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June 30, 2019

USAF Veteran Freed From Captivity In Libya

Accused Of Being A Mercenary Pilot In Libya's Civil War

U.S. officials say a U.S. Air Force veteran who had been accused of being a mercenary in Libya's civil war has been freed six months after the plane he was flying was shot down.

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Airborne 06.28.19: FAA Reminder, Fokker Crash Test, Hang Glider XC

Also: CRJ Program Sold, Eurofighter Typhoon Mid-Air, Balloon Incident, Los Angeles Sues FAA

The FAA is reminding general aviation operators taking advantage of the agency’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate program that rebate reservations must be made within 90 days of the installation of the appropriate equipment. If the 90 days passes without a reservation being made, the rebate expires and will be made available to others. The FAA last month issued the last of 20,000 $500 rebate reservations offered to general aviation aircraft owners. The FAA and NASA performed

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Starliner Space Capsule Completes Parachute Testing

Fifth Successful Test Validates System Safety, Robustness Ahead Of Launches Later This Year

Boeing has cleared another milestone toward launching its Starliner space capsule with the fifth, and final, qualification test of the vehicle’s parachute system.

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U.K. F-35s Complete First Operational Missions

Have Flown Alongside Typhoon Aircraft On Operational Flights Over The Skies Of Syria And Iraq

The U.K.'s newest and most advanced fighter jet, the Lightning F-35B, has successfully completed its first operational missions. F-35s have flown alongside Typhoon aircraft on operational flights over the skies of Syria and Iraq, as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh, the Defense Secretary has confirmed.

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UAL Commemorates Fiftieth Anniversary Of The First Moon Landing

Offers Celebratory Flight, Specialty Menus And An Opportunity To Visit NASA's Johnson Space Center

Fifty years after Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in July 1969, United Airlines stands with the nation in celebration of this milestone anniversary. Beginning today and continuing throughout July, the airline, in coordination with Houston First Corporation, Space Center Houston, NASA Johnson Space Center and OTG will provide customers with a variety of opportunities to learn about and celebrate space exploration.

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NASA Selects Missions To Study Our Sun, Its Effects On Space Weather

Will Explore How The  Sun Drives Energy Into Space And The Earth's Response

NASA has selected two new missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic effects on space. One of the selected missions will study how the Sun drives particles and energy into the solar system and a second will study Earth's response.

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Pilot Sues Boeing Over 737 MAX Design

Says Company Has Caused Career Damage, 'Severe Emotional And Mental Stress'

A Boeing 737 MAX pilot has filed a lawsuit against the planemaker alleging "demonstrated reckless indifference and conscious disregard for the flying public" in the way it designed its latest variant of the airplane.

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UAVOS Announces New Spring Leg For Heavy UAVs

Designed For Unmanned Aircraft Weighing Up To 1.2 Tons

UAVOS has created an advanced leaf spring leg for the main landing gear of an unmanned aircraft weighing up to 1.2 tons. The spring leaf is made of aircraft carbon prepreg by the high-temperature molding procedure, which makes it much stronger, thinner and lighter by 38% in comparison with fiberglass.

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Apollo 11 Celebration Planned At The California Science Center

Will Mark The 50th Anniversary Of The United States' Historic Moon Landing

The California Science Center will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a daylong event on July 20, 2019. Through exhibits, hands-on activities and a documentary film, guests will explore science concepts about the moon and principles that enable NASA scientists and engineers to further our understanding of what is possible in future space exploration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.30.19): Cross (Fix) At Or Above (Altitude)

Cross (Fix) At Or Above (Altitude) Used by ATC when an altitude restriction at a specified fix is required. It does not prohibit the aircraft from crossing the fix at a higher altitude than specified; however, the higher altitude may not be one that will violate a succeeding altitude restriction or altitude assignment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.30.19)

Aero Linx: The Vertical Flight Society The Vertical Flight Society — founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, Inc. — is the world's only international technical society for engineers, scientists and others working to advance vertical flight technology. We bring together industry, academia and government to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight. Our members share a legacy of knowledge and accomplishment that has been driving innovation for 75 years! As a member of the world's only Vertical Flight Society, you can help advance the state of the art in vertical flight. Our members can participate in many outreach initiatives and professional benefits.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.30.19)

"This first operational mission for the U.K.’s F-35 Lightning confirms the impressive progress which we have made in introducing this formidable new capability into service. It is (a) testament to the outstanding abilities of our dedicated and highly trained air and ground crew that 617 Squadron has achieved this important milestone so quickly and so effectively." Source: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, in comments made as the U.K.'s newest and most advanced fighter jet, the Lightning F-35B, successfully completed its first operational missions. F-35s have flown alongside Typhoon aircraft on operational flights over the skies of Syria and Iraq, as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh, the Defens

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