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February 19, 2011

NBAA Applauds Senate Passage Of FAA Reauthorization Bill

Bill Increases Fuel Taxes In Lieu Of User Fees

The NBAA welcomed Thursday's passage of a reauthorization package for the FAA by the full U.S. Senate, which supports continued aviation system modernization.

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Google Lunar X PRIZE Roster Of Teams Set

Twenty-Nine Teams Have Qualified To Compete In The $30 Million Race To The Moon

The X PRIZE Foundation announced the official roster of 29 registered teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE on Thursday.

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GAMA Underscores Importance Of Unleaded Avgas, Nextgen Research

Bunce: New Fuel Should Be Part Part Of FAA's R&D Budget

Speaking before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics at a hearing on FAA research and development (R&D) programs held this week, GAMA President and CEO, Pete Bunce emphasized the importance of several critical research programs that advance general aviation manufacturing.

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First Operational Orbital Manned Commercial Spacecraft Could Fly By 2012

"Eclipse" Spacecraft Called "Another Milestone For America's Rocket City"

Space Operations announced plans today to build a two-seat manned orbital spacecraft for commercial and government use. The company plans a test launch on February 20, 2012, with a regular flight schedule beginning in late 2012 or early 2013.

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ATA Praises Senate On Passage Of FAA Reauthorization Bill

Measure Furthers NextGen, May Create Thousands Of U.S. Jobs

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) congratulated Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison and the Senate for passage of the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (S.223).

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Adjustments Put F-35 On Track, Program Director Says

Deployment Now Targeted For FY2016

The Defense Department's joint strike fighter program is on track to field the F-35 Lightning II in fiscal 2016, the program's director Tuesday in Washington, DC.

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NATA Welcomes Senate Approval Of Two-Year FAA Reauthorization Legislation

Coyne: Bill Is "Important To The Aviation Industry"

A major topic of debate during the U.S. Senates consideration of S. 223, FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, was the controversial issue of allowing additional long-distance flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

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Pinnacle, Mesaba, Colgan Pilots Approve ALPA Contract

Single Contract Covers All Three Regional Carriers

Pilots for Pinnacle Airlines have ratified a collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).  The single contract covers pilots at all three of Pinnacle's operating subsidiaries – Pinnacle Airlines, Inc.; Mesaba Aviation, Inc.; and Colgan Air, Inc. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.19.11)

"We have no doubts that achieving fairly high rates of production is obtainable, but it's going to take some discipline on the way." Source: Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet, F-35 Program Manager. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.11): Specific Energy

Total mechanical energy per pound. Can be loosely described as an airplane's total energy resulting from airspeed and altitude.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.11)

The Ornithopter Zone

It's amazing, but it's true! An ornithopter is a device that flies by flapping its wings - just like a real bird or insect!

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