You might say Friday's successful deployment of the final set of
solar array 'wings' onboard the International Space Station
recharged NASA's batteries -- sending new energy throughout the
combined Expedition 18 and STS-119 crews, as well as mission
controllers in Houston. And, of course, the orbital complex.
Says US Airways, Continental Would Inject New
The US Department of Transportation Friday proposed to
award Continental Airlines and US Airways new rights to fly to Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. If the decision is finalized, Continental could
operate a new daily nonstop roundtrip flight from Houston as early
as June 1 and US Airways could begin a new daily nonstop roundtrip
flight from Charlotte, NC on October 1.
FBO Chain Partners On Deer Valley's First Privately-Owned
Already one of the most active General Aviation airports in the
United States, Phoenix's Deer Valley Airport (DVT) now offers
owners of high-performance turboprop and turbine aircraft the
opportunity to own their own hangar as part of a new executive
condo/hangar development on the airport.
Lessons Of Flight 1549: Flight Attendants Sheila Dail, Doreen
Walsh, and Donna Dent
The US House Aviation Subcommittee hears the story of the
Miracle on the Hudson as related by flight attendants Sheila Dail,
Doreen Welsh, and Donna Dent, and some parting comments on birds
and piloting from First Officer Jeffrey Skiles and Captain Chesley
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Airport
Support Network (ASN) recently surpassed the 2,000 volunteer mark.
The volunteers are AOPA’s eyes and ears at America's
community airports, helping the Frederick, MD-based national pilot
advocacy organization stay informed about local airport issues.
Modification Program Adds Glass Capabilities To Stalwart
Boeing disclosed this week it successfully completed the first
test flight of the US Air Force's third C-130 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft on January 17, three weeks
ahead of schedule. The flight marked another milestone for the most
comprehensive C-130 avionics modification ever conducted.
This week, Major Joseph T. "O.D." Bachmann became the first US
Marine Corps pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II,
logging the flight-test program's 90th mission. He is the fifth
pilot to fly the stealthy, multi-role fighter.
National-flag carrier Air Botswana took delivery this week of
its first new ATR 72-500, in accordance with a deal for two ATR
72-500s inked last year and valued at roughly US $37 million. The
carrier will add its new ATR 72-500s to its current fleet of three
ATR 42-500s, operating the new turboprops on routes previously
operated by regional jets that become unprofitable.
Simonyi Will Be First Repeat Private Space Explorer
In preparation for his March 26 launch to the International
Space Station, Charles Simonyi has outlined the mission objectives
he hopes to achieve during his second visit to the International
After a seven-day, 2,917-mile journey, a train carrying the four
motor segments for the Ares I-X rocket arrived Thursday at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The motor is the final hardware
needed for the rocket's upcoming test flight this summer.
NASA will post online nine names that are finalists for the
agency's Mars Science Laboratory mission and invite the public to
vote for its favorite. The non-binding poll to help NASA select a
name opens online Monday, March 23, and will accept votes through
Record Number of Performers Scheduled -- This Is THE Place To Be This April!
As previously noted, the airshow industry, and the community that supports it, is said to be a close-knit and supportive one... and if there was ever any doubt about that, it has to disappear with the upcoming Cecil Field Airshow... a celebration of aviation that has been brought about, in large part, to help and support Alan Henley (pictured right), a much beloved member of the AeroShell Aerobatic team who suffered a paralyzing injury last year while engaged in the simple act of playing with his kids.
Record Number of Performers Scheduled -- This Is THE Place To Be
As previously noted, the airshow industry, and the community
that supports it, is said to be a close-knit and supportive one...
and if there was ever any doubt about that, it has to disappear
with the upcoming Cecil Field Airshow... a celebration of aviation
that has been brought about, in large part, to help and support
S6 Truss Installation Complete; Solar Panels Deployment
The first of three planned spacewalks during Discovery's stay at
the International Space Station is in the books. On Thursday,
astronauts installed the station's final truss segment, Starboard
6, containing the fourth pair of solar arrays.
Mission Aviation Fellowship took delivery this week of its first
Kodiak 100, the first of the next-generation bush planes to be
produced under an arrangement between the ministry and the
manufacturer, Quest Aircraft Co. of Sandpoint, ID.
While we're still months away from the first flight of Boeing's
787 Dreamliner, the planemaker announced Thursday the sixth and
final 787 Dreamliner designated for flight test is now undergoing
final assembly in Everett, WA. The airplane, designated ZA006, will
be powered with General Electric GEnx engines.
First Block 52 Advanced F-16 Delivered To Hellenic Air
Ceremonies were held Thursday at Lockheed Martin's headquarters
in Fort Worth, TX to commemorate the F-16 Peace Xenia IV program
for Greece, and delivery of the first Block 52 Advanced F-16s under
The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WWI
aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military
pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It
perpetuates their names as the first to fly our country's airplanes
in time of war.
An almucantar (also called a "parallel of altitude") is a circle
on the celestial sphere that is parallel to the horizon. It
consists of all points at a given altitude - if two points are on
the same almucantar, they have the same altitude.
"Our last industry forecast made in December was for a
$2.5 billion loss in 2009. This is now looking very
Source: International Air Transport Association
CEO Giovanni Bisignani, speaking during a briefing in Kuala Lumpur
this week. IATA will issue a revised forecast next week, reflecting
worse-than-expected drops in international passenger and cargo
traffic in the first months of 2009.
AD NUMBER: 2009-07-52
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-52
SUMMARY: This superseding Emergency Airworthiness
Directive (AD) is being issued to correct the applicability of
Emergency AD 2009-07-51.