Bell Helicopter has confirmed Transport Canada Civil Aviation
(TCCA) certification of its newest light twin engine helicopter,
the Bell 429. Bell has also completed the requisite FAA
certification requirements. First deliveries are scheduled to begin
Afghan and Czech Pilots Bring The Aircraft Back After Almost 10
After an absence of nearly a decade, the Afghan Mi-35 is again
flying the skies of Afghanistan, thanks to pilots from the Afghan
National Army Air Corps and the Czech Republic, military officials
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.01.09 (ANN's
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and Brent Wouters)
White Paper On Low Earth Orbit Policy Delivered To White
Enabling the development of commercial crew and cargo
transportation to the International Space Station is the central
recommendation of a policy paper submitted by members of the
Commercial Spaceflight Federation to the Review of U.S. Human Space
Flight Plans Committee, also known as the Augustine Committee.
Celebrates 65 Years Of Training Rotary Wing Pilots
Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 5 celebrated a milestone in naval
aviation when the 30,000th rotary wing student pilot walked across
the stage to receive his coveted "wings of gold," June 19. First
Lt. Michael Brown, USMC, walked off the stage as the Marine Corps'
newest helicopter pilot. He joined 37 other students in achieving
Boeing has connected the F-15E Mission Training Center (MTC) at
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to the U.S. Air Force's
Distributed Mission Operations Network (DEMON), enabling F-15E
pilots at the base to train virtually with pilots located around
the world for the first time. Mountain Home is the first of three
F-15E training centers Boeing will link to the network this
NASA and Japan released a new digital topographic map of Earth
Monday that covers more of our planet than ever before. The map was
produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.
The new global digital elevation model of Earth was created from
nearly 1.3 million individual stereo-pair images.
More often than we realize, private pilots across the country
fill their planes with unlikely passengers, transporting them to
safe new homes. And during the week of September 12-20, a group of
these good Samaritans have committed to helping save 5000 of these
special passengers ...our animal friends who need homes and are
being flown to safe havens.
Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review take pride in
announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of
these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were
all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the
international Master Instructor accrediting authority.
Collaboration Designed To Further Develop Unmanned Aerial
UltraCell Corporation, announced Monday it plans to build fuel
cell systems for the Center for Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV)
Exploitation (CUE) in its Dayton, Ohio, manufacturing plant.
UltraCell will initially build 10 units based on the company's XX25
reformed methanol fuel cell (RMFC) technology, with potential to
expand production in the future.
When the Lopresti clan announced that the long-awaited Lopresti Fury was alive and well and actually headed for serial production, they also let us in on the news that they had some interesting additions in store for that program... namely a fully-integrated Apple iPod digital audio recorder.
When the Lopresti clan announced that the long-awaited Lopresti
Fury was alive and well and actually headed for serial production,
they also let us in on the news that they had some interesting
additions in store for that program... namely a fully-integrated
Apple iPod digital audio recorder.
Summer Means Higher Humidity, And A Chance For Ice
The FAA has issues a Special Airworthiness Information
Bulletin designed to inform pilots of the potential hazards
associated with carburetor icing. For now, this airworthiness
concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant an
AD, but is still a timely reminder for summer flying.
Fuel Vapor A Potential Issue For Robinson Helicopters
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin
(SAIB) alerts owners and operators of the potential for fuel vapor
in high ambient temperatures and altitude on Robinson Helicopter
Company (RHC) Model R44 II helicopters.
Designed To Fly Around The World On Solar Power Alone
Late last week, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg
unveiled the Solar Impulse HB-SIA at Dübendorf airfield close
to Zurich. It is the first aircraft designed to fly both day
and night without fossil fuel or emissions.
Composite Airplane Straddles The Line Between LSA and
Wichita, Kansas-based Belite Aircraft unveiled its prototype
airplane Tuesday in a unique venue-Wichita's Old Town Warren
Plaza-with Kansas' Fourth District Congressman Todd Tiahrt among
the attendees for the airplane's debut.
"Through no great effort of your own and by no selection
means other than being near the top of the alphabet during your
winging class, you are hereby selected as the 30,000th rotary wing
Source: Plaque given to First Lt. Michael
The FAA released an advisory Tuesday on avoiding and
dealing with carburetor ice, which gives us a perfect opportunity
to offer this definition. "Ice formed in the carburetor due
to the effects of lowered temperature by decreased air pressure and
fuel vaporization in the presence of significant water vapor (high
The FAA has rolled out a couple of improvements in their
recently-redesigned website, and we thought we'd bring them to your
"Split "Airports & Air Traffic" into separate
navigation tabs, and remove "Safety"