Jet Was Transporting Members Of A Russian Hockey Team
Members of the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv were among
those fatally injured when the Yak-42 jet they were aboard went
down near the city of Yaroslavl on the Volga River Wednesday. Two
people have reportedly survived the accident.
Fox News reports a Nepal Airlines 757 scheduled for departure
from Katmandu to Bangkok Monday never took off after a mouse ran
out of a food pantry, and made his way toward the back of the
plane. The crew reportedly canceled the flight until they could
find the rodent.
Joint Letter Urges Policies To Preserve Aerospace Jobs
The International Association of Machinists and the Aerospace
Industries Association sent a letter to President Obama September
1, urging him to preserve the aerospace and defense industry and
its high-skilled workforce.
Tenth Anniversary Will Be Marked With C-130 Flower-Drop
The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is this Sunday, and
the California Capital Airshow at Sacramento Mather Airport plans
to commemorate the anniversary with what's described as one of the
largest memorial flower drops ever seen.
Will Emerge From Bournmouth Facility As An RAF Voyager
The first of 12 Airbus Military A330-200 aircraft has been
received by Cobham at its Bournemouth facility for conversion into
"Voyager," the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) for the
Royal Air Force. This variant of the A330 Multi Role Tanker
Transport (MRTT) is the first to be converted by Cobham in the
New Study Sees $10 Billion Screening Systems Market In
Part of the continuing legacy of the 9/11 attacks is escalated
security spending. In a new report titled, "The Airport Passenger
Screening Systems Market 2011-2021," Visiongain projects the global
airport passenger screening systems market will reach an ominous
milestone in 2011 - $10 billion in spending.
Public Invited To Community Day For NASA's Desert RATS
For years, NASA's Desert RATS – or Research And Technology
Studies team – has been trekking to the Flagstaff, AZ area
for its annual tests. This year the public can come see what they
have been up to. Students and space fans young and old are invited
to the Desert RATS Community Day from 1300-1630 MST Sunday,
Pilots And Flight Engineers Seek Industry-Standard Pay, Working
Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) pilots and flight
engineers are calling on management to commit to reaching a
tentative agreement during upcoming talks set to begin September 19
at the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington, D.C. EIA
crewmembers, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int’l (ALPA), have worked under the existing
contract for seven years with frozen wages and benefits.
Ruggedized Fuel Cell Power Source Enables Persistent
Surveillance On Small-Footprint, Low-Cost System
Small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provide valuable
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities
for units at the infantry company level and below, allowing
over-the-next-hill imagery or short-term monitoring of convoys as
an example. State-of-the-art battery power for these small UASs,
however, has limited the duration of missions to about two
African-American Comedian Removed From A UA Flight Over A
An African-American comedian and actor perhaps best known for
his voice work in Disney's animated "The Princess And The Frog" has
accused United Airlines of racism following a dispute over an
overhead luggage compartment on a recent flight. Michael Colyar
brought the charges on blog "Humormill".
Analyst To Forecast 52% Growth By 2020 At Aerospace Alliance
In a full day of special presentations during The Aerospace
Alliance Summit at Sandestin in Baytowne, Florida on September 16,
2011, The Teal Group will be aided by its supporting partners, Gulf
Coast Alliance for Economic & Environmental Resilience and Gulf
Coast Reporter's League.
CO Says Forward-Deployed Assault Ship Is "A Link In A Long
Chain" That Contributes To Success Of Naval Aviation
The crew of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS
Essex (LHD 2) celebrated the Centennial of Naval Aviation during a
ceremony held on the ship's mess decks Sept. 2. 2011 marks the
100th anniversary of the first aircraft to land on a U.S. Navy ship
at sea, and Navy commands throughout the year are celebrating the
milestone with observances, flight shows and ceremonies.
Martian Robot Still Making Discoveries After Seven And A Half
The initial work of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity at its new
location on Mars shows surface compositional differences from
anything the robot has studied in its first 7.5 years of
exploration. Opportunity arrived three weeks ago at the rim of a
14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater named Endeavour. The first
rock it examined is flat-topped and about the size of a
Experimenter Beats Sikorsky To Electric Helo Milestone
A private experimenter working in
France took on an assignment from a French company called Solution
F to design, build and fly the world's first untethered electric
helicopter, (pictured in Gizmag photo, above) and got the whole
thing done in about 12 months. Pascal Chretien's first flight
reached a height of about one meter during a flight lasting two
minutes, ten seconds.
What Pilot Doesn't Want (Much) MORE From Their
MORE! It's a phrase much beloved by those us in aviation as we
search for the conditions, modifications or skills that allow us to
derive every erg of performance out of the flying machines we love.
One of the 'Master of More" is a fellow by the name of Darwin
Conrad... a guy who has devoted much of his life to NOT leaving
well enough alone. And hundreds of aircraft owners are thanking
their lucky stars for that fact. Darwin Conrad is the President and
owner of Rocket Engineering -- he and his company have 25 years of
aircraft experience and have been involved in 29 successful STCs.
Three Controllers Featured On Video Telling Their Stories
Three air traffic employees who were directly involved in the
events of September 11, 2001 share their memories on the 10th
anniversary of that tragic day in a new video released by the
Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday.
Artifacts Tell A Part Of The Story Of September 11
Many people think of the Smithsonian Institution as a repository
for antiquities, but the museum complex in Washington, DC, is
intended to tell the contemporary history of our nation as well. In
that light, it seems appropriate that TSA would be donating several
items to the National September 11 Collection at the National
Museum of American history.
Interior Minister: Current Generation Of Devices "Not Yet
Suitable For General Use"
The German Interior Minister has decided that full body scanners
are not ready for prime time, and will not deploy the devices at
German airports for now. Field testing of two full-body scanners at
Hamburg Airport, which started in September 2010, was
extended once, and was completed on July 31 this year.About
809,000 passengers voluntarily submitted to this method of
inspection for aviation security checks. The internal assessment of
the ten-month test phase has since been completed.
NMB's Expedited Mediation Program To Focus On Limited
The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and United
Continental Holdings, Inc. Friday announced agreement on a new
expedited mediation process modeled on the National Mediation
Board's (NMB) Expedited Mediation Program.
Just weeks after the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter got back to
flight testing, a new design problem has cropped up. An aluminum
beam in the wing structure has been found to be "defective," an
issue that could lower the aircraft's wing life from 8,000 hours,
or about 25 operational years, to just 1,200 hours, which equates
to about five years of flying.
TBM 700 Went Down Monday In A Wisconsin Bean Field Near
Officials at a news conference held Tuesday in Mount Pleasant,
Wisconsin, said the 76-year-old pilot of a TBM 700 "acted
heroically" in steering his airplane away from several houses
before crashing in a bean field Monday. The pilot, Phillip Pines,
was fatally injured in the accident.
The Air Force ended nearly 95 years of service, research and
training at Brooks AFB in Brooks City, TX Aug. 31, 2011, when the
last unit inactivated in a ceremony. The commander of the Air Force
Materiel Command and commander of the 311th Air Base Group at
Brooks led the ceremony in front of more than 200 civic leaders,
elected officials and former and current employees of the base.
“When I look back on that tragic day, I’m
most proud of how all of our air traffic controllers rose to the
occasion and did the right thing so well that it amazed the rest of
the world.” Source: FAA Air Traffic Controller
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Safety Network is a private, independent initiative founded in
1996. On line since January 1996, the Aviation Safety Network
covers accidents and safety issues with regards to airliners,
military transport planes and corporate jets.