Rescue teams found the wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet that went missing in Indonesia Wednesday after radar contact was lost. All 45 aboard the aircraft are feared dead. Rescue agency spokesman Gagah Prakoso said "So far we haven't found any survivors, but we are still searching."
Cirrus Tanks Heavily Over Previous Q, Skycatcher Deliveries Plummet -- But Piper, Diamond, Socata Fare Better
OK.... there's a little good news, some not so good news and (for a change) not a whole lot of really bad news... but no matter which way you look at it, 2012 is not shaping up (yet) to be the recovery year that GA was hoping for. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has just released the industry's shipment and billings figures for the first quarter. In the first three months of 2012, total worldwide general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 2.1 percent, from 377 units in 2011 to 369 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $3.39 billion in the first three months, down 8.0 percent.
Airline passengers frustrated by poor customer service may get some relief from a new consumer protection committee formed to advise the Secretary of Transportation. The re-authorization of the FAA in February established a four-seat committee to evaluate existing consumer protection programs and make recommendations on changes. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be required to report the committee’s recommendations to Congress by next February.
Planet Is Not Habitable, But Still Considered A Significant Find
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets.
Don Pettit, an engineer for NASA and avowed science geek uses the Internet to teach scientific principles of physics as demonstrated high above the Earth on the International Space Station. The video series “Science off the Sphere” features experiments designed by Pettit to instruct Internet viewers on the aspects of scientific principles.
Builds On 2010 Agreement For Foreign Military Sales
Sikorsky Aircraft and Terma have extended and broadened their previously announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore additional potential collaborations on aircraft programs, the companies said Monday. Both the original MOU, signed in February 2010, and the new MOU are conditioned on the Danish government's decision to procure Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters via a Foreign Military Sale with the U.S.
EASA has awarded a type certificate to Williams International for its FJ44-3AP engine, an improved version of its popular FJ44-3A model. State-of-the-art aerodynamics and structural enhancements led to this new benchmark in thrust-to-weight ratio and fuel economy.
Introductory Flights Will Connect Aviators With Those Wanting To Discover Flight
Dozens of local events planned for Saturday, May 19th will turn dreams of flight into reality during the third annual International Learn to Fly Day, an aviation community-wide effort helping people of all ages take that first step to discover the fun and freedom of flight.
The Canadian SkyHawks parachute team, the official skydiving team of the Canadian Forces, will make its first appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2012 with performances during the daily afternoon air show. The 60th annual edition of EAA AirVenture is July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Fifty-Year Industry Veteran To Help Lead The Organization
Bruce N. Whitman, President and CEO of FlightSafety International, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Corporate Angel Network. “Bruce Whitman’s years of aviation industry leadership provide an outstanding basis for the contribution he will make to the work of Corporate Angel Network,” said Randall Greene, Chairman of the organization.
With the summer travel season approaching, the airlines are soliciting input from passengers regarding their experiences with air travel. The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) says feedback is important and can be submitted in an online survey requiring just a few minutes to complete.
Redbird Creates A Great Leap Forward In GA Flight Simulation Technology
Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. is a VERY interesting Austin, Texas based company dedicated to revolutionizing aviation by designing, manufacturing and delivering affordable and innovative flight training technologies. Each of the Redbird devices is designed to enhance the training experience for pilots of all levels, from student to ATP. Redbird is quickly becoming the industry standard for flight training systems. Since Redbird introduced its line of training devices in 2007, which includes the highly successful FMX, an increasing number of flight training providers are integrati
The KC-46 Tanker program has completed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with the U.S. Air Force, a key milestone in the development of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The review, which began March 21 and ended April 27, demonstrated that the preliminary design of the KC-46A Tanker meets system requirements and establishes the basis for proceeding with detailed design.
Physically Challenged Students To Get Instruction Through Purdue University Program
Six Able Flight scholarship winners will arrive at Purdue University in Indiana on May 19th to begin five weeks of intensive flight and ground training; an experience that will change their lives forever. The six men come from all over the country, and though their disabilities and challenges may be varied, they share the common goal of becoming a pilot.
A Special Counsel assigned to protect government employees who expose mismanagement or wrongdoing said the FAA has repeatedly dragged its feet in responding to whistleblower complaints about safety problems. Carolyn Lerner detailed seven cases for the White House and Congress in which "paint a picture of an agency with insufficient responsiveness given its critical public safety mission."
The first run of an upgraded version of the Trent 1000 that will be the launch engine for the latest member of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family, the 787-9 has been completed by Rolls-Royce. The Trent 1000 Package C program will provide 74,000lb thrust for the 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which is due to enter service with Air New Zealand in 2014.
'Mason' And 'Eclipse' Among Young Turtles Returned To The Ocean
In January of this year, a large group of endangered sea turtles were rescued in the Boston area after being cold stunned near Cape Cod. The New England Aquarium had little room for the turtles and needed to find another place for eight of the most healthy turtles to recuperate.
Capital Spending Reduction Will Cut Helicopter Purchases
The U.S. military, and Army in particular, will be doing more with less due to the wars overseas winding down and the threat of a large funding cut come the first of the year. The U.S. defense budget is flat, and that means the Army and Marine Corps will not be buying many new helicopters going forward.
"I'm happy with Boeing's performance. They're maintaining a very tight focus on meeting commitments and staying on or ahead of schedule." Source: Air Force Maj. Gen. Chris Bogdan, KC-46 Program executive officer.