In a day and age when GA can use all the good press it can get,
it sure is nice watching a familiar GA bird doing duty in a role
that anyone can feel good about. Diamond's double-breasted
DA42 MPP, powered by two turbo-charged diesel engines, has
accomplished its first test flight with a OPTIMARE IR/UV Line
Scanner as well as the OPTIMARE VIS Line Scanner at Diamond’s
headquarters in Austria to detect oil spills.
Aspen Avionics 'tells' ANN (though, 'brags' is a more accurate
term... and for good reason) that it has long enjoyed a customer
list comprised of a wide variety of aircraft, but now that list has
become more extensive with two L-39 owners upgrading their
1960s-era panels with the Aspen Avionics Evolution system.
SimCom Training Centers tells ANN that it is upgrading one of
its Eclipse simulators and has expanded the capabilities and
credits of its Eclipse 500 training courses in Orlando, FL. These
improvements will allow pilots to train using the most advanced
avionics available for the airplane and will provide the most
efficient Initial Type Rating program.
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ANN Special Feature: Mason Holland, Eclipse
Aerospace - 06.10.11 (ANN Special Report,
with Eclipse Aerospace Chairman and President Mason Holland)
Kearney Regional Airport's newest FBO, Kearney Aviation Center,
is ready for business and is partnering with Avfuel for the
requisite motion lotion. Reported to be fully operational as of
June 1, the FBO will offer Avfuel products and services including
contract fuel and AVTRIP.
The ocean’s choppy waves cause the water to rush inside
the boat slowly, causing it to sink. In the middle of the ocean, as
a growing fear sets in, a loud rumble is heard overhead in the dark
night. Looking up in the sky, a bright light breaks the darkness,
and down comes a man on a rope yelling he’s here to help. He
then puts a strap around your waist and begins to hoist you from
the cold water and toward the helicopter with the spotlight.
According to an NTSB Prelim, the start of a short flight in a
Cessna 180 seemed a bit off right from the start, with the bird
assuming an excessive pitch angle right at departure and heading
off runway heading (toward obstacles).. and flying for only a short
while before going down barely a half mile from the airport...
How'd You Like To Among The First To Crew A Whole New
Generation of Airliners?
Talk about a milestone (and 'no' pressure)... Boeing and ANA
(All Nippon Airways) have completed pilot training in Seattle, WA,
for the first airline crews who will fly the 787 Dreamliner. Ten
ANA pilots concluded their training after each pilot performed
flights in ZA001 – the first 787 flight test airplane –
over Washington state. These initial crews to go through training
are ANA's senior training pilots and check airmen and will conduct
both simulator and airplane line training for ANA in Japan. They
will be the first pilots on 787 commercial flights for ANA.
Even in A Tough Economy, Union Insists On Significant Contract
As shareholders of United Airlines gather this week for the
annual United Airlines shareholders meeting, ALPA tells ANN (using
some pretty confrontational language as it postures for position)
that, 'it is incumbent upon United CEO Jeff Smisek and his
management team to thoroughly explain the facts regarding the
progress of the United/Continental merger. Much work remains to be
completed before they can proclaim the merger a success, according
to the pilots of United and Continental Airlines.'
Awwwww... A Really Cool and Emotionally
Satisfying Way To Use Your Airplane!
I dare you to consider the mission of Pilots n Paws... and not
be affected. Devoted to helping the helpless, the aviators who
comprise Pilots n Paws not only do "a service" to the world... but
also show the world how big a heart aviation (and aviators)
Training in Experimentals Returns, But Challenges Remain
The FAA has issued a long awaited and desperately needed
document with instructions to its Field Service District Offices
(FSDO) on the issuance of Letters of Deviation Authority (LODA)
allowing compensated flight instruction in experimental aircraft.
For some aircraft classes, such aircraft are the only reasonably
available trainers in the US, and an FAA block on new LODA three
years ago, and the end of training in E-LSAs last year, has all but
wiped out access to primary training for some pilots at the
low-cost end of the general aviation spectrum.
Hawker Beechcraft has received type certification from the FAA
for the latest derivative of its Beechcraft King Air line, the King
Air 250. Developed from inputs received from more than 3,000
customers worldwide, the King Air 250 utilizes new composite
technology, lighter weight construction, and engine induction
modifications to produce enhanced performance and greater
Sandia Helps Make Sense of Air-Data... Via the
SAC 7-35 ADC
On a recent visit to the wilds of Albuquerque, NM, ANN spent
some quality time with the folks of Sandia Aerospace. In this
program, Sandia Aerospace details how their recently TSO'd SAC 7-35
Airdata Computer was designed specifically for the new generation
of integrated avionics that provides the pilot with a host of
information to make his flying safer and more economical.
ATA 'Reaffirms' Airlines' Support for Our Military
In the wake of the public drubbing Delta airlines got, this
week, over stiffing a number of soldiers returning from Afghanistan
with at least one too may gear bags, the airline industry is
displaying a sudden wave of selfish, uh, selfless patriotism. Mind
you, this only happened after some of the soldiers who,
collectively, ponied up over $2800 in extra fees... and then took
their case to YouTube with a video that, in a number of forms and
copies, has received over a half-million views... and counting.
"PolAir 4" Will Serve Areas From Wollongong To Newcastle In The
The New South Wales, Australia, Police Force has taken delivery
of the latest addition to its Aviation Support Branch. Dubbed
"PolAir 4" the force’s newest helicopter is a twin-engine
Eurocopter EC135 P2+.
"It is encouraging to hear that EAA has a commitment
from the FAA to revisit the new LODA policy if it doesn't work, but
it's unclear what the definition of "work" will be, or whether it
will take another three years for the next step. The first few
reports from instructors on wait times for handling of LODA
applications will shape an expectation of how long the biennial
renewals might take. It might be wise for would-be pilots in
general aviation's true entry level, the low-and-slow
experimentals, to get training while you can. While you're at it,
get at least a Sport Pilot rating in a traditional airplane,
because it could one day be the only way to get a flight review and
stay legal to fly your PPC, trike or gyro."
Source: ... From ANN Staffe