Aero-News has learned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
granted airworthiness certification on December 29, 2005 to the
Engine Alliance GP7200 engine, the leading powerplant for the
Sikorsky Aircraft has received FAA certification for its S-76C++
helicopter. Since being certified, two C++ aircraft have already
been delivered. The inaugural C++ aircraft went to Petroleum
Helicopters Inc. (PHI) and will be used for offshore oil support
and employee transfer missions. In total there are over 60 S-76C++
helicopters on order.
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Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 01.04.06
(ANN's Feature News Program, with NBAA's Ed Bolen, Part Two)<
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has
announced their Master CFIs for December 2005. To help put this
achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately
87,000 CFIs in the United States -- and fewer than 500 of them have
earned the Master designation thus far.
Earlier this week, representatives of BVR Systems told Aero-News
it has been contracted by Aermacchi S.p.A. to upgrade two flight
simulators of the MB339A aircraft for a total value of US $4.5
From Detail Tweaks To New Jets, There Were A Bunch
It's been such a busy year for aircraft, the mind boggles at the
task of covering them all. I mean, we did, but covering them all in
one story is the thing... so this isn't a laundry list of
everything that flew -- it's a review of some of the most important
things that flew, or got into production, last year.
One of the most difficult tasks we face each year comes in the form
of our Annual 'Best of Breed' selections. Formerly announced at
Oshkosh, we decided to fold these announcements into our Year-End
Wrap-Up in order to take advantage of the rest of the year's events
and input, as well as to make such an announcement truly
representative of the full year.
United Airlines reached a significant milestone in its efforts
to emerge from bankruptcy, with its reorganization plan winning
support from nearly all its creditors. After over three years of
operating under Chapter 11 protection, UAL execs are confident the
end is in sight -- although a few hurdles remain.
Although NASA initially scoffed at the notion of private
spacecraft, the space agency is now exploring the possibility
of sending cargo and crews into orbit aboard spacecraft currently
in development by companies such as SpaceX, AirLaunch LLC, and
We'd like to be optimists about this, but let's face it: odds
are, you're not going to win the stunning 2005 AOPA Commander 112A
the organization is set to give away later this year. You can,
however, set your sights (and dreams) on the organization's latest
sweepstakes plane: a 1967 Piper Cherokee Six 260.
We Asked For Your Comments -- Here's Just One Interesting
Note: ANN Reader Larry Stencel took the time to
explain comments he has about some recent ANN editorial efforts as
concerns a topic near and dear to much of the general and sport
aviation world -- LSA and Sport Pilot.
Reduced Fleets, Employee Concessions, Rising Fares May
It seems an impossible dream -- given the intense competition
for passengers, still-high fuel prices, and that one airline has
already folded two days into the new year -- but we might just see
more domestic airlines turn a profit in 2006, according to industry
Stuck On Runway For Seven Hours During A Snowstorm
Six German passengers are claiming they were held against their
will on a British Airways flight from Berlin to London last week,
after the jet waited on the runway for seven hours for a snowstorm
to blow through.
A fun site of aerial photos, you can zoom in to a US map to an
area of about a city block. They also have a famous places
link if you’re just looking for the good stuff (Alcatraz,
Daytona Speedway, Disney World).
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch is part of the
Department for Transport and is responsible for the investigation
of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK.
British Equivalent of the NTSB.
"So, boys, lets get rid of that weight limitation and
the speed limitation and start addressing those of us who should
most be courted as the saviors of aviation. We've been here all
along and we want to stay here. I can continue to support aviation
in the way that is MOST productive... with my money and by
mentoring young people! Those of you who agree need to start
yelling 'bloody murder' every where you can. If the Sport Pilot
weight and speed limitations were raised in quantum steps for those
more experienced, it'll be better for everyone. In fact, it could
be the "hook" that pulls 'em in."
Source: Aero-News reader Larry Stencel, in his
Op-Ed piece responding to our "guarded optimism" on the future of
Sport Pilot in ANN's recent "Best and Wo