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February 07, 2009

Bombardier Selects Wichita State For Learjet 85 Composites Work

NIAR Will Take Over Research Started By Grob Aerospace

Following weeks of layoff announcements for aviation workers in Wichita, KS, Friday brought some much-needed good news for a change. Wichita State's National Institute for Aviation Research will conduct structural testing and certification for the new Learjet 85 midsize business jet.

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Coalition For Space Exploration Says NASA Needs Emergency Funds

"Strongly Supports" Full Senate Stimulus Funding For Agency

Recent developments concerning the economic stimulus bill are cause for serious concern for NASA's funding needs, said the Coalition for Space Exploration on Friday.

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UW-Oshkosh To Hold 'AeroInnovate' Two-Day Event

Seeks To Match Aerospace Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Council for Innovation is bringing together innovators and venture capitalists for a two-day event intended to help promote a culture of innovation in northeastern Wisconsin. AeroInnovate, to be held on the UW Oshkosh campus May 13-14, will allow innovators and entrepreneurs in the aerospace industry to network and pitch their products and services to individuals looking to invest in such ventures.

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Three Lost In Catalina Island Bonanza Downing

Believed To Be Sightseeing Plane

A helicopter rescue team located the charred wreckage of a Beechcraft Bonanza Friday morning, less than 24 hours after the plane went missing with three onboard shortly after takeoff from Catalina Airport (AVX) 24 miles off the coast of California.

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This Was A Good Week For Boeing's B777

Freighter Earns FAA And EASA Approval, First Aussie -300ER Delivered

Boeing made two rather significant announcements this week, both regarding the American planemaker's mainstay 777 widebody program.

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Southwest Launches Annual Adopt-A-Pilot Program

This Year's Efforts Include Environmental Awareness

If a jet burns an average of 744 gallons of fuel on a one-hour flight, how many gallons of jet fuel will be burned on a 90-minute flight? More than 30,000 fifth-grade students nationwide will find answers to this and other questions as they participate in the Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot community relations program this year.

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NASA And Caltech Test Steep-Terrain Rover

Axel Trials May Lead To New Mars Vehicle Designs

Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and students at the California Institute of Technology have designed and tested a versatile, low-mass robot that can rappel off cliffs, travel nimbly over steep and rocky terrain, and explore deep craters.

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EADS North America Wins New UH-72A Lakota Contract

US Army Signs For Five More Helicopters

The US Army awarded EADS North America a contract for five additional UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) January 15, 2009, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 128.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.07.09)


Utah Back Country Pilots believes that through sharing their knowledge and experience of remote airstrips they can make backcountry flying in Utah safer. Their Airstrip Database is being constructed and refined and they invite members and nonmembers alike to use it as a guideline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.07.09): S-Duct


An S-duct is a unique type of jet engine intake duct, used only on trijets. The S-duct is located in the tail, or empennage, of the aircraft. As well, the shape of the S-duct is distinctive and easily recognized.  The S-duct was invented as a solution for positioning the central engine on trijets.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.07.09)

"I'm delighted Bombardier Learjet has selected NIAR as a key partner in the development of its new business jet. It's a tribute to the outstanding scientists, engineers and technicians at NIAR, who are among the best in the world."

Source: Wichita State University President Don Beggs. Bombardier Learjet announced Friday the school's National Institute for Aviation Research will conduct structural testing and certification for the new Learjet 85 midsize business jet.

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