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October 25, 2009

Four Private Space Companies Vie for $1+ Million Prize

Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Enters Final Leg

 The race for the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge (NGLLC) incentivized prize purse, funded by NASA and presented by the X PRIZE Foundation, is coming down to the wire. As the competition end date (Oct. 31) draws near, teams will descend upon the Mojave Desert in a head-to-head showdown to compete for portions of the remaining $1.65 million prize purse.

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F104s To Make Use Of Shuttle Runway

NASA and Starfighters Make Agreement on KSC Runway Use

NASA and Starfighters, Inc., of Tarpon Springs, Fla., tell ANN that they are partnering to use the space shuttle runway at Kennedy Space Center to help support the development of the commercial space industry. Kennedy and the aerospace company have signed a cooperative space act agreement enabling Starfighters to become a tenant at Kennedy where it will launch a new business venture with a fleet of privately-operated Lockheed F-104 Starfighter aircraft.

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Air New Zealand's Chris Nassenstein Tapped For Qantas Post

Will Become Executive General Manager, Engineering at Qantas Airways

Qantas Airlines announced Friday that is has concluded its executive search with the appointment of Chris Nassenstein as Executive General Manager of Engineering at Qantas. Nassenstein had most recently been with Air New Zealand.

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Dual-Digital FCS Certified For C-130 Hercules

ABS Avionics Receives Amended STC For COTS Avionics Modernization Program

ASB received FAA approval to amend its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC #ST01162LA) last week, allowing ASB to add a dual digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) to its existing 5-display Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) suite.

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It's Another Eurocopter For Phoenix Police Air Support

Unit Adds An AS350B To Its Fleet

Members of the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit were at the American Eurocopter Delivery Center in Grand Prairie Friday to pick up another AS350B3 "AStar" helicopter. It is the fourth AS350 for the unit and it will join a diverse fleet covering the Phoenix area. 

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DeCrane Aerospace To Provide Aircraft Seating For Green Challenger 850 Program

Flying Colours Selects Seats And Divans For Cabin Interiors

DeCrane Aerospace Aircraft Seating (DAAS) says that Flying Colours has chosen the 16g Nexus Linear Bearing Seats and 16g Divans for the 'Green Challenger 850 Completion Program' at their main facility in Peterborough, Ontario, as well as their U.S. affiliate Jetcorp Technical Services based in St Louis, Missouri.

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Pilot Killed In Provo Accident Identified

Aircraft Hit The Ground Just Short Of The Runway

The pilot of a plane who was killed when it went down on approach to Provo Airport in Utah has been identified as 30-year-old Benjamin Hill. He was the only person on board the Cessna 210 when it lost power, and he attempted a dead-stick landing at the airport.

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Stork Fokker Opts For AI Select From Audio International

Touch-Screen In Flight Entertainment For A320 Aircraft

DeCrane Aerospace Audio International (DAAI) announces that Stork Fokker has chosen the fully-digital AI Select Cabin Management and In-Flight Entertainment system for the completion of the A320 aircraft at their facility in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.25.09): Feathering

FEATHERING In the event of engine failure, the process of adjusting a controllable-pitch propeller to a pitch position where the blade angle is about 90° to the plane of rotation in order to to stop its windmilling and lessen drag.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.09)

Aero-Linx: Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) COMSTAC provides information, advice, and recommendations to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) within the Department of Transportation (DOT) on matters concerning the U.S. commercial space transportation industry.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.25.09)

"The Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge has turned into a real horse-race. There is $1.65 million up for grabs that will be decided in the next 10 days... It is getting very exciting and is worth everyone watching. The ultimate winners will be all of the teams in this emerging industry, NASA and the space-passionate public." Source: Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, speaking of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

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