Closing out a busy assembly mission, the Discovery astronauts, accompanied by outgoing station flight engineer Sandra Magnus, said farewell to the international space station’s three-man crew today and floated out of the lab complex for the last time to rig the shuttle for undocking at 3:53 p.m.Space shuttle and station crews bid farewell (Spaceflight Now)

A FORMER pupil of Ridgeway High School in Noctorum has completed his basic training with the Royal Air Force.High flyer Paul graduates

Europe is getting started on its own version of Next-Generation Air Traffic Control, dubbed “SESAR.” The Associated Press reports the GPS-based system — put into limited service throughout Europe on Monday — will eliminate reliance on the radio beacons, and enable controllers to break free from the decades-old limitations of structured airways.Eurocontrol Puts GPS-Based ATC Into Limited Service

Replacing voice communications between traffic controllers and pilots with email-like messaging is expected to make European airspace safer and more efficient, shortening flights and reducing CO2 emissions.New IT system to ‘revolutionise’ European airspace (EUActiv)

Three naval personnel were on board when the accident took place.Indian Navy helicopter crashes off Goa, crew safe (IBN live)

Air Traffic Control MODERNIZATION; COMMITTEE: HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE; SUBCOMMITTEE: AVIATION CQ Congressional Testimony TESTIMONY-BY: RORY KAY, EXECUTIVE AIR SAFETY CHAIRMAN AFFILIATION: AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION, INTERNATIONAL Committee on House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation March 18, 2009 Good …Air Traffic Control Modernization; Committee: House Transportation…

While details of a fatal plane crash are beginning to emerge one day after the single engine turboprop airplane nose-dived into a Butte graveyard, authorities are still wondering why the pilot diverted the plane from Bozeman to Butte.Official: Pilot requested diversion, gave no reason

SESAR Won’t Be Fully Compatible With NextGen Europe is getting started on its own version of Next-Generation Air Traffic Control, dubbed “SESAR.”Eurocontrol Puts GPS-Based ATC Into Limited Service (The Aero-News Network)

March 25 (Bloomberg) — The European Union decided to press air-traffic control companies to reduce charges on airlines, seeking relief for an industry that faces a demand slump and new pollution limits.EU Approves Legislation to Cut Air-Traffic Charges on Carriers (Bloomberg)

The Missouri Air National Guard base at Rosecrans Memorial Airport continues to impact the local economy.Base helps fuel economy

Speech technologies provider Loquendo has announced their text to speech offering was selected by ESRI , a provider of Geographic Information System technologies, to speech enable a new in-vehicle navigation solution.Loquendo Text-to-Speech Chosen for In-Vehicle Navigation Solution

President Obama is expected to nominate a former pilots union leader to head up the Federal Aviation Administration — and none too soon for lawmakers concerned about the state of relations between the agency and its air traffic controllers.Former Pilots Union Chief Reportedly in Line for Top FAA Job (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)

Workers are burning the midnight oil to complete various upgrades to the Wonderboom airport by the end of June. The Tshwane metro owns and manages the airport.R160-million spent on Wonderboom airport (Pretoria Rekord)

Why Butte?Flight’s diversion key issue in crash inquiry, NTSB says (CNN)

Two American warships, initially deployed for the U.S.?South Korea joint military exercise, will remain in the waters near the Korean Peninsula in preparation for the suspected long-range rocket launch by North Korea next month, a military source said yesterday.2 U.S. destroyers remaining nearby for rocket launch

The following information was released by the Federal Aviation Administration: Statement of Victoria Cox, Vice President for Operations Planning Services Before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation on Air Traffic Control Modernization and Nextgen: Near Term Achievable Goals Thank you for inviting me …the Faa: Testimony March 18 2009

Telecom software company, ConverTec Inc. , offers UC desktop solutions for SMBs.Loquendo and ConverTec Bring Speech-Enabled Apps to SMBs

New brain research finds it may be possible to predict when a person is going to make a mistake, let his attention wander, or determine if drugs for attention deficit disorders are working.Brain research will help predict mistakes: Research (Canada.com)

LUCKNOW: A private helicopter carrying Samajwadi Party leader Raghuraj Pratap Singh, also known as Raja Bhaiya, crash landed on a highway in Uttar Pradesh Sunday evening, the police said.SP leader’s helicopter crash lands in UP

Older air traffic controllers can head off mid-air collisions at least as well as younger controllers, using experience to compensate for age-related declines in mental sharpness, a new study finds.Experience-Based Mitigation of Age-Related Performance Declines: Evidence From Air Traffic Control