Document Says "No Justification" For 40-Rocket Five-Year
A Congressional watchdog report issued Monday raises questions
for taxpayers about a proposed five-year block buy of 40 rocket
booster cores being advocated by the rockets' manufacturer, United
Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA is a joint venture between aerospace
giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
NASA's Langley Research Center has partnered with the First
Flight Foundation and other organizations to celebrate Soaring 100
- the centennial of Orville Wright's historic, world record glider
flight of Oct. 24, 1911. His nine minutes and 45 second flight
started the sport and science of modern soaring. The October 21-24
event will be at two locations on North Carolina's Outer Banks -
the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Jockey's Ridge State
Single Engine Designed For All Variants Of The Airliner
Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent
XWB flight test engine on its A380 “flying-testbed”
aircraft. The aircraft and engine will now be prepared for the
flight test campaign commencing in the coming weeks.
The European Union and China are continuing to "agree to
disagree" over the EU's controversial carbon cap and trade scheme
which the Union hopes to impose on any airline operating in
European airspace after January 1.
Europe's ROSAT Telescope Weighs 2.4 Tons, Can't Be Steered
Sometime between this Friday, and Monday, October 24, just a
month after NASA's six-ton UARS fell into the Pacific, a defunct
German satellite called ROSAT will take the plunge. As was the case
last month, scientists will not know until just before impact where
the space junk is likely to hit the surface of the Earth.
It's certainly different from the biofuels that are becoming so
talked about as alternatives to petroleum-based jet fuel. Virgin
Atlantic has formed a partnership with New Zealand-based LanzaTach
to develop the first low carbon aviation fuel with just half the
carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative.
Some 800 People Expected To Attend The Lockheed Martin
The 23rd Annual Hercules Operator's Conference was held this
week at Lockheed Martin's facility in Marietta, GA. About 800
representatives from 34 nations – as well as 90 supplier
companies – focused on C-130 Hercules support, operations,
upgrades and new fleet acquisition.
Exercises Four Options To Purchase Four AS350 B3e
At the recently-completed Aviation Medical Transport Conference
in St. Louis, MO, Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) announced it
has exercised their options and ordered four more AS350 B3e
helicopters. The options were part of an order announced at
Heli-Expo 2011 and will bring AMRG’s fleet of AS350 B3e
helicopters to seven.
Allows Installation Of Three-Screen Flight Deck On All Citation
The FAA has awarded an STC to Sierra Industries for a "glass
panel" retrofit for all Citation 501 models. Developed in
cooperation with Garmin International Inc., the STC allows
installation of the three-screen digital flight deck suite
utilizing the same displays as the well-known Garmin G1000
Company Credits Development Of Air Medical Interiors For
In contrast to many corners of the aviation services industry,
Metro Aviation says it continues to book new aircraft completions
and sign new operating customers for what it expects to be a record
year for business.
Chinese Company Signs Firm Orders With Embraer At NBAA
Embraer and China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing signed a firm order for 13 Legacy 650 executive jets at the 64th Annual NBAA Meeting & Convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered by the end of this year, with the rest making the journey to Asia within the next five years.
Chinese Company Signs Firm Orders With Embraer At NBAA
Embraer and China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing signed a
firm order for 13 Legacy 650 executive jets at the 64th Annual NBAA
Meeting & Convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first aircraft
is expected to be delivered by the end of this year, with the rest
making the journey to Asia within the next five years. The two
companies signed a memorandum of understanding back in July for up
to 20 aircraft ranging from entry level Phenoms to the ultra-large
Korea’s Commercial Aviation Set For Growth - Strong
Demand For Twin-Aisle Airplanes
As many as 1,250 new airplanes will be delivered to Northeast
Asian carriers valued at approximately US $200 billion over the
next 20 years, according to projections from Boeing. “The
combined effect of liberalization and rapid economic growth is
driving passenger traffic in the region,” said Randy Tinseth,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Marketing, speaking
at the 2011 Seoul Air Show.
Officials Want To Look Into "Specific System Concerns"
Military brass at Fort Rucker in Alabama have grounded the
entire fleet of OH-58 Delta Kiowa Warrior helicopters. The
grounding is not a result of an accident but rather a pro-active
decision to take a holistic look into specific system concerns.
Thirty-Five Airplanes Per Month Will Soon Be Rolling Out The
To meet the growing demand for single-aisle medium-haul
airliners both in the U.S. and abroad, Boeing has boosted its
production rate on 737 airplanes to 35 per month, up from the
previous rate of 31.5 per month. On Tuesday, employees loaded
chords and webs manufactured by the Boeing Fabrication division
into the company's newest automated spar assembly tool, the first
visible step in the final assembly of the airplane.
Carrier Announces Leadership Change As Ed Barnes Resigns
Ed Barnes has resigned as the CFO of budget carrier JetBlue
Airways. His resignation was effective Tuesday. Barnes joined
JetBlue in 2006 as Vice President, Cost Management and Financial
Analysis, and was promoted to CFO in 2008.
Airplane Went Into The Water On Final Approach, Resulting In
Flying in instrument conditions at night over water will always
be challenging. In an accident which occurred over Thanksgiving
weekend last year, one such flight ended with the airplane in the
water in a bayou about a mile shore of the runway at
Destin, FL, and three people fatally injured. The NTSB said
the pilot made improper decisions on approach which led to the
Ethiopian Airlines Expands Their Flight Training Fleet With 2
Diamond DA42 NGs
Pilots hoping to fly for Ethiopian Airlines will be getting at
least some of their training in Diamond DA42 NG twins, and the
Austrian planemaker delivered two of the aircraft to Addis Abeba
(Ethiopia) after a ferry flight from Wiener Neustadt (Austria),
where Diamond Aircraft’s headquarters are located. The
aircraft were delivered on September 29th.
'IntelliDAR' Intelligent Video Platform Will Be Installed
The FAA has commissioned the installation of an "intelligent"
video platform developed by Searidge Technologies at the Seattle
Tacoma International Airport (SEA) as part of a technology
performance assessment led by the University of Illinois Center of
Excellence for Airport Technology.
“Air travel in Northeast Asia is expected to grow
moderately at 4.3 percent annually over the next 20 years.
Korea’s dynamic economy as well as the nation’s thirst
for air travel will fuel growth for the region.”
Source: Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice
President of Marketing.