First of all, let's offer up an apology for being a few hours late with this edition of Airborne. As we were in the midst of producing this program, Airborne Host Ashley Hale got an early morning call with the news that she was in the processing of becoming an Aunt... and let's face it, that was important stuff, indeed, and worth a little extra time so that she could be part of that amazing event. In the meantime, though, there's lots of pretty cool news on the aviation front as well... some good and some bad. We're not sure what's going on at Cessna
COTS 2/3 Mission Announced At Annual Satellite Conference
SpaceX Company President Gwynne Shotwell used the Satellite 2012 Conference to announce that it has a thin launch window on April 30 that would get it to a scheduled May 3 berthing slot at the International Space Station. The mission, known as COTS 2/3, carries a political payload far larger than the food and clean underwear inside the spacecraft.
The general aviation industry has good reason to be excited by both recent sales and future prospects for private aircraft in China. But it's important not to confuse an initial spike in orders with any market's long-term character, which may be very different. "That's particularly true in the case of China," aviation analyst Brian Foley says.
The accident which fatally injured blogger Neptunus Lex sent a shock through the military aviation community. In its preliminary report, the NTSB mentions poor weather and a critical fuel situation at the time of the accident, which forced Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon, USN (ret) to attempt to divert to Reno.
No Tarmac Delays Longer Than Three Hours On Domestic Flights Or Longer Than Four Hours On International Flights In December
The nation’s largest airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 83.7 percent in January, up from the 76.3 percent on-time rate of January 2011, but down slightly from December 2011’s 84.4 percent rate, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released Thursday. On-time arrival performance during January 2012 was the highest January on-time arrival percentage in the 18 years.
Sixth Embraer Model To Be Certified In That Country
the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has granted type certification (TC) for Embraer’s Legacy 650 executive jet, paving the way for Legacy 650 customers to register and operate the aircraft in India.