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January 01, 2017

China Has Ambitious Plans For Its Space Program

Hopes To Mount A Moon Mission In 2018, Has Sights Set On Mars

China has a plan to become a major player in space, according to a white paper released by the government in Beijing.

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Pace Of F-35 Production Set To Increase

New Assembly Line Schedule Will Go Into Effect January 2

Most of the assembly line workers at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, TX working on the F-35 program will be operating under a new work schedule beginning January 2.

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Opinions Vary On Proposed S. GA Spaceport

Would Be The First To Allow Launches Over Populated Areas

A spaceport proposed for Camden County, GA along the Atlantic Coast in 2014 is still undergoing environmental reviews, and whether it will be approved by the FAA is still an open question.

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Multinational Paratroopers Fill NC Skies

Fort Bragg Held Annual 'Toy Drop' To Support Underprivileged Kids

Instead of snow above North Carolina’s frigid skies, the horizon was filled with paratroopers as they ‘flurried’ to the ground, during the 19th annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop Dec. 5-16.

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Russia's S7 Airlines Joins Ranks Of E-Jets Operators

Will Be The First In Russia To Fly E170 And E175 Aircraft

Just weeks after receiving the Type Certificates from the Russian authorities for the E170 and E175 jets, S7 Airlines will be the first operator of the E170 in the country. The airline signed an agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease 17 E170 pre-owned jets, therefore not impacting Embraer’s order backlog. The airline will start to receive the aircraft in the first quarter of 2017.

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Tin Cans Become An Asset For Boeing

Discovered During Dismantling Of Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Back in the 1950s Boeing was in the forefront of research for supersonic aircraft. The built a wind tunnel that could simulate wind speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour to test supersonic aircraft designs.

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Aviation Museum Of NH Receives Donation Of A Homebuilt Biplane

Becomes First Complete Aircraft To Be Displayed At The Museum

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire has received a donation of a Homebuilt Biplane, which is now on display at the museum. This is the first complete aircraft on display within the museum.

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Dog Smacks Drone Out Of The Air

The Event Was, Of Course, Captured On Video And Posted To YouTube

Seems like the UAV industry now as at least one canine critic. A man who was attempting to fly his new drone at his home in Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada had the aircraft swatted out of the air by the family dog.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.01.17)

Aero Linx: Florida Airports Council FAC is an association of publicly-owned and operated airports, airport professionals, and experts in the fields of airport design, development, and improvement, as well as aviation trades that support the airport industry in Florida. FAC is the largest airport-specific organization in Florida and is considered by industry leaders to be the premier airport organization in the nation. FAC provides up-to-date information to its members about key issues affecting Florida's airports through bi-weekly newsletters, presentations, publications, specialty conferences and on this web-page. FAC provides industry input into decisions affecting aviation and airports through com

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.01.17): Minimum Friction Level

Minimum Friction Level The friction level specified in AC 150/5320-12, Measurement, Construction, and Maintenance of Skid Resistant Airport Pavement Surfaces, that represents the minimum recommended wet pavement surface friction value for any turbojet aircraft engaged in LAHSO. This value will vary with the particular friction measurement equipment used.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.01.17)

“Operation Toy Drop supports the local community by giving underprivileged kids toys while also allowing international teams to enhance their parachuting capabilities. The training is designed for domestic and foreign nations to build relationships, to share knowledge and find better ways to conduct operations.” Source: Staff Sgt. Joey Hauser, Jr., the OTD Netherlands host nation jumpmaster instructor, commenting on the 19th annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop Dec. 5-16. Every year, the Fort Bragg community in North Carolina begins celebrating the holidays early by inviting their coalition partners to participate in the world’s largest annual multinational airborne exercise and give toys to children in need.

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