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March 01, 2009

Obama Budget Includes More Funds For NASA

Follows Goals Set By Bush Administration

The release of next year's fiscal budget proposals by President Barack Obama spells good news for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the US space program as a whole, with more money going into its coffers for returning US astronauts to the moon and pushing robotic exploration deeper into space.

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AOPA Sweeps Plane Awarded To Pilot From Poughkeepsie

Refurbished Piper Archer II Winner Announced At WAI Conference

AOPA President Craig L. Fuller presented the grand prize Saturday in the 2008 "Get Your Glass" Sweepstakes -- a fully refurbished, glass panel-equipped 1976 Piper Archer II -- to 25-year-old Karoline Amodeo of Poughkeepsie, NY. The presentation was made during the general session of the Women In Aviation International Conference in Atlanta, GA.

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Report: Germany Reconsiders Support For A400M

Magazine Says Country May Abandon Troubled Program

Things appear to be heading from bad to worse for the stillborn Airbus A400M turboprop. In development for over 20 years -- but encountering numerous difficulties in achieving first flight -- the European alternative to the erstwhile C-130 may soon lose a key international partner.

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NASA Awards Constellation Spacesuit Contract To Oceaneering... Again

Persistence Pays Off For Houston-Based Company

NASA has awarded an interim letter contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston to begin work on the design, development and production of a new spacesuit system for the Constellation Program. The system will protect astronauts during voyages to the International Space Station and exploration of the moon's surface.

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Two Lost In Mooney Downing Near Sacramento

Witnesses Say Accident Occurred During Test Flight

A pilot and mechanic reportedly conducting a test flight after making repairs to a 1966 Mooney M20E perished Saturday morning, when the aircraft came down near the Rio Linda Airport (L36) near Sacramento, CA.

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Airbus Denies Report That No New China Orders Expected In '09

China Eastern Airlines In Talks To Delay Delivery Of Current Orders

Global economic woes and fleet overcapacity are putting a damper on new airliner orders and deliveries to Chinese carriers, a previously growing market plane manufacturers had hoped would be a light at the end of the tunnel to help see them through uncertain times.

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Textron Sells Off Defense Subsidiary For $365 Million

Deal With Woodward Governor Set To Finalize In Q2 2009

Textron Inc. announced Friday that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell HR Textron, an operating unit within its Textron Systems segment, to Woodward Governor Company for $365 million in an all-cash transaction.

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Omniflight To Open New Air Medical Services Base In Roswell

Med Evac Helicopters To Be A 'Virtual Flying Intensive Care Unit'

Southwest Med Evac, an Omniflight company, announced Friday the opening of a new air medical services base in Roswell, NM.

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JSF Program Shifts Into 'High Gear' For 2009

F-35 Production, Testing And International Participation Ramp Up

Over the next calendar year, the F-35 Lighting II program will complete all remaining System Development and Demonstration aircraft, deliver the first production-model F-35s to the armed services and initiate full-scale flight test operations at Edwards Air Force Base, CA and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.01.09)

Aero-Linx!

The Capital Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (CHGPA), founded in 1974, is a non-profit association dedicated to the growth, safety, and solidarity of the sports of hang gliding and paragliding. CHGPA is an exciting, active organization of about 150 members, most of whom live in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding suburban areas of Maryland and Virginia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.01.09): Displaced Threshold

Aero-Terms!

A runway threshold located at a point other than the physical beginning or end of the runway. The portion of the runway so displaced may be used for takeoff but not for landing. Landing aircraft may use the displaced area on the opposite end for roll out.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.01.09)

"The budget proposal for NASA represents a disappointingly small step in the right direction. It is far from what is needed if the US is to stimulate the economy, create more high-tech jobs and hold on to its eroding leadership position in space."

Source: Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham, regarding the FY2009 budget proposal for NASA submitted last week by President Barack Obama.

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AD: Avidyne

AD NUMBER: 2009-05-05 MANUFACTURER: Primary Flight Displays SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2008-06-28 R1, which applies to certain Avidyne Corporation (Avidyne) Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) (part numbers(P/Ns) 700-00006-000, -001, -002, -003, and -100) that are installed on airplanes.

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AD: 328 Support Services GmbH

AD NUMBER: 2009-01-06 MANUFACTURER: 328 Support Services GmbH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-01-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all AvCraft Dornier Model 328-300 airplanes.

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