Time Magazine To Name SpaceShipOne "Invention Of The Year"
2004 has been very, very good to Burt Rutan. His homebuilt
spaceship flew into space not just once, but three times... coming
home safely each time (but not without a few moments of "maximum
pucker"), he made a deal to build the first generation of space
touring vessels, and he's been lauded far and wide for bring the
excitement back into the space age. Now... he's getting one more,
albeit VERY influential, feather in his cap. Time Magazine will be
naming SpaceShipOne 2004 Invention of the Year by Time magazine in
its annual Coolest Inventions issue.
Just days after China touted improvements in the safety record
of its civil aviation fleet, a China Eastern CRJ-200 went down in a
frozen lake Sunday. All 53 people on board were lost, as well as
two on the ground.
The Boeing Company accepted the first two engines for the Joint
Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C aircraft program Nov. 10
in a ceremony held at a General Electric plant in Lynn, Mass.
Boeing is building three X-45C aircraft in St. Louis as part of the
J-UCAS program. Each of the aircraft will be powered by a single
As the President's second-term cabinet shapes up, it is far
different from the first one. The mainstream press has focused on
big changes at State and the potential of changes in Defense, with
less focus on downline and domestically-oriented departments. But
in the department that has the greatest impact on American (and
world) aviation, no one knows if change is coming. Will Norman
Mineta retire? Please?
It's the sort of problem everyone should have -- too many
customers and not enough capacity. That's the case in India, where
the government Wednesday announced an ambitious $1.1 billion plan
to upgrade 30 airports throughout the country.
Many Parts of the SR-XX Series Are Apparently Edible...
ACFT, N43014, A C195, WAS TAXIING VIA S-TURNS TO THE RUN-UP AREA
AT NORTH LAS VEGAS ARPT (VGT). THE ACFT PROP IMPACTED A CIRRUS,
RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE CIRRUS AND MINOR DAMAGE TO
N43014. THE CIRRUS WAS NOT INTENDED FOR FLIGHT. N43104 WAS INTENDED
FOR FLIGHT. LAS VEGAS, NV
The following is a statement pf National Air Traffic
Controllers Association President John Carr on Congressional action
on air traffic controller staffing:
"In fiscal year 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration lost
more than 500 air traffic controllers, but only hired 13 because it
lacked funding. That simply is not acceptable to the flying public.
Fewer eyes on the skies mean delays, congestion and safety
While the past week contained stories of near-Mach 10 aerial
achievement, something a little less speedy still managed to make
its way into the record books. A new Flexjet Bombardier Challenger
300 set a world speed record for this class of aircraft on a trip
from Carlsbad, Calif., to Bangor, Maine.
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, currently deployed with
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) (JFK)
as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, recently celebrated more than
9,000 hours of mishap-free flying.
By ANN Contributor Aleta Vinas
In 1995 Lindbergh met Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman, Co-Founder
and President of The X-Prize Foundation. In 1996 Diamandis invited
Lindbergh to join the Board to help raise and administer the prize
A new survey conducted by Flyguides Pilot Travel, an online
general aviation travel resource, quantifies for the first time the
wealth and travel habits of America's more than 600,000 active
general aviation pilots. One of the travel and luxury industries'
hottest, newly identified niche mark.
ARINC and Telenor Thursday gave leading UK and European
journalists a look at technology that can make in-flight mobile
phone service a reality. ARINC/Telenor Mobile Connectivity-the new
GSM mobile phone solution for airlines that uses Inmarsat
aeronautical services-was deployed inside Inmarsat's London
headquarters for use by an invited list of aviation and aerospace
writers and editors.
Aero-News Quote of the Day
"The $9.5 million approved Saturday night by Congress is
a much needed down payment on a large problem. While it is good
news that Congress has given the FAA new money to hire and train
controllers, considerably more resources will be needed if FAA is
to address the serious staffing crisis facing our nation. Many of
our critical air traffic control facilities across the country are
already short-staffed. And the FAA administrator herself has said
that we are looking at a 'tsunami wave of
Source: From (yet another) rant by
the National Air Traffic Controllers Association President
John Carr, while reacting to Congressional action on air
traffic controller staffing. Mind you, he's not altogether