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Randy Babbitt, Deborah Hersman and Ed Bolen to Open 13th Annual Bombardier Safety Standdown

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The 13th edition of Safety Standdown, Bombardier’s industry leading safety seminar, sees its return to Wichita, Kansas at the Hyatt Regency Wichita from September 28 to October 1. Federal Aviation Agency administrator Randy Babbitt, National Transportation Safety Board chairman Deborah Hersman, and National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen will deliver opening remarks at this year’s fully booked event.

Under the new banner “Knowledge Ace”, the seminar offers three full days of lectures and one day of practical training workshops. New on this year’s agenda are: Smart Pilot workshop, TERPS/Runway Analysis workshop, and Mind and Body Wellness – a workshop examining cardiovascular risk factors among pilots and crew.

“Safety Standdown is designed to challenge pilots and crew to expand their understanding of the human factors involved in aviation accidents. Knowledge Ace refers to the concept of using the acquired information to minimize the possibility of human error,” said Rick Rowe, chief pilot, Learjet. “Knowledge-based training integrated with skill-based training is our greatest defense against error, bridging the gap between what the industry gets and what it needs. It is the goal of Safety Standdown for our presenters, the subject matter experts, to share their varied knowledge with as many aviation professionals as we can reach worldwide.”

Return presenters include industry and safety experts such as: Captain Gene Cernan, United States Navy (ret.); Commander Apollo 17, Dr. Mark Rosekind, President and Chief Scientist, Alertness Solutions; Dr. Tony Kern, CEO and Senior Partner, Convergent Performance; Sean Roberts, Director, National Test Pilot School; and John Nance, Author and ABC News Aerospace Analyst.

Safety Standdown and Safety Standdown Europe are organized annually in partnership with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The seminar is offered at no charge to all aviation professionals regardless of the type of aircraft they fly.

As of June 2009, over 3,500 pilots, crewmembers, safety specialists and industry officials had graduated from Safety Standdown.

For more information on Safety Standdown please visit: www.safetystanddown.com.

NASA Invites News Media to Ames for LCROSS Impact Events

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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing
Satellite mission, known as LCROSS, will culminate with two lunar
impacts at approximately 4:30 a.m. PDT on Oct. 9. The mission will
search for water ice in the Cabeus A crater near the moon’s south
pole. Reporters are invited to observe the event and participate in
pre-impact and post-impact media briefings Oct. 9 at NASA’s Ames
Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.

The deadline for U.S. reporters to apply for accreditation is Monday,
Oct. 5. International journalists planning to cover the LCROSS
impacts from Ames must apply for accreditation no later than Friday,
Sept. 25. Media representatives applying for credentials should
submit requests to:


Journalists should confirm they have been accredited before they
travel. No substitution of credentials is allowed at any NASA

Once approved, two forms of government-issued identification, one with
a photo, will be required to receive an access badge for Ames to
cover the pre- impact media briefing, impact event and post-impact
conference. For further information about accreditation, contact
Jonas Dino at 650-604-5612.

For more information about the LCROSS mission, visit:


NASA Assigns Crew for Final Scheduled Space Shuttle Mission

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WASHINGTON — NASA has assigned the crew for the last scheduled space
shuttle mission, targeted to launch in September 2010. The flight to
the International Space Station will carry a pressurized logistics
module to the station.

Veteran shuttle commander and retired Air Force Col. Steven W. Lindsey
will command the eight-day mission, designated STS-133. Air Force
Col. Eric A. Boe will serve as the pilot; it will be his second
flight as a shuttle pilot. Mission Specialists are shuttle mission
veteran Air Force Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr., and long-duration
spaceflight veterans Michael R. Barratt, Army Col. Timothy L. Kopra
and Nicole P. Stott.

Lindsey will be making his fifth shuttle flight. He served as the
pilot of STS-87 in 1997 and STS-95 in 1998, and commanded STS-104 in
2001 and STS-121 in 2006. Lindsey was born in Arcadia, Calif., and
considers Temple City, Calif., to be his hometown. He has a
bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s
degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Lindsey currently is chief of the Astronaut Office. Long-duration
spaceflight veteran and former space station commander Peggy A.
Whitson has been named his successor when Lindsey transitions in
October to training for his spaceflight. Whitson was a flight
engineer aboard the station during Expedition 5 in 2002 and the
commander of Expedition 16 in 2007 to 2008.

Boe will be making his second shuttle flight. He was the pilot of
STS-126 in 2008. He was born in Miami and grew up in Atlanta. Boe has
a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s
degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Drew flew as a mission specialist on STS-118 in 2007 and is currently
the director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
in Star City, Russia. He was born in Washington, D.C. Drew has two
bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from the U.S. Air Force
Academy and a master’s degree from Embry Riddle University.

Barratt, a medical doctor, currently is on his first mission, aboard
the space station as a flight engineer for Expeditions 19 and 20. He
launched to the station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft March 26 and is
due to return to Earth on the same Soyuz Oct. 11. Barratt was born in
Vancouver, Wash., and considers Camas, Wash., his hometown. He has a
bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master’s
degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a doctorate
of medicine from Northwestern University.

Kopra just completed his first spaceflight, as a flight engineer
aboard the space station for Expedition 20. He launched July 15 on
shuttle mission STS-127 and landed aboard shuttle mission STS-128 on
Sept. 11. Kopra was born in Austin, Texas. He has a bachelor’s degree
from the U.S. Military Academy, and master’s degrees from the Georgia
Institute of Technology and the U.S. Army War College.

Stott is in the midst of her first mission as a flight engineer aboard
the station with Barratt for Expeditions 20 and 21. She launched
aboard STS-128 on Aug. 28 and is due to return at the end of STS-129,
targeted for launch Nov. 12. She was born in Albany, N.Y., and
considers Clearwater, Fla., her hometown. She has a bachelor’s degree
from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree from
the University of Central Florida.

For complete astronaut biographical information, visit:


Video of the STS-133 crew members will air on NASA Television’s Video
File. For downlink and scheduling information and links to streaming
video, visit:


For more information about NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, visit:


U.S. and France Sign Agreements for Civil Space Cooperation

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WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and French Space
Agency President Yannick d’Escatha signed four agreements in support
of U.S. and French space cooperation during a ceremony Thursday at
NASA Headquarters in Washington.

“The French Space Agency has a long history of participating with NASA
in Earth and space science missions,” Bolden said. “I am pleased to
see this cooperation expand as we look to further engage the
international community in exploring space.”

The Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, or CNES, is the French
government agency responsible for shaping and implementing the
country’s space policy in Europe. It was founded in 1961 and
headquartered in Paris. The CNES mission is to invent future space
systems, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s
independent access to space.

The agreements involve missions in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
in Washington. They are:

A Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission scheduled to launch
in 2013. This NASA-led project will provide the first direct
measurements to address key scientific questions about the evolution
of the red planet. CNES will provide the Solar Wind Electron Analyzer
sensor to measure solar wind and ionospheric electrons.

A Magnetospheric MultiScale mission scheduled to launch in 2014. This
is a NASA-led, four spacecraft project. It will make measurements to
help explain the fundamental physical processes involved with
magnetic reconnection, particle acceleration and turbulence on both
the micro and meso scales in the Earth’s magnetosphere. CNES will
provide portions of the instrument suite for the investigation.

A Convection Rotation and Planetary Transits mission launched in
December 2006. The project is led by CNES in conjunction with the
European Space Agency and other international partners. The agreement
involves participation by U.S. scientists in the data analysis of
planetary observations in return for NASA time for follow-up ground
observations by the Keck telescope in Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

A Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission for the study and
definition of potential cooperation on this Earth Science Decadal
Survey mission. The project could give scientists the first
comprehensive view of Earth’s freshwater bodies from space and more
detailed measurements of the ocean surface than ever before, thereby
enabling improved water management and climate predictions.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate engages the nation’s science
community, sponsors scientific research and develops and deploys
satellites and probes in collaboration with NASA’s international
partners to answer fundamental questions requiring a view from and
into space.

The directorate studies Earth as a planet, explores the planetary
bodies of our solar system, studies the sun and its influence
throughout the solar system, and scans the universe to gauge its
expanse while searching for Earth-like planets.

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:


Another Steep RASM Drop Looms For American

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By Adrian Schofield

American expects to report a large year-on-year unit revenue decline in the third quarter, although the drop is not quite as steep as it saw in the second quarter….

Another Steep RASM Drop Looms For American

Pratt Finds Probable Cause Of F135 Failure

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By Graham Warwick

Pratt & Whitney says the “probable cause” of fan-blade damage during ground testing of the F135 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was a worn bushing — a part in the fan inlet case — causing an aerodynamic disturbance that led to a piece of the tip of a first-stage fan blade breaking off….

Pratt Finds Probable Cause Of F135 Failure

BA, Qantas Try Keeping JAL In Oneworld

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Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com

Key partners of Japan Airlines in the oneworld alliance are moving to counter Delta’s attempt to lure the giant Asian carrier across to the Skyteam alliance….

BA, Qantas Try Keeping JAL In Oneworld

USAF Readies For Multiple Launches

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Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.com

The U.S. Air Force is about to enter the most intense period of fielding new space systems since the height of the Cold War almost 50 years ago, says Space and Missile Systems Center commander, Lt. Gen. John Sheridan….
USAF Readies For Multiple Launches

Cessna Flies Shenyang-Built Skycatcher

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Kerry Lynch

Cessna yesterday flew the first production Model 162 Skycatcher light sport aircraft (LSA) to be built at the Shenyang Aircraft Company (SAC) factory in Shenyang, China. Cessna teamed with SAC to build and assemble the aircraft at the northeast China location. SAC also will integrate the engine and avionics before shipping the aircraft to the U.S. for reassembly at three Cessna regional locations. The initial Skycatchers were built and tested in the U.S….
Cessna Flies Shenyang-Built Skycatcher