Aircraft Stability Tested During 44 Minute First Flight
The first flight of the 2nd prototype of the fifth generation
Sukhoi aviation complex (PAK FA) took place in Komsomolsk - on -
Amur Thursday. The plane was flown by Russian Federation test pilot
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03.07.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News
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ANN Special Feature: Type Ratings for Composite
GA Planes? - 03.07.11 (ANN Special Report,
with CFI Bob Miller)
By ANN Guest Columnist Rich Davidson
The time has come for aviation to embrace a cold soul
searching willingness to challenge everything we've been told or
believe about our sport. Instead though, aviation's leaders
continue to shore up reputations, seek out quantity over quality,
and treat us like mushrooms. The (most recent) example comes from
Piper Aircraft is continuing to expand its international reach
with the designation of Piper Australia Aircraft Sales Pty Ltd,
Melbourne, as the company's new aircraft sales agent for the
Commonwealth of Australia.
Boeing Plans Participation In Those Discussions At Conference
Executives from Boeing will speak at conference sessions that
address sustainable aviation bio-fuels and explore developments in
the cargo sector during Asian Aerospace 2011 and discuss their
implications for commercial aviation. Asian Aerospace takes place
March 8-10, at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. The company also
will conduct a media briefing to share the company’s market
outlook for the next 20 years.
Phoenix Heliparts will be introducing a couple of new faces (for
the company, anyway) at Heli-Expo in Orlando. The company says it
is continuing its successful expansion by appointing Conrad Moreno
as quality assurance manager, and Marcus Landry as manager of
Low-Time D Model Sprouts E Model Nose, Digital Avionics
A 1981 MD500D model has been customized with an 'E' nose, air
conditioning and a complete Aerodynamix NVG package following a
full restoration by Phoenix Heliparts of Phoenix, AZ. The company
says this 30-year-old aircraft is now truly state of the art.
Sends C-17A Globemaster III Letter of Request To The U.S.
Australia is investigating the purchase of an additional C-17A
Globemaster III heavy lift aircraft Minister for Defence Stephen
Smith said Monday. The government has sent a Letter of Request to
the United States regarding the potential purchase of an additional
C-17A aircraft through the United States Foreign Military Sales
program, formally seeking cost and availability information.
Features Include Voice Recognition, 3D Sound, Advanced Auto
Garmin has rolled out its new GMA 350 and GMA 350H audio panels.
Designed for fixed wing and rotorcraft, respectively, the GMA 350
and 350H have industry-first features like voice recognition, 3D
spatial audio processing, advanced auto squelch, and ambient noise
based volume adjustment.
A Few Hours In The Air Prove The R66 Has The
I've been waiting for this one for quite a while and I'm
delighted to report that the result was worth the wait. The new R66
Turbine Five seat helicopter is a helluva machine and a joy to fly
-- and in a number of flight regimes. Some three years and
eight months after Robinson publicly announced plans to develop the
beast, the FAA presented Frank Robinson with Type Certificate No.
R00015LA, just a few weeks back. The FAA also presented Robinson
with an amended Production Certificate that now includes the R66,
allowing Robinson to begin deliveries right away.
Airwolf Aerospace Says Price Will Be Significantly Less Than
A new Tension-Torsion (TT) strap for Bell 206 Jet Ranger and
206L Long Ranger helicopters, civilian and military has been
developed by Airwolf Aerospace. Airwolf manufactures the straps
under an FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA).
Aero-Linx: Alec Buck's EMS
This EMS Heli page was started around 13 years ago with 'just a
couple of helicopter photos.' As their audience grew, they started
receiving photos of EMS Helicopters from all over the world. They
enjoyed the photos so much that they 'decided to share them with
everybody.' The site's goal is to have every EMS Helicopter in the
US displayed. Based on what we see so far, they seem to be off to a
good start... check this site out...
"Launch is a very demanding business and having what
appears to be a successful launch is always welcome news... It
is important to remember that this is an experimental vehicle; that
this is just the second launch; and that we have just started what
is a very systematic checkout of the system."
Source: Deputy Under Secretary of the Air
Force for Space Programs Richard McKinney, commenting on the laucnh
of the second USAF X-37B unmanned spacecraft.
"The fee-for-service arrangement provides the academy
with a flexible, cost-effective, comprehensive system to train
Cadets in the planning and executing UAS missions... The
academy will be able to draw upon the considerable assets of this
AAI system as they train a core group of future U.S. Air Force
Source:Stephen Flach, division vice president
of AAI's Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. commenting on the fact
that cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy will learn about Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS) using AAI's Aerosonde Mark 4.7 system under
a fee-for-service contract announced by AAI Wednesday.