Robinson Helicopter Company sales increased to nearly 80% of all
piston and turbine helicopters produced in North America during the
first half of 2004. According to AIA's North American
production figures, Robinson produced 343 helicopters during this
period, a 54% increase over the same period last year.
From our AOPA friends across the pond...
You may be aware of the current Consultation in relation to a
new Charging Scheme which the European Commission through
Eurocontrol is proposing to adopt. However, it has NOT been
made clear to us whether comments will be considered from
individuals and that is why we are asking you to send them to the
persons named at the end of this letter.
Pat Peebles Ready To Stand Aviation World On Its Ear
Pat Peebles has heard it all.
"Is that a harvesting combine?"
"Can that thing cut my grass?"
That "thing" is what Peebles -- the man who invented the rotating
fork for eating spaghetti -- calls a "fan wing" aircraft. It has
rotors that span almost the entire length of each wing.
Turkey is in the club. The European Space Administration Monday
issued the following statement:
On 15 July in Ankara, Mr Jean-Pol Poncelet, Director of External
Relations, and Prof. Noket Yetis, President of the Scientific and
Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), signed the
Framework Cooperation Agreement between ESA and the Government of
Turkey concerning Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer
Space for Peaceful Purposes.
For the 2005 air show season, the United States Navy and United
States Air Force will require that any show hosting a military jet
team or single-ship demonstration team obtain licenses from three
different music licensing organizations to play pre-recorded music
over the air show public address systems at air shows in the United
GKN PLC Reportedly Interested In Boeing
Wait just a minute. Didn't these guys already say, "Thanks, but
It was back in May that we reported GKN PLC had walked away from a
deal with Boeing to purchase the latter's plants in Oklahoma and
Wichita (KS). Now, however, GKN is sniffing around at the deal
again, according to published reports.
Bag of cremated human remains accidentally dropped from
About a week ago, Barbara Vreeland, resident of Forest Gale
(OR), was cooking dinner in her kitchen. It was about 1800, when
all of a sudden she heard a loud noise above her head. She had no
idea what it could be, so she went outside to see if something had
fallen on her house. Something had, but she could not have guessed
what it was.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Brazil's low-cost airline,
passed the 20 million passenger milestone in August. Since the
launch of operations in January 2001, the company says it's
recorded continuous and increasing growth rates in both the number
of passengers and aircraft efficiency. In 2002, GOL transported 4.8
million passengers, 232% more than in 2001 (2.1 million). Last
year, 7.3 million passengers flew GOL and, in the first half of
2004, GOL has already transported 5.2 million passengers.
Evans & Sutherland Computer Corp. has announced that
Lufthansa Flight Training has purchased an EP-1000CT visual system
for the upgrade of its A310 full flight simulator in Berlin, and
had awarded a subcontract by CAE Inc. of Montreal to provide
its EP(TM)-1000CT/ESCP(R)-2000 visual system for the A380
full-flight simulator being manufactured by CAE for Australia's
"It's quieter than a helicopter of the equivalent weight.
They've been trying for years to get permission to fly helicopters
into Heathrow for commuters out of the bankers' belt, and they
never can because they make too much noise. So this could be very
useful for connecting for example the five airports around London,
a flying bus going maybe 60, 80mph, maybe 100 mph."
Source: Inventor Pat Peebles, whose fan-wing
aircraft could revolutionize flight, in an interview with the
British newspaper The Independent. Peebles' aircraft looks like a
combine harvester, but can reportedly fly like a helicopter with a
lot less noise.