SAFE Delivers Presentation On Takeoff And Initial Climb
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently
delivered another in its series of twelve
“Seminar-in-a-Box” (SIB) products for use by the FAA
Safety Team (FAASTeam). The SIBs are designed to facilitate
interactive discussion among instructors, examiners, and FAASTeam
members on topics related to flight training and accident
prevention. They further encourage the sharing of best practices in
an effort to reduce the fatal accident rate.
Went To The Aid Of Spectators Injured In The Accident
When Jimmy Leeward's P-51 went down at Reno September 17th, one
of the people in the crowd was Air Force Lt. Col Ryan Osteroos, an
instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Osteroos,
a test pilot, had attended the race with 15 students in his flight
test techniques course who at the time of the accident were talking
to race crews.
ForeFlight Manage Geared To Individual Pilots And Corporate
An online portal for individual and business aviation customers
has been rolled out by ForeFlight that provides access to account
information and ForeFlight Mobile pilot and device management
tools. Called 'ForeFlight Manage', it is available now to
ForeFlight Mobile customers.
Night Collision Between Bonanza, R22 Causes Minor Injuries
ANN is thankful to report that a collision between a Beechcraft
Bonanza and a Robinson R22 near Rio Vista Municipal Airport in
California Sunday night produced an unusual result for a mid-air -
no fatalities. KTXL-TV reports the R22 came down in a field on
Sherman Island, while the plane made it 30 more miles, and landed
at the Byron airport.
First-Hand Account Of A Flight Aboard A Consolidated B-24
Frequent ANN contributor David Juwel had the opportunity
recently to take a flight in a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, which
remains the sole flying example of a B-24 Liberator left in the
world. The aircraft is operated by The Collings Foundation. He
offers a first-hand account.
Event Sponsored By The Agency's Aeronautics Research Mission
NASA officials will meet with aeronautics industry, academia and
government leaders Feb. 21-22 for the second in a series of
roundtable discussions about future directions for aeronautics
research and technology.
Pilot Simulating Power-Off Landing Landed Short, Hit A Hidden
Consider this a story that things aren't always what they appear
to be. A flight instructor who thought it would be ... instructive
... to allow his BFR candidate to land short of the runway during a
simulated power-off landing wound up with a damaged airplane, and
probably ego as well. Fortunately, the airplane was the only thing
damaged in this incident. Both of the pilots walked away
Three New GE Facilities Are Part Of $580 Million
With its global business base growing, GE Aviation is expanding
its manufacturing and research & development footprints in the
United States with three new facilities to open by 2013. GE
Aviation's production rates are expected to grow from approximately
3,000 commercial and military engine deliveries in 2011 to 3,400
deliveries in 2012, and 3,800 deliveries in 2013.
February Session To Focus On 5th Generation Fighters
The Air Force Association is pleased to announce Lieutenant
General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Deputy Chief of Staff for
Operations, Plans and Requirements, as the guest speaker for the
February session of AFA's 2012 Air Force Breakfast Program. This
event will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, from 0700-0900
EST at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
After 14 successful years, the Virginia Aviation Council is
adding what it hopes will be a crowd pleasing flying event to their
popular Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. Surveys have shown
that attendees want to see more aircraft in flight in addition to
static displays. So this year, a Directed Parade of Flight will
take place on Saturday, April 28 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the
Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ).
Icing testing has begun on Pratt & Whitney's PurePower
PW1524G engine that will power the Bombardier CSeries aircraft
family. The company anticipates completing engine certification by
the end of 2012. To date the PW1524G engine test program has run
more than 1,200 hours of full engine testing – including more
than 200 flight hours on its 747 flight test airplane.
A US Airways maintenance worker has been killed in the mechanism
of a baggage handling system, according to authorities at Sky
Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Sixty-year-old Robert Demarco was said
to have been with the airline for several years before Friday's
Bell Steps Up With An Aggressively Innovative New Helo Design
Promoted with a fair degree of showmanship, ANN had a ringside seat as Bell Helicopter unveiled the first public view of what they call the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter, the Bell 525 Relentless, early on the opening day of the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The Bell 525 Relentless defines the new “super medium” product class - positioned at the upper end of the medium class and designed to offer best-in-class capabilities to our customers. It features superior payload and range, cabin and cargo volumes and crew visibility.
Bell Steps Up With An Aggressively Innovative New Helo
Promoted with a fair degree of showmanship, ANN had a ringside
seat as Bell Helicopter unveiled the first public view of what they
call the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter,
the Bell 525 Relentless, early on the opening day of the 2012
Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The Bell 525 Relentless defines the new
“super medium” product class - positioned at the upper
end of the medium class and designed to offer best-in-class
capabilities to their customers. It features superior payload and
range, cabin and cargo volumes and crew visibility.
But Officials Are Concerned Liability Insurance May Be Much
Higher Than In The Past
Officials for the Reno National Championship Air Races are
making progress with plans for the 2012 event, thought permits for
the races have not yet been issued. In a meeting with the
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Mike Houghton, president of the Reno
Air Racing Association (RARA) told the airport officials that
planning had to be done prior to the release of the NTSB probable
Military Variant Of The Pilatus PC-12 Was Returning From A
A U-28A aircraft attached to the 25th Intelligence Squadron went
down near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa
on February 18th, resulting in the fatal injury of four U.S.
military personnel. The Air Force says Capt Ryan P. Hall from the
319th Special Operations Squadron, Capt Nicholas S. Whitlock and
1st Lt Justin J. Wilkens from the 34th Special Operations Squadron
and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten in the accident
Court Filings Show Plan To Save $750 Million Per Year In
American Airlines parent company AMR has asked the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for
permission to hire additional consultants to assist in its
restructuring, according to documents filed with the court.
Engine Flight-Test Campaign Underway One Year Ahead Of
Airplane’s First Flight
The A350 XWB’s new engine – the Rolls-Royce Trent
XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard
Airbus’ dedicated A380 “Flying-Test-Bed”
aircraft. The aircraft took off from Airbus facilities in Toulouse
and performed a flight of more than five hours during which the
engine covered a wide range of power settings at altitudes up to
Remarks Come During Visit To Boeing's Everett, WA Location
During a recent visit to Boeing's assembly facility in Everett,
WA late last week, President Barack Obama held up the company's new
787 assembly plant in Charleston, SC, as an example of the strength
of American manufacturing.
Reflecting upon NASA's tremendous successes over the last five
decades, the United Launch Alliance released a statement saying it
is "honored that our heritage Atlas vehicles launched the historic
Mercury launches of John Glenn and Scott Carpenter 50 years ago ...
That part of an airport, other than the maneuvering area (by
ICAO) intended to accommodate the loading and unloading of
passengers and cargo, the refueling, servicing, maintenance and
parking of aircraft, and any movement of aircraft, vehicles and
pedestrians necessary for such purposes.