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March 09, 2008

FL Shuttle Launch TFR: 03.11.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7704  Issue Date: March 09, 2008 at 1338 UTC  Type: Space Operations 

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CA TFR: 03.11.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7631 Issue Date: March 08, 2008 at 1436 UTC Type: Security

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CA TFR: 03.11.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7704 Issue Date: March 09, 2008 at 1338 UTC Type: Space Operations

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Aspen EFD1000 Glass Panel Retrofit System Deliveries 'Imminent'

Submits Final Package Requesting FAA Certification of EFD1000

Aspen Avionics tells ANN that it has completed all of its FAA certification work and testing of the EFD1000 Pilot and Pro Primary Flight Displays (PFDs).

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Lone Survivor Of FL Ground Collision Remains Critical

One of Four Pilots Remains Alive

There is little good to report in the aftermath of a tragic ground collision that took the lives of three pilots attending a monthly EAA Pancake breakfast, but for the fact that a fourth person (the pilot of the Velocity XL RG), remains alive a week after the accident occurred. Ulrich Christen, 63, is the only survivor of the accident that took place at Dunn Airpark in Titusville, FL. He continues to be treated for injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

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Boeing: Uncertainty About Process Remains After Air Force Tanker Debrief

Contesting DoD Decisions Seems Probable

The U.S. Air Force has completed a debriefing for The Boeing Company during which acquisition officials sought to explain why they selected a team of Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) for a contract to replace aerial refueling tankers.

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Saturn's Moon, Rhea, May Also Have Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of material orbiting Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon. This is the first time rings may have been found around a moon. A broad debris disk and at least one ring appear to have been detected by a suite of six instruments on Cassini specifically designed to study the atmospheres and particles around Saturn and its moons.

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NxAERO Adds TBM 850, Extends Services

Acquisition of  New TBM 850 Will Provide Additional Charter Services

Charter aircraft service, NxAERO, is now offering flights on its recently purchased TBM 850 aircraft (file photo, below). The new plane's faster cruising speed and climb rate (over the TBM 700), allows them to reach 31,000 feet in as little as 20 minutes and is one of the most fuel-efficient models on the market.

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BRS Reports FY07 Earnings Results

Grosses Up, Profits Down

Ballistic Recovery Systems has announced its earnings results for Fiscal Year 2007 which ended September 30th, 2007. On March 7, BRS filed its Form 10-KSB for FY07 and its restated Form 10-QSBs for the quarters ended March 30, 2007 and June 30, 2007.

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Bell Delivers Three H-1 Aircraft In February

Upgrade Program Began Phase II Evaulation Last Month

Bell Helicopter tells ANN the helomaker recently delivered another H-1 Upgrade aircraft, and brought February's delivery total to three for the program.

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In The Meantime, Boeing IS Building Tankers -- For Japan

Boeing Delivers 2nd KC-767 Tanker to Japan

Despite the setback loss of the USAF tanker program to Northrop-Grumman/EADS, Boeing IS building tankers... most recently, for Japan. Boeing delivered the second Japan KC-767 Tanker to the Itochu Corp. for Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), two weeks after delivering the first refueling aircraft to the Japanese military.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.09.08)

Aero-Linx!

The 325th Fighter Group commenced combat operations in the Mediterranean Theater (MTO). They flew their first missions, from North Africa, while part of the 12th Army Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.09.08): Groundspeed

Aero-Terms!

The actual speed that an aircraft travels over the ground -- its "shadow speed"; it combines the aircraft's airspeed and the wind's speed relative to the aircraft's direction of flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.09.08)

"We spent several hours with Air Force leaders, listening and probing, all in an effort to better understand the reasoning behind their decisions... While we are grateful for the timely debriefing, we left the room with significant concerns about the process in several areas, including program requirements related to capabilities, cost and risk; evaluation of the bids and the ultimate decision."

Source: Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president and program manager of the KC-767 tanker, reporting on Boeing's USAF briefing after losing the program to Northrop Grummman and EADS.

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