Controversial Racing Program Continues to Demonstrate Inability
To Certify Safety Of Program
The Unlimited Air Racing Championships that ANN profiled several
weeks ago, featuring some pilots with troubled backgrounds and
histories, appears to be stuck in 'idle.' FAA Spokesperson, Ian
Gregor, has confirmed that the UARC request for approval of an
aggressive multi-plane, multi-obstacle, air racing platform could
not be proven to be safe enough to meet the FAA's required
standards. "First and foremost, we need to insure a safe event...
we put eight inspectors on this, very experienced people, and we
have been unable to approve their plan for a scheduled race
in Camarillo, California. We have worked hard on this program and
given it our best effort... but safety has to come
Says In FCC Filing That Failure To Comply With DoD And
International Standards For GPS Receivers Cause Of
After being rebuffed by the chairman of the FCC earlier this
week, hopeful wireless broadband provider LightSquared now says
that the GPS industry has only its self to blame for the
interference caused by its terrestrial transmitters.
Working With Brazilian Authorities For Likely Mid-September
Eclipse Aerospace said Friday it expected to be able to announce
the grant of Brazilian Type Certificate Validation of the Total
Eclipse Jet in mid September. In the meantime, the airplane is
making its first appearance at the 8th Annual Latin America
Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).
Boeing's head of commercial airplanes Jim Albaugh told reporters
Thursday that there are only 24 hours left on the Dreamliner test
program, and that he expects the process to be finished up this
weekend. That would clear the way for FAA certification of the
company's new airliner, and first delivery to launch customer ANA
sometime in September.
HTV-2 Collects Unique Data During Several Phases Of Second
DARPA attempted for the second time to fly the fastest aircraft
ever built Thursday. The Agency's Falcon Hypersonic Technology
Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) is designed to fly anywhere in the world in less
than 60 minutes. This capability requires an aircraft that can fly
at 13,000 mph, while experiencing temperatures in excess of 3500F.
The second test flight began with launch at 0745 Pacific Time.
21-Year-Old Filed Suit Over His Treatment After Disrobing At
Arguments were heard this week in the case of a lawsuit brought
by a 21-year-old man who protested airport security screening by
writing part of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripping to
underwear and socks in the checkpoint line at Richmond
International Airport in Virginia December 30, 2011.
Tiny Island Nation Didn't Appreciate Surprise Munchie Run
The Telegraph in the UK reports that officials of the tiny,
remote, Pacific island nation of Nauru, which has a national
population of only about 10,000 people, were not amused when a
24-year-old Australian pilot landed a two-seat helicopter on
Capelle Beach to grab a drink and some chocolate from the island's
main supermarket. The pilot and his passenger were working at sea
on a Taiwanese fishing vessel when they left the ship in search of
snacks, and allegedly did not notify authorities of their
"The GPS industry's failure to comply with the
Department of Defense's (DoD) filtering standards is the root cause
of potential interference issues involving LightSquared's proposed
broadband wireless network." Source: LightSquared
Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy