Lockheed Martin Delivers 50th C-5 AMP Aircraft

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MARIETTA, Ga., April 29, 2009 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently delivered the 50th C-5 Galaxy strategic airlifter upgraded with Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) improvements. AMP is the first part of the two-phase C-5 modernization program. The aircraft, delivered to Air Force Reserve Command’s 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland AFB, Texas, is now equipped with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit with modern avionics and flight instruments.

“This delivery brings the Air Force one step closer to realizing the full capability of an upgraded and more efficient C-5 fleet,” said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin C-5 program vice president. “We’re currently running two very successful AMP production lines. This effort, along with the upcoming second phase of the C-5 modernization program, will ensure the Air Force has a C-5 fleet that will be highly effective for the next 40 years.”

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Cookery demonstration in aid of Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat

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Darina Allen and friends will give a cookery demonstration at the Midleton Park Hotel on Thursday, 21 May.

Supporters will be greeted with a wine reception at 7 pm and the cookery demonstration will commence at 7:30 pm sharp.

Tickets are €25 and available from Fiona at 086 8824515, Bláthnaid at 087 4151475 or any committee member.

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5th Top of The Gulf Regatta 2009 AY Pre-Race Report

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Ready to rock and roll…
30 April 09: As the street protestors in Thailand seem to be the only news on mainstream media these days, it is yet again left to the sailing fraternity to reassure the rest of the world, that Thailand’s popular tropical resort cities are open for business and operating normally. Despite issuing International travel warnings, life away from the main streets of Bangkok goes on as per usual. Chairman of the TOG Organizing Committee, William J. Gasson.was singularly up-beat about this year’s event, the fifth such.to be contested of Ocean Marina Yacht Club. “TOG continues to attract sailors and guests, numbering more than 500 Thai and International sailors, with entries from all around Asia, including Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore”. Bill also confirmed that ”Pattaya remains a popular destination and one of Asia’s best sailing venues”

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Alan Bristow: founder of Bristow Helicopters 1923 – 2009

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Alexandria, VA April 29, 2009 – HAI is saddened by the passing of Alan Edgar Bristow on April 26, 2009. Bristow, a former chief executive of British United Airways was the founder of one of the world’s largest helicopter companies, Bristow Helicopters, where he served as managing director and then chairman from 1954 to 1985.

An astute businessman, test pilot, and helicopter pioneer, Bristow was loyal and generous to his employees. His helicopters played an important role in the development of North Sea oil and operated in nearly every country in the world.

Bristow was born in Balham, South London, in 1923, and was brought up in Bermuda where his father, Sydney, was in charge of the naval dockyard. Young Alan later moved to Portsmouth, England, and attended Portsmouth Grammar School.

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Lockheed Martin Airborne Laser Technologist Receives Missile Defense Agency Team Award

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., , April 29, 2009 — Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Paul Shattuck, Airborne Laser (ABL) Beam Control/Fire Control chief engineer and technical director, and five of his government and industry ABL teammates have received a U.S. Missile Defense Agency Technology Pioneer Award

The award recognizes the team for achieving a host of technology breakthroughs that have culminated in a fully integrated system with the advantages of speed-of-light destruction of ballistic missile threats from a highly mobile platform. The Missile Defense Agency presented the award March 23 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 7th Annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference in Washington, D.C.

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NMM Events

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The North-West Passage: An Arctic Obsession

23 May 2009 – 3 January 2010

The centuries-old British endeavour to find this ‘passage round the pole’ is revealed on 23 May when the National Maritime Museum opens The North-West Passage: An Arctic Obsession. This fascinating exhibition brings together items from the Museum’s extensive polar exhibitions and reveals why British explorers continually [more….]

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Fluxys LNG and Exmar examine project to build second jetty at Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal

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Fluxys LNG is to launch the detailed study into building a second jetty at the
Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal, the aim being to enable regasification
ships to moor. For its part, Exmar is prepared to book long-term capacity with
Fluxys LNG. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
setting out their agreement.

Pascal De Buck, Member of the Fluxys Executive Board and Commercial Director: “Enabling
reception of regasification ships would further strengthen the role of Zeebrugge as a
crossroads for Western European natural gas flows and contribute to diversification of
sources, security of supply and liquidity of the natural gas market. We expect twice as many
ships to unload at the terminal in the first half of 2009 compared to the first half of 2008.
This is partly the result of the terminal’s first capacity enhancement last year. A second jetty
again would serve as an attractor for additional LNG shipping traffic.”

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ISAF Publish Guidelines For Prevent Of Piracy

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The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today the publication of Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters.

In view of the recent escalation in piratical attacks in the area of the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali, and the consequent very high risk, the essential advice is not to enter this area. However a yacht which, despite this advice, decides on such a passage is recommended to make contact in advance with the naval authorities and will find in the document basic guidance for her transit. The Guidelines are a joint production of MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa), and ISAF under the auspices of the ISAF International Regulations Commission.

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IWA GIVES CAUTIOUS WELCOME TO BW RESTRUCTURING PROPOSALS AND DEBATE ON FUTURE STRATEGY

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The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) today gave a cautious welcome to British Waterways’ (BW) announcement on restructuring. Whilst offering sympathy to those impacted by redundancy as a result of the moves by BW, IWA had previously been outspoken on the need for BW to trim what it perceived as a top heavy operation and as such saw the news of a slimming down of management posts as a necessary and unavoidable action. IWA also welcomed the news of likely savings of some £10 million per annum being made available for BW to use for waterways maintenance as a result of the changes.

Speaking on behalf of IWA, Clive Henderson national chairman said:

“No one likes to learn of redundancies, but we are living in lean times and British Waterways needs to make these changes. I congratulate British Waterways for grasping the nettle of top heavy structures of management that we had previously criticised; and we welcome the huge savings that are expected to be realised, which will allow British Waterways to carry out essential works which the funding deficit would otherwise have prevented.”

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