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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

NASA Awards Launch Contract For Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

SpaceX Selected To Launch TESS Mission In 2017

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Signs Of Ancient Mars Lakes And Quakes Seen In New Map

Images From MRO Released By USGS

Long ago, in the largest canyon system in our solar system, vibrations from "marsquakes" shook soft sediments that had accumulated in Martian lakes.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Trinidad And Tobago Air Guard Reaches Key Training, Capability Milestones

Increasing Mission Scope Through Training And Support Led By

AgustaWestland has extended congratulations to the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, as the country’s first Search and Rescue helicopter unit promoted two pilots to Command Officers and recognized the licensure by the Trinidad & Tobago Civil Aviation Authority of five engineers now authorized to work independently on the four multi-mission AW139s in operation by the Air Guard.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

NASA's MAVEN Identifies Links In Chain Leading To Atmospheric Loss

Findings Among First Returns From Science Mission Which Began November 16

NASA’s MAVEN mission is observing the upper atmosphere of Mars to help understand climate change on the planet. MAVEN entered its science phase on Nov. 16, 2014.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Former Employee Sues California Aircraft Parts Company

Informed FAA Of Possible Use Of Relabled Chinese Parts For Use In Aircraft

A former employee of Ameri-King in Huntington Beach, CA has filed a lawsuit against the aviation equipment manufacturer and distributer saying he was fired for informing federal officials of the possible use of relabeled Chinese or remanufactured parts.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Virgin America First To Offer Gogo's ATG-4 Inflight WiFi Service Fleetwide

New ATG-4 WiFi Brings Increased Bandwidth And Faster Browsing Speeds For Flyers At 35,000 Feet

Virgin America has rolled out Gogo's faster ATG-4 WiFi service fleetwide, with the completion this week of ATG-4 WiFi installation on its Airbus A319 plane "Jane" (N526VA). 

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Blackhawk Modifications, Valair Aviation Renew Relationship

Agreement Covers Installation And Service For New PT6A Engine Upgrades

Blackhawk Modifications Waco, TX and Valair Aviation, headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK recently came to an agreement that renews Valair as an installation and service center for Blackhawk’s line of PT6A new engine upgrades. 

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Jeppesen Helps Smartlynx Airlines Of Latvia Go Paperless

Regional Wet-Lease Operator Now Uses iPad-Based EFB, Eliminates Paper Flight Materials

Latvian wet-lease charter carrier SmartLynx Airlines has been granted approval to operate in a paperless cockpit environment, using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as its electronic flight bag (EFB) solution. SmartLynx Airlines gained the clearance from the Latvian Civil Aviation Authority to eliminate bulky paper-based flight materials.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Associated Air Center Signs New Airbus A320CJ VVIP Completion Project

Will Be Company's 18th A320 Completion Project Since 2003

Associated Air Center (AAC) recently signed a contract for a new, green Airbus A320CJ VVIP narrow-body completion project.  This project represents the company’s 18th A320 completion program since becoming and Airbus Completion Center in 2003.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Germany Takes Delivery Of Its First A400M Transport

Nine Of The Aircraft Now In Service With Four Nations

Airbus Defense and Space has formally delivered the first Airbus A400M military transport ordered by Germany. A total of nine aircraft have now been delivered and the aircraft is in service with four nations.

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