Sikorsky's Jeff Pino, Senior VP of Sales, faced a crowd of
curious newsmen. "I know we're pretty brave calling a meeting at
three o'clock," (Pacific time, on Super Bowl Sunday), he said, "so
I'll be brief..." but he thought it was important to communicate
the future of the S-76 line. "Really, we've set out about a ten
year path here," he said, referring to the S-76C++ and S-76D that
were introduced a few hours earlier in a presentation remarkably
thin on detail. Now it was time to share the details.
The Afghan owners of a Boeing 737-200 that went down east of
Kabul a week ago blame the weather. The accident killed all 104
passengers and crew, whose remains are at a mountain site more than
11,000 feet above sea level.
Chicago Park Board Set To Approve 10,000-Seat Concert
According to Chicago-area news reports, the agenda for
Wednesday's park board meeting includes approval of a 3-year
contract for a 10,000 seat "temporary special event venue" on the
site of Meigs Field.
NBAA has issued its recommended training guidelines for the next
generation of Very Light Jets (VLJ). For the purpose of this
document, very light jets are jet aircraft weighing 10,000 pounds
or less (a distinction from the traditional definition of large
aircraft as more than 12,500 pounds, and light aircraft as 12,500
pounds or less) and certificated for single pilot operations. These
aircraft will possess at least some of the following features: (1)
advanced cockpit automation such as moving map GPS and
multi-function displays; (2) automated engine and systems
management; and (3) integrated autoflight, autopilot and
flight-guidance systems. This document offers a training outline
that represents the minimum curriculum necessary to satisfy
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien
When handed lemons, good engineers make lemonade, and that's
just what Sikorsky has done with the remnants of the RAH-66
Comanche program, cancelled last year (and still in close-out
negotiations between the Pentagon and contractors, including
project lead Sikorsky).
Following the recent successful penetration trial of a Paveway
IV Precision Guided Bomb (PGB), another test example has just been
subjected to an arena test at the Energetic Materials Research and
Test Center in Socorro, NM. The test, conducted by prime contractor
Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) to demonstrate compliance of the
warhead design to the fragmentation requirements of the U.K.'s
Ministry of Defence (MoD), was conducted successfully on January
Popular Program Benefits Instructors, GA Pilots, Professionals
Alike; Fixed and R/W
PCF's Tracy Thomason (right) explained the PCF's new
announcement: the Total Health Care plan. It's a self-funded
PPO-based health care insurance program for the student,
professional or GA pilot, which has no aviation exclusion, and
thanks to PCF's non-profit status, is quite affordable.
Forget, for a moment, the Montrose, CO, accident involving ABC
executive Dick Ebersol. Forget last week's mishap at Teterboro
Airport in New Jersey. The demand for charter air services is
soaring nationwide and accidents like those simply don't seem to be
making a dent in the psyche of the charter-flying public.
Is anything safe from Eurocopter? Not if they can help it.
Makers of helicopter weightlifting champions might have been
looking on smugly as the European maker chased smaller fry to the
fringes of the marketplace, but they're now in the sights of the
EADS subsidiary, and that has to be a heck of a spot to be on.
During the just concluded HeliExpo 2005 convention, Pratt &
Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) launched a new generation
turboshaft engine, the PW210, offering "best-in-class" performance
in the 1,000 SHP class for large single and intermediate/medium
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes
pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the
part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were
all designated Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional
by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
On my way to HAI, I flew Southwest (always a pleasure) out of
Manchester International in Manchester (where else?), New
Hampshire. It's always a pleasure to fly out of Manchester, too,
even though I'm closer to Boston Logan. But after some of the stuff
I've written about the TSA lately, I knew I needed to give it a
little extra time. Based on what I've been hearing both from other
journalists and TSA insiders, I could expect the "full
proctoscopy." Ah, well, I knew that when I wrote the columns.
An Aviation Ground School is beginning at Frederick Community
College-Adult Education. The primary Goal is to aid in preparing
students for FAA written tests for sport pilot, private,
recreational and ultralight pilot. Curriculum includes Sport Pilot
certification programs. NOTAMs, FAA Flight Service Briefings,
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) ADIZ and other security issues
Utilicraft Aerospace Industries says it's given Metalcraft
Technologies, Inc. (MTI) the "go ahead" to start construction of
the initial sub-assembly center-fuselage-section of the prototype
FF-1080-300 aircraft, as per the terms of the Manufacturing
Agreement executed between the companies late last year.
Raytheon says it has completed a major development milestone on
the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite
System (NPOESS) program, the nation's next-generation
meteorological satellite system.
New Vice President For Customer Services At EADS-Socata
EADS Socata has recently named Nicolas Chabbert, 38,
Vice-President Customer Support. He replaces Bernard
Veyssi�re who served this position for the last five years
before joining another business unit of EADS.
"This proposal is absurd. Meigs Field is a lousy location for a
festival site, especially one of this size. Access is poor, via a
single road; public facilities for ten thousand concertgoers are
non-existent; safety, security, and parking would be a
Source: Friends of Meigs President Steve Whitney,
on the Chicago Park Board's approval of a music theater on the site
of what was once Meigs Field.
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