Purchase From Bombardier And Cessna Totals $9.6 Billion
In the largest aircraft purchase in private aviation history, NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced Monday it will add up to 425 new aircraft to its worldwide fleet under purchase agreements with Cessna and Bombardier. The transaction has a total value of $9.6 billion and launches the new NetJets Signature Series of aircraft.
The NTSB's preliminary report on an accident in St. George, UT, which resulted in the fatal injury of four people aboard a Cessna 172 describes footage from a security video camera which shows the airplane accelerating in ground effect, rapidly climbing, and then rapidly descending before impacting terrain.
Eurocopter Carrying Internal Security Minister, His Assistant, Four Others Down Near Nairobi
Two Kenyan government officials were fatally injured Sunday along with four others when the Eurocopter AS 350B3e they were aboard went down in a forest near Nairobi. Kenyan officials have confirmed that Security Minister George Saitoti and his assistant Orwa Ojode were aboard the plane. Also fatally injured in the accident were the pilot, Capt. Nancy Gituanja and crewman Luke Oyugi, as well as police officers Thomas Murimi and Joshua Tonkei.
Longest Firing Ever Conducted At Stennis 'A' Test Complex
NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, MS, broke its own record Friday when it conducted a test on the new J-2X powerpack. The test lasted for 1,150 seconds, surpassing the previous record by more than a full minute. For NASA, the test marked a milestone step in development of a next-generation rocket engine to carry humans deeper into space than ever before. For Stennis, the 19-minute, 10-second test represented the longest duration firing ever conducted in the center's 'A' Test Complex.
Federal Dollars Allocated For GA Airport Improvement In Vermont, Maine
Five Vermont airports are in line for $1.2 million in FAA funds to conduct repairs and enhancements, the state’s congressional delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch – announced last week. The funds will be shared among Burlington International Airport, Middlebury State Airport, Rutland/Southern Vermont Regional Airport, Caledonia County Airport (Lyndonville) and William H. Morse State Airport (Bennington).
Equivalent To 'Heavy Checks' Done On Airplanes After Years Of Flight
Airbus says that if the repairs to wing cracks which have cropped up on some A380 airplanes are all done "in one go," completion could take "weeks." At least one source says that the repairs could take up to two months to finish.
Boeing and Dublin, Ireland-based Avolon marked the first direct-order airplane delivery to the leasing company on Friday. Avolon took delivery of the first of 12 Next-Generation 737-800s ordered in December 2009. The airplane will be operated by Avolon's airline customer, Japan Airlines.
US Airways Express Pilots Have Been In Negotiations Since 2009
June 9, 2012, marked the third anniversary of the start of contract negotiations for the pilots of PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. PSA pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), used the occasion to send a "strong message" to company executives: now is the time to reach a deal that rewards PSA pilots for the valuable service they provide to their airline and their passengers.
State Police Aviation Unit Closed, Aircraft Moved to Hazleton, PA
At a hearing before the Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee and House Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections, a retired state police helicopter pilot called the move of a state police helo away from Williamsport Regional Airport (KIPT) "the worst decision ever made."
A Pioneering Technology Company Helps Aviators Maintain Visual Reference Under The Worst Of Circumstances
Talk about a pedigree!!! In 1928, Paul Kollsman revolutionized aviation when he invented what has been described as the world’s first accurate barometric altimeter -- enabling pilots to fly “blind.” Since that time, Kollsman Commercial Aviation Systems, now Elbit Systems of America Commercial Aviation - Kollsman, continues to do its utmost to revolutionize the aviation industry with solutions that enhance flight safety. Elbit Systems of America maintains a world-class team developing advanced aircraft systems such as enhanced visi
New Terms And Concepts Included In The Updated Document
After over a year of work, the FAA has published a revised Advisory Circular (AC) that provides guidelines on the certification, airworthiness and operational approval of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). While the information contained in AC 120-76B, is consistent with previous FAA information on this subject, there are a variety of new terms and concepts introduced in the AC.
Officials Say Aircraft Was Conducting A Routine Maintenance Flight
A Navy UAV has gone down on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, according to the Navy and the Coast Guard. Initial reports are that the 44-foot UAV is part of the Navy's Patuxent River Naval Station's Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons program.
Over $2 Million Headed To GA Airports Around The State
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D) and John Boozman (R), along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Mike Ross (AR-4) announced last week that nine Arkansas airports will receive grants from the U.S. DOT for repairs and new construction at their facilities.
Agency Says Domestic-Made Airliners Have Design Flaws
Boeing and Airbus may not be looking in their respective rear-view mirrors quite so often ... at least not in the short term ... as the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has delayed design approval for the ARJ21 Regional Jet due flaws in the design of several components and systems. And that delay could push back the planned entry into service of the 737-sized C919.
NASA's NuSTAR mission is scheduled to launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean on June 13, no earlier than 0830 PDT. The observatory, which will hunt for black holes and other exotic objects using specialized X-ray eyes, will be launched from a Pegasus XL rocket carried by an Orbital Science Corporation L-1011 "Stargazer" plane. The plane will take off from Kwajalein Atoll an hour before launch, flying out over the Pacific Ocean. About five seconds before launch, the Pegasus XL rocket -- also from Orbital -- will drop from the plane, ignite and propel NuSTAR to space.
Air Force Says Raptor Was Being Flown By A Student Pilot
An F-22 Raptor has been involved in what the Air Force classifies as a "Class A" accident, meaning that there was either a fatality, permanent disability, loss of the aircraft, or property damage totaling more than $2 million. The pilot was reportedly not injured.
Pilots From Other ALPA Carriers Expected To Participate
Pilots for United and Continental Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) will be conducting informational picketing at the site of the United Continental Holdings annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 to mark the passing of a second year without a new contract.
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