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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

NetJets Unions Coalition Announces Multi-Site Informational Picket

Set For Three Locations On Monday, Sept. 22

The NetJets Unions Coalition is organizing Informational picketing by unionized NetJets employees – all of whom are currently engaged in collective bargaining negotiations with NetJets – in three locations on Monday, September 22.

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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

'J' Marks The Spot For Rosetta's Lander

Offers Unique Scientific Potential, Minimum Risk

Rosetta’s lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.

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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

USAF Expands RQ-4 Global Hawk Fleet

Contract Includes Retrofit Kits And Other Upgrades To Existing Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $354 million primarily firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the expansion of their RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet by three aircraft.

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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

Enhanced F-35 Logistics Systems Delivered To Flight Test Locations

Integrates Preventative Maintenance, Flight Scheduling, And Mission Planning

The 'next evolution' of the F-35 Lightning II's information technology backbone called the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) has been delivered to test locations by Lockheed Martin. Following validation at test sites, the software will be installed at all F-35 locations and deployed for military operations beginning in 2015.

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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.14): Doppler Radar

Doppler Radar Weather radar that measures direction and speed of a moving object, such as drops of precipitation, by determining whether atmospheric motion is horizontally toward or away from the radar. Using the Doppler effect, it measures the velocity of particles. Named for J. Christian Doppler, an Austrian physicist, who in 1842 explained why the whistle of an approaching train had a higher pitch than the same whistle when the train was going away.

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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

ANN FAQ: Share Aero-News With Your Friends

Send Them A Story -- We Don't Mind!

Do you need another set of eyes to see that story you can't believe Jim just wrote? Want to spread Hognose's unique wisdom and perspective to the masses, or share the latest Klyde Morris with another member of the flying community? (Or perhaps to someone who just really, really likes ants?)

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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.14)

Aero Linx: Washington Pilots Association (WPA) Interested in general aviation in Washington? Then you need to be part of the Washington Pilots Association. The Washington Pilots Association (WPA) helps keep the passion for general aviation alive in Washington State and plays a leading role in ensuring the facilities and policies are in place to enable this spirit of adventure to take flight today and in the future. The WPA is the only non-profit organization of pilots and others interested in aviation focused on serving pilots and promoting general aviation specifically in the state of Washington.

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Sun, Sep 21, 2014

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.21.14)

"The RCAF took the initiative to remove these functional, perfectly good parts and use them effectively. It was a sound decision, helping to ensure the long-term viability of the aircraft." Source: RCAF Spokeswoman Johanna Quinney, commenting on what's happening with the RCAF's C-130 Hercules SAR airplanes. One of the planes still in service was in need of two replacement inertial navigation units, and they turned to a Herc on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada that had entered service in 1965, and had been given to the museum in 2011. 

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Airborne 09.19.14: Cool City R44 Cert, Reno Rumblings, Sierra Re-Jets The CJ

Also: Eclipse Improvements, AEA Urges NextGen GA Fund Adoption, FAA OKs External Cams, GA Accident Rate Declines

The FAA has granted an STC to Cool City Avionics for the installation of its family of six autopilots in Robinson R-44 helicopters. The approved autopilots include the HAP-100 2-axis autopilot, the HAP-150 3-axis autopilot, the HFC-100 2-axis autopilot with stability control and augmentation systems, known as SCAS, the HFC-150 3-axis autopilot with SCAS and the HFC-150-LE and HAP-150-LE that add an orbit mode specifically designed for law enforcement and electronics news gathering helicopters. Last Sunday concluded what was one of the most competitive Reno National Championship Air Races in recent histories. However, there were some questions raised about the disqualification of one of the racers. Unofficial race results had Thom Richard finishing in third place in the P-51 racer, “Precious Metal.” But, on Richard’s s

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Airborne 09.17.14: Boeing/SpaceX Win CCtCap, Flying Docs Endorse, Jetpack Bucks

Also: Chris Heintz, Lear 70/75 Certs, Beluga Birthday, Leap Frogs 9/11 Jump Cancelled, Lawyers Sue NTSB

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates NASA and the winners of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability, referred to as the “CCtCap,” contract awards announced yesterday. CCtCap is the latest round in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program that will develop domestic space transportation capabilities for NASA astronauts. We recently reported that 11 U.S. Senators had submitted a letter to the DOT urging action on revised 3rd class medical requirements, and now the Flying Physicians Association, known as the FPA, has added their letter to the same stack. This time it's not a technology breakthrough, but a financial one that may make the Jetpack a little closer to reality. New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company Limited ... which is developing what it calls the world’s first practical and commercial flying Jetpa

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