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August 20, 2017

FAA IG Questions FAA NextGen Business Case Estimates

Does not Include All Capabilities They Expect Will Produce Benefits

The DOT's Office of Inspector General has responded to a request from the leadership of the House Transportation Committee and its Aviation subcommittee concerning a review of the FAA's benefits projection in its July 2016 Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Business Case.

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Next X-37B Mission Slated For September

Secretive Mini-Shuttle Reportedly Being Prepped For Launch

The X-37B space plane may fly again in September, but the Air Force is playing the actual launch date close to the vest.

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Apollo Aviation Group Acquires 38 Aircraft In First Half Of 2017

Size Of Fleet Expands To Over 160 Aircraft

Apollo Aviation Group, a multi-strategy aviation investment manager, has contracted to purchase 38 aircraft in the first half of 2017 for a total gross purchase price of $910 million.

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Long Goodbye: Reserve Airman Retires After 41 Years

Robert Wegeman Jr. Joined the Air Force At 19

When a 19-year-old Robert Wegeman Jr. left Louisiana and joined the Air Force in 1976, Star Wars didn’t exist, Rocky had yet to fight Apollo, gas was 60 cent per gallon, the A-10 Thunderbolt was less than six months old, the F-15 was less than two years old and the main military fighter aircraft was the F-4.

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Lockheed Martin Successfully Integrates First Modernized A2100 Satellite

Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 Communications Satellite Moves To Final Assembly

A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of the company's first modernized A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018.

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New England Patriots Purchase Two Boeing 767s

Retrofitted New Team Planes With All First-Class Seating

The New England Patriots have become the first NFL franchise to purchase its own team planes.

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Aurora Signs $499 Million Air Force Contract

Will Support The ASAPTR Program

Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a $499 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force in support of the ASAPTR program. The competitively awarded Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research (ASAPTR) contract is to conduct research for affordable, revolutionary capabilities for the warfighter.

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ACR Electronics Acquires United Moulders Ltd.

ACR Provides Safety And Survival Equipment For The Aviation Market

ACR Electronics, Inc., confirmed it has acquired United Moulders Ltd. (UML), a United Kingdom based designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art lifejacket inflating devices.

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CC-130J Super Hercules Delivers IRB Commitments For Canada

Completed Commitments One Year Ahead Of Schedule

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the Aircraft Capability - Tactical (ACP-T) Acquisition Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) commitments valued at $1.4 billion associated with Canada's purchase of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft in 2007.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.17)

Aero Linx: Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum The Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, located in Horsham, Pa. The museum's mission is to preserve aviation history in the greater Delaware Valley, including the contributions of Harold F. Pitcairn, as well as the men and women who served at NASJRB Willow Grove, for the education and benefit of future generations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.17): Maximum Authorized Altitude

Maximum Authorized Altitude A published altitude representing the maximum usable altitude or flight level for an airspace structure or route segment. It is the highest altitude on a Federal airway, jet route, area navigation low or high route, or other direct route for which an MEA is designated in 14 CFR Part 95 at which adequate reception of navigation aid signals is assured.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.20.17)

“The F-106 was ahead of its time... Performance-wise, I felt it was comparable to the (F-15) Eagle. It kept us busy back then. We were accomplishing 20-plus sorties on a daily basis.” Source: After 41 years of service and 16 different Air Force aircraft maintained, now-Tech. Sgt. Wegeman, 919th Special Operations Maintenance Group, retired and said goodbye to the Blue August 14, on his 60th birthday. During his career, Wegeman, currently a quality assurance aircraft inspector, maintained T-33s, EB-57s, F-15s, A-10s, F-4s, MC-130Es, C-145s, and C-146s, but his favorite aircraft was his first one – the F-106 Delta Dart.

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