Chinese defense officials are denying reports that Pakistan has
given them access to the remains of an advanced helicopter used in
the raid which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The helo
went down during the raid, and was largely destroyed by the SEAL
team before the mission was completed.
Dan Gryder Pitches Whiteside Airport Board On Another Vintage
DC-3 fanatic and airline pilot Dan Gryder, who spearheaded The
Last Time reunion, doesn't want it to be the last time the
Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Illinois hosts a major
gathering of vintage aircraft. He envisions a World War II-themed
aviation event in July, 2012, with "12 to 15 DC-3s, several B-17s
and B-25s, numerous P-51s and a smattering of flying aircraft."
Powerplant For The Robinson R66 Gas-Turbine Helicopter
Russian airworthiness authority IAC-AR has certified the
Rolls-Royce RR300 engine, the company announced Wednesday at the
MAKS Air Show in Moscow. The approval opens up flight operations
for the Robinson R66 helicopter, and bodes well for future growth
for the aircraft in the region.
Cautioned To Use Care When Selecting Sites For Water
As fire season progresses in the West, many rivers and streams
are flowing at higher than normal rate for this time of year,
according to the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest
Service. Those that are flowing near normal appear to have a
significant amount of debris from earlier flooding. With the high
water flow and debris, the agencies say thorough risk assessments
need to be conducted on dip sites prior to commencing
Shipments Begin September 15, Unlock Power Of WingX, iPad
One of the more amazing bits of technology at Oshkosh was the
coming availability of a small, 5-ounce Attitude and Heading
Reference System (AHRS) for mobile devices, which would allow the
latest version of Hilton Software's WingX to attain not only the
full functionality of a traditional six-pack of instruments, but
even add synthetic vision, when running on Apple's iPad. Levil
Technology Group now reports its mini-AHRS product will start
shipping September 15.
Cornische Aviation And Maintenance Limited Had Questioned Scope
Of The Contract
In June 2011, the US Army issued a $367 million sole source
award to the Russian arms company Rosoboronexport for the purchase
of 21 Mi-17 aircraft, initial spares and engineering support for
Afghanistan. With no public announcement, the Army also included an
option for an additional $550 million in aircraft and long
term support. Cornische Aviation and Maintenance Limited, Sharjah,
UAE protested to the U.S. General Accounting Office that the Army's
inclusion of multi-year sustainment support was in violation of
U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Griffon Aerospace Unwraps Latest Variant Of Its Small
This week at the AUVSI North American Conference, Griffon
Aerospace will unveil the Outlaw Extended Range (ER), which
incorporates a new fuselage providing addition payload and fuel
volume. The ER will carry up to 30 pound payloads aloft for 8-10
Tiny Samarai, Ruggedized Stalker Presented By Lockheed
A beefed-up long-endurance UAS and an aircraft inspired by a
maple seed are among the unmanned systems being displayed by
Lockheed Martin at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America show
in Washington, DC this week.
Projects Set To Begin Next Year Total About $200 Million
The 26-year-old Charleston International Airport is showing its
age, and is not large enough to handle the passenger traffic moving
through the region. That is the assessment of airport officials who
are planning a three-year $200 million upgrade to the facility
which was designed when terrorists were in far-away countries and
there was a major military presence in the region.
Conspirators Targeted Aircraft Traveling From London To North
America In 2006
In the summer of 2006, as many as 18 conspirators planned to
simultaneously blow up almost 10 airplanes by bringing hydrogen
peroxide-injected soda-bottles-turned-bombs onto flights bound from
London to the U.S. and Canada.
Once A Year, The Aviation World Comes To Oshkosh... And Now They Do It by B787!
It was quite a year as far as Oshkosh was concerned... especially with the first local showing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner... which JUST completed its flight test program this week and is heading VERY shortly for full production.
Will Fly Next Weekend In Waterloo, IA. Two Air Shows Booked In
It has been a long road back for Kyle Franklin. But now, seven
months after the tragic accident which eventually claimed is wife
Amanda, Kyle has announced on Facebook that he is returning to the
air show circuit.
Once A Year, The Aviation World Comes To Oshkosh... And Now They Do
It by B787!
It was quite a year as far as Oshkosh was concerned...
especially with the first local showing of the Boeing 787
Dreamliner... which JUST completed its flight test program this
week and is heading VERY shortly for full production.
Judicial Watch Seeks Documents Pertaining To Decision To Sue
Boeing, Shut Down Dreamliner Aircraft Production in SC
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed by
Judicial Watch against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The suit seeks records concerning the NLRB's decision to file a
lawsuit against Seattle-based Boeing for opening a $750 million
non-union assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina to
manufacture its Dreamliner plane (JW v National Labor Relations
Board (No. 01470)).
USDA, Department of Energy and Navy Partner to Advance Biofuels
to Fuel Military and Commercial Transportation
President Obama on Tuesday announced that the U.S. Departments
of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million
during the next three years in partnership with the private sector
to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power
military and commercial transportation. The initiative
responds to a directive from President Obama issued in March as
part of his "Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future."
Raleigh TV Station Notes GA Airports Lack TSA Oversight
The story of a plane stolen from the campus of the University of
North Carolina is being portrayed by local media as an example
of how general aviation lacks the TSA security mandates that keep
Senator Grassley, Representatives Latham, Boswell, King, And
Braley All Attend
Hundreds of workers, state and local officials and aviation
enthusiasts gathered Wednesday in Cedar Rapids for a general
aviation (GA) rally. The event, held at the Rockwell Collins Flight
Operations Center, was organized by the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in partnership with Rockwell
Collins and Goodrich Corporation, both GA manufacturers with Iowa
JetBlue Airways Corporation is no doubt the envy of its
competitors today. For the second time in two years, the airline's
pilots have rejected union representation by the Air Line Pilots
Association (ALPA), in a vote which concluded Tuesday.
ANN has learned of the passing of Air Force Col. Ralph
Albertazzie (Ret.), who passed away at his home in Berkley County,
WV. Col. Albertazzie had been the pilot of Air Force One during the
"When ZA102 returned to Paine Field, it brought back
with it the hopes and dreams of the many thousands of men and women
of Boeing and our global partners who have worked so long for this
day." Source: Scott Fancher, vice president and general
manager of the 787 program.
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