Shipments And Billings Slow Decline Through First Nine Months
Sometimes the good news is where you can find it, and that's the
case with GAMA's latest report on worldwide deliveries of general
aviation airplanes. GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce used the
report to bolster the industry's case against new user fees
proposed by President Obama.
Lockheed Martin tells ANN that its F-35 flight test program
continues to make progress. Since the last flight test update
issued on Sept. 20, the F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation multirole
fighter conducted 185 test flights, bringing the total number of
test flights for the year to 837. A major highlight for
October was the completion of F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing
(STOVL) ship suitability testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) off
the coast of Virginia. The test began when BF-2 executed the first
shipboard vertical landing on Oct. 3. The next day, BF-2 executed
the first short takeoff from the WASP. During the third week of sea
trials, BF-2 and BF-4 operated simultaneously on the ship.
Combined, they accomplished 72 shor
Apache Nation Representatives Participate In Ceremony
On Wednesday, at the Boeing plant where they're manufactured,
the first five examples of the Block III AH64D Longbow Apache
combat helicopters were delivered to the US Army. The Arizona
Republic reports the delivery, held in Mesa, included a ceremonial
blessing on the machines bestowed by White Mountain Apache Tribal
Chairman Ronnie Lupe.
Eliminates Passenger-Specific Images During Screening
TSA has named eight additional airports which are set to receive
recently purchased millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology
(AIT) units. The machines will be deployed with new automated
target recognition (ATR) software designed to enhance privacy by
eliminating passenger-specific images while improving throughput
capabilities and streamlining the checkpoint screening process.
Women in Aerospace Honors Julie Sattler in Tuesday
The Women in Aerospace (WIA) national organization presented its
2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to Julie A. Sattler, a vice
president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Company (SSC), during a ceremony Tuesday in Washington, DC.
Dedicated Asset Allows UAS Test Directorate To Assess New
Technologies, Support New Missions For Marine Corps
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, UAS Test
Directorate, has established and demonstrated a dedicated Shadow
Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System for test and evaluation purposes.
The system will be used to support U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Small
Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) test and evaluation
initiatives, including the Wide Focal Plane Array Camera (WFPAC)
payload development effort.
Second Multiyear Helicopter Contract Could Mean Substantial
Savings For Government, Taxpayers, Company Says
A proposal for a multiyear contract for the production and
delivery of 155 CH-47F helicopters has been submitted to the U.S.
Army by Boeing. "This second multiyear contract proposal will
provide not only the vertical lift capability that warfighters use
and need every day, but also will generate hundreds of millions of
dollars in savings for taxpayers and the U.S. government," said
Leanne Caret, Boeing vice president, H-47 Programs.
Airplane Is Number 250 In The 'J' Series Of Airlifters
The 250th "J" series C-130 Super Hercules has been rolled out of
Lockheed Martin's Marietta, GA, factory ... destined for Dyess Air
Force Base, Texas, which is scheduled to receive a total of 28
C-130Js. This aircraft is the 2,404th C-130 of all makes and models
to be built in Marietta.
Brazilian Carrier TRIP Linhas Aéreas Will Operate The
European turboprop manufacturer ATR has delivered the first ATR
72-600 to U.S.-based lessor, Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Founded
by Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, ALC has agreed in 2010 and 2011 to
purchase 12 ATR 72-600s, with options for 8 more of the
At Oshkosh this summer, the folks at LoPresti called a news conference to introduce a new cowling for the SR20 that company CEO RJ Siegel said has been about three years in the making. The company says it will be flying "later this year." Seigel said that the new cowling represents three new technologies ... and an "Apple" look. He said the technologies lower the total drag of cooling by almost two thirds.
At Oshkosh this summer, the folks at LoPresti called a news
conference to introduce a new cowling for the SR20 that company CEO
RJ Siegel said has been about three years in the making. The
company says it will be flying "later this year." Seigel said that
the new cowling represents three new technologies ... and an
"Apple" look. He said the technologies lower the total drag of
cooling by almost two thirds.
You can rarely overdo the process of checking up on an airframe
after maintenance... and while there are some pretty ponderous
questions over what occurred in this fatal accident, the fact that
it took place while checking up after recent maintenance does
create some suspicions. We look forward to the final report
on this accident.
Agency Will Stay At Least Five Years, But Wants More Space
The FAA has a regional headquarters in Renton, Washington, in
Boeing's neighborhood, and 1,400 employees work there. The FAA says
it needs more space, and now the owner of the office building has
sold out to a new landlord.
Denies Withholding Information From NTSB In Continental Flight
Pinnacle Airlines Corp, the parent company of Colgan Air which
operated Continental Flight 3407, has sent a letter to three
members of Congress in which it strongly denies withholding
information from the NTSB in an investigation stemming from the
crash of that flight in 2009.
'Scoot' To Launch With Boeing 777s On Long-Haul Routes
Singapore Airlines prides itself on growing from a small,
regional start-up in 1972 to become a premium travel brand
respected worldwide. The company appears to be acknowledging that a
presence in the low-cost segment is also important by announcing a
new long-haul budget division called Scoot Airlines.
Surface Water Likely Existed Only In Short Periods, If At
A new NASA study suggests if life ever existed on Mars, the
longest lasting habitats were most likely below the Red Planet's
surface. A new interpretation of years of mineral-mapping
data, from more than 350 sites on Mars examined by European and
NASA orbiters, suggests Martian environments with abundant liquid
water on the surface existed only during short episodes.
Government Looks To Purchase Three Aircraft, Parts,
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress
Thursday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of
Turkey for three AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopters and
associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an
estimated cost of $111 million.
Precision Runway Monitor
Provides air traffic controllers with high precision secondary
surveillance data for aircraft on final approach to parallel
runways that have extended centerlines separated by less than 4,300
feet. High resolution color monitoring displays (FMA) are required
to present surveillance track data to controllers along with
detailed maps depicting approaches and no transgression zone.
Aero Linx: Aviation Rescue
Jumping out of a helicopter to pluck crewmembers out of frigid
waters. Rappelling to reach survivors at a remote crash site.
Coming to the aid of civilians stranded in the midst of a
hurricane. The motto of the Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR)
community is "So Others May Live." When lives are on the line, Navy
Aviation Rescue Swimmers (AIRRs) are exceptionally adept at
answering the call. These brave men and women embody the courage of
America’s Navy – readily going into harm’s way to
complete their rescue missions in some of the most extreme
surface habitats were short-term, that doesn't mean we should be
glum about prospects for life on Mars, but it says something about
what type of environment we might want to look in... The most
stable Mars habitats over long durations appear to have been in the
subsurface. On Earth, underground geothermal environments have
Source: Bethany Ehlmann, assistant professor at
the California Institute of Technology and scientist at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, lead author of a study that
suggests that if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting
habitats were most likely below the Red Planet's surface.