NASA is targeting Tuesday, October 27th, for the flight test of
the Ares I-X rocket, pending successful testing and data
verification. Senior managers made the decision after a meeting
Monday at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.23.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.23.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Bryan Neville, FAASTeam - Pilot Stress -
09.23.09 (ANN Special Report, with the FAA's
Pratt & Whitney will cut 1,000 jobs from its two Connecticut
locations, as it transfers that work to plants in Georgia,
Singapore, and Japan. The plant in Cheshire, CT will be
shuttered, and operations will be scaled back at the East Hartford
Their Job Is To Assist FAA Regional Employees In Understanding
The FAA’s safety organization is locating NextGen
specialists at every Flight Standards regional office to make sure
the safety workforce is up to speed on the high-tech systems and
procedures that are transforming the national air transportation
More than 70 New EASA-Approved Helicopter Accessories On
The DART Helicopter Services (DHS) team is flying into Helitech
2009 with more than 70 new helicopter accessories certified for
European operators. Each of the accessories has been designed to
make flying safer, more effective or more efficient, and each
product was approved by EASA in 2008-2009.
Pilots May Be Happy To See New Blue Sky Network Gadget For
Helicopters And Private Aircraft
Blue Sky Network took advantage of the Helitech 2009
exhibition which opened Monday to introduced the D410A flight
tracking and two-way messaging transceiver into its product
line-up. The D410A provides a new breed of Iridium satellite-based
GPS tracking with new messaging capabilities.
A Year After Its AirVenture Premiere, Martin Details Jetpack Progress
Last year, at EAA AirVenture 2008, over 5,000 attendees witnessed the first public flight demonstration of the Martin Jetpack. Since then, the Martin Aircraft Company has made immense strides to improve the basic design and ease of operation of the prototype; most notably, the company has converted to a fly-by wire system allowing novice jetpack pilots to safely solo the aircraft within an hour of training. Over the last year, nearly 5,000 test flights have been performed without injury.
Matthew McDaniel Explains How to Gain a Fundamental WAAS Understanding
Collaboratively developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), WAAS is used to combat the ionosphere disturbances, clock drift, and satellite orbit errors that prevent basic GPS signals from meeting the FAA requirements necessary for precision flight approach. Through its system of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the continental United States and Hawaii, WAAS utilizes collected data to create a GPS signal correction that is then broadcast to WAAS-enabled receivers. The result is a GPS accuracy improvement of approximately three meters 95% of the time.
Matthew McDaniel Explains How to Gain a Fundamental WAAS
Collaboratively developed by the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), WAAS is used to
combat the ionosphere disturbances, clock drift, and satellite
orbit errors that prevent basic GPS signals from meeting the FAA
requirements necessary for precision flight approach.
System Is Entirely Transponder-Based, Requires No New
A new surveillance system introduced by the FAA in Colorado
allows air traffic controllers to track aircraft not covered by
radar in remote, mountainous regions. The FAA and the Colorado
Department of Transportation are sharing the cost of Wide-Area
Multilateration, which began initial operations on Sept. 12 .
System To Be Used For Runway-Light Automation At Teterboro
The FAA has selected the Searidge Technologies
intelligent-video-based surface management system, IntelliDAR, to
provide runway-light automation at the Teterboro Airport, New
Jersey. Teterboro Airport is one of the most active
general-aviation airports in the United States.
BioJet Corporation (formerly JatrophaBioJet)and E85 LLC jointly
announced Monday that they have executed a Bio-SPK forward contract
for the sale by BioJet and the purchase by E85 of 4 million barrels
of aviation bio jet fuel. The fuel delivered under this contract
will meet ASTM International specifications.
Teamsters Local 1108 has authorized a strike authorization
vote among its members who are the pilots employed by Flight
Options LLC. The Teamsters and Flight Options management have been
in negotiations over a first contract for pilots since June
Indianapolis Location Will Install Winglets On 16
AAR announced Monday that it has been selected by Continental
Airlines to perform winglet installations for 16 of the airline's
Boeing 757-300 aircraft. The work will be performed at AAR Aircraft
Services' Indianapolis location, the company's repair and
overhaul (MRO) operation located at Indianapolis International
Oneida County Executive Says Everything Was Done Properly
The FAA has sent a letter to Oneida County, New York officials
saying a contract with one of the FBO's at Griffiss International
Airport may violate its exclusivity rules, putting future airport
improvement grants in jeopardy.
“The new system, called Wide-Area Multilateration,
lets us see aircraft we couldn’t see before due to the rugged
terrain. It improves the safety and efficiency of those flights and
saves time and money for passengers and operators.”
Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Aero-Linx: Air And Space Museum
Have you ever wondered why something that looks as simple as
winglets are always cited as improving aerodynamics, efficiency,
and fuel economy in aircraft? We went looking for an explanation
today, and found a good one from The Smithsonian Institution's Air
and Space Museum.