Makes Changes In Some Key Benchmarks For The 5th Generation Fighter
The Pentagon has proposed some adjustments in the performance requirements for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, including its expected combat radius. The changes still need to be approved by the Joint Requirement Oversight Council (JROC).
March 15 Had Been The Deadline Set For FCC Approval Of LTE Network
It looks like LightSquared may be losing a key partner in its attempt to construct a nationwide 4G LTE wireless broadband network, which was shown to interfere with nearly every GPS receiver in current use.
Enshrinement Will Continue In Dayton, OH, For At Least One More Year
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) said Wednesday that the 50th Anniversary of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony will be held in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday October 6th, 2012. The decision was made after significant deliberations and commitments from Dayton business leaders to ensure the event is a financial success during these difficult economic times.
Captain John Hornibrook has been named as the Chief Pilot for Alaska Airlines, overseeing its 1,416 line pilots. Hornibrook joined Alaska Airlines as a second officer in March 1991 and quickly progressed to first officer before stepping into the captain seat in January 1999.
In an election conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) was selected to provide representation rights for nearly 17,000 Passenger Service and Reservation Employees at the new United Airlines.
FAA Environmental Assessment Finds No Significant Impact
The city of Fort Morgan, CO, is a step closer to getting a new runway at its municipal airport. The FAA has released its environmental impact assessment of the airport's' plans, and has found there is "no significant impact" on the environment from plans to construct a new runway at KFMM.
Ability To Restore ATC Key In Recovery Efforts After An Emergency
After a disaster, the aviation industry is almost always part of the immediate response. When air traffic control (ATC) infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, portable systems can be quickly deployed – even in remote regions.
Flight tests are set to begin "soon" for an upgraded version of the Rolls-Royce T56 turboprop engine, which powers the C-130H transport aircraft. The Series 3.5 upgrade is designed to deliver both fuel savings and reliability improvements, as well as improved Life Cycle Costs.
First Of Its Type To Be Based In Santiago del Chile
The GrandNew light twin helicopter has entered the Chilean helicopter market with the purchase of one aircraft by Naviera Mistral SA based in Santiago del Chile. This helicopter, which is scheduled to be delivered to its customer within this year, will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport missions.
Yes... another week and another collection of intriguing news. This week's report starts with the sad news that long-time NATA Boss Jim Coyne will retire this year, Ryan Airlines announced its long-rumored bankruptcy. Fifty pilots are about to get unemployment as they get laid off by American Eagle and a former Navy jock is lost in a tragic Kfir accident at NAS Fallon. We have more details of our upcoming coverage of AEA 2012 as well as some info on the ASF report that suggests that glass panel cockpits are not influencing safety -- positively or negatively. All this and SO MUCH MORE in this week's edition of AIRBORN
LaHood Calls NextGen "Key" To Moving Passengers, Cargo
The FAA released its annual forecast Thursday projecting airline passenger travel will nearly double in the next 20 years. The report underscores the need to continue moving forward with implementation of FAA’s NextGen system to accommodate the projected growth.
First Senate Democrat Signs On As Co-Sponsor Of The Legislation
Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) released a statement Wednesday praising Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit U.S. aircraft operators from participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) because the scheme violates U.S. sovereignty and international law, and imposes an unfair and burdensome tax on U.S. airlines and consumers.
Completes All Flight Testing On Baseline Dreamliner
All flight tests expected to be required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx engines have been completed. This marks the end of all certification flight testing associated with the baseline model of the 787. Testing on engine and airframe improvements will continue as needed, as it does for all airplane programs.
A retired naval aviator who blogged under the name Neptunus Lex has been identified as the pilot of an F-21 Kfir jet which went down Tuesday at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada on Tuesday. The pilots death was confirmed by the blog.
Will Maintain, But Freeze Pensions At Current Levels
AMR Corporation has backed off its plan to terminate employee pensions as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, saying now it will maintain the pensions but freeze them at current levels. Pilots' pensions are not included in the new strategy.
Largest Supplier Has Stopped Refueling The Airline's Aircraft
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., the largest supplier of fuel to India's Kingfisher Airlines, has stopped refueling the airline's aircraft due to non-payment. The move resulted in the cancellation of six flights to Bombay Wednesday.
Current Flareup Could Affect GPS, Communications, Power Grid
A solar storm was expected to wash over the Earth Thursday, affecting systems from the national power grid to GPS receivers. The storm, which was predicted to last about a day, was forecast to be a "G3" event. The solar storm scale ranges from G1 to G5.