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May 26, 2019

Airborne 05.24.19: Amazon 2 Lakeland, New Boeing?, Apollo 12 LM Impact Site

Also: NASA Invites Public, Flooding Cancels Airshow, Corporate Angel Network, Bird Strike In Ethiopian Accident?

The Lakeland, FL City Commission has given unanimous approval to a plan that will see an Amazon cargo facility built at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL). The 20-year deal gives Amazon a 20-year lease on 47.2 acres at the airport. The company plans to build a seven-jet cargo hangar and bring between 800 to 1,000 jobs to the region. Airport director Gene Conrad called the deal "a home run for us." Amazon will pay some $80,000 per month in rent, and 85 cents per 1,000 pounds of cargo

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NASA's First Astrobee Completes Initial Hardware Checks In Space

Robots Designed To Provide A Zero-Gravity Testbed For Guest Scientists To Try Out New Robotic Technologies In Space

NASA has completed initial hardware checks for its first Astrobee robot aboard the International Space Station. Astrobee is a free-flying robot system that will provide a research platform for the orbiting laboratory.

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EU Establishes Initial Firefighting Fleet For Next Forest Fire Season

rescEU Will Include Seven Airplanes And Six Helicopters

To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission has launched the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of the rescEU fleet during an initial transition period, and the Commission is working together with the participating countries to add extra assets in the coming weeks.

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UAL Expands Commitment To Biofuel

Powering More Flights With More Alternative Fuels Than Any Other U.S. Carrier

United Airlines has renewed its contract with Boston-based World Energy, agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive, commercial-scale, sustainable aviation biofuel over the next two years. The biofuel, which United currently uses to help sustainably power every flight departing its Los Angeles hub, achieves a greater than 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis.

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Helicopter Squadron 8 Honors Fallen Marines

Ceremony Took Place At The Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower At Pensacola's Veterans Memorial Park

Marines from Training Air Wing 5’s “Eightballers” of Helicopter Squadron (HT) 8 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, honored fallen U.S. Marine Corps aviators during the Memorial Placement Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola, May 17.

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Space Launch Startup Earth to Sky Announces Launch Services Agreement

Delta Satellite Solutions To Deploy 120 Cubesats In March 2021

Earth to Sky, Inc. has signed a definitive launch services agreement with Delta Satellite Solutions, Inc., a provider of payload and satellite integration services for academic institutions. The launch will occur in March 2021 to 550 km (342 mile) sun synchronous orbit and will launch 120 cubesats.

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Soldiers Train With Army's First Personal Unmanned Aerial System

Part Of The Soldier Borne Sensors (SBS) Program

Imagine a battlefield where Soldiers have access to near-real time video transmitted back to them on a handheld device. Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) fielded the first personal Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the U.S. Army to Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, April 29 -May 3, 2019 at Fort Bragg, NC.

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U.K. And U.S. Pilots To Prepare For Frontline On State-Of-The-Art Simulators

'Gladiator' Capability Offers Enhanced Training Flexibility

U.K. Defense Minister Stuart Andrew has announced that British pilots will be able to undertake simultaneous, virtual exercises with U.S. counterparts based across the Atlantic using new cutting-edge simulation technology.

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Michael Horn To Present NASA Discoveries Confirming Billy Meier UFO Case Is Real

Says Documentation Provides 'Ironclad Proof' Of Story's Authenticity

Science researcher and documentary filmmaker Michael Horn will present evidence at Contact in the Desert that discoveries by NASA, JPL, USGS, etc., confirm ongoing, direct contacts between Billy Meier, a reclusive Swiss man, and an extraterrestrial race. The extensive documentation has already been provided to scientists, such as Harvard professor Avi Loeb, considered the most academically distinguished scientist involved in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.26.19): Interrogator

Interrogator The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply. The replies received are mixed with the primary radar returns and displayed on the same plan position indicator (radar scope). Also, applied to the airborne element of the TACAN/DME system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.19)

Aero Linx: Pilots To The Rescue In the summer of 2014, friends Michael Schneider & Brian Orter embarked on their first rescue mission. A litter of abandoned “ditch” puppies, a Chihuahua and some mutts from North Carolina were slated to be euthanized. Springing into action, Michael and Brian rose to the occasion and volunteered their piloting skills for the last leg delivering 10 dogs so they could be adopted by loving homes. Pilots to the Rescue’s mission is to save potential pets facing euthanasia utilizing an advanced rescue flight system. Enrolling a network of trained pilots, shelters, ground teams and veterinarians, PTTR gives little souls filled with unconditional love a s

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.26.19)

“It’s a great honor to participate in the Marine Corps Aviation Memorial Placement Ceremony. The Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen of Training Air Wing 5 are proud to honor our brothers and sisters in arms and support the families of those we have lost.” Source: Marine Maj. Kyleigh Cullen, who flew a TH-57 to an event in which Marines from Training Air Wing 5’s “Eightballers” of Helicopter Squadron (HT) 8 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, honored fallen U.S. Marine Corps aviators during the Memorial Placement Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola, May 17.

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