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Some things never change: taxes, aging, and delayed software releases. Our own latest release, Version 9.0, is heading out the door much later than it was promised. The best of intentions were thwarted by what, in hindsight, was an optimistic development schedule for too many new and sophisticated features. If you've been waiting for this release, you have our apology.

In this issue of the News are included articles that provide excellent examples of one of the best ways to make the most effective use of CFD analysis. These articles begin with detailed comparisons between experimental and computational results, which give confidence in the modeling. Then the computations are used to investigate different situations where observational data is not readily available. In this way the combined computational-experimental program is shown to more quickly provide useful results and a greater understanding of the phenomenon under study.

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Tony Hirt