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August 13, 2017

Cassini To Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

First Is Set For August 14

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.

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Selfish Santa Monica Residents Complain About Emergency Medical Flight From KSMO

Jet Departed From The Airport At 0455 Local Time July 4, Waking The Neighbors

This may be the ultimate in NIMBY. Some residents of Santa Monica living near KSMO complained after a jet on a medical emergency mission departed from the airport just before 5 a.m. on July 4th.

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Rockwell Collins Awarded Contract From French Air Force

Will Provide Visual Display Systems For French Air Force FOMEDEC Program

Rockwell Collins will be playing a key role in the French Air Force FOMEDEC training program by providing a robust, proven and state-of-the-art visual display system for the Pilatus PC-21 simulators.

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jetAVIVA Acquires Jet Quest

Becomes One Of The Largest Dealers Of Pre-Flown Jets And Turboprops In The World

jetAVIVA, a dealer/broker of pre-flown turbine aircraft, has acquired the Cessna Citation-focused aircraft sales firm Jet Quest. As a result of the transaction, jetAVIVA assumes the role as one of the largest dealer/brokers of pre-flown turbine aircraft in the world as ranked by independent research firm JetNet. The acquisition of Jet Quest follows jetAVIVA's acquisition of Kansas Aircraft Corporation in May of 2016.

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Naval Aviation Hits Historic Milestone

Completes 100,000 Sorties Using TCTS August 2

The Navy completed the debrief for the 100,000th sortie using the Tactical Combat Training System (TCTS) Aug. 2, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, marking the most sorties flown on naval ranges using the system.

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FANS 1/A and ADS-B Out Solution Installed On Canadian Registered Aircraft

Flying Colours Installs Rockwell Collins Gear On Challenger 604

Flying Colours Corp. has redelivered the first Canadian registered aircraft to have the Rockwell Collins network’s Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A upgrade installed in combination with Flying Colours ADS-B solution.  The FANS 1/A system, which is available through Rockwell Collins dealers, will improve operating costs, whilst the addition of the soon to be mandatory ADS-B Out technology will help maintain asset value.

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Unisys Names Former SecAF Deborah Lee James To Board Of Directors

Was Top Air Force Civilian Official For Four Years

Former Secretary of the United States Air Force Deborah Lee James has been named to the board of directors for Unisys Corporation. James, 58, served as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force from December 20, 2013 to January 20, 2017. James was responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversaw the Air Force's annual budget of more than $139 billion.

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AAR Begins Work On $909 M Landing Gear Contract For USAF

Company Will Leverage Its Broad Range Of Aviation Services & Facilities Across The U.S.

AAR has received the Notice to Proceed on the $909,394,297 fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force for the Landing Gear Performance-Based Logistics One program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.13.17): Final Approach Fix

Final Approach Fix The fix from which the final approach (IFR) to an airport is executed and which identifies the beginning of the final approach segment. It is designated on Government charts by the Maltese Cross symbol for nonprecision approaches and the lightning bolt symbol, designating the PFAF, for precision approaches; or when ATC directs a lower-than-published glideslope/path or vertical path intercept altitude, it is the resultant actual point of the glideslope/path or vertical path intercept.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.13.17)

Aero Linx: The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) fosters the vitality of aviation statewide and promotes safe and efficient operations, economic viability and environmental stewardship. Responsible for the operation of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall and Martin State airports, the MAA provides friendly, convenient facilities and customer services and develops enhanced domestic and international passenger and cargo opportunities through intermodalism and state-of-the-art technology.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.13.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "We received a number of complaints associated with yesterday's 4:55 a.m. departure. This operation was associated with an emergency aircraft flight for medical purposes. California PUC §21662.4 exempts emergency medical flights from local ordinances as long as the operator provides specific information regarding their departure. The PUC permits the operator to submit the required information regarding their medical emergency within 72 hours of their departure." Source: Airport director Stelios Makrides, responding to complaints made by arrogant, selfish, unfeeling NIMBYs, complaining about an early morning July take

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