Also: ISU Plane Mess, Redbird-NBAA-Deland, 1st Inuit Female Pilot, NTSB on Reno, Rotorwash, Air Tanzania Q400s, Av-Appreciation
It looks like the concept of presidential candidates taking swipes at each other on Twitter has caught on, and it’s moved over to the private spaceflight industry. The rocket motor that Elon Musk hopes will power missions to Mars was test-fired last Sunday at their facility in McGregor, Texas. Musk posted images of the test firing on Twitter, as well as some of the specifics for the engine. The Raptor engine was first introduced four years ago, and is intended to be a multi-stage engine that could eventually boost people and material to Mars. It is also planned to be reusable to reduce the cost of those missions. Two national aviation associations have filed a motion to intervene in the legal dispute between the City of Santa Monica and the FAA over control of the Santa Monica Airport. Here’s another quick review regarding the City of Santa Monica’s attempt to close their airport. As it stands today, the FAA says the airport must remain in operation until the year 2023. Santa Monica has now responded by terminating two fixed base operator contracts, and it’s alleged the city will now be the proprietary FBO and provide substandard service to drive business from the airport. Airbus has commenced the final assembly of its first A330neo, which is a A330-900 model, at its Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France with the joining of the wings to the center fuselage section. Both the A330-800 and A330-900 feature a new A350-inspired wing with Sharklet wingtip devices for state-of-the-art aerodynamics, and the aircraft incorporate the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 09.29.16 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Thursday, September 29th, 2016... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross and Christopher Odom, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Earl Downs, this episode covers:
SpaceX Test-Fires Raptor Rocket
NBAA, AOPA Fire Next Round In KSMO v FAA Dispute
Final Assembly Of First A330neo Underway In Toulouse
Iowa State University President Will Stop Using School's Airplane
Aero-Community Update: (Redbird, NBAA and Deland Special Event Coverage Coming Up)
Inuit Woman Becomes First Inuit Female Pilot For Inuit Airline
NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Reno Off-Airport Landing
Several Injured By Helicopter Rotorwash At Boy Scout Event
Two Q400 Aircraft Delivered To Air Tanzania
Governor Brownback Declares September 'Aviation Appreciation Month'
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