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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Airborne 09.29.16: SpaceX Raptor, FAA v KSMO, First A330neo

Also: ISU Plane Mess, Redbird-NBAA-Deland, 1st Inuit Female Pilot, NTSB on Reno, Rotorwash, Air Tanzania Q400s, Av-Appreciation

It looks like the concept of presidential candidates taking swipes at each other on Twitter has caught on, and it’s moved over to the private spaceflight industry. The rocket motor that Elon Musk hopes will power missions to Mars was test-fired last Sunday at their facility in McGregor, Texas. Musk posted images of the test firing on Twitter, as well as some of the specifics for the engine. The Raptor engine was first introduced four years ago, and is intended to be a multi-stage engine that could eventually boost people and material to Mars. It is also planned to be reusable to reduce the cost of those missions. Two national aviation associations have filed a motion to intervene in the legal dispute between the City of Santa Monica and the FAA over

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Aero-TV: PS Engineering’s Double Threat – GA’s Ultimate Audio Panel Innovator

Audio Panels Engineered for Pilots with Features that Make Sense…

At EAA AirVenture 2016, PS Engineering Inc. was talking about, and showing, their PMA450A and PMA8000G audio panels for aircraft. While audio panels started off as simply a box that allowed switching between a couple of radios, we are now a long way from that starting point. About the only thing these audio panels don’t do is start your morning coffee, and we’ll have to see if that shows up next year.

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Santa Monica 'Starvation Strategy' To Get FAA Scrutiny

Also Warns Against Evicting Two FBOs On The Airport

The FAA will be taking a very close look at what is described as a "starvation strategy" on the part of the City of Santa Monica as the city works to close KSMO in two years.

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

NBAA Welcomes FAA's Prompt Investigation Into SMO Evictions

Association Has Strongly And Actively Worked To Keep The Airport Open

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed prompt action by the FAA to investigate an attempt by the city of Santa Monica, CA to evict two of Santa Monica Municipal Airport’s (SMO) longstanding service providers, Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers.

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Lockheed Martin Places King Stallion Work In Connecticut

Locations In Florida, South Carolina Had Also Been Considered

Lockheed Martin will build the new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helictoper at its facility in Connecticut, rather than Florida or South Carolina.

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

UN, SNC Announce First-Ever Dedicated United Nations-Dream Chaser Mission

Launching A Dedicated Dream Chaser Microgravity Mission For Member States In 2021

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and have announced details of the first-ever United Nations space mission at the International Astronautical Congress  today in Guadalajara, Mexico. The dedicated Dream Chaser Mission is targeted at providing developing countries the opportunity to develop and fly microgravity payloads for an extended duration in orbit.

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

AeroSports Update: Sean Tucker Is Honored By The CAF

Aerobatic Pilot Sean Tucker Receives The 2016 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement In Aviation Award

Aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker has been named the recipient of the Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award, presented annually by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow.  

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Dutch Investigators Release Findings In MH17 Shootdown

Determines That The Missile 'Came From Russia'

The Buk missile that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 came from Russia, according to a Dutch-led international investigation panel.

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Elon Musk Outlines Vision For Martian City

Rockets Carrying As Many As 200 People Could Leave For The Neighboring Planet In 'Decades'

No one can deny that Elon Musk thinks big, and in a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico Tuesday, he outlined his largest vision yet.

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Several States Recognize The Importance Of General Aviation

Five States Release Official Recognition As Month Draws To A Close

As September draws to a close, the governors in five states have officially recognized the importance of GA to the economies in their respective states.

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