Two Year Contracts Awarded To Develop Payload Delivery
NASA has selected seven companies to integrate and fly
technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms
that carry payloads near the boundary of space. As part of NASA's
Flight Opportunities Program, each successful vendor will receive
an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.
Main Components Of The first Airplane Moving Towards Final
The first A350 XWB center wing box has been delivered from
Airbus’ site in Nantes, France to Airbus’ St Nazaire,
France facility where it will be assembled into the first A350 XWB
fuselage. The component is made from 40% carbon fiber reinforced
plastics, measures 21 feet by 18 feet and is nearly 13 feet
IRS Says Travelers Will Not Get Refunds On Taxes For Flights
Federal taxes on airline tickets which had been suspended for
the duration of the political impasse over FAA funding returned
Monday, and many airlines reduced their fares back to mid-July
levels to adapt.
Nine-Pound Electric Aircraft Designed For Urban
A small, hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called GHOST
will be introduced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) at AUVSI's
Unmanned Systems North America next week in Washington, DC.GHOST
weighs approximately 9 pounds, and provides real-time intelligence
to ground forces operating in urban areas.
Advanced Scientific Concepts' New Imaging System Tested On
A lightweight, small form factor DragonEye integrated 3D FLC
(Flash LIDAR Camera) is now ready to launch aboard upcoming space
explorations, according to Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
(ASC). Designed especially for Automated Rendezvous and Docking
(AR&D) and On-orbit Satellite Servicing (OSS), it was most
recently tested on the STS-133 Discovery in February 2011 and has
been listed as Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 8.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract For The
A contract to build and deliver two F-16C Block 52 Aircrew
Training Devices (ATDs) to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been
awarded to L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link). Both
simulators, scheduled for delivery in 2013, will be installed and
networked at the PAF’s Shahbaz Air Base, the company said
Fess 'Up... you talk to your instrument panel... you know you do and its time to simply confess and get over it. Because... now it may actually do you some good. VoiceFlight Systems has received an amended STC that expands the applicability of its "revolutionary" VFS101 pilot speech recognition system to include the popular WAAS enabled GNS430W and GNS530W navigation units.
TSA Official Rules And Local Interpretations Don't Always
A confrontation between an amateur videographer and about a
half-dozen TSA and law enforcement personnel provides a look into
how TSA procedures may be inconsistent between the public version
and internal policies.
Seven Years Of Litigation Result In Win For McGill
After seven years of litigation, the City of Fernandina
Beach on Amelia Island, Florida has been ordered to pay McGill
Aviation over $1.2 million in attorney fees & costs as the
prevailing party over the local airport sponsor (FHB). The award to
the fueling FBO is in addition to $400,000 in past damages,
$300,000 as a rent reduction going forward, and another $80,000 in
attorney fees, for a total of almost $2 million, not including
'Fess Up... you talk to your instrument panel... you know you do
and its time to simply confess and get over it. Because... now it
may actually do you some good. VoiceFlight Systems has received an
amended STC that expands the applicability of its "revolutionary"
VFS101 pilot speech recognition system to include the popular WAAS
enabled GNS430W and GNS530W navigation units.
Initial Investigation Finds No Obvious Cause For The Plane To
While witnesses tell of an airplane that was struggling with its
engine varying in RPMs, the NTSBs initial examination of the Wright
B Flyer which went down on July 30th resulting in the fatal injury
of both pilots on board did not reveal anything overtly wrong with
the airplane. Of course, there is a lot to be looked into before a
probable cause can be established.
Pact Will Streamline Certification, Reduce Redundant Regulatory
GAMA said in a news release Tuesday that it welcomes the entry
into force of the Canada – European Union (EU) Aviation
Safety Agreement. Following an exchange of diplomatic notes
at the end of July between Canada and the European Union, the
agreement has now been enacted.
Hydro Impact Basin Has Already Tested Orion Mockup
NASA held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new $1.7
million Hydro Impact Basin facility at NASA's Langley Research
Center in Hampton, VA, Tuesday morning. The new water basin is
located at the historic gantry, where Neil Armstrong first trained
to walk on the moon.
Rate Of Increase Remains The Same For The Third Consecutive
Month, Says OAG
The world's airlines have scheduled 2.77 million flights for
August with a total capacity of 351.6 million seats, representing
increases of 3% and 5% respectively on August 2010 figures. This is
the third successive month global aviation growth has increased by
these percentages, according to the latest statistics from OAG, a
UBM Aviation brand. The OAG FACTS (Frequency and Capacity Trend
Statistics) report for August reveals 90,213 more flights will
operate year on year, offering 16.1 million more seats.
Banner Towed Over Manhattan Was Meant For A Broader
A St. Louis, Missouri banker who's also a mom felt the need
to express her displeasure over the Standard & Poors downgrade
of the U.S. credit rating with the powers-that-be. So
she hired a company to tow a banner over New York City
Tuesday, and the stunt certainly attracted some attention.
“This is a big day for commercial space. Just as
1920s air mail purchases helped jumpstart the airline industry, we
expect that NASA’s purchases of flights on commercial
suborbital vehicles will help accelerate this new industry.”
Source: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Executive
Director John Gedmark.