that airshow pilot Chandy Clanton, an accomplished 36 year old airshow pilot, was reported lost at the scene while preparing for a July 11th Tarkio Missouri Airshow hosted by Congressman Sam Graves.

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FAA Opens ATC Jobs To The Public

Administration Plans To Hire 15,000 Over 10 Years

If you've ever wanted to be an Air Traffic Controller ... this could be your chance. The FAA has announced the public now has the opportunity to apply to become air traffic controllers, and is accepting applications from the general public for trainee air traffic controller positions through July 17, 2009.

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Work Goes On, Quietly, On New NASA Launch System

Ares I Will Require A Redesigned Tower And Mobile Platform

As the stacking of the Ares I-X test vehicle proceeds in High-bay 4 of the VAB at the Kennedy Space Center, an almost inconspicuous group of structures are growing outside in the Mobile Launch Platform parking area.

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Talks Between Bell, UAW, Suspended

"No Progress" In Negotiations, No New Talks Scheduled

In a short statement on the company website, Bell Helicopter announced Friday afternoon that negotiations between the company and its manufacturers union had been suspended for the weekend.  The statement reads: "Bell Helicopter met today with representatives from UAW International Region Five and failed to make any progress in our negotiations.

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Everything Looks Good So Far For Endeavour Launch Saturday

NASA, Crew Hope Third Time's A Charm

The hydrogen leak has been repaired, so now all eyes are on Saturday's weather. Launch countdown operations remain on schedule at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of seven astronauts prepare for Saturday's scheduled launch at 1939 EDT.

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Lockheed Delivers 14th Air Force Commander C-130J

U.S. Air Force To Continues Build The Super Hercules Fleet

Lockheed Martin delivered the 14th of 16 C-130J Super Hercules to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark Wednesday. The aircraft will be assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, the first active-duty combat C-130J squadron in the U.S. Air Force.

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One Of The Nation's Busiest Runways To Be Closed For 4 Months

Kennedy's 13R-31L Slated For Construction Work

At more than 2.75 miles long, the runway is the second longest in the nation, and it handled more than 143,000 operations last year. But New York Port Authority officials say it has to be closed at least four months for construction, and there is just no way around it.

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Orbital Selected By NASA To Build New Space Science Satellite

Low Earth Orbit Vehicle Will Study X-Ray Polarization

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Thursday that it has been selected by the NASA to design, manufacture, integrate and test a new low-Earth orbit (LEO) space science satellite intended to study X-ray polarization in space. Under the $40 million contract, Orbital will provide the spacecraft bus and conduct mission operations for the Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Gravity and Extreme Magnetism (GEMS) mission.

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NTSB Releases Factual Report On Obama Campaign Plane Incident

Tailcone Evacuation Slide Inflated During Flight

The NTSB has released its factual report on an incident involving then-Presidential-candidate Barack Obama's campaign plane last summer. The MD-81's tail cone evacuation slide inflated during flight, and the plane made a successful emergency landing in St. Louis.

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Possible New 'Aeronautical Lifting System' Unveiled

Inventor Says Wind Tunnel Test Shows Double The Lifting Ability Of Airfoil Wing Designs

In a wind tunnel set of experiments searching for a way to provide more lift to a new fire fighting aircraft, inventor Michael C. Longo says he has discovered a new way to create more lift in a typical airfoil design.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.11.09)

"The scope of the project is truly enormous. It provides for the replacement of almost three miles of asphalt pavement." Source: William DeCota, director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.11.09): Visual Approaches (VAPS)

Visual Approaches (VAPS) An approach conducted under Instrument Flight Rules that authorizes the pilot to proceed visually and clear of clouds to the airport. Usually this will be used in conjunction with Visual Separation. When using Visual Separation, a pilot sees the other aircraft involved, and upon instructions from the controller, provides his own separation by maneuvering his aircraft as necessary to avoid it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.11.09)

Aero-Linx: NASA SST Contest Design Winners If you weren't lucky enough to fly the Concorde, you possibly know someone who was. With NASA sponsoring a contest for college students to design a supersonic airliner, we thought you might enjoy a closer look at the winning designs.

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