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November 24, 2009

The Logbook: Space for Rent…Literally

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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lb_1124_main• NASA will be holding a yard sale to offload a plethora of space-related items, ranging from Space Shuttle parts to yummy space food, and other memorabilia. Though the items are free, the buyers would need to pay for the preparation and shipment of the items, which will certainly cost a pretty penny. However, these items are only allowed to go to museums and related organizations, not to private citizens.

• Five members of the Italian Air Force died yesterday when a C-130J of theirs crashed in Pisa, Italy after a touch-and-go. The aircraft was their first in with the refueling modification.

• Baltia Air Lines, an operation that has been looking to begin flights between St. Petersburg, Russia and New York’s JFK, has obtained their first aircraft, a 747-200 from Logistic Air. The aircraft was paid for in full, and Baltia Air plans to make profit right from the gate (no pun) after they complete all necessary FAA requirements sometime in 2010.

• US Airways made some major adjustments by pushing back orders of 54 Airbus aircraft while they “bolster” their financial strength. This would affect a wide range of aircraft types, including Airbus A350s, pushing some to as late at 2017.

• Lufthansa says that issues at Airbus are causing the delay of their first Airbus A380’s delivery a few weeks longer than expected.

• Emirates will be starting Airbus A380 service between Dubai and Paris one month earlier than expected on December 29th.

• Airbus’s newest military aircraft, the A400M, has completed its first slow, 20-knot taxi test. They are expected to have the aircraft perform its first flight before the year’s end.

About the Author

Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



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  • Scott

    Nasa wont sell to private cititzens? What morons, bordering illeagle , We are the people that paid for those items, damned straight we should be able to buy them.