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June 09, 2013

Alaska Airlines, ALPA Tentatively Agree On Five-Year Pilot Contract

Package Includes Pay Raises, 'Quality Of Life' And 'Productivity' Improvements

Alaska Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association, International have reached tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for the carrier's 1,480 pilots.

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Medical Helo Down In Eastern Kentucky

All Three Aboard Fatally Injured In The Accident

An Air Evac medical helicopter went down Thursday in eastern Kentucky resulting in the fatal injury of the three people aboard the aircraft. There was no patient aboard at the time of the accident.

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Mitsubishi And Arianespace To Cooperate On Commercial Space Launches

MOU Signed At Japanese Prime Minister's Official Residence

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Arianespace S.A. have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pertaining primarily to implementation of joint proposals relating to commercial space rocket launches. An exchange of the MOU documents took place at the Japanese Prime Minister’s official residence.

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F-35A Completes 1st In-Flight Missile Launch

CTOL Variant Fired An AIM-120 Over The Pacific Ocean

A CTOL F-35A completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 over the Point Mugu Sea Test Range, June 5. It was the first launch where the F-35 and AIM-120 demonstrated a successful launch-to-eject communications sequence and fired the rocket motor after launch -- paving the way for targeted launches in support of the Block 2B fleet release capability later this year.

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High School Seniors Shown The 'Ups And Downs' Of Advanced Aircraft Design

Fly RC Aircraft Of Their Own Design As Part Of NGC Mentoring Program

Remotely controlled aircraft designed by high school seniors took to the air for the first time in the culmination of a mentoring program sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The flight demonstrations, conducted during the last week of May, served as the "final exam" of a four-month curriculum in aircraft development to encourage students to consider careers in engineering.

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Training Air Wing TWO Marks 700,000 Flight Hours In T-45 Goshawk

Milestone Reached During Change Of Command Ceremony May 31

Training Air Wing TWO (TW-2) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville marked its 700,000th training hour in the T-45 'Goshawk' aircraft May 31. They reached the milestone during an in-flight change of command ceremony for the VT-22 Reserve Squadron (VT-22R), with Marine Lt. Col. Barry Dowell turning over command of the squadron to Navy Cmdr. Gary Huss.

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NASA's Hubble Maps 3-D Structure Of Ejected Material Around Erupting Star

Rare Opportunity To Capture Images From Double-Star System T Pyx

A flash of light from a stellar outburst has provided a rare look at the 3-D structure of material ejected by an erupting nova. Astronomers used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to observe the light emitted by the close double-star system T Pyxidis, or T Pyx, a recurring nova, during its latest outburst in April 2011.

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Sikorsky Airport Mentioned In $400,000 Driveway Kerfuffle

Neighbors Want 1,000 Foot Private Driveway Removed

Manuel "Manny" Moutinho's driveway leading to what is described as a million-dollar home used to be made of dirt ... and went across land owned by Sikorsky Memorial Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.09.13): Diablo Winds

Diablo Winds Dry winds in the Diablo mountain range in central California that can exceed 60 miles per hour. Similar to the Santa Ana winds, they develop as the wind flows from high pressure over Nevada to lower pressure along the central California coast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.09.13)

Aero Linx: Yosemite Hang Gliding Association The Yosemite Hang Gliding Association is a chapter of the United States Hang Gliding Association chartered for the purpose of administrating Hang Gliding activities at Yosemite National Park. There is no other place quite like Yosemite and is there is no other view of Yosemite quite like that from a Hang Glider. Imagine launching from 7214 feet and soaring around mountain peaks that tower thousands of feet over your head and then aiming for a grassy meadow in the valley. The air is clean and brisk, the view is one of the best in the world, the flight time is long and you are hanging out with good friends. It can't get much better than this.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.09.13)

"Strong winds don't provide the best environment for stable flight, but these students were well prepared for the challenge. They learned the principles of what makes aircraft fly – lift, weight, thrust and drag – and put that knowledge to work." Source: Rudy Loera, coordinator of the aircraft design program and integration manager for Northrop Grumman's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System program, discussing the finer points of remotely controlled aircraft designed by high school seniors that took to the air for the first time in the culmination of a mentoring program sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The flight demonstrations, conducted during the last week of May, served as the "final exam" of a four-month curriculum i

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