Bell Helicopter said it was updating its civilian helicopter
line as a hedge against maturing military contracts. That move may
be coming just in time. The Pentagon reportedly will cut 24
aircraft, worth $1.75 billion, from its five-year budget for the
Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey program.
Session Stems From Last Year's NTSB Public Forum On The
HAI President Matt Zuccaro will host and moderate a Public
Aircraft Industry Workshop on Monday, February 13th at Heli-Expo in
Dallas. This meeting is designed to serve as a launching pad for an
industry working group to develop recommendations for government
regulators on ways to strengthen and clarify safety oversight of
public aircraft operations.
The FAA was widely expected to announce revisions in the rules
limiting the use of small unmanned aircraft in national airspace by
the end of January, but the agency has, without explanation,
delayed any word of changes until sometime "this Spring," according
to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
A camera aboard one of NASA's twin Gravity Recovery And Interior
Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecraft has returned its first unique
view of the far side of the moon. MoonKAM, or Moon Knowledge
Acquired by Middle school students, will be used by students
nationwide to select lunar images for study. The images were taken
as part of a test of Ebb's MoonKAM on Jan. 19.
The largest low cost carrier from the Philippines is set to
become a new A330 operator, following an announcement that it has
selected the aircraft for new long haul services. Cebu Pacific
(CEB) plans to acquire up to eight leased aircraft for the new
operation, which will begin in the third quarter of 2013.
Cooperation Agreement Between Sweden And Hungary Extended By A
The defence and security company Saab said Monday that Hungary
is taking a long-term strategic decision to continue operating
Gripen and ensuring the continued development of its national
capability. Sweden and Hungary are extending the cooperation for
another ten years, until 2026.
Thirty years ago, the British Royal Navy was dispatched to
battle an attempt by Argentina to annex the Falkland Islands. The
episode is chronicled in the film, "Iron Lady," now playing in
theaters. But history is repeating itself this week, and Britain's
Prince William is among those deployed.
The ACLU says on its blog that it has filed a lawsuit under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on a
"targeted killing program" which relies heavily on the use of UAVs.
The ACLU says that while its suit overlaps one filed by the New
York Times, they are also seeking "the government’s
evidentiary basis for strikes that killed three Americans in Yemen
in the fall of 2011."
Aero Linx: FAI -- HANG
GLIDING AND PARAGLIDING
All FAI hang gliding and paragliding international
championships, competitions and record activities are conducted
under the direction of the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Commission (CIVL). CIVL stands for "Commission Internationale de
Vol Libre". The FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission
establishes and maintains rules for running FAI sanctioned hang
gliding and paragliding competitions, makes safety recommendations
and sets technical standards at these events, and is responsible
for setting the criteria for FAI recognised records and badges.
Also known as geostationary. An orbit in
which an object circles the Earth once every 24 hours, moving at
the same speed and direction as the planet’s rotation. The
object remains nearly stationary above a particular point, as
observed from Earth. The International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE)
and some weather satellites are examples of satellites in
April 2008, the FAA chartered an Aviation Rulemaking Committee
(ARC) to examine these operational and safety issues and make
recommendations on how to proceed with regulating Small UASs. The
agency has received the ARC recommendations, and is drafting a
proposed rule. The FAA aims to publish a proposed rule in
Source: The FAA -- which was widely
expected to announce revisions in the rules limiting the use of
small unmanned aircraft in national airspace by the end of January,
but the agency has, without explanation, delayed any word of
changes until sometime "this Spring," according to a report in the
Los Angeles Times.