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August 08, 2010

NASA: Next Spacewalk No Earlier Than Wednesday

Near Record Spacewalk Was NO Walk In The Park... 

The next spacewalk to complete the removal of a failed ammonia pump module and installation and activation of a new pump module on the International Space Station’s S1 Truss will take place no earlier than Wednesday.

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NTSB Asks EASA To Update Cert Standards, Voices Concerns Over Airbus Safety

NTSB Suspects Problems in Airbus 300 Series Airplanes

The controversy continues over the airworthiness of the Airbus 300 series airplane's vertical stabilizer and rudder design. With this concern specifically noted, the NTSB has issued Safety Recommendation A-10-119 and -120 and Reiteration of NTSB Safety Recommendation A-04-63.

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NTSB Prelim: Comp Air Turboprop Flown By Pilot With Minimal Time In Type

High-Performance Experimental Turbine Goes Down After Balked Landing

No matter the sum of one's experience, there is no substitute for having 'time in type.' In the case of a recent fatal Comp Air 8 Turboprop taildragger accident, the ferry pilot had a fair amount of PIC time overall, but a comparatively short amount of time in type... and with a machine like the CA8, with a significant power to weight ratio, knowing the bird is a big deal when it comes to correcting a bad situation like a balked landing.

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NASA Seeks Data from 'Innovative Lunar Demonstrations'

More Moon Bucks Possible Via NASA

In annnouncement that could conceivably double the value of programs like the Google Lunar XPrize, NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to purchase specific data resulting from industry efforts to test and verify vehicle capabilities through demonstrations of small robotic landers. The purpose is to inform the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles.

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Just What We (Really) Needed -- Blue Grass Airport Opens New GA Runway

Celebrates With a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Now... here's a cause for celebration... a brand new GA runway! This week, Blue Grass Airport officials were joined by Governor Steve Beshear, Mayor Jim Newberry, Kentucky Department of Aviation Commissioner R. Winn Turney and FAA Administrator Doug Martin for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the airport's new crosswind runway, Runway 9-27.

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Father, Daughter Share 'Herk' Heritage

Tell The Truth... Does The C-130 Suggest "Family" To You?

While many daughters may share similar interests with their fathers, one NCO has related the challenges of her job with an understanding dad. He's been there and done that. When retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Class William Seibt learned that his daughter, Jennifer, was going to be promoted from technical sergeant to master sergeant July 30, he made the trip from Hillsboro, Ore., to Cannon Air Force Base to share the event with her.

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Wings Over Houston Airshow Takes To The Skies October 23 And 24th

Mark Your Calendars -- It Sounds Like A Heck Of A Show....

ANN is told that the 26th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow will take flight Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24 at Ellington Airport with 'thrilling aerial performances, aerobatics and demonstrations' (but... ain't they all???). The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will perform in the F-16C Fighting Falcon Block 52 aircraft.

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AFA Awards Outstanding CAP, JROTC and ROTC Cadets

The Air Force Association (AFA) has announced their 2010 awards for outstanding cadets from Civil Air Patrol squadrons, ROTC detachments, and Junior ROTC high school units across the nation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.08.10): Delay Assignment (DAS)

Delay Assignment (DAS) Delays are distributed to aircraft based on the traffic management program parameters. The delay assignment is calculated in 15-minute increments and appears as a table in Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.08.10)

Aero-Linx: Galileo -- Journey To Jupiter The Galileo spacecraft's 14-year odyssey came to an end on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 when the spacecraft passed into Jupiter's shadow then disintegrated in the planet's dense atmosphere at 11:57 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The Deep Space Network tracking station in Goldstone, Calif., received the last signal at 12:43:14 PDT.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.08.10)

"Teams on the ground are evaluating the impact of the leak on plans to replace the failed pump, as well as possible fixes for the leak. The completion of the process will most likely require at least two additional spacewalks." Source: From a NASA statement following the first of several grueling spacewalks needed to fix ISS Cooling problems.

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