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November 15, 2015

Rosetta and Philae: One Year Since Landing On A Comet

Plans Underway For Controlled Impact Of Orbiter On The Body

One year since Philae made its historic landing on a comet, mission teams remain hopeful for renewed contact with the lander, while also looking ahead to next year’s grand finale: making a controlled impact of the Rosetta orbiter on the comet.

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Gulf Helicopters’ AW139, AW189 Fleets Set New Milestones

Fleet Of 17 AW139s Passes 75,000 Flight Hours

The AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones.

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ORBITEC Expands Vortex Rocket Engine Family

Successfully Demonstrates New Propellants

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) wholly-owned subsidiary Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) recently completed successful testing and demonstration of three different propellant combinations for its existing 30,000-pound thrust vortex rocket engine.

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Airbus Helicopters Signs Service Contract With French Government

Will Provide Global Service Solution For French Gendarmerie Nationale And Sécurité Civile EC145 Fleet

The SIMMAD (Structure intégrée du maintien en condition opérationnelle des matériels aéronautiques du ministère de la Défense) which is responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of French state-owned aircraft, has awarded Airbus Helicopters with a milestone contract for a global service solution covering the entire fleet of 50 EC145 aircraft operated by the French Gendarmerie Nationale and Sécurité Civile.

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Orion's European Module Ready For Testing

Provides Propulsion, Power, Thermal Control, Air, And Water For Manned Capsule

A test version of ESA’s service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrived in the US Monday after leaving its assembly site in Italy last weekend.

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Etihad Airways Signs Engine Agreements With GE For Boeing 777 Freighters

Includes 12-Year Service Agreement For New GE90 Engines

Etihad Airways signed an agreement with GE for GE90-115B engines to power its two Boeing 777 Freighters. Along with the new engines, Etihad Airways also signed a 12-year OnPoint solution services agreement for the new GE90 engines. The new engines and OnPoint solution agreement are valued at more than $475 million (USD) engine list price and over the life of the service agreements.

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CAE To Provide Sims For Prince Sultan Aviation Academy

Will Include Boeing 777, 787 FFS And Training Devices

CAE has signed a training equipment contract including the sale of two full-flight simulators (FFS) --a Boeing 777 and a Boeing 787-- and two flight training devices to support Saudi Arabian Airlines' training needs in the region.

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Airbus Foundation Focuses On Innovation To Support Disaster Relief Efforts

Participates In Panel Discussion With Humanitarian Organizations

Experts from the Airbus Foundation, International Humanitarian City (IHC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) called for innovative partnerships and closer cooperation between NGOs, the public and private sector during a briefing at the Dubai Air Show.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.15.15): Fuel Remaining

Fuel Remaining A phrase used by either pilots or controllers when relating to the fuel remaining on board until actual fuel exhaustion. When transmitting such information in response to either a controller question or pilot initiated cautionary advisory to air traffic control, pilots will state the APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF MINUTES the flight can continue with the fuel remaining. All reserve fuel SHOULD BE INCLUDED in the time stated, as should an allowance for established fuel gauge system error.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.15.15)

Aero Linx: Christian Pilots Association (CPA) Established in 1972, Christian Pilots Association, (CPA), is a mobilizing service agency dedicated to assisting God's people in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 28:19-20 by providing emergency air logistics, survival services, and supplies for people in need.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.15.15)

“We are still discussing exactly what the final end of mission scenario will involve. It is very complex and challenging, even more so even than the lander delivery trajectory our flight dynamics teams had to plan for delivering Philae... The schedule we’re looking at would first involve a move into highly elliptical orbits – perhaps as low as 1 km – in August, before moving out to a more distant point for a final approach that will set Rosetta on a slow collision course with the comet at the end of September.” Source: Sylvain Lodiot, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft operations manager, discussing the first year since Philae made its historic landing on a comet, mission teams remain hopeful for renewed contact w

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