Three Hour Flight Was 'Flawless' -- At Least, Until Mother Nature Intervened
For anyone who loves the aviation business, this was a VERY good day. After a number of delays and mis-steps that often accompany those programs that are truly trying to raise the bar and accomplish revolutionary progress, Boeing's B787 Dreamliner took to the skies over a very soggy Northwest Washington state.
Five helicopters requested by the Mexican government two years
ago to assist in fighting well-equipped drug cartels are finally
about to be delivered, but an additional 15 aircraft may not arrive
for two more years.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, lifted off
over the Pacific Ocean this morning on its way to map the entire
sky in infrared light. A Delta II rocket carrying the spacecraft
launched at 0909 EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in
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Production Expected Soon Following Further Flight Tests
Elbit Systems said Sunday that its Hermes 900 UAV completed a
successful Maiden Flight and will commence serial production
following the completion of additional flight tests. The Hermes 900
is based on the successful track record of the Hermes 450.
AFGE: Support For TSA Workforce More Important Than Ever
Thousands of members of the 57 AFL-CIO labor union affiliates
will converge on airports across the country over the next week and
into January in support of Transportation Security Officers, and
efforts by the American Federation of Government Employees to gain
collective bargaining rights at TSA.
System Will Support Royal Australian Air Force Troops In
The first Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) was delivered
to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)December 10th The Heron
UAS, made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), includes an
aircraft, mission payloads, Advanced Ground Control Station (AGCS),
spare parts, and ground support equipment.
Max-Viz, which makes the EVS-100 and dual-wave length EVS-600,
confirmed Monday that Forward. Vision will continue to be the
exclusive sales channel and customer support provider to
aftermarket and selected OEM’s for the EVS-x00 product line
A helicopter pilot has been fined $7,300 (5,000 Euros) for
landing on the roof of an Irish supermarket in July of 2007 because
he needed to pick up a set of keys. Along with the fine,
50-year-old Sean O’Brien was given a 6 month suspended
sentence, providing he does not operate an aircraft.
Surviving The "Miricle On The Hudson" Led To Romance
As first dates go, it's probably really not recommended, and
possibly not even recognizable as a date. But when the airplane
you're on suffers a bird strike and lands safely in the Hudson
River, it's possible that could cause a bond between people, don't
Meet Van’s Aircraft’s Resident Box Builder, Jim Daggett
Chances are, if you’ve bought an RV from Van’s Aircraft in the last decade, you’ve seen Jim Daggett’s work. Thanks to Daggett’s expert woodworking, each aircraft part and kit arrives safely packed within carefully constructed crates. After 14 years at the facility, box building has become second nature for Daggett. Yet, it is his passion for aviation that makes his story particularly unique. Daggett has never let adversity prevent him from contributing to aviation, no matter the challenges.
Alan Klapmeier Discusses How to Bring More People into Aviation
On November 5th through November 7th, 2009, AOPA held their annual Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center located in Tampa, Florida. Over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts attended various forums, speeches, as well as hundreds of booths featuring the latest in G.A. technology.
Alan Klapmeier Discusses How to Bring More People into
On November 5th through November 7th, 2009, AOPA held their
annual Aviation Summit at the Tampa Convention Center located in
Tampa, Florida. Over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts attended
various forums, speeches, as well as hundreds of booths featuring
the latest in G.A. technology.
Meet Van's Aircraft's Resident Box Builder, Jim Daggett
Chances are, if you've bought an RV from Van's Aircraft in the
last decade, you've seen Jim Daggett's work. Thanks to Daggett's
expert woodworking, each aircraft part and kit arrives safely
packed within carefully constructed crates.
Long-Anticipated Airliner Expected To Fly At 1300 EST
So it all comes down to this. The low-speed and high-speed taxi
tests are done. The repairs effected after some initial static
testing caused delamination of composite material have been
checked, stressed, bent, and found to be acceptable. And at 1300
EST on Tuesday, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is finally expected to
Program Developed In Conjunction With King Schools
Cessna recognized four Cessna Pilot Centers Monday as the first
training schools to gain approval from the FAA under FAR Part 141
to use Cessna's new Sport/Private Pilot Course in their private
pilot certificate training programs.
Embraer’s Phenom 300 light executive jet was certified
Monday by the FAA, which granted its Type Certificate following the
same action by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency
(Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil –
ANAC) on December 3.
HBC Piston And Turboprop Aircraft Will Sport Hartzell
Hartzell Propeller Inc. has signed an agreement with Hawker
Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) for the exclusive supply of
constant-speed propellers to all of its new piston and turboprop
commercial aircraft. The agreement is for a minimum of five years,
and covers the full range of new-build HBC aircraft.
But New Companies Are Finding It A Difficult Place To Get A
Defense companies that wish to claim a stake in the intensely
competitive unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market will find the
task challenging, according to a new report by industry analyst
Frost & Sullivan. Mature technologies, coupled with increasing
consolidation, are making the UAS market a difficult space to
Arab Investors Hope To Have A Piece Of The Commercial Space
A group of Arab investors looking to buy a piece of Virgin
Galactic has raised red flags in Washington, where the proposed
deal is undergoing government scrutiny. The Committee on Foreign
Investments in the United States (CFIUS), a function of the
Treasury Department, has opened an investigation into the proposed
"From nano and small systems weighing less than 2 pounds
to the 10,000 pound Global Hawk, UAS is changing the dynamics of
the military aviation market space."
Source: Frost & Sullivan Analyst Lindsay
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