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January 30, 2009

NASA Seeks Concept Proposals For Altair Moon Lander

RFP Deadline Is February 27

On Wednesday, NASA issued a request for proposals for concept definition and requirements analysis support for the Altair lunar lander. Proposals are due to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston by 2:00 pm CST on February 27.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.30.09

BizAv Under Fire, With NBAA President Ed Bolen

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.30.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- BizAv Under Fire: 01.30.09 (ANN Special Report, with NBAA President Ed Bolen.)

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide Launches New Management Program

i2i Program Includes Fourms, Leadership Award

Embry-Riddle recently announced the launch of a new program designed to stimulate collaborative innovation across the aviation and aerospace industry. Officials say the i2i Program offers a new and different way for firms to systematically share innovative solutions to common problems in the industry.

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Airman Sheds 115 Pounds To Work On Raptors

Now, THIS Is A Diet Plan!

Eleven months ago, Derrick Bell took the first step in a journey that would change his life in more ways than one.

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Becker Avionics' WTG900 Selected For German Armed Forces' CH-53GA

Part Of Avionics Upgrade Program

The Becker Avionics' Warning Tone Generator WTG900 was recently selected by the German Armed Forces for the CH-53GA transport helicopter product improvement program, to be implemented by Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH on 40 of the 80 CH-53Gs of the German Army fleet.

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Student Teams Shoot For Team America Rocketry Challenge Final

Competition To Held May 16

Student rocket teams are preparing their launch vehicles for qualification flights in the opening round of the world's largest rocket contest. A total of 653 teams from 45 states and the District of Columbia have registered for the 2009 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the seventh installment of the annual competition.

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Fisher Flying Products Restarts Kit Production

First Two Models Offered As Full Kits, Sub-Kits And Plans

Following the company's move to a new factory in Woodbridge, Ontario Canada, Fisher Flying Products tells ANN it is now ready to begin kit production for two of the company's aircraft.

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Cessna Confirms Latest Round Of Job Cuts

4,600 Employees Will Be Out Of Work By March

Cessna confirmed this week reports that surfaced earlier this month -- the planemaker must shed an additional 2,000 jobs over previous estimates, bringing announced job losses to date to around 4,600.

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Robinson Breaks Own Production Record

Built 893 Civil Helicopters In 2008

Robinson Helicopter Company managed to defy the odds as 2008 drew to a close, producing even more helicopters for civil use than the Torrance, CA company accomplished in record-setting 2007.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.09

NTSB makes an example of NASCAR.
Craig Fuller urges GA to lay the groundwork for recovery.
And two more airlines file ugly fourth-quarter financials.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.30.09

NTSB makes an example of NASCAR.
Craig Fuller urges GA to lay the groundwork for recovery.
And two more airlines file ugly fourth-quarter financials.


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ANN Special Feature: Ed Bolen, NBAA - 01.30.09

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Ed Bolen, President of the National Business Aviation Association. Ed's understandably frustrated with the public flogging business aviation is taking la

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Aero-TV: Terrafugia -- Highway To The Skies

Terrafugia Readies For Flight Tests

The stories are legion... the 'roadable plane' the vehicle that would cross over a number of barriers to offer the ultimate in transportation versatility. And that' just some talented engineers from MIT are working on... the 21st century version of the 1960s "Aero Car."

Aero-TV: Terrafugia -- Highway To The Skies

Terrafugia Readies For Flight Tests

The stories are legion... the 'roadable plane' the vehicle that would cross over a number of barriers to offer the ultimate in transportation versatility. And that's just some talented engineers from MIT are working on... the 21st century version of the 1960s "Aero Car."

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Continental, US Airways Post Combined 2008 Losses Of Almost $1.4 Billion

Fuel Prices And Economy Killed Any Hope For Profits, Carriers Say

As if there were any doubt of how much high fuel prices and a terrible economy hit airlines last year, consider the following: Continental Airlines announced Thursday it lost $585 million in 2008, including $234 million attributed to special items such as fuel hedges.

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USAF Fighters To Fly Over Super Bowl

Will Monitor TFR In Effect Over Stadium

Some Air Force fighter pilots may miss out on watching Super Bowl XLIII, but for a worthy cause. They will be flying to protect the skies around Raymond James Stadium during the February 1 game in Tampa, FL.

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Klyde Morris (01.30.09)

We're Not Sure This Is A Parody Or Not...

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NASA Invites Public To Choose Hubble's Next Discovery

Vote On Where To Aim Orbital Observatory!

NASA is giving everyone the opportunity to use the world's most celebrated telescope to explore the heavens and boldly look where the Hubble Space Telescope has never looked before.

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Former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin National Space Trophy Winner

Engineer To Be Honored For Efforts To Keep NASA On Course

The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation's National Board of Advisors recently selected former NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin to receive its highest honor, the National Space Trophy. The award has been presented annually for the past 23 years to an individual who has excelled in furthering national goals in the field of space.

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Daniel Halperin Named FAA Student Researcher Of The Year

ERAU Undergraduate Pursuing BS In Applied Meteorology

Embry-Riddle student Daniel J. Halperin has been named the FAA Student Researcher of the Year in the FAA's Center of Excellence (COE) for General Aviation.

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Longhorn Helicopter Fleet Grows With New Schweizer 300CTM

Denton, TX School Now Has Five Helos

Schweizer Aircraft announced this week the delivery of a new 300C helicopter to Longhorn Helicopters, a Denton, TX flight training school. This new helicopter becomes the fifth Schweizer 300C in the Longhorn fleet.

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ATK To Produce Aft Fan Cases For Trent XWB Engines

$200 Million-Plus Deal For Composite Components

Alliant Techsystems announced this week it recently agreed to a contract valued in excess of $200 million with Rolls-Royce to produce composite aft fan cases for the new Trent XWB engine. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the sole engine currently available to power the new Airbus A350 XWB family of aircraft.

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Virgin Charter Partners With Vacation.com

Includes Dedicated Service Hotline

Representatives with online aircraft charter booking tool Virgin Charter announced this week it recently partnered with Vacation.com to make Virgin Charter its exclusive charter air solution.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.09)

Aero-Linx!

Airline Empires is a new web-based business simulation of the airline industry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.30.09): Faculae

Aero-Terms!

A bright region of the photosphere seen in white light, seldom visible except near the solar limb.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.30.09)

"The impact of high oil prices acted as a catalyst for airlines to take unprecedented measures to bring the supply of seats back into balance with passenger demand. We believe these actions have significantly softened the blow from the economic downturn that we as an industry now face."

Source: Doug Parker, CEO of US Airways. The airline reported a fourth-quarter 2008 net loss Thursday of $541 million, largely due to fuel hedges that became staggering liabilities as oil prices dropped below $40 per barrel. The carrier lost $803 million for all of 2008.

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