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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Airborne 12.09.16: GodSpeed John Glenn, Electric-Flight Record, FAA Oversight?

Also: Gone West: Aleta Jackson DeLong, Barnstorming: Breakfast With A Hero, Pearl Harbor, WWII Vets, NATA at KVNY, Flightstar, UK Airport Threat

John Glenn has headed west. At 95 years of age, America’s third astronaut into space, and the first American astronaut to orbit the earth has passed away. Our sentiments, and the sentiments of everyone who remembers those dangerous and heroic first days of space travel are best represented by a tweet that was issued by NASA immediately after his death, which reads: “We are saddened by the loss of Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn." Walter Extra, the famous aerobatics pilot behind the Extra series of aerobatic planes, has set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale world record in the new field of Electric-powered planes. On November 25, Extra

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Air Force Releases Candidate Installations For Next F-35A Bases

Two Will Be Selected As Homes For Air National Guard Aircraft

Air Force officials announced five installations as candidate bases for the next two Air National Guard F-35A locations.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Boeing Business Jets, GKN Aerospace Introduce Skyview Panoramic Window

Largest-Ever Passenger Jet Window Available On New BBJs, Retrofit On Existing BBJs

Boeing Business Jets will work with GKN Aerospace's Fokker business to develop, produce, offer and support the Skyview Panoramic Window, the largest window available on any passenger jet offered today.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Universal Studios Files Patent For Drones In Theme Parks

Would Deliver Special Effects For Shows, Rides, Potentially Guests

Another theme park company has filed a U.S. Patent for the use of drone technology at its parks.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Ceremony Marks Step Towards F-35 Arrival At RAF Marham

Milestone Reached In Construction Of Three Engineering And Training Facilities

The steelwork on the facilities being built at RAF Marham in Norfolk has now been completed on time. This has been marked with a ‘Golden Bolt’ ceremony involving the on base team behind the work.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Attorney Says Charges Against Accused Intoxicated Pilot Should Be Dropped

Contends That The Pilot 'Did Not Operate The Aircraft', Which Never Left The Ground

An attorney for the copilot of a Talon Air flight preparing for departure from Cherry Capital Airport In Grand Traverse County, MI on August 25 accused of operating an aircraft while intoxicated says the charges should be dropped because he did not actually operate the airplane.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

NASA Awards Contract For Refueling Mission Spacecraft

Restore-L Spacecraft Will Service Satellites In Orbit

NASA has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, CA. Restore-L is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Flightstar Completes Hangar Project

Starts Refurbishment Of Another Facility

Flightstar Corporation announces the completion of their newest facility, Hangar 10. This 31,000-sq-ft aircraft maintenance hangar will serve as the primary facility of the Flightstar Airline Division.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

USAF To Hold Retirement Ceremony For The F-4 Phantom

Final Flight To Be Conducted December 21

The U.S. Air Force will hold a hail and farewell to the venerable F-4 Phantom at Holloman AFB, New Mexico December 21.

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Sun, Dec 11, 2016

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.16): Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)

Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) MANPADS are lightweight, shoulder−launched, missile systems used to bring down aircraft and create mass casualties. The potential for MANPADS use against airborne aircraft is real and requires familiarity with the subject. Terrorists choose MANPADS because the weapons are low cost, highly mobile, require minimal set−up time, and are easy to use and maintain. Although the weapons have limited range, and their accuracy is affected by poor visibility and adverse weather, they can be fired from anywhere on land or from boats where there is unrestricted visibility to the target.

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