Expected To Announce It Will Build Engines, Maybe Space Craft In Central Florida
While there has not yet been an official announcement, word around the aerospace community is that Mojave, CA-based XCOR will be establishing a presence on the east-central coast of Florida, building engines and maybe spacecraft at a facility at the Kennedy Space Center.
Companies To Work On Refining Cooking Oil Into Aviation Biofuel
Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China and Boeing have opened the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center, a collaborative effort to support commercial aviation industry growth. The two companies also announced that the Boeing-COMAC Technology Center's first research project will explore opportunities to refine waste cooking oil, often described in China as "gutter oil," into sustainable aviation biofuel.
First Orbital Flight Of NASA's Newest Spacecraft Will Bring Back Memories Of The 1960s
Sometime in early 2014 a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle will be erected at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 37B. Atop that booster will be positioned an Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). As if to mark 50 years since the first Apollo command module was launched into space from that same launch complex, the Orion will be lofted into space for the first time from the same site on its orbital flight test.
Milestone Aviation Group Total Order For 22 Aircraft Valued At Close To $700 Million
Helicopter leasing company Milestone Aviation Group has signed a contract to purchase nineteen additional Sikorsky S-92 helicopters. These aircraft are in addition to the three S-92 aircraft Milestone purchased from Sikorsky in February 2012. The first two aircraft are scheduled for completed delivery in late 2012 and the final aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2016.
Operator Wants To Establish A Landing Zone At The Local Airport, City Says It's Not Safe
The FAA has kicked its decision as to whether to allow Eugene Skydivers to establish a landing zone at Hobby Field Airport (77S) in Creswell, OR, down the road at least another 120 days. In a letter dated August 3rd, Randall Fiertz, the FAA's director of Airport Compliance and Management Analysis, wrote "An extension of time is necessary and appropriate for a fair and complete determination in this case."
Third Stop For The Vintage Bipes And Monoplanes As They Tour The Upper Midwest
The American Barnstormers Tour, which kicked off August 9th, is now on its third stop its trip around the Midwest. The dozen-plus vintage aircraft are turning heads and offering rides until Saturday at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (KEAU) in Eau Claire, WI, and then they'll head off to Manitowoc County Airport (KMTW) in Manitowoc, WI for a few days.
NASA Announces Early Career Faculty Space Tech Research Grants
NASA has announced the selection of 10 research efforts from the agency's inaugural Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty solicitation. NASA will provide grants of as much as $200,000 per year for as long as three years in support of these faculty and their research in specific, high-priority technology areas.
Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Performing Multiple Missions For The U.S. Navy
When a V-22 Osprey from Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 landed for the first time on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on July 19, it highlighted another in a series of firsts for the unique tilt-rotor aircraft that has become an integral part of the U.S. naval forces. And although the July 19 landing was a first for a V-22 on Truman, it wasn’t the first time for an aircraft carrier, nor, according to Cmdr. Sean McDermott, the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) Navy integrated production team lead, will it be the last.
Wings Over Waukesha Air Show Adds Another Aerobatics Act And 1st Tactical Air Wing Demonstration To The Lineup
A fourth aerobatic act has been added to the lineup for the Wings over Waukesha Air Show. Orgnaizers announced Wednesday that former U.S. Air Force A-10 pilot Jim Leavelle will be performing in his T-6, along with Jim "Fang" Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wingwalking, and Dr Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics.
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A study released Monday by the Aerospace Industries Association and Econsult Corporation estimates that budget cuts to FAA operations as a result of sequestration could cost up to 132,000 aviation jobs, cause an annual decrease of 37 to 73 million in passenger enplanements, see annual reductions of 1 to 2 billion pounds of transported air freight and would also have a devastating impact on the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, delaying system implementation by a decade or more. US Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane who is overseeing the AMR bankruptcy case, has denied AMRs request to abandon its collective bargaining agreements with its pilot union. Aspen Avionics has confirmed the S
Company Hopes To Succeed With New Fundraising Round
Something of the darling of AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, the founders of Lisa Airplanes, which is developing the Akoya Amphibious Ski Plane LSA, decided to place the company into receivership on July 30th "in order to protect its future."
The FAA this week released a report to Congress from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee on the aircraft certification process. The ARC found that while the number of applications for product certifications and approvals predicted in the 1-year, 5-year, and 10-year periods following 2012 do not specifically reflect a significant increase, the actual AIR workload for the FAA is expected to continue increasing.
American Is Expected To Update, Re-File The Motion
United States Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane issued a ruling late Wednesday denying AMR management’s motion to reject its collective bargaining agreements with the Allied Pilots Association and other labor unions. In his ruling, Judge Lane cited management’s stated intention of furloughing 450 pilots and the sweeping scope changes they proposed as areas where they did not make a sufficiently compelling case.
Pilot Managed To Miss Houses, Passenger Fatally Injured
An A36 Bonanza went down Wednesday in a residential neighborhood near Albany, NY, resulting in the fatal injury of one of the two people on board the airplane. Real estate developer Walter F. Uccellini did not survive when the plane went down in the Clifton Park neighborhood just north of the Mohawk River, finally stopping when it impacted two trees.
Designates August 13-18 To Highlight GA, Biz Av, Airlines
A group of national aviation organizations has recognized South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for declaring August 13-18 “Aviation Week.” The proclamation highlights the vital role that all aviation, including general aviation, plays in supporting businesses, farms, emergency response, and the overall economy.
The stated mission of the Office Of Commercial Space Transportation is to to "ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities."