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Fast Five: Doug King, CEO, Epic Aircraft

Aviation Week - December 20, 2016 - 02:50
Doug King, CEO of Epic Aircraft, discusses his pursuit for FAA certification of an improved LT model, designated the E1000.

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Embraer Introduces Ace Package For Phenom 100 Upgrades

Aviation Week - August 28, 2016 - 11:49
Embraer Executive Jets is offering a new Phenom Ace enhancement package for Phenom 100 owners to bring new life to their very light jets. T

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Embraer Introduces Ace Package For Phenom 100 Upgrades

Aviation Week - August 28, 2016 - 11:49
Embraer Executive Jets is offering a new Phenom Ace enhancement package for Phenom 100 owners to bring new life to their very light jets. T

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Greenwich AeroGroup Divests Three Companies To Investment Firm

Aviation Week - August 27, 2016 - 11:12
Wichita-based Greenwich AeroGroup has sold Aero Precision Industries International, DAC International and NASAM to a fund managed by Odyssey Investment Partners.

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Greenwich AeroGroup Divests Three Companies To Investment Firm

Aviation Week - August 27, 2016 - 11:12
Wichita-based Greenwich AeroGroup has sold Aero Precision Industries International, DAC International and NASAM to a fund managed by Odyssey Investment Partners.

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Bombardier Working To Transfer Learjet Production Workers

Aviation Week - August 26, 2016 - 13:51
With continuing softness in the light jet market, Bombardier is working to transfer a “limited” number of Learjet 75 production workers here to other open positions at the site.

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Bombardier Working To Transfer Learjet Production Workers

Aviation Week - August 26, 2016 - 13:51
With continuing softness in the light jet market, Bombardier is working to transfer a “limited” number of Learjet 75 production workers here to other open positions at the site.

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Global Strategic Bomber Spending Growing 4%

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The global strategic bomber market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of close to 4% until 2020.

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SpeedNews Defense & Space

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NORTHROP GRUMMAN has $39.3m U.S. Air Force contract for Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Turret Research in ...

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Global Strategic Bomber Spending Growing 4%

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The global strategic bomber market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of close to 4% until 2020.

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NORTHROP GRUMMAN has $39.3m U.S. Air Force contract for Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Turret Research in ...

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Airline Snapshot: Spirit Airlines

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Airline Snapshot: Spirit Airlines

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The Rock is now the highest-paid actor in the world — here's who he beat out

Business Insider - 10 min 41 sec ago

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has powered his way to the top of the mountain. The action star is the world's highest-paid actor with $64.5 million earned in the past year, according to Forbes. 

Johnson, who more than doubled his earnings this year compared to 2015, starred opposite Kevin Hart in "Central Intelligence," the top comedy of 2016 with over $210 million worldwide at the box office.

He's currently starring in the HBO series "Ballers," with the Disney animated movie "Moana" coming up next for him in November. And he wraps shooting this year on films with big paydays, including "Fast 8" and the "Baywatch" movie. 

Coming in second place is Jackie Chan with $61 million, proving that the 62-year-old action star still packs a powerful punch in his native China. In third is Matt Damon with $55 million.

Last year's top earner, Robert Downey Jr., fell to eighth place with $33 million. That's a 59% drop. This is mainly because Mr. Iron Man had to split so much of the pie with the rest of the cast in this year's big Marvel hit, "Captain America: Civil War." 

Here are the top 10 earners of 2016.

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Granola bars aren't what you think they are, new lawsuits claim

Business Insider - 10 min 47 sec ago

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Can granola bars truly claim to contain "all-natural" oats if the oats contain a pesticide? 

Lawsuits filed Wednesday in New York, California, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. argue that because General Mills' Nature Valley granola bars contain small amounts of pesticide, the bar's "100%-natural" claims dupe customers, Bloomberg reports

According to the complaints, Nature Valley products such as Crunchy Oats & Honey and Sweet & Salty Nut granola bars that say they're made with "100% natural whole grain oats," actually contain a small amount of the pesticide glyphosate.

The amount of the pesticide present is well below the legal limit in the US. The problem, the lawsuits argue, is that if the company wants to claim its products are 100% natural, they shouldn't contain any pesticides at all. 

Last year, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a "probable" carcinogen, resulting in renewed focus on the potential health risks of the chemical in food. However, a report by WHO released earlier this year stated that it was unlikely that the pesticide would negatively impact people consuming it small amounts as part of their normal diets.  

In May, a similar lawsuit was filed against The Quaker Oats Company. The other lawsuit, which Bloomberg reports was brought by some of the same attorneys as the General Mills suits, argued that because testing of Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute reportedly found traces of glyphosate, the company could not use the "100% natural" label. 

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A Damn Gorgeous Poem About Passing Feminism Onto Our Daughters

Huffington Post - 13 min 25 sec ago



A stunning new slam poem, “Mom,” by Alyesha Wise and Aman Batra explores the complicated relationship between mother and daughter ― and what feminist motherhood can actually look like. 


“If my daughter is anything like me, raising her will not be an easy task,” they say in unison, before listing the ways in which their mothers ― bound to outdated patriarchal standards ― failed them. 


“We didn’t have conversations about sex, or my first kiss,” they say, before Batra shares the way her mother shamed her after being sexually assaulted: “When I told my mom about the second time I was raped, on my 21st birthday six shots of liquor in, she hugged me tight and said, ‘This is why you shouldn’t drink.’” 


The two women make an incredibly powerful case for raising feminist daughters. “I will teach her that... nothing about her will never be too much, too loud, too feminine, too masculine, too whatever the fuck,” they say.





Here’s to badass feminist daughters: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. 

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What's Working: Setting Goals For Success

Huffington Post - 13 min 55 sec ago
Over the next few weeks, millions of children across the country will spontaneously take part in a quiet, private ritual. Just before bedtime on their last night of summer vacation these students, like generations before them, will carefully select and lay out their first-day-of-school outfit.

Whether a student is laying out a school uniform, the latest in brand-name gear, or simply a clean set of clothes, this simple act is full of meaning. Because in the care with which they choose that first outfit, and in the symbolism of arranging it--just so--students capture the excitement of the Back to School season; the anticipation of what the new school year will hold; and the planning required for a successful year ahead.

Planning is good, but of course there are plans to enact and goals to set that are far more central to students' success in school than the clothes they wear.

That's why over the next two weeks, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is celebrating the Back to School season by highlighting powerful examples of the thoughtful planning, the intensive collaboration, and the ambitious goal-setting that parents, teachers, and communities are undertaking this school year to set students on the path toward real and lasting success.

Working toward shared goals - in the classroom, at the kitchen table, and in our communities - is critical to making education a bridge to opportunity for students. For too many, and particularly for low-income students and students of color, that bridge has become too narrow, too hard to navigate, with a toll that is too high for too many. Back to School is a chance to remind ourselves that in order to make that bridge accessible for everyone, we need goals to help get us there.

Here's an example of what I mean: At Lindsay Unified, a school district in California's Central Valley, they are doing important work to create shared goals and a shared vision for students' success in the classroom. In Lindsay, where over 80 percent of students qualify for free and reduced priced lunch and over half are English language learners, the school system uses a model that provides custom learning paths for every student.

Instead of trying to force every student to learn at the same rate, Lindsay lets students advance to the next level of learning when they master specific content, regardless of their age or the time of year. Being clear about individual learning goals, and giving teachers the right tools to help them tailor instruction for students, helps students "own" their learning and make progress. The video of Laura, below, is just one example of how students are making powerful results they can proud of:



Another example is the extensive collaboration around goal setting being facilitated by our partners like Learning Heroes (whose mission is to equip parents to support their children's success). Working with community partners like Chicago Public Schools, the League of United Latin American Citizens, National Urban League, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership, and the National Council of La Raza, Learning Heroes is helping to convene "kitchen table" events to help parents understand the learning goals their child should be reaching at each grade level, as well as how to understand the assessment scores that show where their child is making progress or needs more support.

Learning Heroes has also compiled an online, interactive set of "Super 5" steps parents can take to champion their children's academic success, as well as their social and emotional health, both in and out of the classroom - a helpful resource as parents meet with teachers for Back to School meetings.

Communities are also doing vital work to set and achieve shared goals for student success, like the Chattanooga 2.0 initiative in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Four out of ten students there currently live in poverty, but there is also growing economic opportunity -- with nearly 10,000 new jobs that pay a living wage (around $35K a year) expected to come to Hamilton County over the next few years, due to rapid expansion in automotive manufacturing and other advanced industries. Eighty percent of these jobs will require a postsecondary certificate or degree, so a coalition of community partners including the Benwood Foundation, Public Education Foundation, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton County Department of Education, came together to create a strategy to improve education outcomes and workforce development in this changing economy.

Business partners, faith groups, educators and other key stakeholders in the community collectively agreed to adopt a shared goal of having 75 percent of Hamilton County residents earn postsecondary credentials by 2025. They also included participants from early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary sectors to engage in a 100-day planning process so that the work connects across the education continuum.

None of the work described above is simple or easy - and there will always be bumps in the road and lessons to learn. But we salute the parents, teachers, organizations, businesses and faith leaders who understand that the work of setting students - and particularly our most disadvantaged students - on a path toward success is possible if we can work together to meet shared goals. They also understand that this work is too important to leave undone, and that there is no time like the present to do it. After all, another school year is about to begin, and we've all got things to do to get ready for tomorrow.

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Joey Bosa's representatives speak out, accuse Chargers of 'trying to sway public opinion' in contract standoff

Business Insider - 14 min 9 sec ago

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The San Diego Chargers' contract standoff with third overall pick Joey Bosa took an ugly turn Wednesday.

The Chargers released a statement saying Bosa — who's been holding out of training camp and preseason over his contract — had turned down their "best offer."

As a result, the Chargers suggested they would be forced to reduce their offer because he won't be able to play all 16 regular-season games.

In the statement, the Chargers also briefly outlined their proposal, claiming that their offer included a signing bonus larger than any rookie in the last two years and more first-year money than any other rookie besides Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Later on Wednesday, Bosa's camp shot back at the Chargers' shockingly transparent statement, saying the team is trying to "sway public opinion" while further damaging the relationship with Bosa.

"It is unfortunate the San Diego Chargers have decided to manipulate facts and negotiate in the media," CAA, Bosa's firm, said. "The team surely is not strengthening its relationship with Joey Bosa by taking this stance and making their position public."

The statement continued:

"We have decided that we will not engage in public negotiations or discuss numbers and/or terms in this negotiation.

"We will say, that it is ironic that the team now takes issue with the timing of Joey’s arrival, since the Chargers unilaterally decided to remain silent for the first 14 days of training camp instead of replying in a timely fashion to the proposal we made on the eve of training camp on July 28th.

"At this point, all we can do is continue to fight for a fair contract on behalf of our client, as we do for all of our clients.  The Chargers can focus on trying to sway public opinion, but our focus will remain on our client and securing a contract for him that is fair and consistent with his draft position."

Bosa's position reportedly comes down to two factors: deferred payment of his signing bonus and offset language. While offset language — a condition that prevents teams from having to pay a player the rest of his contract should he get cut before it's up— is unlikely to affect a player like Bosa, the bigger issue appears to be the signing bonus. Bosa's position is that if he has to accept offset language, he doesn't want his bonus deferred.

The Chargers' actions haven't won them many supporters. ESPN's Dan Graziano called the Chargers' logic "ill-fitting" and "illogical," given that they haven't dealt with a draft pick as high as Bosa in recent years and will likely win the standoff, anyway. SB Nation's Louis Bien argued the Chargers are being "petty" by trying to swing momentum back their way.

With two weeks until the NFL regular season begins, the Chargers and Bosa are running out of time to come to an agreement. As Graziano notes, Bosa has little leverage to begin with, and may end up having to take a deal he doesn't like. However, if Bosa stands firm, his holdout could bleed into the fall.

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It's official — the US Air Force has no idea what it's doing trying to retire the A-10

Business Insider - 14 min 39 sec ago

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On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office released a scathing report about the US Air Force's half-baked plan to replace the A-10, essentially concluding that the Air Force had no good end game in sight.

"The Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force do not have quality information on the full implications of A-10 divestment, including gaps that could be created by A-10 divestment and mitigation options," the report from GAO, a nonpartisan entity, states.

The A-10, a relic of the Cold War-era, flies cheap, effective sorties and is well suited to most of the US's current operations. But surprisingly, it's not really the plane itself that's indispensable to the Air Force — it's the community.

Ground forces know A-10 pilots as undisputed kings of close air support, which is especially useful in today's combat zones where ground troops often don't have an artillery presence on the ground.

But there are other planes for close air support when it comes down to it. The B-1 Lancer has superior loiter time and bomb capacity compared to the A-10, but it turns out, close air support is only one area where the A-10s excel. 

The report finds that A-10 pilots undergo many times more close air support, search and rescue, and forward air control training than any other community of pilots in the force.

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While the Air Force seems determined to replace this community, and reallocate their resources elsewhere, the report finds that the cost estimates used to justify the retirement of the A-10 just don't make the grade.

According to the GAO, "a reliable cost estimate is comprehensive, well-documented, accurate, and credible."

The report finds that the Air Force's cost estimates for replacing the A-10 are almost comprehensive, minimally documented, and just plain not credible. 

Indeed we have seen some pivots on the Air Force's official position on the A-10. At one point, they wanted to retire it stating that the F-35 would take over those capabilities, but then the Senate told them to prove it.

More recently, we heard that the Air Force wants to replace the A-10 with not one, but two new planes, one of which would be developed specifically for the role. 

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What the GAO recommends, however, is that the Air Force come up with a better, more concrete plan to mitigate the losses in capability caused by the A-10's mothballing.

Lawmakers were not shy about the relief the report brought to the complicated question. Perhaps the best testimony came from Congresswoman Martha McSally, a former A-10 pilot herself:

"Today's report confirms what I've argued continuously — the Air Force's flawed and shifting plan to prematurely retire the A-10 is dangerous and would put lives in danger... I've fought for and won full funding for our entire A-10 fleet and to make the retirement of any A-10 condition-based, not-time based."

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10 vacation costs that can add up quickly without you noticing

Business Insider - 16 min 41 sec ago

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We all love going away on vacation, but we don't love the costs associated with it.

Usually, the big costs are taken into account before leaving the house — the hotel, the flight, the attractions, even the rental car.

But what we often forget about are the little costs that can eat into the budget before your plane even takes off.

Here are 10 of the biggest offenders, with a little advice on cutting down these last-minute expenses.

1. Check-in fees

Most of us check-in way ahead of time to avoid lines at the airport. However, more airlines are starting to charge for different aspects of this service, knowing that you would rather pay a fee than leave it to the last minute. In some instances, you will be charged for the convenience of checking-in online.

Amazingly, there may even be a cost for printing a boarding pass (currently Spirit charges $10 if you have one printed at the check-in counter), so look for options that are free (like printing yours at home, or using an app).

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2. Checked or carry-on luggage fees

If you've flown anywhere in the last few years, you probably noticed how insanely full the overhead luggage compartments were. That's because people got wise to the checked baggage fees, and started bringing even more carry-on luggage instead.

In fact, you'd often see flight attendants asking for carry-on bags to be checked free, due to space issues. However, recent carry-on fees (which are usually more than checked baggage fees) have reversed that trend.

Now, there's plenty of room in the cabin, because once again, people are looking for the cheapest option. So, even if you have a bag that's carry-on-sized, look at the prices. It may be cheaper to check it.



3. Overweight luggage charges

This one can really bite you at the last minute. If your bag weighs more than 50 pounds, you will pay a penalty, and this can vary depending on the airline. For instance, Frontier will charge you $75, whereas American Airlines tacks on a whopping $200!

Sometimes, you can do some quick swapping between bags to get them all under 50 pounds, but if that's not an option, you may find it cheaper to leave some items at the airport (give them away, trash them) rather than pay the hefty fee.

A good way to avoid this is to buy a luggage scale and weigh your luggage before you ever get to the airport. Bring it with you, too. You may also want to pack a light extra bag that you can use in an emergency. Usually, the additional bag fee is cheaper than the overweight bag charge. Or, try Luggage Forward, which ships your bags to and from your destination.




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