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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Airborne 09.26.16: SpaceX Accident Details, Bell V-247 'Vigilant', Blues Cancel

Also: Tracey Curtis-Taylor, RC Saab Gripen, Kodiak, Airbus Subsidies, Worcester Reg'l Airport, MedEvac Foundation, Predator-Series

As promised, SpaceX is starting to reveal details of their investigation into the catastrophic loss on September 1 of a Falcon 9, its payload and other damage to the launch complex. SpaceX said in part, "At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place. All plausible causes are being tracked in an extensive fault tree and carefully investigated. Through the fault tree and data review process, we have exonerated any connection with last year’s CRS-7 mishap.” Speaking before an audience of aviation and military experts assembled at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. last week, Bell Helicopter unvei

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Iowa State Aircraft Damaged In Hard Landing

University President Was Flying At The Time Of The Incident

An Iowa State University Cirrus SR22 was "substantially damaged" last year when the university president who was flying the airplane made a hard landing in Illinois.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Swiss Pilots Recognized For Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2016 Win

Received Gold Medals At Gala In Germany

Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger (Team SUI 1) were crowned champions of the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett – the world’s most prestigious gas balloon race – at an elegant ceremony in Gladbeck, northwest Germany on Saturday.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Silver Anniversary Of First Flight Of The Jetstream 41 Noted

Largest Operators Find New Applications For The Regional Turboprop

On 25 September 1991, the first Jetstream 41 regional turboprop airliner took to the skies from Prestwick International Airport.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

FAA Dedicates New Tucson Control Tower

New Tower Replaces Previous Facility Which Had Stood For 58 Years

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Friday joined federal and local officials in dedicating the new, environmentally friendly air traffic control tower at Tucson International Airport.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

CSF Congratulates Senate Commerce Committee On Approval Of NASA Transition Bill

Authorizes The Appropriation Of More Than $19.5 Billion For The Space Agency

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) applauds Chairman John Thune, Ranking Member Bill Nelson, Space Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, Space Subcommittee Ranking Member Gary Peters, Senator Tom Udall, and the entire Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee on favorably reporting the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016 (S. 3346).

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod Completes First F-15C Flight Test

System Integrated Without Any Modifications To The Aircraft

The first test flight of Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod was completed recently at Jacksonville Air National Guard Base in Florida.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

BAE Delivers 250th EW Suite For F-35 Lightning II

Protects The New Fighter With Advanced Technology

BAE Systems recently celebrated the production and delivery of the 250th electronic warfare (EW) suite for the F-35 Lightning II  fighter aircraft program. The EW suite protects the F-35 with advanced technology for next-generation missions to counter current and emerging threats.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Frontier Pilots Request Federal Mediation To Advance Contract Talks

ALPA: Airline Refuses To Offer Pilots Industry-Standard Terms While Earning Record Profits Frontier Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have asked for a federal mediator to help move their contract talks forward, stating that Frontier Airlines refuses to offer its pilots industry-standard terms while the airline is making record profits.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016

China Confirms Space Station Will Likely Fall To Earth Next Year

Most Will Burn Up During Reentry, Space Agency Says

China's Tiangong-1 space station will not survive another year in orbit, according to the deputy director of that country's manned space engineering office.

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