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February 16, 2013

FAA Announces RFP For Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Test Sites

Agency Expects To Select Six Sites By The End Of This Year

The FAA has begun to solicit proposals from state and local governments, eligible universities and other public entities to develop six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. Through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Congress directed the FAA to establish this program to conduct critical research into how best to safely integrate UAS systems into the national airspace over the next several years and what certification and navigation requirements will need to be established.

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NASA Targets March 1 Launch For Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission

Liftoff Planned For 1010 EST From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station In Florida

NASA and its international partners are targeting Friday, March 1, as the launch date for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Launch is scheduled for 1010 EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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A4A Commends ICAO Committee On Environmental Work

Panel Establishes Noise, CO2 Emission Standards For New Aircraft

Airline industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) commended the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) for its development of a new aircraft noise standard and for reaching the second of three milestones in the development of a first-of-its-kind carbon dioxide (CO2) standard for new aircraft in a statement released Thursday.

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Eagle Pilots, US Airways FAs Comment on AAL-LCC Merger Announcement

Both Say They Look Forward To Moving Ahead In A Combined Company

The pilots flying for American Eagle and flight attendants working on US Airways airplanes both have expressed optimism about the future of the combined airlines.

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PA Governor Corbett Announces State Investment At 10 Airports

Funds Earmarked For Safety Enhancements, Other Improvements

A $10 million state investment will fund important projects at 10 airports across Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett said Thursday.

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Cape Air Appoints New President

Linda Markham Will Be The Only Female President Of A North American Airline

Cape Air's Board of Directors has appointed Linda Markham as President and Chief Administrative Officer effective March 18, 2013. Preceding President and Chief Operating Officer, Dave Bushy, announced his retirement in January.

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NASA Awards Final Space Launch System Advanced Booster Contract

Aerojet Awarded $23.3 Million To Develop Engineering Demos

NASA has selected Aerojet of Sacramento, CA, for a $23.3 million contract to develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for future advanced boosters for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS).

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ICAS Says Don't Give Up On Military Jet Demonstration Teams

Sequestration May Not Prevent Acts Like The Blue Angels From Appearing At Air Shows

There have been many stories, some of them reported here on ANN, that the Blue Angels’ 2013 air show season may be in jeopardy if the federal government does not take action to avoid mandatory budget cuts. If these cuts are allowed to be made, they will impact not just the Blue Angels, but all aspects of the U.S.  ICAS says these cuts may have a significant impact on the entire U.S. air show community, so it’s important that its members familiarize themselves with the evolution and newest developments in this crisis.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.16.13)

“We expect to learn how unmanned aircraft systems operate in different environments and how they will impact air traffic operations.” Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.13): Fix

A geographical position determined by visual reference to the surface, by reference to one or more radio NAVAIDs, by celestial plotting, or by another navigational device.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.13)

Launch Into Aerospace

Considering a career in the US aerospace industry? There are exciting opportunities available for young people to become part of an industry where entrepreneurs have challenged the conventional ever since humans first aspired to take to the skies and soar upward.

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