Are We Still Too Great A Nation To Be Limited To Small
On January 25, 2012 former Speaker of the House turned
presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stood in front of crowd of
supporters in Brevard County Florida. In his effort to win the
Florida presidential primary, the candidate spoke boldly of his
intention to establish a permanent US base on the surface of the
moon by the end of his second term in office if he were elected
president. This was probably the most ambitious spaceflight
challenge to be placed before the American people since JFK's
challenge to land a man on the moon and return him safely to the
earth before the end of the 1960s.
Congress Orders FAA To Develop Rules In Three Years
The FAA reauthorization act includes a mandate to the FAA
to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial
unmanned aerial vehicles within three years. That provision puts a
sudden end to vagueness in the discussion of how UAVs will avoid
becoming a hazard to manned aircraft. It is also guaranteed to
intensify protests from privacy advocates who fear abuse of
surveillance drones by police.
Holding Company Looks To Burnish The Regional Carrier's Image
... Prior To Sale
Republic Airways Holdings is working to put a new gloss on its
financially-struggling regional carrier Frontier Airlines, which it
acquired in bankruptcy court just three years ago. Chairman and CEO
Bryan Bedford said that it is close to naming a financial advisor
which will assist in the sale of the airline.
Saving Lives Trumps Conflict Of Interest Guidelines
You may have heard the story of three mushroom collectors who
were found after being lost for six days in a southern Oregon
forest. But the man who finally spotted them from his Robinson R44
was violating Jackson County ethics guidelines by participating in
the search, and says he'd do it again.
School To Open In Former Eclipse Aviation Building In New
Southwest Learning Center Founder, Dr. Scott Glasrud, and
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry announced Tuesday that the City of
Albuquerque is partnering with Southwest Learning Centers in a
lease agreement as they expand to open their fourth school:
Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics & Science Academy.
The social helicopter pilot group Twirly Birds has announced the
2012 Les Morris Award Recipient as Mr. Elfan Ap Rees. Mr. Ap Rees
is a noted aviation historian, author, pilot and founder of The
Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated collection
of military and civil rotorcraft located in Weston-super-Mare,
Somerset on the southwest coast of England.
IMC “Radio 5” Features Jason Blair, Executive
Director Of NAFI
In addition to its popular “Plane Talk” on IMC
Radio, IMC Club has opened another broadcast channel: IMC Radio 5.
IMC Radio 5, designed as a weekly platform for leaders in general
aviation, began its first weekly episode on February 7th with Jason
Blair, the Executive Director of NAFI. The weekly spotlight with
Mr. Blair will air live each Tuesday at 10 AM Eastern and will also
be available as a podcast on iTunes and other Internet media.
The pilot of a Dyn' Aero microlight which suffered an in-flight
structural failure at an altitude of about 1,000 feet has been
awarded a settlement of more than $150,000 after it was determined
that the bolts used to hold the aircraft together were
Accused Of Taking Valuables Left On Airplanes Rather Than
Turning Them In
Two airline cabin cleaning crew workers at Lambert St. Louis
International Airport have been accused of stealing valuable items
left on airplanes that are supposed to be turned into the Airlines.
The two workers were employed by Airport Terminal Services, which
is based in St. Louis but has contracts at 35 airports around the
One Of R9's Greatest Skills... Creating Quick And Useful Waypoints Where And When You Need Them
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
One Of R9's Greatest Skills... Creating Quick And Useful Waypoints
Where And When You Need Them
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at
the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass
panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more
knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than
Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the
chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a
few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most
usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so
with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
Inspections Of Affected Airplanes Have Led To A Broader EASA
EASA has expanded its mandatory inspection of wing rib feet on
A380 airplanes to every aircraft in service, regardless of flight
hours. An AD posted by the European safety agency Wednesday
mandates the inspection of "Airbus A380-841, A380-842, and A380-861
aeroplanes, all serial numbers."
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin
(SAIB) following reports of pitch trim freezing on four Citation
Mustang airplanes, and offers recommendations to prevent the issue
from occurring. At this time, the FAA says the airworthiness
concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant the issuance
of an AD.
Pre-Proposal Conference To Be Held On Valentines' Day
As part of NASA's ongoing efforts to foster development of a
U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability to and from
low Earth orbit and the International Space Station, NASA has
issued a call for industry to submit proposals for the Commercial
Crew Integrated Capability Initiative. It's expected that proposals
will lead to Space Act Agreements that will help NASA and the U.S.
achieve safe, reliable, and cost effective human access to
NTSB Determines Pilot Error Caused The 2010 Accident
It's a story that's unfortunately far too common. A pilot makes
a flight for which he or she is not qualified, and the result is
predictable, and tragic. In this case, a helicopter pilot continued
into IFR conditions in unfamiliar surroundings. Both he and his
passenger were fatally injured.
Political discourse frequently includes mention of the costs
regulation imposes on business and their consumers. It's usually a
vague concept, but Spirit Airlines has ticked off Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood by itemizing the estimated cost of new
consumer protection rules recently imposed by the department. It's
even calling the $2/ticket surcharge the "Department of
Transportation's unintended consequences" fee.
Judge Says He Did Not Disclose A Reprimand Letter Dealing
With Sexual Affair With A Subordinate
A Washington court has fined a Raytheon executive because he did
not reveal he had been given a letter of reprimand for engaging in
an affair with a subordinate. The letter was deemed evidence in a
lawsuit over a consulting contract with the FAA.
Participants In World's Largest Rocket Contest Showcase Designs
For President Obama
President Obama highlighted the efforts of team members,
teachers and parents from a Presidio, Texas, school that worked to
raise funds to participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge
(TARC) contest in remarks at the second White House Science
"We are so pleased TARC students have the opportunity to
exhibit their great work alongside some of the country's most
talented young minds in STEM." Source: Marion C. Blakey,
president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association.