Business aviation in 2010 was largely about survival. Some
companies continued to lay off employees, while others announced
expansions. But for those looking beyond 2010, most saw signs of
recovery ... albiet still off on the horizon. Here is a sampling of
the business aviation stories ANN brought you in 2010.
There Was A Tug-Of-War Over F-35 Engines, Replacement
The long-awaited F-35 flight test program got going in ernest in
2010, but there was still no agreement in Congress over whether
there should be an alternative engine. Airbus and Boeing continued
to spar over a replacement for the aging KC-153 tanker, and the
military tested several aircraft on biofuel blends.
Two Dead, Helo Manages Controlled Landing, Cessna Not So
A tragic mid-air collision has claimed the live of two people
aboard a Cessna 172 that clipped the skids of a Eurocopter EC135.
The 1967 C-172 lost a significant portion of its left wing after
colliding with the lower part of the EC135 and impacted an area
approximately one half mile North of the Shenandoah Valley Regional
Airport in Weyers Cave, VA. The accident occurred at 1430 local
time and involved AirCare 5, a medical transport helicopter,
operated under contract by PHI.
Passenger Frustration With Screening May Start A Trend
From late-night comics to angry members of Congress, TSA's full
body scans and "enhanced" pat down procedures have gotten a full
ration of bad publicity this year, to the point where a growing
number of airports are considering reclaiming control of security
screening from the government agency.
International Victims May Have Rights to Compensation For Huge
Delays at JFK
Flyers Rights has weighed in on the recent stranding of a great
number of international airline passengers in the recent
'snowpocalypse' in the New York area... They claim that
'International airline passengers, under the Montreal Convention of
1999 ratified by the U.S. in 2003 (and which replaced the Warsaw
Convention), now have legal rights that are in some ways superior
to the rights of passengers on U.S. domestic flights.
You could have seen this one coming a mile away, and yet as I
read the report, I remember a LONG night I spent flying frost
control in an R22 quite a few years ago... ALL night long -- with
few breaks -- and then flew the machine another hour in the morning
to get it back to home base and was about as tired as I have ever
been... so there for the grace of God, go I.
Program Goal Is To Improve U.S. Competitiveness In Tech
NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the
agency's new Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications
are being accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of
graduate students interested in performing space technology
research beginning in the fall of 2011.
Aero-Linx: Automated Flight
Service Station (AFSS)
'Piloting safer flight.' That’s the motto put forth by
Lockheed Martin flight services specialists. Each week, they help
provide a range of services to between 80,000 and 90,000 members of
the general aviation community. On behalf of the Federal
Aviation Administration, they provide these services to the pilot
population 24/7. They provide users of the National Airspace
System—from Hawaii to Puerto Rico to every state in the
"Shortly after that we reestablished contact with the
plane, and it has been on the ground at (Reagan National Airport)
for a while. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials are
interviewing the pilots."
Source: The FAA's Diane Spitaliere,
describing what occured after Piedmont Airlines Flight
4352, enroute to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
from Hilton Head, South Carolina, lost contact during its
approach for some 15 minutes due to what was reported to be a