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October 25, 2015

NASA To Hold Workshop On First Human Landing Sites/Exploration Zones On Mars

Meeting To Take Place Later This Month In Houston

NASA's first Landing Sites/Exploration Zones Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. The agency is hosting the workshop to collect proposals for locations on Mars that would be of high scientific research value while also providing natural resources to enable human explorers to land, live and work safely on the Red Planet.

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USAF Contract Launches Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 Upgrade Into C-130 Fleet

Contract Valued At $36 Million

The US Air Force will begin updating its C-130 transport fleet with the Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade after awarding a $36 million contract.

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Airbus Group Announces CEO Succession For Its Defense And Space Division

Bernhard Gerwert To Retire In Mid-2016 After An Accomplished 36-Year Industry Career

Airbus Group SE has appointed Dirk Hoke (46) to succeed Bernhard Gerwert (62) as CEO of Airbus Defense and Space (DS) as of  1 April 2016.

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NASA's K2 Finds Dead Star Vaporizing A Mini-Planet

Small Body Being Ripped Apart By Intense Gravity And Vaporized By Starlight

Scientists using NASA’s repurposed Kepler space telescope, known as the K2 mission, have uncovered strong evidence of a tiny, rocky object being torn apart as it spirals around a white dwarf star. This discovery validates a long-held theory that white dwarfs are capable of cannibalizing possible remnant planets that have survived within its solar system.

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FLYHT Makes Changes To Executive Team

Tom Schmutz Named CEO; Bill Tempany Remains On Company Board

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has made changes to its executive management team. Mr. Tom Schmutz, MEng, MBA, has been appointed the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the corporation. Mr. Bill Tempany is retiring from his role as CEO, but will remain on the board of directors and has been appointed the chairman of the board. In addition, Mr. Matt Bradley has resigned from his position as president of the corporation to pursue new career opportunities.

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Gama Aviation Opens Unique New Base For NHS Scotland

First Time In The UK That All Services Will Operate From A Central Location

Aviation services company Gama Aviation has opened a new purpose built base at Glasgow airport to support its contract with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS).

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Airport Authority Breaks Ground On Geothermal Lake Plate Cooling System

When Completed, It Will Be The Largest Such System In North America

If you're flying in or out of Nashville International Airport, you're going to be seeing some interesting construction taking place east of Runway 2R/20L. In an innovative use of a former rock quarry, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) has broken ground on what will be the largest geothermal lake plate cooling system in North America. The historic sustainability project is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

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CAE, Líder Aviação Joint Venture Training Program To Expand

Adds AW139 Full-Flight Simulator

CAE and Lider Aviacao have announced the expansion of the joint venture training program between CAE and Lider with the purchase of a CAE 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS) replicating the AW139 aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.25.15): Fuel Remaining

Fuel Remaining A phrase used by either pilots or controllers when relating to the fuel remaining on board until actual fuel exhaustion. When transmitting such information in response to either a controller question or pilot initiated cautionary advisory to air traffic control, pilots will state the APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF MINUTES the flight can continue with the fuel remaining. All reserve fuel SHOULD BE INCLUDED in the time stated, as should an allowance for established fuel gauge system error.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.15)

Aero Linx: The North American Trainer Association (NATA) The North American Trainer Association (NATA) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the restoration and safe flying of North American Trainers such as the AT-6/SNJ/Harvard, NA-64, NA-50, TB-25, TF-51, AND T-28 aircraft. Membership currently includes the majority of owners of these aircraft in the USA (over 500 flyable T-6's the US), many Canadian owner/pilots as well as those from other countries, and photographers and historians. Membership is open to all enthusiasts.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.25.15)

“The T56 Series 3.5 technology has proven itself in challenging hurricane flight operations on NOAA aircraft and we are excited to launch the upgrades into the US Air Force C-130 fleet so they can achieve the same benefits. The improved fuel economy and enhanced performance demonstrate the value from the Series 3.5 upgrade – operators will benefit from lower operating costs and improved reliability.” Source: Phil Burkholder, Rolls-Royce, President - Defense Aerospace North America, commenting after the US Air Force decided to begin updating its C-130 transport fleet with the Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade after awarding a $36 million contract.

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