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July 13, 2019

Airborne 07.12.19: 737 MAX RTS?, Virgin Galactic Merges, UK Pilot Record

Also: Teenagers Fly Sling 4, Infrastructure Grants, Turtle On The Tarmac, Focus On Aviation Safety

EASA has sent a letter to the FAA and Boeing outlining five major requirements the agency says need to be addressed before it will allow the Boeing 737 MAX to return to service in Europe. The issues identified by EASA parallel the FAA's concerns. The FAA said that the agency "confirm(s) the specific matters being raised by EASA but said: “The FAA continues to work closely with other validating civil aviation authorities on our review of Boeing’s certification documentation for t

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Addison, TX Accident

Ten People Were Fatally Injured When The Airplane Impacted A Hangar At The Airport

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred June 30 in Addison, TX that resulted in the fatal injury of two pilots and eight passengers aboard a Beechcraft King Air 300.

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NASA Awards Launch Services Contract For Groundbreaking Astrophysics Mission

SpaceX Will Launch The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Mission In 2021

NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will allow astronomers to discover, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe. 

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First Air, Canadian North Airlines Complete Merger

Creates A Strong, Sustainable Pan-Arctic Airline

Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) have completed the transaction to merge First Air and Canadian North into a strong, sustainable Pan-Arctic airline. This means that First Air and Canadian North will be able to begin the process of integrating their operations, with further details on the timing and duration of this process to be released very soon.

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A New Plan For Keeping NASA's Oldest Explorers Going

Hope To Continue Voyager 1 And 2 Science Missions For Several More Years

With careful planning and dashes of creativity, engineers have been able to keep NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft flying for nearly 42 years - longer than any other spacecraft in history. To ensure that these vintage robots continue to return the best science data possible from the frontiers of space, mission engineers are implementing a new plan to manage them. And that involves making difficult choices, particularly about instruments and thrusters.

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Achieves Initial Operational Capability

Unmanned Aircraft Capable Of Loitering Up To 12 Hours On Station

The Navy declared initial operational capability of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter June 28 clearing the way for fleet operations and training.

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CNIM Designs And Validates Airship Solar Panel Rotation System

Will Enable The Stratobus Airship To Operate Autonomously For Up To One Year

Stratobus is an 85,000 cu. m (111,000 cubic yard) airship designed to operate at an altitude of 12.5 miles, in the lower layer of the stratosphere. Equipped with four electric motors powered by solar panels during the day and batteries at night, the vehicle is fully autonomous from an energy perspective and is able to remain on station for a full year.

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Donovan Stresses The Importance And Necessity Of The 'Digital Air Force'

Initiative Encompasses Comprehensive Changes To How The Air Force Gathers, Uses And Shares Data

Acting Air Force Secretary Matthew P. Donovan is driving a new “Digital Air Force” initiative, emphasizing reforms that harness the integrated strengths of a connected network of weapons, sensors and analytic tools.

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ATP Flight School Sponsors Free King Schools Flight Instructor Refresher Course

Program Open To ATP Graduates

ATP Flight School now sponsors a free Flight Instructor Refresher Course with King Schools for ATP graduates through the no-fees ATP Alumni Association. With this partnership, Airline Career Pilot Program graduates past and present will be able to use King Schools' industry-leading courseware free of charge to renew their flight instructor certificate, as part of the ATP Alumni Association's commitment to the success of ATP graduates.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.13.19)

"It's incredible that Voyagers' instruments have proved so hardy. The long lifetimes of the spacecraft mean we're dealing with scenarios we never thought we'd encounter." Source: Voyager Project Manager Suzanne Dodd, who is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.13.19): Angle Of Incidence

Angle Of Incidence

The acute angle formed between the chord line of an airfoil and the longitudinal axis of the aircraft on which it is mounted.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.13.19)

C133 Cargomaster Project

It seems as if there's a website out there for almost any type of airplane that's ever flown, and while roaming around the Internet, we came across this one dedicated to the Douglas C133 Cargomaster.

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