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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental receives FAA approval for 330-minute ETOPS

Posted March 18, 2015 by

Boeing has received 330-minute Extended Operations approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the first time a four-engine airplane has received this type of design approval. With this approval, required for four-engine passenger airplanes built after Feb. 2015 to fly beyond 180 minutes from an en-route alternate airport,…

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Predator B achieves one million flight hours

Posted March 18, 2015 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced March 16 that its PredatorÆ B/MQ-9 ReaperÆ RPA fleet has achieved a historic milestone of one million cumulative flight hours, with almost 90-percent of all missions flown in combat. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. Additionally, GA-ASI…

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Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Posted March 18, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games. Applications can be completed online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov, and will be accepted through May 15. Veterans ages 55 and older who are enrolled for VA care are eligible to participate. The 2015 National Veterans…

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Shape-changing flap project meets first milestone

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NASA photograph by Jim Ross The ACTE project is a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to explore technologies that will significantly reduce drag, structural weight, and aircraft noise. The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project achieved a major milestone at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Feb. 18, when the modified…

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NASA spacecraft detects aurora, mysterious dust cloud around Mars

Posted March 18, 2015 by

University of Colorado image Artistís conception of MAVENís Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observing the ìChristmas Lights Aurora” on Mars. MAVEN observations show that aurora on Mars is similar to Earthís “Northern Lights” but has a different origin. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained…

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Report details causes of December mid-air collision at Pope

Posted March 18, 2015 by

Air Mobility Command released the results of its accident investigation board regarding a Dec. 1, 2014, mid-air collision near Pope Army Airfield and Fort Bragg, N.C. A C-130 Hercules assigned to Air Force Reserve Commandís 440th Airlift Wing, and a C-27J assigned to the Army Special Operations Command Flight Company, both at Pope AAF, collided…

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Machinists seek union vote; Boeing opposes move at SC plant

Posted March 18, 2015 by Bruce Smith

The Machinists union March 16 asked for an election so about 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation. The aeronautics giant immediately responded that a union is not in the best interests of the company, the workers or the state. Union spokesman Frank Larkin said that the Machinists…

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News Briefs March 16, 2015

Posted March 16, 2015 by

Venezuela conducts military exercises, citing U.S. threat Venezuelan soldiers are starting 10 days of military exercises that the president of the socialist-governed South American country says are needed to protect against a looming threat from the U.S. Nearly 100,000 members of the Venezuelan armed forces began conducting exercises at points all over country March 14….

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UTC to explore strategic alternatives for Sikorsky aircraft business

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United Technologies Corp. announced March 11 that its board of directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation’s Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. “As part of the portfolio review announced last December, we are exploring strategic options for Sikorsky to determine the best way to enhance its long-term success…

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Directive opens 4,100 special ops positions to women

Posted March 16, 2015 by David Vergun

Army photograph Then-Maj. Michele P. Harper, a pilot with the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade, out of Morrisville, N.C., prepares for takeoff. At then time, Harper, a Hendersonville, N.C., native was the only female Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the North Carolina Army National Guard. A directive signed by Army Secretary John M. McHugh, Feb. 25,…

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