The first operational F/A-22 Raptor crash has taken place at
Nellis AFB, after a takeoff incident forced the pilot to eject. The
single seat fighter went down off the end of a Nellis runway while
its pilot ejected and was seen shortly thereafter "walking around"
the impact site.
Successful First Flight Aboard Boeing 720 Test Bed
Pratt & Whitney Canada's (P&WC) PW610F engine, selected
to power Eclipse Aviation's Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ), has
successfully completed its maiden flight on P&WC's Boeing 720
flying test bed (FTB), marking a significant milestone in its
Southern California pilots say the KFI radio tower near
Fullerton was an accident waiting to happen. That accident indeed
happened on Sunday, when a Cessna 182 collided with the tower,
killing both occupants, destroying the aircraft and bringing down
the 820-foot (MSL) tall structure.
Loy Was Strong Advocate Of AOPA's Airport Watch Program
Adm. James Loy, the second-in-command at DHS, has been a strong
advocate for balancing the needs of general aviation with the
demands of security. Among the programs he vigorously promoted is
AOPA's Airport Watch, which he cited as a model for partnership
between industry and government.
DHS Deputy Secretary Will Serve Until March 1st, 2005
The exodus from Washington continued Monday as James Loy, a
retired Coast Guard admiral, announced his plans to step down from
his post as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
by March 1st.
After a few false starts, ANN's editorial staffing is shaping up
rather nicely. ANN has become populated by a good solid FUN
group of people who generally work pretty well together (so long as
we keep them away from sharp objects). BUT... we do have a major
staff position to fill -- and now's the time to get serious about
it (after some instructive disappointments).
But They Forgot To Take The Drugs They Were Smuggling
It might have been cocaine, it might have been some other drug.
But a crash investigation near the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport in
West Virginia has become a criminal investigation. State police say
large amounts of illegal drugs were found on the aircraft.
Company Offers New Ideas for Human and Robotic Space
NASA has selected six Northrop Grumman Corporation proposals
valued at approximately $137 million over four years to develop
human and robotic technologies that would have pivotal roles in its
Vision for Space Exploration.
Third Generation Pilot Finds WW2-Era Engine. You'll Never Guess
Peter Thompson, a realtor in Fallbrook, CA, wasn't looking for
extra work, but what appeared very much like a windmill atop a
30-foot tower structure beckoned to him. That's because it wasn't a
windmill. It was an engine -- specifically, a Fairchild PT-19
engine -- a rare thing dating back to World War Two. And therein
lies a tale.
$1.4 Billion Deal Goes To EADS/Airbus/CASA Consortium
Australia's Defense Department has signed a $1.4 billion
contract with EADS/CASA to provide the Royal Australian Air Force
with five new air-to-air refueling aircraft, Defence Minister
Robert Hill announced Monday.
"Computer Geek" Gets Six Months For Breaking In To Systems
Gregory Herns helped NASA technicians improve the security of
their computers, but they didn't show him a lot of gratitude.
Instead, they helped put him in jail. Maybe that's because of the
way Herns pointed out security deficiencies of the space agency's
powerful information systems -- by exploiting them to give himself
a place to store movies that he had downloaded from the net.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is moving to
duplicate, over the upcoming Holiday Season, the short wait times
at security checkpoints that air travelers experienced over
Thanksgiving. Data collected by TSA over the Thanksgiving Holiday
showed an average passenger wait time of 12 minutes during peak
travel periods, with overall wait times averaging less than four
minutes. Year-end holiday travel typically is not as concentrated
as Thanksgiving, but offers other challenges including families
traveling together and the need to move gifts through security
The current value of pure gold (Au), at today's price is $15,500
So consider: Helium-3 (He3) a rare particle on Earth but abundant
on the Moons lunar surface (He3 is required for a fusion reactant -
safe nuclear energy) has an energy value in today's dollars is $5.7
million per kilogram when compared to the value and energy
potential of oil.
"[On a] particularly clear day... when you are looking down, the
tower gets lost in all the colors and patterns that are on the
ground - ground clutter, you can't see it. It is very difficult to
see, even if you know where it is," he told the TV station."
Source: Pilot Richard Fields, in an interview with
KCAL Television in Los Angeles. He's talking about the KFI tower
that, until Sunday morning, stood near the Fullerton Municipal
Airport in California. The tower was struck by a Cessna 182 headed
to the airport. The two occupants, a husband and wife, were killed.
The plane was destroyed. The tower collapsed.
AD NUMBER: 2004-25-20
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-20
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Saab Model SAAB 2000 series
airplanes. This action requires various repetitive inspections for
cracking of the drag and shear angles that attach the nacelle to
the wing, and related corrective action.
AD NUMBER: 2004-25-19
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-19
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600),
CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and
CL-604) series airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane
flight manual to provide the flightcrew with procedures and
limitations for operating an airplane with out-of-tolerance angle
of attack (AOA) transducers.
AD NUMBER: PL2004-25-51
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for all Raytheon Aircraft Company (Raytheon) Beech
Models 45 (YT-34), A45 (T-34A, B-45), and D45 (T-34B)