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March 08, 2008

Sturgell Goes To Bat For FAA's FY2009 Budget Request

Says Agency's Safety Goals Proceeding, But Need Funding

Below is the complete text of the presentation made Friday by FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell, before the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concerning the agency's $14.6 billion budget request for FY2009.

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EASA Approves Airwolf Blade Tape For Compliance With Robinson AD

Provides Approved Level Of Safety Against Delamination

Airwolf Aerospace told ANN this week the company was recently granted approval by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) for its recently FAA-approved rotor blade tape installation STC for Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters.

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It Flies! Students Send RoboSwift Into The Air

Attempts At Roosting Less Than Successful, Though

A new, innovative, and very cool (and, somewhat ominous) "micro-air vehicle" recently made its first flight. The RoboSwift -- developed by aerospace engineering students at Delft University of Technology, in cooperation with the Experimental Zoology Group of Wageningen University, Netherlands -- took flight this week... and later attempted to imitate its feathered namesake, with less-than stellar results.

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Sonex Marks 10-Year Anniversary

Over 200 Completed Aircraft Since 1998

2008 is a special year for Sonex Aircraft staff, owners, builders, pilots and enthusiasts... as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Sonex design and Sonex Aircraft, LLC.

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First Five Students In ERAU Dispatch Program Earn FAA Certificates

Aircraft Dispatchers Share Responsibility For Flights

The new Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Program at the Prescott, AZ campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is off to a great start, with five students becoming the first from their campus to obtain FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificates.

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Urban Air Wraps Up Lambada Motorglider Cross-Country Flight

Numbers Back Up Claims Of Long-Legged Capability

It may look like a motorglider, or even a sailplane... but Urban Air USA says its Lambada is also a first-class touring machine in the LSA category. Recently, company demo pilot and gliding expert, Jim Lee, flew a Lambada from Melbourne, FL to Moriarty, NM to conduct a series of demo flights for the newly certified motorglider.

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Flight Design Captures 20 Percent Of US, German Sportplane Sales

Leads Market In Both Countries; Outsells 3-5 Place Companies Combined In US

According to government records in each country, Flight Design owns approximately 20% of the market in the two largest aviation nations: the United States and Germany. And, the company says, it has maintained or increased this share over several years.

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Coal By-Product Used In 'Greening' Space Shuttle Runway

Fly Ash Reused For Concrete At Edwards AFB

A former space shuttle runway at Edwards Air Force Base is getting a "green" makeover... from what some may initially think is an unlikely source. Arizona Public Service Co. is providing 12,000 tons of fly ash to repair a deteriorating concrete runway that has seen some of the world’s most famous pilots and astronauts.

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Navy Helo Comes To Aid Of Civilian Diver

Rescued Off Florida Coast

A civilian diver was rescued March 6 off the coast of Florida after the US Coast Guard requested USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) assistance in a search effort.

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Major Expansion For Dnata As Dubai's Terminal 2 Nears Completion

37,000 Sq. Ft. Addition To Open At End Of March

Dnata’s operations at Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport are set to increase dramatically with the opening of a 37,000 sq. ft. extension, scheduled for the end of March. This extension will increase the airport’s surface area to 93,000 sq. feet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.08.08)


Dedicated to the men and women who built, maintained, flew and restore the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.08.08): Ground Effect


Increased lift generated by the interaction between a lift system and the ground when an aircraft is within a wingspan distance above the ground.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.08.08)

"We’re being particularly aggressive in ratcheting up the level of safety, on our runways especially. Last year, only eight runway incursions involved commercial aircraft. That’s eight in more than 61 million operations."

Source: FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell, speaking Friday before the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concerning the agency's $14.6 billion budget request for FY2009.

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