Rollout Ceremony Took Place At Chase Field In Texas
Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance took the wraps off the first U.S.
Customs & Border Protection Agency (CBP) UH-60 A-A to L
recapitalization aircraft at its Chase Field Operations Center in
Texas Wednesday. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket
business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Announces Membership Election Process For Open Positions
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced
a call for nominations to fill three open positions on the NAFI
Board of Directors. This is the initial step in to the process of
member election of directors.
As if higher fares, check baggage fees, packed airplanes, and
ever-eroding service weren't doing enough to curb airline demand on
their own, the chairman of the British Government's Committee on
Climate Change has floated an idea that frequent flyers in the UK
should be charged higher taxes than those who fly occasionally.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress
Wednesday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab
Emirates of 16 Chinook helicopters, and communication equipment, as
well as associated parts, equipment, training and logistical
support for a complete package worth approximately $2.0
Air Force Is U.S. Government's Largest Energy Consumer
The Air Force has rolled out a new plan to reduce energy
consumption and incorporate energy considerations into all phases
of its practices. The Air Force is the federal government's largest
consumer of energy.
Single-Seat Fighter Transformed Into Two-Place Aircraft
A D-model F-18 Hornet modified by Patria successfully performed
its first 51-minute flight on December 3rd, 2009 in Jamsa, Finland.
This two-place aircraft is repaired and modified from a single-seat
C-model F-18 Hornet badly damaged in a mid-air collision.
Former Blink-182 Drummer Settles Case For An "Undisclosed"
Travis Barker, the former drummer for the band Blink-182, has
settled his lawsuit against Learjet and other companies stemming
from a 2008 accident which killed both pilots and two other people.
Barker, along with radio host DJ-AM (Adam Goldstein), survived the
crash, though Goldstein later died of unrelated causes.
Open Skies Accord Paves Way For Joint Ventures That American
Says Could Result In Stronger Airlines
American Airlines applauded efforts by Japanese and U.S.
negotiators Wednesday for their progress in developing an Open
Skies accord that will govern aviation in years to come. American,
a founding member of the oneworld Alliance, pressed both countries
to reach a final accord in Washington, D.C., this week.
A Boeing official says the number of order deferrals has slowed,
which could be an indication that the industry's slide may be
coming to an end. Boeing President and Chief Financial Officer
James Bell told industry analysts that only a few new requests for
deferrals have come in since the third quarter ended October
Power Flow Systems Introduces the Latest in Tuned Exhaust Designs
On November 12th, Power Flow Systems announced the debut of its all-new tuned exhaust system for the Beech Bonanza. Though PFS now has systems on over 3,500 aircraft, the Bonanza will be the company’s first tuned exhaust for a six-cylinder engine. The new system required a “clean-sheet” design to fit inside the cowling while still providing the necessary length for increased performance. The high performance tuned exhaust will feature Power Flow’s patented components including mandrel bent tubing, cabin heat design, and headers comprised of their own independent slip joints eliminating the need for clamps.
Cirrus Announces Factory Option for New SR20 and SR22 Aircraft
During the 2009 AOPA Summit, aviation enthusiasts convened at the Tampa Convention Center to see the latest in general aviation technology and hear the latest in general aviation news. During the convention, one of the industry’s top leaders, Cirrus Aircraft, announced that Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck system would now be available from Cirrus as a factory option on selected new SR20 and SR22 aircraft.
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Power Flow Systems Introduces the Latest in Tuned Exhaust
On November 12th, Power Flow Systems announced the debut of its
all-new tuned exhaust system for the Beech Bonanza. Though
PFS now has systems on over 3,500 aircraft, the Bonanza will be the
company’s first tuned exhaust for a six-cylinder
Cirrus Announces Factory Option for New SR20 and SR22
During the 2009 AOPA Summit, aviation enthusiasts convened at
the Tampa Convention Center to see the latest in general aviation
technology and hear the latest in general aviation
news. During the convention, Cirrus Aircraft, announced
that Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck
system would now be available from Cirrus as a factory option on
selected new SR20 and SR22 aircraft.
FAA Is Considering New Commercial Pilot Certificate Standards
FAA Administrator Babbitt testified Thursday at a hearing before
the Senate Commerce Committee Aviation Subcommittee on oversight of
FAA safety initiatives. In his prepared remarks, he reiterated that
"we cannot regulate professionalism."
Initial STC Covers Some 580 Different Aircraft Makes And
Garmin International announced Wednesday that the FAA has
granted an approved model list supplemental type certificate
(AML-STC) for the Garmin’s TAS and TCAS I traffic systems,
the GTS 800, GTS 820 and GTS 850. The initial AML-STC includes
approximately 580 different aircraft makes and models.
Secret Airport Screening Parameters Inadvertently Made
TSA has inadvertently posted some of its most secret airport
screening procedures online in a way that makes them available to
the public, including special rules for diplomats, CIA personnel,
and law enforcement officers.
Cirrus Design hopes to work with city leaders in Grand Forks, ND
in an effort to re-structure a lease on its facility there.
According to City Administrator Rick Duquette, the company
currently owes $845,000 in back rent.
$600 Million To Be Doled Out By DOE For Biofuel Projects
The FAA said Wednesday it welcomes the announcement by Secretary
of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack of
more than $600 million in awards to advanced biofuel projects. At
least four grant recipients are working on technologies to produce
fuels including renewable jet fuels.
As Many As 340,000 Aircraft May Need New Paperwork To Be
The FAA may soon be set to require aircraft to be registered
periodically, as are cars and boats. If adopted, the perpetual
registration of aircraft would be scrapped and the registration of
every aircraft in the United States would be cancelled, requiring a
new registration within three years.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in McAllen, Texas wants to seize an
airplane belonging to Jorge Aguiniga, a Houston car dealer being
held on charges of illegal immigration. Aguiniga was arrested
on board the airplane, 1978 Beechcraft Model 95-B55, at McCreery
Aviation at McAllen airport in July.
Famed WWII CAP Pilot Involved In Dramatic Rescue At Sea
96-year-old Eddie Edwards, a famed WWII Civil Air Patrol pilot
and a winner of the first Air Medal of WWII to be presented
personally by the President of the United States to any U.S.
airman, has passed away. Edwards accepted his Air Medal from
Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House Oval Office in 1942.
“Renewable jet fuels are critical to building the
cleaner, more sustainable Next Generation commercial aviation
system in the United States.
Source: Nancy LoBue, FAA Acting Assistant
Administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment.
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