Cessna Aircraft Company today reported that the Federal Aviation
Administration has granted type certification to Cessna's Model
525A Citation CJ2+ The airplane, first announced in November
2004 at the National Business Aviation Association's annual
convention, was certified in just over 80 flights and 190 flight
Entertainment and sports took a step into the future today with
the launch of the Rocket Racing League™ (RRL). Dr. Peter H.
Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE, which inaugurated the age of
personal spaceflight, introduced the RRL as an aerospace
entertainment organization that combines the competition of racing
with the excitement of rocketry.
New Foam Application Method Could Return Shuttle To Flight
By completely removing a foam ramp from the exterior of the
space shuttle's external fuel tank, NASA hopes to eliminate the
foam insulation breakage problem that caused tense moments during
Discovery's return-to-flight in July.
Throughout the continuing saga of the 44-day-old AMFA walkout
against Northwest Airlines, the carrier has claimed to have
continued their operations "business as usual," with fully trained
and licensed replacement personnel filling in for the striking
workers. However, newly released FAA reports cast doubt on those
Two airmen with the 147th Civil Engineer Flight wing aiding
relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, along with a
civilian contractor, took some time last week to help get Southeast
Texas Regional Airport near Port Arthur, TX, up and running
Things are moving right along at Merritt Island, FL-based
Aerocomp Inc. Aside from continued flight testing and a new engine
for their owner-built single-engine Comp Air Jet (CA-J,) the
company has also mated the fuselage of their new Comp Air 12
turboprop to its low-mounted wing assembly.
The Experimental Aircraft Association announced a memorial fund
has been established in the memory of Marta Bohn-Meyer, former
Chief Engineer for NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and US
Unlimited Aerobatic Team manager. The memorial fund will provide
scholarships and educational programs for young women interested in
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents patrolling the
Arizona-Mexico border now have a new tool available to help them
respond to illegal intrusions, as the first Predator B Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle was deployed for operation last week at Sierra Vista
Municipal/Libby Army Airfield in Ft. Huachuca, AZ.
"These records provide examples that are even worse than we
Source: John Glynn, maintenance standards
coordinator for the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association,
commenting on newly released FAA reports citing lax training and
faulty repair practices on the part of replacement workers at
Northwest Airlines. The workers were brought on after 4,200 members
of AMFA went on strike against the carrier August 20.