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September 16, 2013

CSeries First Flight Complete

Bombardier's New Airplane Finally Off The Ground

The first flight of Bombardier's CSeries airplane got underway about 0950 EDT Monday from Mirabel International Airport in Montreal, Canada.

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Top Canadian Awards Go To Six Women In Aviation And Aerospace

Northern Lights Award Foundation Celebrates Achievements Of Women In Aviation And Aerospace

Recently retired Commander of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Lt.-Col Maryse Carmichael, will be one of six women honored at the fifth annual Northern Lights Award Foundation Gala on September 27, 2013 in Toronto.

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Canadian Government Considers Scrapping Current Sea King Replacement Program

More Than A Billion Dollars Spent And No Aircraft To Show For It

A legal battle may be brewing between the Canadian government and Sikorsky over the replacement to the country's aging Sea King helicopter fleet. Sikorsky is the latest company to work with Canada on a replacement for the 50-year-old helos still in service with their military.

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RAAF Gifts F-111C Jet To Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Of The Seven Jets Released To Civilian Institutions, This Is The Only One Given Outside Australia

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor recently welcomed the General Dynamics F-111C jet (serial number A8-130) to its collection of vintage and high performance aircraft. A gift from the Royal Australian Air Force, the jet is one of seven airframes being released to civilian institutions, the only one being gifted outright, and the only one being given outside Australia.

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USAF C-17 Production Contract Ends With 223rd Delivery

Employees Continue To Build Airlifter For Global Customers, Sustainment Work Ongoing

Boeing delivered the 223rd and final U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter Wednesday, fulfilling the production contract more than 20 years after the first delivery. The aircraft left Boeing’s Long Beach, CA facility to fly to its assignment at Joint Base Charleston, SC, where a ceremony marked its arrival.

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A4A 'Hopeful' For Progress On Emissions Agreement

Issue Will Be Discussed At Upcoming IACO Assembly Later This Month

One of the largest trade groups representing the U.S. airline industry says it is "hopeful" that progress can be made on emissions rules for airlines at the upcoming ICAO assembly, planned for later this month in Canada.

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Old Bird Gets New Mission: AH-1F Cobra Restored

Fort Cambell Soldiers Restore The Vietnam-Era Helo For The Base Museum

Soldiers from Company B, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) – OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter mechanics and OH-58D armament-electrician-and-avionics technician specialists – recently began the process of refurbishing an AH-1F Cobra at Fort Campbell, Ky. After cleaning, repainting and reassembling the helicopter, it is set to go on display in front of the Don F. Pratt Museum at Fort Campbell, joining many others on display across from the museum.

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Gogo Announces New In-Flight Internet Technology For North America

New Service Expected To Increase Speeds To More Than Six Times Current Performance

Gogo has rolled out what it says is the next step in its technology roadmap, which will be capable of delivering more than 60 Mbps to the aircraft. The new service - called Gogo GTO, or Ground to Orbit – is a proprietary hybrid technology that combines the best aspects of existing satellite technologies with Gogo's Air to Ground (ATG) cellular network. 

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Boeing To Highlight Innovative Capabilities For USAF At AFA Technology Expo

Will Feature Aircraft, Weapons, Communications Systems

Boeing will showcase capabilities that meet the needs of the U.S. Air Force during the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference & Technology Exposition, held Sept. 16-18 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland.

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First GE H80-Powered Thrush 510G Aircraft Delivered To Beidahuang GA

Chinese Firm Has Ordered 20 Of The Agplanes

Beidahuang General Aviation Company received its first six H80 powered Thrush 510G aircraft on September 6. Beidahuang General Aviation Company, a subsidiary of the Chinese-state-owned-enterprise Beidahuang Group ordered 20 Thrush 510G aircraft powered by GE’s H80 turboprop engines in 2012.

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UK Military Helicopter Support Contract Awarded

The MOD Has Awarded A Contract To Rolls Royce Turboceca For Engine Maintenance For Two Of The UK's Military Helicopter Fleets

The 6-year agreement with Rolls-Royce Turbomeca will deliver essential support for the Army’s Apaches and the Merlin helicopters used by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. The new contract will deliver savings of more than £300 million ($474.5 million) compared to previous arrangements. Both the Apaches and the Merlins, which operate around the world and have had extensive service in Afghanistan, are powered by the same RTM322 engines.

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Google Founders Lose Pentagon Jet Fuel Subsidy

Company Had Been Buying Discount Fuel From The Military Since 2007

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will find the cost of flying their fleet of corporate jets and helicopters to be more expensive after a deal that allowed them to buy deeply-discounted fuel from the Pentagon expired August 31.

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Klyde Morris (09.16.13)

Klyde v The Space Frog


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Voyager 1 Crosses Into Interstellar Space

Leaves The Solar System After Traveling 12 Billion Miles In 36 Years

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles from our sun.

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Wright Brothers Airplane Factory Site Gets Redevelopment Money

Loan Approved By The Ohio Water Development Authority For Environmental Remediation

The Ohio Water Development Authority has approved a $350,000 loan for the environmental remediation of the Dayton Aviation Heritage property ... the site where the Wright Brothers opened the world's first airplane factory in 1910.

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CAF Announces AirPower Expo In McKinney

The Texas City Will Be Host To An Unprecedented Collection Of Historic World War II Aircraft On October 3–6

The City of McKinney, Texas will be host to an unprecedented collection of historic World War II aircraft on October 3-6 when the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic B-29 Superfortress FIFI – the only flying B-29 in the world – visits Collin County Regional Airport. She will be accompanied by an array of equally rare aircraft.

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Flight Training School Named In Lawsuit Following Mid-Air Collision

Pilot Of The Second Plane Also Named As A Defendant

The family of a man who was fatally injured in a mid-air collision near Calabasas, CA earlier this year has filed lawsuits against American Flyers flight school and one of its instructors.

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NASA Camera Catches Flying Frog At LADEE Launch

Photo Shows Airborne Amphibian As Minotaur Boosts Probe To The Moon

The camera was triggered by sound. The flight of the hapless frog appears to have been triggered by the blast from the engines that were boosting the LADEE lunar atmospheric probe to the moon.

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Crossville Memorial Airport To Host Fly-In September 28

Static Displays Will Include Cobra Attack Helicopter, F-4U Corsair

An open house and fly-in will be held at Crossville Memorial Airport (KSCV) in Crossville, TN on September 28.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.16.13)

Aero Linx: Montana Aerospace Development Association (MADA) The primary purpose of the Montana Aerospace Development Association (MADA) is to encourage and promote the economic development of aerospace technology-related industry throughout Montana´s private sector. MADA will accomplish this goal by building on existing aerospace technology activities in the state and growing business in new cutting-edge technology industries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.13): Aurora

Aurora It is created by the radiant energy emission from the sun and its interaction with the earth's upper atmosphere over the middle and high latitudes. It is seen as a bright display of constantly changing light near the magnetic poles of each hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is known as the aurora borealis or Northern Lights, and in the Southern Hemisphere, this phenomena is called the aurora australis.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.16.13)

"A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain." Source: From a NASA statement about a hapless frog that got a little TOO close to the recent launch of the Luna-Bound LADEE. 

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