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April 19, 2009

Red Bull Air Racing Season Kicks Off In Abu Dhabi

Defending Champion Hannes Arch Wins First Race

Britain's Paul Bonhomme was "pipped to the post" Saturday in the first race in this year's Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi. Hannes Arch of Austria came from behind to win the race with Nicolas Ivanoff of France taking third place.

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SWA, AAL: Lower Fuel Prices Not Enough To Offset Decreased Ridership

Passenger Numbers Decline Still Leading Capacity Cuts Two-To-One

As passenger numbers continue to drop, two major airlines posted record quarterly losses last week – despite a drop in costs per seat mile, due to falling jet fuel prices.

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EADS Willing To Share KC-X Contract With Boeing

But Boeing Is Still Mum On The Idea

In response to US lawmakers' suggestion that the controversial bidding process on a replacement fleet of aerial refueling tankers be resolved by splitting production between contractors, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company CEO indicated he would likely go along with the idea.

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EVB Noise Study Results Irk Abatement Committee Members

Findings Said Not To Be Representative Of An Average Day's Air Traffic

Typical of numerous Florida airports built during WWII as training bases, residential areas have built up around the New Smyrna Beach, FL Municipal Airport (EVB) over the years. And equally as typical, residents who now reside near the airport have voiced their objections to noise from airport operations, spurring city officials to study the problem.

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Report: NASA Schedule Will Fall Behind Without Increased Funding

CBO Says $2 Billion Boost Needed To Avoid Delay Of Constellation Program

According to a report released last week by the Congressional Budget Office, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will fail to meet its projected schedule over the next decade, unless funding to the agency is increased by $2 billion a year.

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Jacksonville Spaceport Another Step Closer To Reality

FAA Approves Environmental Impact Study

 The licensing process for construction of a commercial spaceport at Jacksonville's Cecil Field that could launch up to 52 sub-orbital space flights annually has moved another step forward with the Federal Aviation Administration's release of a favorable Environmental Assessment of the site.

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FL Senator Pushing To Delay Shuttle Retirement

Seeking To Protect Thousands Of Aerospace Industry Jobs

Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a former Space Shuttle astronaut himself, is working toward extending the shuttle program to protect thousands of jobs in his state that would likely be jeopardized by the programs' planned retirement at the end of 2010.

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Airbus CEO Says Governments Should Finance Airliner Purchases

Suggests Plane Manufacturers Can Survive If Airlines Get Some Help

With credit getting more difficult to obtain for new airliner purchases, Airbus CEO Thomas Enders said that governments should provide airlines with financing when other sources are unobtainable.

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Virgin Atlantic Blows Whistle On Missing AA, BA Alliance Paperwork

UK Carrier Says Key Documents Weren't Provided To DOT

In what has been dismissed as another ploy to thwart an alliance between American Airlines and British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways has said the airlines have failed to produce all required materials for review by the US Department of Transportation in their bid for antitrust immunity.

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Canadian Gov't Supports Development Of New Cold Weather Testing Center

National Research Council To Supply, Operate CanETREC Facility

The world's aviation industry will benefit from the development of the new Canadian Environmental Test Research and Education Center (CanETREC) in Thompson, thanks to a major investment by the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.09)

Aero-Linx!

Known as the "Snafu Snatchers", this squadron was the first Army Air Force unit of its kind in the Pacific. In July 1944, it was assigned to the 5th Air Force from which it was transferred to the 13th Air Force in September 1944.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.09): Calabash Nebula

Aero-Terms!

A protoplanetary nebula (i.e., a very young planetary nebula) that lies about 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Puppis. It is also known as the Rotten Egg Nebula because of its unusually large abundance of sulfur compounds (hydrogen sulfide being the culprit for the smell of bad eggs).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.19.09)

"If NASA's funding was maintained at $19.1 billion annually and the agency realized cost growth in its programs consistent with the average for 72 of its past programs, its planned schedules for spaceflight programs would be delayed."

Source: From a report released last week by the Congressional Budget Office, stating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will fail to meet its projected schedule over the next decade, unless funding to the agency is increased by $2 billion a year.

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