Safety Alert Says High Manifold Pressures can "Substantially
Reduce" Blade Life; Alert Prompted by Blade Separation.
Robinson Helicopter Company recently responded to a main rotor
blade failure with a warning to all R-22 operators. "Exceeding
Manifold Pressure Limits Can Cause Blade Failure," was the title,
and the essence, of Robinson's R-22 Safety Alert.
You don't have to be crazy to work here... but it helps. Kevin
O'Brien has that covered. One of the more colorful and
knowledgeable stringers that ANN has been fortunate enough to work
with, is joining ANN's Senior Staff and drawing a regular paycheck
(which, in the aviation world, is something of a news item in and
Investors in Raburn's 'Technological Transformation' Find Much
One of the more interesting aspects of our attendance at the
Eclipse Owner's Conference was the chance to get up close and
personal with a number of folks who put down some serious dollars
in order to invest in Rayburn's dream.
The minute our fearless (or so he says...)
Editor-In-Chief saw this photo, only two words were heard...
"Caption Contest." The twisted minds of the Aero-News
crew, sleep deprived from dealing with the rigors of cranking
out each Daily Aero-News edition, as well as other bits of
Aero-Insanity, all of a sudden realized that it was HIGH time for
one of ANN's much-ballyhooed caption contests.
The December 2004 issue of Popular Science magazine has named
Diamond Aircraft's new DA42 Twin Star as one of the top 100 tech
innovations for 2004. Other selections include the 2005 Lotus
Elise, the twin Mars Exploration rovers and the AGM-158 joint
air-to-surface standoff missile.
Aviation Technology Group’s (ATG) Chairman and CEO, George
Bye, has announced the addition of Charlie Johnson, former
President and COO of Cessna Aircraft Company, to the team as
Executive Vice President of Operations effective December 1,
Aviators from Task Force Diamondhead are helping to ensure the
success of coalition forces in Kandahar by providing air support
for various missions throughout the southern region of Afghanistan.
This support often comes in the form of air-assault missions,
during which aviation assets are used to rapidly insert ground
troops and equipment into remote locations.
Both pilots are being hailed as heroes after their Convair 340,
painted with huge, red letters that spell, "Re-elect George W.
Bush" suffered engine failure and ditched in a lake near Aventura,
Baker Aviation Services, LLC has been awarded a contract by Aero
Union Corporation of Chico, CA to support certification flight
testing and airworthiness approval of the Bombardier Q400
multi-role air tanker.
Intelsat tells ANN that it is pursuing a recovery mission of the
Intelsat Americas 7 satellite, which experienced a sudden and
unusual electrical distribution anomaly on November 28. As a result
of an intensive recovery effort by the Intelsat technical team,
contact and control of the satellite has been regained.
They're bitter rivals when it comes to commercial aviation.
They're at philosophical odds about the future of passenger flight.
Their animosity towards one another has led them to the World Trade
Organization, bearing charges and counter charges of illegal
But Airbus is now asking Boeing, in essence, "Want to partner up on
the KC-135 tanker replacement deal?"
The Pennsylvania legislature this week passed a "flying while
impaired" law, joining 47 other states that have laws against
drinking and flying. That was in response to the January drunken,
erratic flight of a Pennsylvania pilot through Philadelphia's Class
B airspace and near a nuclear power plant. Gov. Edward Rendell is
expected to sign it.
"The Department of Defense and the Air Force are in the process
of reviewing their options. It will be the government that will
make the decision on how to proceed on the tanker program."
Source: Boeing spokesman Doug Kennett, reacting to
an offer by EADS and Airbus to split the DoD contract to replace
the aging KC-135 fleet between the two manufacturers. Boeing had
the $23.5 billion deal sewn up -- until it was learned that the Air
Force negotiator overseeing the deal had given Boeing the business
in return for a comfy job at Boeing and a nice, fat paycheck.
Darleen Druyun is now serving time in federal prison.
Torran McCarthy, a student in the Airframe & Powerplant
Mechanic program at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville (WI)
was recognized at the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Investiture
Ceremony and Banquet in Oshkosh on November 6. McCarthy, 29,
resides in Milton, Wisconsin. He said he was deeply honored to
accept the $1000 Carl Guell Memorial Scholarship.
Frequent fliers with American Airlines can donate $25 to sponsor
a holiday care package for deployed troops that includes a
100-minute prepaid AT&T calling card, toiletries, disposable
cameras and sunscreen.