Major Progress Made on Nation's New Space Exploration Plan
Construction began this week on the first new NASA spacecraft
built to take humans to orbit since space shuttle Endeavour left
the factory in 1991, and marked a significant milestone in carrying
out the ambitious exploration vision President Obama and Congress
have laid out for the nation.
New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Gains New GPS
Technology To Help Direct Air Traffic
Software that enables the use of GPS technology has been
delivered to the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON),
which is responsible for air traffic in the nation's second busiest
airspace. The ADS-B enabling software enhancements, developed by
Lockheed Martin, were delivered via the FAA's Common Automated
Radar Terminal System (ARTS) program, which helps air traffic
controllers safely separate departing and arriving aircraft.
Recognized For Long-Standing Service To The Industry
Jim Cannon, an accomplished airman, author, and advocate in
business aviation, will be honored this year with the NBAA's John
H. Winant Award. The Winant Award recognizes former NBAA directors
whose service to business aviation continues well beyond their
tenure on NBAA's Board of Directors. Winant's association with NBAA
extended over five decades.
Steven J. Isakowitz As Executive Vice President and Chief
Former NASA, White House and Department of Energy official
Steven J. Isakowitz has been named as Executive Vice President and
Chief Technology Officer for Virgin Galactic, the company announced
Thursday. In his role, Isakowitz will have leadership
responsibilities across a range of areas as the company prepares to
begin commercial operation of its space vehicles.
Barry Vincent-Smith Became One Of America's First Female
It was 1944 and with America in the midst of World War II,
female aviators were being accepted as Women's Airforce Service
Pilots to test aircraft and fly support missions in the U.S.,
freeing up men for combat roles overseas. Barry Vincent-Smith, now
91, began her journey to becoming one of America's first female
pilots in Chittenango, NY, in 1942.
Florida FBO Now A Provider Of All Services For Phenom 100 And
Embraer has named Naples Jet Center in Naples, FL, as an
Authorized Phenom Service Center. As such, the FBO will offer
maintenance, service, upgrades and warranty work for owners and
operators of the popular Embraer Phenom 100 and Phenom 300
aircraft. The company will also be able to support the EEC and ESP
maintenance programs offered by Embraer and engine manufacturer
Pratt & Whitney.
Comes To Corporate Jet Management Firm From Porter
Executive and private travel firm Partner Jet has hired James
(Jim) A. Morrison as Managing Director. In this capacity Jim will
be the responsible for the day-to-day management, oversight and
direction of business along with heading up the growth and
development plans and activities that Partner Jet and its team
Center Has Delivered First Engine To Asia-Pacific Region
Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners' Shanghai Engine
Center recently delivered its first overhauled CFM56 engine to
Jetstar Pacific Airlines. The engine is the first the center has
delivered to an overseas customer in the Asia Pacific region.
'The Space Station' Latest Effort Of The W Foundation
The W Foundation (TWF) will be opening a new space exploration
museum in the San Francisco Bay Area. The emphasis will be on the
history of space exploration, and how discoveries in science and
technology allowed the U.S. to be the leader in space travel.
SDO Greatly Increases Accuracy Of Radiation Measurement From
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, has provided
scientists new information about solar flares indicating an
increase in strength and longevity that is more than previously
thought. Solar flares are intense bursts of radiation from the
release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots. They are the
solar system's largest explosive events and are seen as bright
areas on the sun.
Octogenarian's Face Slashed, But Injuries Reportedly 'Not
An 80-year-old man from Tabor, IA, was injured Wednesday when he
was hit by the still-moving tail rotor of a helicopter. Authorities
say they are not sure if Robert Smith walked in to the rotor, or
tripped and fell.
One Of The Most Inventive Companies In GA Propulsion Updates ANN On Their Plans For The Future
It would be hard to make a list of some of the most inventive and innovative companies in GA without putting Tornado Alley near the top. The creator of a number of upgrades and the inventor of a host of GA technologies, this company (we believe) is poised for even greater things than it has accomplished already... despite some pretty tough impediments in recent years (even beyond the vagaries of an economy hitting for the dumpster).
FAA Office Appears To Have Little Problem Throwing Its Weight
Around -- For The Second Time In A Month
In breaking the story about the FAA's shutdown of an LSA
manufacturer via a "prototype" auditing system that was so new that
only a few such audits had been conducted, ANN heard a number of
rumblings from the aviation industry about concerns with the FAA's
AIR-200 office and its alleged willingness to come down hard on
segments of the sport aviation community.
Do We REALLY Have ALL The Facts?
Each year, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation publishes a
statistical report of general aviation accidents. This is called
the Nall Report. It's named after Joseph P. Nall, an NTSB Board
member who died as a passenger in an airplane crash in Caracas,
Venezuela, in 1989. Regrettably, based upon the paucity of new
information contained in each annual Nall Report, I'm likely one of
only a dozen or so people who actually read the 2010 edition
cover-to-cover. I did so this year in the vain hope of discovering
something other than the positive spin on our chronic fatal
accident rate that its editors and statisticians so dutifully apply
year after year. Instead, it was the same findings, rationals, and
defense of an industry that should be ashamed of
One Of The Most Inventive Companies In GA Propulsion Updates ANN On
Their Plans For The Future
It would be hard to make a list of some of the most inventive
and innovative companies in GA without putting Tornado Alley near
the top. The creator of a number of upgrades and the inventor of a
host of GA technologies, this company (we believe) is poised for
even greater things than it has accomplished already... despite
some pretty tough impediments in recent years (even beyond the
vagaries of an economy hitting for the dumpster). TAT has put
their stamp on a number of upgrades for some of GA's most popular
birds... The Beech Bonanza, the Cessna Cardinal and C-185, the
Council Says ISS Staffing, Contingency Plans Will Require More
The National Research Council is out with a report which says
the United States is at risk because we have too few astronauts.
The NRC is warning that the number of astronauts currently
employed by NASA, 61, is too low. The number was almost 150 as
recently as 2000.
Implores President Obama And U.S. Congress To Reach Agreement
On Necessary FAA Bill
Just ahead of President Obama's speech to a joint session of
Congress Thursday night, the Global Business Travel Association
(GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry
– released a statement urging the Executive and Legislative
branches of the government to come to an agreement on long-term
funding for the FAA.
Legendary Combat Aircraft And Military Demonstration Teams
Prepare To Awe Crowds At 48th Annual Event
In less than a week, the skies of northern Nevada will be filled
with the familiar sounds of thundering engines and cheering crowds
as the National Championship Air Races gets underway at the Reno
Stead Airfield. In addition to the elite race pilots that travel
from around the world to compete in the world’s fastest
motorsport, military demonstration teams and daring performers take
to the skies to awe thousands of aviation aficionados and
GPS Signals Jammed During Joint U.S.-South Korean Exercise In
While conducting a major military exercise in March, a U.S.
reconnaissance plane was subjected to an electronic attack from the
southwestern area of North Korea which caused the aircrew to
execute an emergency landing.
Aero Linx: September
11th Families' Association
The September 11th Families' Association supports victims of
terrorism through communication, representation and peer support.
Our mission is to unite the September 11th community, present
evolving issues, and share resources for long-term recovery. The
Association serves 9/11 family members with consistent
communication through quarterly newsletters, website is updated
weekly providing the most up-to-date listing of events, current
issues and areas of interest for family members. The September 11
Families`Association is the umbrella organization that inspires the
work of the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. Many family members share
their stories with the public through lead
Used to describe a helicopter/VTOL aircraft movement conducted
above the surface and in ground effect at airspeeds less than
approximately 20 knots. The actual height may vary, and some
helicopters may require hover taxi above 25 feet AGL to reduce
ground effect turbulence or provide clearance for cargo
“There is currently no way of knowing for certain
what impact ANY changes we make in the GA system has or will have
on our fatal accident rate. None, nothing, nada. We're only
guessing - and that ain't no way to run an airline.
So, nay-sayers, and that includes you, AOPA, let's get behind this
effort to objectively quantify our annual hours flown by aircraft
type, make and model. When you do so and this system is finally
implemented, the Nall Report will finally offer genuine benefit to
the industry. Until then, it's simply another way to spend member
pilot dollars in a totally non-effective way.
Flying has risks. Choose wisely."
Source: CFI Bob Miller... in Monday's
Guest Editorial bemoaning the lack of hard stats in look