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September 17, 2017

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration Of Saturn

Ends 20-Year Mission Will A Fall Into The Planet's Atmosphere

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close Friday, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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Sebring Airport Suffers Damage During Hurricane Irma

But Airport Staff Says The Airport Is Operating Normally

Sebring Airport was hit hard by Hurricane Irma, suffering damages estimated between $5 and $6 million to hangars and other facilities. But airport executives say the field is operating "like nothing ever happened."

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Boeing To Design And Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites For SES

Will Provide Worldwide Data And Communication Services

Boeing will design and build seven super-powered medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites for SES, delivering efficient high-performance data communications services to users around the world.

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Carrier Air Wing Five Completes Carrier Qualification

Conducted Some 200 Sorties, Takeoffs And Landings

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Five and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completed carrier qualifications, Sept. 9-12. To certify, Ronald Reagan and CVW-5 were required to conduct approximately 200 sorties, takeoffs and landings, as well as demonstrate proficiency in flight related operations during both day and night.

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SES Selects Arianespace And Soyuz For Its Fifth MEO Launch

Batch Of Last Four Satellites Also On Soyuz In 2019

SES has selected Arianespace for its fifth launch of four O3b satellites joining its O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) fleet. The mission on a Soyuz rocket will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2019. The 12 satellites of the existing O3b fleet were orbited by Arianespace in 2013 and 2014; the next four satellites (13th to 16th) will be launched by Arianespace next year. The O3b fleet delivers low-latency data services provided by SES Networks, a business unit of SES.

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H145M Completes First Flight With HForce Weapon System

Aircraft Can Now Be Equipped With Multiple Guided And Ballistic Armaments

At the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth. Thanks to this modular weapon system designed by Airbus, the H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018.

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Duncan Aviation’s Satellite Facilities Earn Mexican Certifications

Shops In Van Nuys And Scottsdale Authorized By DGAC

Two additional Duncan Aviation satellite avionics shops recently received certification from Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), which is the civil aviation authority for Mexico. This will allow the Duncan Aviation shops in Van Nuys, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona, to expand their avionics services for customers with aircraft based in Mexico.

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Edwin Huisman New Managing Director Of Avion Training

Will Oversee Operations At Three Airports

The Dutch Avion Group has appointed 52-year-old Edwin Huisman as the new Managing Director and Accountable Manager of Avion Training. Huisman will be responsible for all training facilities at Maastricht-Aachen Airport in The Netherlands and at Dalaman Airport in Turkey, and for the soon to be opened new training facilities in Malta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.17)

Aero Linx: The International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) Following World War II, several American aviators returned to the United States with a desire in their hearts to use aviation in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the globe. That desire gave birth to the first mission aviation effort in the United States, known then as Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship (CAMF). Today, it is known as Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). The first flights were in a Waco biplane, and served Bible translators with the Summer Institute of Linguistics in southern Mexico. The pilot of those first flights was a remarkable woman named Betty Greene. Since those early days

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.17): Glideslope Intercept Altitude

Glideslope Intercept Altitude The minimum altitude to intercept the glideslope/path on a precision approach. The intersection of the published intercept altitude with the glideslope/path, designated on Government charts by the lightning bolt symbol, is the precision FAF; however, when the approach chart shows an alternative lower glideslope intercept altitude, and ATC directs a lower altitude, the resultant lower intercept position is then the FAF.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.17.17)

"It's a bittersweet, but fond, farewell to a mission that leaves behind an incredible wealth of discoveries that have changed our view of Saturn and our solar system, and will continue to shape future missions and research." Source: Michael Watkins, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, which managed the Cassini mission for the agency. JPL also designed, developed and assembled the spacecraft. The thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close Friday, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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