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March 16, 2008

It's Spacewalking Time At The ISS

STS-123 MCC Status Report #10  

Two members of the space shuttle Endeavour crew are stepping into space to give the International Space Station’s newest robot a pair of arms. The crew got its wake up call at 2:28 p.m., Saturday, in the form of “We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes. The song was played for Mission Specialist Robert L. Behnken.

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Continental, Boeing and GE Aviation Announce Plans for Sustainable Biofuel Demo

First N American Carrier To Pursue Alternative Fuels Strategy 

Continental Airlines, Boeing and GE Aviation have told ANN of plans to conduct a biofuels demonstration flight in the first half of 2009 in an effort to identify sustainable fuel solutions for the aviation industry. Continental is the first major U.S. carrier to announce plans to highlight technological advancements in sustainable biofuels that can help to further reduce carbon emissions.

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Luke AFB F-16 Accident Takes Life of Pilot

An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, AZ, crashed about 12:00 p.m. Friday south of Alamo Lake, AZ. At the time of the accident, the F-16 was on an air-to-air student training mission. One pilot was on board and was declared dead on Saturday, after examination of the accident site.

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Women in Aviation Hall of Fame Spotlight - Margaret Ringenberg

Who Wants to Ride with a Girl Pilot?

The 2008 WAI Hall of Fame has four inductees this time out; Nancy Harkness Love, Major Nicole Malachowski, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, Margaret Ringenberg and one group - The Women's Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary.

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Rolls-Royce and US Airways Announce Engines and Services Business

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that US Airways has chosen Trent 700 engines to power up to 30 Airbus A330-200 twinjets. The value of the new business is approximately $2 billion and includes two long-term TotalCare services agreements for the Trent 700 and RB211 engine fleets. The A330 order comprises engines for 15 firm and up to 15 additional aircraft.

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Workers Ready Course for NASA's 15th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

To Be held in Huntsville, Ala., April 4-5  

Each year around this time, John Tripp walks across a lunar surface, pondering the challenges ahead for explorers brave enough to take on its cratered terrain. For now, his "moon" is a winding ribbon of cement footpaths looped around Huntsville's famed U.S. Space and Rocket Center, where Tripp is a construction foreman.

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Aviall Ready To Do Business in India

Aviall, Inc. plans to open a business office in India during the second half of 2008. Aviall's India operation will serve the rapidly growing Indian aviation industry and be headquartered near New Delhi at the Noida Special Economic Zone in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Maintenance Marines 'Make It Happen'

A bird’s anatomy – its feathers, hollow bones and intricate wingspan— enables the animal to take to the skies, soaring hundreds of feet above the earth. Other types of “birds,” like those powered by the ignition of three turbine engines, fly because of the behind-the-scenes work performed by Marines in coveralls.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.16.08)


The Fleet Air Arm Museum will change your perception of aircraft Museums. The Museum has the largest collection of Naval aircraft anywhere in Europe together with the first British built Concorde which you can go on-board and visit the cockpit.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.16.08): Scramjet


Acronym for supersonic combustion ramjet, in which combustion occurs at supersonic air velocities through the engine.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.16.08)

"I'm just absolutely overwhelmed by all this attention." Source: Margaret Ringenberg, after being named to the  2008 WAI Hall of Fame. There were four inductees this time out; Nancy Harkness Love, Major Nicole Malachowski, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, Margaret Ringenberg and one group - The Women's Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary.

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