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June 05, 2010

Aero-TV Special Report: Exceeding Expectations -- SpaceX Falcon 9 Is In Orbit!

Successful Liftoff Signals Spectacular Start To Grueling Test Program

Friday, June 4th, 2010, is a not a day that ANN and Aero-TV are likely to forget... after an early morning flight down in our Cirrus to prep for our launch coverage and a long hot day of great expectations, SpaceX' mighty Falcon 9 roared to life at 1445 and entered the history books.

First Falcon 9 Launch Picture Perfect

Liftoff Came 15 Minutes Before The Launch Window Closed

The day was not without its drama, but just minutes before the launch window closed, SpaceX moved a giant step closer to commercial re-supply of ISS, and boosted the fortunes of the commercial space industry literally into orbit.

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Airlines, Shippers

Five Different Companies Fined From $50,000 To $150,000

The FAA has proposed to assess civil penalties ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 against two airlines and three shippers for alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations or U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Costly California Bill Would Make Independent Instructors Follow Part 141 Rules

Hefty Fees And Annual Renewals Would Come With The Legislation

The California Legislature reauthorized a state Post-Secondary Bureau last year that monitors the quality of post-secondary institutions and protects students from losing pre-paid tuition to a school that closes down. Flight training facilities had been exempted, but the exemption has been tentatively removed.

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Top Cub Gets OK For Mogas

Auto Fuel STC Approved By FAA

CubCrafters has received a new STC for their part-23 certified Top Cub. The auto fuel STC is available from Petersen Aviation and is approved for all CC18-180/CC18-180A aircraft.

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Electric Aircraft Symposium Slated For AirVenture 2010

GE Aviation Will Sponsor The Day-Long Event

A full-day World Symposium on Electric Aircraft has been scheduled for Friday, July 30, during AirVenture 2010 at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, WI. Sponsored by GE Aviation Systems, the symposium will feature several influential industry leaders discussing electric propulsion aircraft in an open forum.

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Going Green: NASA Seeks Eco-Friendly Aircraft Concepts

Designs To Focus On Large, Twin-Aisle Airliners

NASA is soliciting proposals for studies designed to identify advanced vehicle concepts and enabling technologies for commercial airliners to fly more economically, quieter and cleaner by 2025.

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NTSB: Cape Air Pilot In 2008 Accident Suffered Spatial Disorientation

Ferry Flight Conducted In Night IFR Conditions

A veteran Cape Air pilot whose Cessna 402 went down shortly after takeoff from Martha's Vineyard on September 26th, 2008, suffered from spacial disorientation causing him to lose control of the aircraft, according to the NTSB Probable Cause report. The pilot was fatally injured in the accident.

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VMGR-152 Home Following 6 Month Deployment In Afghanistan

"Sumos" Detachment Welcomed Home By Family, Friends, Comrades In Mid-May

A detachment of 42 Marines and one KC-130J aircraft with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, the “Sumos,” were welcomed home May 18 by family, friends and other Marines from the unit after returning from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.05.10)

"Today is a historic day for SpaceX.   For a brand-new rocket to accomplish this much on its first mission is truly impressive, given the historical difficulties of first flights." Source: Bretton Alexander, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.05.10): Static Test

Firing a rocket motor in a restrained, protected area for purposes of recording chamber pressure, thrust, wall temperature, plume characteristics, burning duration, etc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.05.10)

Fun Places To Fly It's the weekend, and in many places the flying weather is pretty specatcular. Even dodging around the occasional rainshower can be a fun flying experience. But where to go? Here's a website that helps you find nearby "fun places to fly."

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