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March 02, 2008

Landing Accident Kills Two In FL

Go-Around Results In Collision With Aircraft On Taxiway

Two aircraft, one landing and one taxiing, collided during a monthly EAA pancake breakfast activity, Saturday morning at the Arthur Dunn Airpark in Titusville, FL. Two persons in the taxiing aircraft, reported as an RV-8, were killed. The two occupants of the landing aircraft, a Velocity XL-RG were evac'ed to the hospital from the scene and are reported to have survived the accident with significant and life-threatening injuries.

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BRS Completes Its 11th LSA Installation

BRS tells ANN that it has completed its 11th ASTM conforming parachute installation ob board an Apollo Fox LSA. This comes on the heels of its milestone 10th installation, completed in record time, for the Flight Design CTLS.

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USAF Leaders Testify About '09 Budget Request

Addressing topics from recapitalization to personnel end strength, Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne (pictured below, on left, with Gen. Mosely) and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley outlined how the upcoming year's budget focuses on the Air Force's top three priorities: Winning today's fight, taking care of people and preparing for tomorrow's challenges.

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SpaceX Completes Qualification Testing of Merlin Regeneratively Cooled Engine

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has completed the qualification testing program of its Merlin 1C next generation liquid fueled rocket booster engine for use in the Falcon 1 rocket. Tests were conducted at the SpaceX Texas Test Facility near Waco, TX, on a Merlin 1C configured for powering the first stage of a Falcon 1 rocket.

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SPEEA Expresses 'Disappointment' Over USAF Tanker Decision

Decision Leaves Boeing Out Of Multi-Billion Dollar Program

Disappointment and shock echoed through the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, after the announcement that EADS/Northrop received the Air Force contract to build the next generation of aerial refueling tankers.

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Two SIRIUS Satellite Radio Spacecraft Will Launch On Proton Breeze M

International Launch Services (ILS) has nailed down a contract for the launch of two SIRIUS Satellite Radio satellites on their Proton Breeze M vehicle. SIRIUS expects to launch SIRIUS FM-6 under the contract announced Friday. SIRIUS FM-6 is currently under construction at Space Systems/Loral and is anticipated to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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NASA Awards External Tank Contract Modification

NASA has signed a $47.5 million contract modification with Lockheed Martin, New Orleans, for space shuttle external fuel tanks. The modification aligns and extends all activities associated with the production contract to include final assembly of one tank, partial manufacture of a tank and the acquisition of the component parts for one additional tank to serve as spares.

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Lane Aviation and Waypoint Launching New Air Taxi Service

Joint Venture Will Offer Affordable, On-Demand Regional Air Travel

The Air Taxi biz has some new players... Two central Ohio companies - Waypoint Corporation and Lane Aviation - have teamed up to launch a regional air taxi service with Very Light Jet aircraft that will operate from Port Columbus International Airport. The company plans to begin service by peak travel season this summer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.02.08)

Aero-Linx!

This database is really an index to the MACRs, containing report number, date, aircraft type, aircraft serial number, group if known, and squadron if known.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.02.08): Frise Aileron

Aero-Terms!

A type of aileron that has a beveled leading edge projecting beyond its inset hinges. When lowered, it forms an extension of the wing surface; when raised, its nose protrudes below the wing, increasing DRAG and reducing YAW.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.02.08)

“I am very disappointed for our members and all employees at The Boeing Company... I’m surprised the Air Force chose an unproven technology and an inferior product for this important program that supports the men and women in our armed forces.” Source: SPEEA President Cynthia Cole, commenting on the Pentagon's selection of EADS/Northrop to build the next generation of aerial refueling tankers.

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