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October 16, 2011

British Prime Minister Opens New Airbus Wing Factory For A350 XWB

Aircraft Program Will Support Over 6,000 Jobs Across The UK

The British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron, officially opened Airbus’ new wing factory in Wales Thursday afternoon. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will assemble the wings for Airbus’ advanced new A350 XWB long-range aircraft family.

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Air France And Airbus Undertake Green Commercial Flight

Normal CO2 Emissions Cut In Half

Air France and Airbus have completed the world’s greenest commercial flight by combining the latest fuel and air traffic management technologies. The flight from Toulouse-Blagnac to Paris-Orly using an Airbus A321 has been able to demonstrate the cutting in half of CO2 emitted compared to a regular flight.

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Airline On-Time Performance In August Improves Over July

But BTS Reports The Rate Is Down From 2010

The nation’s largest airlines recorded a rate of on-time flights in August that was an improvement over July’s mark but down from August 2010’s on-time rate, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Thursday by the U.S. DOT.

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NASA Announces Student Science Competitions

Grade-Level-Specific Challenges To Explore Microgravity

NASA is offering students the opportunity to compete in two microgravity challenges: "Dropping In a Microgravity Environment," or DIME, and "What If No Gravity?" or WING.

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Helistar Orders Three More EC145 Helicopters

Eurocopter  Strengthens Its Colombian Market Presence

Colombian helicopter company Helistar has signed a contract with Eurocopter de Mexico to purchase three EC145s. When delivered, the fleet of Colombia's largest helicopter company will expand to include seven EC145s. The first two additional aircraft will be delivered in 2012, followed by the third in 2013. Helistar currently has a fleet of 18 aircraft, providing services for the country's leading energy companies.

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Captain Wins National Women In Aerospace Achievement Award

Team Leader For All Activities At The Cape Canaveral Launch Site

A program manager at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has been named a co-winner of the national-level Women in Aerospace Achievement Award. Capt. Amanda Zuber, a Space-Based Infrared System field program manager assigned to the 45th Launch Support Squadron, will receive her award in November 1 in Washington D.C.

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Deliveries Of Upgraded Lakota Helicopters Underway

UH-72As With Advanced Mission Equipment Package Landing With National Guard Units

Delivery to the National Guard of UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) outfitted with the Security and Support (S&S) Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP) is underway, according to EADS North America. "This highly capable configuration is the latest and most significant evolution of the Lakota and the missions it is asked to perform," said Sean O'Keefe, CEO of EADS North America.

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Michael “Willy” Andersen Named Vice President, V-22 Osprey Program

Led F-35 Mission Systems Team As An Air Force Officer

Michael “Willy” D. Andersen has been named Vice President and Program Director for of the V-22 Osprey and deputy director of the Bell-Boeing Program office. In this dual role, Andersen will report directly to Mitch Snyder, executive vice president of military programs at Bell Helicopter and to John Rader, executive director of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.16.11)

Aero Linx: How Helicopters Work Helicopters are the most versatile flying machines in existence today. This versatility gives the pilot complete access to three-dimensional space in a way that no airplane can. If you have ever flown in a helicopter you know that its abilities are exhilarating. In this article, you will learn about all of a helicopter's different capabilities and how it's able to do such incredible things.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.16.11): Beaufort Wind Scale

Beaufort Wind Scale A system of estimating and reporting wind speeds. It is based on the Beaufort Force or Number, which is composed of the wind speed, a descriptive term, and the visible effects upon land objects and/or sea surfaces. The scale was devised by Sir Francis Beaufort (1777-1857), hydrographer to the British Royal Navy.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.16.11)

"This is a big award and tremendous honor. It highlights Captain Zuber's outstanding contributions to aerospace and the importance of the 45th Space Wing mission to the nation." Source: Col. Matthew Skeen, the 45th Launch Group commander, in comments about Capt. Amanda Zuber, a Space-Based Infrared System field program manager assigned to the 45th Launch Support Squadron, having been named a co-winner of the national-level Women in Aerospace Achievement Award.

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