Thousands of young people will take to the sky on Saturday, June
10, as EAA volunteers continue an outstanding aviation tradition -
International Young Eagles Day. The annual event brings together
kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, the
largest youth aviation education program ever created, which has
flown more than 1.2 million young people free of charge since its
inception in July 1992.
Raytheon Aircraft has certified the newest aircraft in the
Hawker family, the Hawker 850XP. With Raytheon Aircraft designed
winglets, the aircraft is the next evolution of the highly
successful Hawker 800-series. It is part of a strategically planned
sequence of upgrades for the Hawker fleet of airplanes that began
with the Hawker 400XP in May of 2003.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s just-released 2005 Joseph
T. Nall Report shows an historic low for aviation accidents in
2004. The report, funded by the Emil Buehler Trust, is the
nation’s first authoritative look at the general aviation
(GA) accident rate for the preceding year.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has released VistaNav version
1.5, its multi-function flight display system with synthetic vision
technology. This latest release of the VistaNav system integrates
XM satellite weather information including NEXRAD Precipitation and
Cloud information, Live TFRs, METAR Flight Rules Indicators (FRI),
as well as detailed METAR and TAF text information.
Dallas Airmotive's (DAI) Lafayette, Louisiana facility is being
designated as a key support arm for component repair and exchange.
Investments in new technology and equipment will enable the
facility to expand its support to additional rotor wing engines and
also adding fixed wing engine types.
A resolution to support a proposal led by Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University that would develop Daytona Beach
International Airport into a model prototype of the operationally
integrated airport of the future was unanimously passed by the
Volusia County Council at its regularly scheduled session in
Dassault Falcon’s Teterboro Flight Operations Department
was recently awarded the International Standard for Business
Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) Registration. IS-BAO is the accepted
standard of aviation flight departments worldwide as the benchmark
for safety and efficiency in business aircraft.
I launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) in 1987
(how’s that for an opening line?). What’s that got to
do with anything? Our launch was delayed briefly by an unauthorized
lightplane entry into the Controlled Firing Area (CFA) associated
with the airspace near Vandenberg.
A military explosive device with two "tits" that bounces
upwards. The first explosive goes upwards, killing the person who
set it off, and a second goes outwards around chest-level
(tit-level) to maximize damage to others. Betty’s not a
very nice girl, is she?
“Although the accident rate is down this year,
there is still work to be done... During the 15 years
that the Foundation has published the annual Nall Report, pilot
error continues to top the list of accident causes. This year,
based on an increase in weather-related accidents, we focused on
weather accidents and pilot decision making when in hazardous
Source: Bruce Landsberg, executive director of
the Air Safety Foundation, folowing the release of the 2005 Nall