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What a cool week! You really have to admire a company that says what they're going to do and then follows through. That's exactly what happened with Eclipse Aerospace, as Mason Holland took the stage during the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference held this past Friday in Albuquerque and announced the official launch of initial production of the new model Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. It's rare that we get a news release from a company concerning an Airworthiness Directive (AD), but the folks at WACO (WALK-o) thought it was important to note that they are taking seriously an AD for Great Lakes airplanes built before the
Wolf: Goal Is Not Creation Of A Commercial Space Industry
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, said Tuesday he had reached an agreement with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the future of the commercial crew program.
Deputy Administrator Garver, Two Female Astronauts Will Keynote Event
NASA will mark the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America by hosting a Girl Scouts Rock@NASA event from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT June 8 in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium located at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and two former astronauts, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Pam Melroy, will participate.
Among the featured speakers for the Rochester WINGS 2012 aviation expo at the Greater Rochester International Airport June 8-9 will be Avemco Insurance Company President, Jonathan “JJ” Greenway, who will address the educational session, “Northeast Flying Gotchas!” on Saturday, June 9 at 2pm.
Non-Profit Organization Raising Funds For D.C. Area, Other Build-A-Plane Project
The Washington, D.C. non-profit organization Discover Aviation Now is actively seeking funds for a Build-A-Plane project, which is giving 15 students the ultimate education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Current President Mike Denton Is Retiring In October
Boeing today announced that George Maffeo, vice president of 787 Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes will succeed Boeing Japan president Mike Denton, who will retire from the company in October.
The Gwinnett County, GA, Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposal to bring commercial service to Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The board also voted to withdraw the preliminary application to the FAA to privatize the airport.
South Florida Event Would Have Targeted Major Aviation Companies
In an effort to draw major aviation companies and potential buyers to south Florida, Miami-Dade's Beacon Council sent a request to the Air Force for the use of the runway at Homestead AFB for a commercial aviation expo. The Air Force said "No."
San Diego developer Karl Higgins is betting $10 million on well-heeled aviators' interest in a luxury hangar for their aircraft. Higgins is planning 32 hangars to be built at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, CA. The project is scheduled to begin by the end of the year, and will be accomplished in phases over the next three years on a 4.5 acre site.
Concentrated Noise Over Certain Communities A Concern
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council is asking residents of New York's Long Island to oppose a new FAA regulation establishing a mandatory North Shore route for helicopters. The group says the new rule would “exacerbate air traffic congestion and make helicopter noise permanent over some communities.”
First Engine To Achieve 50,000 Flight Hours Without A Shop Visit
German airline TUIfly and CFM International marked a new first-run time-on-wing world record set by a CFM56-7B engine powering one of the airlines Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The engine logged more than 50,000 hours without a shop visit.
After A Year In Space, Exact Touchdown Time And Date Still Undetermined
Preparations for the second landing of the X-37B, the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base. While the exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations, it is expected to occur during the early- to mid-June time frame.
Two Veteran CFIs Look At The Potential Of The Skyport Program
The aviation world sat up and paid attention when the redbird Skyport program was announced... and while most folks weren't all that sure of what was going on, a few industry veterans were pretty excited and for darned good reason. Skyport was a chance to do something "completely different."
Two Veteran CFIs Look At The Potential Of The Skyport Program
The aviation world sat up and paid attention when the redbird Skyport program was announced... and while most folks weren't all that sure of what was going on, a few industry veterans were pretty excited and for darned good reason. Skyport was a chance to do something "completely different." Two of the flight training industry's leading vets, John and Martha King were there and heavily involved in the planning and execution of the program. And to say the least, they were excited about the potential of what Jerry Gregoire's troops were about to show the aviation world.
Mechanical Defects And A Breakdown In Monitoring Procedures Cited In The Wyoming Incident In 2010
The NTSB met Tuesday to develop a set of safety recommendations stemming from a 2010 runway excursion which occurred in Wyoming. On December 29, 2010, at about 1138 MST, American Airlines flight 2253, a Boeing 757-200, ran off the departure end of runway 19 during light snow after landing at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport (KJAC). The airplane came to rest about 730 feet past the departure end of the runway in deep snow. None of the 179 passengers and six crewmembers were injured.
Association Reiterates Support For Global Approach To Aviation Emissions
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen testified Wednesday before a Senate committee that the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) "singles out a great American industry for discriminatory treatment." Bolen called the European scheme "fatally flawed."
Successful ISS Mission May Open Doors Previously Shut Tight
The successful flight of a Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station may open the door for the launch of military satellites by SpaceX ... a goal said to be more elusive than flying cargo for NASA.
Was A Crewman Aboard An AC-47D Aircraft Which Went Down In 1965
The remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger, 32, of Lebanon, Ore., will be buried June 8 in his hometown.
Manchester airport, the third busiest airport in the UK is facing a crisis from temporarily running out of jet fuel. Flights to and from the airport are expected to be delayed, especially those flying to long-haul destinations. The issue is with fuel supplies from the Stanlow refinery, which were disrupted due to concerns about quality.
"NASA and the committee have affirmed that the primary objective of the commercial crew program is achieving the fastest, safest and most cost-effective means of domestic access to the ISS, not the creation of a commercial crew industry." Source: Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), Chair of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee.
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