It's not a "grounding," per se... but for the next day or so,
the US Air Force would prefer not to fly its remaining 20-plane
fleet of B-2 Spirit bombers, following the weekend crash of one of
the stealthy aircraft in Guam.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.25.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.25.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- CFIs Are Human Too:
02.25.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over
Dedicated Fleet Management Program Adds To Offerings
Pratt & Whitney Canada launched an all-new Fleet Management
Program at Heli-Expo 2008. The new program is designed to meet the
wide-ranging engine maintenance needs of helicopter customers
around the world.
An on-again, off-again development project that could change the
nature of rotorcraft design has seen the light of day. Sikorsky
unveiled its X2 Technology Demonstrator this weekend at the George
R. Brown Convention Center at Heli-Expo 2008.
Sikorsky-subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft announced the launch of
its new S-434 helicopter Sunday at Heli-Expo 2008. Now in
development, the single-turbine aircraft is the next iteration of
the Schweizer model 333 (shown below) incorporating many of the
design and performance technologies developed on the Fire Scout
Tout Coconut-Derived Fuel As Sustainable Energy Source
On Sunday, Boeing, Virgin Atlantic and GE Aviation conducted
what those companies called the first commercial aviation flight
using a sustainable fuel from biomass, mixed with traditional
kerosene-based jet fuel.
Relatives Say Woman Was Denied O2, Equipment Malfunctioned
An American Airlines passenger died onboard a flight from Haiti
last Friday, after being denied access to oxygen twice... and then
finding the plane's onboard O2 tanks were empty, according to one
of the woman's relatives.
The South China Sunday Morning Post reports veteran pilot Ian
Wilkinson was piloting a new Boeing 777-300ER from Paine Field,
near Boeing's plant at Everett, Washington, to its new home in Hong
Kong when he reportedly came around and did a low pass. And we mean
Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS) and French aerospace
company Le Bozec Filtration & Systems are joining forces to
offer helicopter engine Inlet Barrier Filters direct into the EMEA
(Europe-Middle East-Africa) market. Both companies design and
manufacture filtration solutions for a variety of commercial and
military helicopter applications.
High-Definition-Capable Displays For UltiChart Maps
AeroComputers recently announced the addition of Dual Screen
Displays to the AC line of Ultra High-Resolution Display-Monitors.
Created to meet the growing need for high definition capable
displays, the dual displays are among a variety of options offered
by AeroComputers for dedicated viewing of maps and video.
Tom Peghiny Reveals Many Upgraded Features For CTLS
The CTLS is ready for the LSA biz... Barely eleven years after the first CT entered production in June 1997, the Flight Design Team is introducing their latest bird... the new 'CTLS.' Similar to the preceding CT models, the changes are cosiderable since the new LS model was designed to address customer requests from the last two years.
Tom Peghiny Reveals Many Upgraded Features For CTLS
The CTLS is ready for the LSA biz... Barely eleven years after
the first CT entered production in June 1997, the Flight Design
Team is introducing their latest bird... the new 'CTLS.' Similar to
the preceding CT models, the changes are cosiderable since the new
LS model was designed to address customer requests from the last
LED Displays Now Available With Night-Vision Google
Sandel Avionics announced Monday it will partner with Aero
Dynamix, Inc., of Euless, TX to offer NVG-compatible versions of
its advanced LED retrofit displays, including the new 4-ATI SA4550
ADI- and SN4500 HSI-replacements and the popular 3-ATI SN3500 EHSI
and ST3400 TAWS.
The Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland HH-71 Team successfully
conducted aerial refueling tests between an RAF AW101 Merlin Mk3
helicopter and an Italian Air Force KC-130J tanker last week,
further demonstrating the aircraft's capabilities for the US Air
Force's Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) requirement.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced this week it has signed
a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned fuel and line
operations to BBA Aviation for $128.5 million. BBA Aviation is the
world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution
GBA Awarded FAA's Blessing Ahead Of Suspension Of
Groen Brothers Aviation announced last week the FAA evaluated
its SparrowHawk III kit, produced and sold by GBA's American
Autogyro Division, and determined that it qualifies to be included
in the FAA listing of Eligible Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits.
Aircraft Passes Gauge Calibration, Tests Of Systems
Last week, BAE Systems told ANN the company completed critical
fuel testing on the first F-35 Lightning II short take off and
vertical landing (STOVL) variant, five days ahead of its schedule
proving the maturity of both the aircraft and program.
Navy Will Conduct Operational Evaluation Later This Year
The US Navy has decided to integrate Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B
Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle (VTUAV) onto another air-capable ship before it reaches the
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Fire Scout is still slated to go
aboard the LCS, and the Navy remains committed to transitioning the
Fire Scout in that direction.
Formed in 1970 at Brampton, Ontario in Canada, this all-volunteer
group is dedicated to recreating the sights, sounds and feel of
World War One combat aircraft. In doing so, they honor the pilots
who served with gallantry and distinction during the Great War of
1914 - 1918.
"The issue is currently under investigation and we are
cooperating fully with the Federal Aviation Administration. Both
pilots have been removed from flight duties pending the
Source: An unidentified representative of go!
Airlines, regarding the airline's suspension of two pilots
suspected of taking a nap on a short inter-island flight from
Honolulu to Hilo earlier this month.