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April 14, 2018

SpaceX Seeks Permission For Gulf Of Mexico Splashdowns

Draft Environmental Assessment Released By The FAA

SpaceX has asked the FAA for permission to recover spacecraft in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a draft Environmental Assessment released by the agency.

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Online Cessna Flight Training System Now Available To All Flight Schools

Integrates Flight And Ground Studies For A Complete Training Curriculum

The latest online edition of the Cessna Flight Training System that has, for decades, helped thousands of pilots achieve their goals, is now available to all flight schools. The online curriculum integrates flight and ground studies and ensures that learning pilots and their instructors know what they have completed, how they are doing and what’s next. Each course includes video previews of each flying lesson and a home-study ground school and test preparation section.

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FAA Releases NPS Air Tour Exemption List

Action Required By The FAA Modernization And Reform Act Of 2012

The  National Parks Air Tour Management Act (NPATMA) requires the FAA and National Park Service (NPS) to develop an air tour management plan for units of the national park system where an operator has applied for authority to conduct commercial air tours.

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Boeing, Qatar Airways Sign LoI For Five 777 Freighters

Deal Valued At $1.7 Billion At List Prices

Boeing and Qatar Airways have signed a letter of intent to purchase five 777 freighters, valued at $1.7 billion at list prices. When a purchase is finalized, it will be posted to Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website.

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Navy Announces Plans To Field New Unmanned Weapons Systems

Triton System Deployment In Guam On Schedule For Later This Year

The unmanned MQ-4C Triton aircraft remains on schedule to arrive in Guam later this year to begin an early operational capability, said Capt. Dan Mackin, Triton program manager, April 9 during the 2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition.

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Hubble Uncovers The Farthest Star Ever Seen

'Icarus' Is Located In A Spiral Galaxy Nine-Billion Light Years Away

More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen. Normally, it would be much too faint to view, even with the world’s largest telescopes. But through a quirk of nature that tremendously amplifies the star’s feeble glow, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope were able to pinpoint this faraway star and set a new distance record. They also used Icarus to test one theory of dark matter, and to probe the makeup of a foreground galaxy cluster.

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AeroVironment Puma-Switchblade Automated Sensor-To-Shooter Capability Shown

Maritime Demonstration Of Swarm Attack Defense Conducted For The U.S. Navy

AeroVironment recently conducted a maritime demonstration of a Puma-Switchblade automated sensor-to-shooter (S2S) capability from a US Navy Coastal Riverine Craft for increased mission autonomy to counter threats.

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Draken International Signs Agreement with Paramount Aerospace Systems

Will Regenerate 22 Mirage F1M Aircraft

Draken International, a global leader in advanced adversary air services, has signed an agreement with Paramount Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of Paramount Group,  for the overhaul and ongoing engineering support of their recently acquired fleet of Mirage F1M aircraft from the Spanish Air Force. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.14.18)

"The successful completion of the environmental review process does not guarantee that the FAA would issue a reentry license to SpaceX. The Proposed Action must also meet all FAA safety, risk, and financial responsibility requirements per 14 CFR Part 400." Source: Excerpt from the Draft Environmental Assessment prepared by the FAA for possible spacecraft recovery in the Gulf of Mexico by SpaceX.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.14.18): Indicated Airspeed (IAS)

Shown on the dial of the instrument airspeed indicator on an aircraft. Indicated airspeed (IAS) is the airspeed indicator reading uncorrected for instrument, position, and other errors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.14.18)

The Vintage Sailplane Association

The purpose of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) is to promote the acquisition, restoration and flying of vintage sailplanes by its members, and to assist the National Soaring Museum in the preservation of soaring history and the promotion of vintage sailplane activity.

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