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March 28, 2009

Discovery Lands At KSC, Bringing STS-119 To An End

Landing Occurs On Schedule At 3:14 EDT

They make it look so easy. Moments ago, the shuttle Discovery came to a stop on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facilty adjacent to Kennedy Space Center, bringing an end to the STS-119 mission.

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AP: FAA Trying To Prevent Release Of Bird Strike Data

Agency Concerned Report Could "Unfairly Cast Aspersions" On Safety

Though the matter of airplane bird strikes has only recently caught the attention of the general public, with the January 15 "Miracle on the Hudson" ditching of a US Airways A320... in truth it's been a problem since the dawn of flight. But just how big a problem is it? Funny thing is, the FAA doesn't want you to know.

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'Eve' Has Legs: WhiteKnightTwo Achieves Fastest And Longest Flights Yet

SS2 Carrier Ship Flies Over 2.5 Hours At Over 18,000 Feet

Virgin Galactic said Friday the test flight program for WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), the space launch vehicle being developed for the company's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) commercial spacecraft, has now completed its third successful test flight.

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SPEEA Grudgingly Approves Three-Year Boeing Deal

'Best And Final' Contract Shot Down Twice Before

It's done... but no one seems very happy. On Thursday, a negotiating team with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) accepted the latest contract offer from Boeing, after grudgingly conceding victory to the planemaker.

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New Layoffs Hit Liberty Aerospace

Company Down To 32 Employees, But "No Intent" To Shut Down

Citing the continued weak economy, this week Liberty Aerospace laid off 14 more workers, adding to the 30 job cuts the Melbourne, FL-based planemaker announced earlier this year.

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North Korean Satellite Launch May Violate UN Rule, Mullen Says

Indications Point To Possible Attempt Next Week

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed growing concern Friday over a possible North Korean satellite launch that could violate United Nations sanctions against nuclear testing by the government in Pyongyang.

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Analyst Says Used Bizjet Inventory Will Peak Mid-Year

Says Some Listing Planes Don't Really Plan To Sell Them

Despite endless reports of ever-increasing used business jet inventories, one forecast says we could soon see the bottom. Brian Foley Associates (BRiFO) expects a mid-year peak in the number of used jets for sale.

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ACI-NA Commissioners Award Scholarships To Aviation Students

Program Supports Future Airport Leaders

Airports Council International - North America's (ACI-NA) Commissioners Committee awarded three scholarships of $2,500 each to deserving aviation students at the ACI-NA Commissioners Congressional Reception Thursday night in Washington, DC.

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New Board Leadership Takes Charge At DFW International Airport

Incoming Chairman Ben Muro Served On Board Since 2005

Dallas resident Ben P. Muro will assume his new role as chairman of the DFW International Airport Board of Directors on April 1, 2009. Muro has served on the Board since May 2005 and most recently served as the vice chair. Joining Muro on the Board's leadership team will be Francisco Hernandez of Fort Worth as vice chair and Robert Hsueh of Dallas as secretary.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.09)

Aero-Linx!

Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the distinguished heritage of Naval Air Station Lakehurst, located in Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.09): Dark Adaptation

Aero-Terms!

Dark adaptation consists of the physical and chemical changes in your eyes that allow them to see well in the dark. Physically, the pupils of the eyes open wider (this happens quickly); chemically, slower changes occur in the eyes (which takes 10-20 minutes). It takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to completely adapt to darkness. Once your eyes become accustomed to the dark, even a momentary flash of white light can ruin it and your eyes will have to adapt all over again.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.28.09)

"This is a truly remarkable aviation vehicle and, although it might look unique from the ground it is not strange to fly in any way and is in fact a great piloting experience. Now the stratosphere is the limit as we will continually test Eve (WK2) for the next few months up to her ceiling of above 50,000 ft."

Source: Peter Siebold, test pilot of Scaled Composites' WhiteKnightTwo launch vehicle. Siebold has flown all three test missions to date; the latest saw the unwieldly-looking, twin-fuselage aircraft reach 140 knots, flying above FL180.

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