America Lost An Astronaut Monday... Even As It Gained
NASA tells ANN that Gordon Cooper Jr., the astronaut who piloted
the sixth and last flight of the Mercury program and later
commanded Gemini 5, died early Monday at his home in Ventura,
Calif. He was 77 years old.
X-Prize Staff were astounded and delighted by two unexpected
events. The first: Google, the popular search service, featured
SpaceShipOne on their website's sole graphic. Google often uses the
graphic to make a gentle commentary on current events. The graphic
is named xprize.gif and if you mouse over it on the google.com
website, it displays the alt-text message "Congratulations
When Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne launches on Monday in its final
bid for the Ansari X-Prize, it will do so less than a week after
observers and even Rutan himself held their breath -- they thought
the spacecraft and pilot Mike Melvill were in serious trouble
Wednesday when it began rolling uncontrollably during its ascent.
Now, after Melvill's mea culpa (he said he "must have hit the
rudder pedal" during the boost phase, causing the spacecraft to
roll almost 30 times), an inspection of the vehicle indicates all
is well, according to Rutan. Monday's attempt is a "go."
Nestled In The California Desert, This Is A Gem For
In the California deserts, aviation history has been made
practically nonstop since World War II. Experimental fighters and
bombers, super-secret spyplanes, pioneering rocket planes, the new
generation of private space launch machinery and manned spacecraft.
NASA Dryden, Edwards AFB, Mojave's Civilian Aerospace Test Center,
The Air Force's legendary Plant 42 with Lockheed's more legendary
Skunk Works, are all located nearby. Groom Lake -- the Area 51 of
UFO fables -- is not near, but the machines that have flown from
there were largely built here.
Da Vinci Project Leader Explains Differences Between Tests And
(This exchange appears on the Ansari X-Prize message
Dear Da Vinci Project Staff,
I’ve been a fan of your X-Prize project team for years, and I
am sorry to hear about your recent problems securing a filament
It looked like a deal. It smelled like a deal. Hell, it
even quacked like a deal. But US Airways' ALPA pilots in
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have balked at a $300 million
concession package that would take away more than 18-percent of
their pay and a good chunk of the airline's pension contributions
to boot. Union leaders said they wanted more time to study the
The way policy is written in Pretoria, a South African Air Force
student who fails an exam and then fails the make-good test as well
is a wash-out. But that's not what happened in the case of one
student who crash-landed a Pilatus PL-7 MK II Astra trainer
A Couple Of Hurricanes Won't Stop US Sport Aviation Expo
Despite the fact that the "eyes" of the two most recent
hurricanes to wreak havoc in Florida passed over or near the
Sebring Regional Airport, the US Sport Aviation Expo scheduled for
October 28-31, 2004 is still on.
Now, When They Say "Get A Room," You Can Say, "Got One!"
Virgin Atlantic has introduced a high-flying novelty: double
suites for passengers traveling in the Upper Class Suite. The
airline has fitted four pairs of double suites onto two of its
Boeing 747-400 aircraft, giving passengers traveling together two
square meters of space so that they can enjoy their flight closer
Acquisition Signals Future Broadening Of The Company's
Hartzell Propellers says its family ownership group has
established a parent company, Charter Aerospace Partners, to act as
a holding company for Hartzell and to provide a vehicle for other
ARINC and its partner AeroMech, have teamed to provide two
comprehensive RVSM (reduced vertical separation minimum) solutions
for popular Hawker 700 business jets. The RVSM packages cover those
Hawker airframes using Collins ADC-80 air data computers, as well
as those using dual Collins 590A air data sensors.
By ANN Senior Contributing Correspondent Kevin "Hognose"
Well, we can rag on Mayor Daley, beat the world on space-travel
stories, and insult the TSA practically daily. And what do our
readers write about? Our story about a milestone at Embry-Riddle's
CAPT ab-initio program. Some of you do NOT like Embry-Riddle, or
its graduates. We'll get to that, but first, let's look at recent
graduate Chuck Allen and his class.
Convention And Trade Show To Be Held October 21-23
The AOPA returns to Long Beach (CA) for the AOPA Expo 2004
convention and trade show, October 21-23. Long a favorite with
pilots for its convenience, Long Beach boasts attractions such as
the Queen Mary, the Long Beach aquarium, museums and fabulous ocean
Sun Country Airlines today announced the implementation of a new
safety program for its pilots, the Aviation Safety Action Program
(ASAP). This program allows pilots to promptly identify and report
potential safety hazards through the process of an open reporting