Well, it wasn't a terribly big surprise, but Boeing today
formally announced it's going ahead with its first new commercial
aircraft line in 13 years. At least, the salesmen can start.
Boeing can now make sales proposals to airlines around the world.
The company expects those sales proposals to result in firm
customer commitments and a production go-ahead, or formal launch,
Industry reaction to Boeing's decision to move forward with
its 7E7 Dreamliner project was fast and positive. The following is
a statement from Aerospace Industries Association President
John W. Douglass:
The aerospace industry applauds The Boeing Company's decision
to proceed with the 7E7 as the next great advance in commercial
aviation. This will be a vibrant, far-reaching program that will
take the world into the second century of powered flight.
Honda Motor Company's HondaJet, a new experimental compact
business jet equipped with Honda-developed HF118 jet engines,
successfully completed the initial flight test this month at
Piedmont Triad Airport (NC).
The company says, compared with conventional jets, this
experimental aircraft offers superior fuel efficiency and
remarkable cabin space. The engines are optimally positioned on the
upper surface of the main wing in a unique configuration that
reduces drag at high speed and increases cruising efficiency. This
layout also eliminates the need for structural engine mounts in the
fuselage, creating over 30 percent more cabin space than in a
Is it an economizing move in a rough aviation economy or a
strong-arm tactic aimed at reining in pilots who demand pay
In either case, it may not happen just yet. Northwest Airlines says
it's thinking about putting off until the end of February a
decision on taking possession of some 30 Avro RJ85s currently on
lease to Mesaba. Coincidentally (or not), that decision comes as
Mesaba, which provides regional service for NWA, is deadlocked
after two-and-a-half years of contract talks with its pilots.
Cirrus, the official aircraft of the First Flight Centennial
Celebration and manufacturer of the Centennial Edition SR22,
revealed that the final Centennial Edition SR22 aircraft was to be
issued its Certificate of Airworthiness (COA) today; 100 years to
the minute from when Orville and Wilbur Wright first demonstrated
powered flight (10:35 a.m. ET, 1903).
The custom-painted Centennial Edition SR22 was introduced at
AirVenture 2003 to commemorate the Centennial of Flight. The entire
series of 100 fully loaded performance Cirrus SR22s sold out to
customers in 92 days.
The UK's national carrier, British Airways, says it's pleased as
punch about a decision by the UK government to allow a new runway
at Heathrow Airport. Heathrow handles around 64 million passengers
a year, making it by far the busiest international airport in the
Flying in the Andes Mountains, Steve Fossett (USA) and Terry
Delore (NZL) Saturday capped a highly successful 2003 southern
hemisphere summer gliding season with one of the top flights ever
in the sport of gliding - the first ever 1500 kilometer (932.1
mile) triangle. Simultaneously, they set three new world records
for speed and distance, bringing their season record total to six
and their career partnership total to nine.
Their aircraft was a 2-seat, German built ASH 25 Mi
high-performance sailplane of carbon-composite construction, with a
25 m (82 ft) wingspan and a 60-1 glide ratio.
The British government's decision to add runways at both
Heathrow and Stansted may be good news for airlines and their
passengers, but it already has environmentalists up in arms.
Friends of the Earth says the addition of more runways, of course,
means the addition of more flights and that, they say, means an
increase in the proportion of carbon dioxide attributed to aviation
will more than double by the year 2020.
Los Angeles World Airports marks 100 years of aviation progress
since the Wright Brothers' first flight and Los Angeles
International Airport's (LAX's) 75th anniversary with a Centennial
of Flight Festival on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will
begin with a commemorative ceremony featuring five historic
aircraft types once used to provide commercial passenger service at
LAX and the sealing of an aviation-related time capsule.
The vintage aircraft will arrive this afternoon (Tuesday) and early
Wednesday at the Flight Path Learning Center aviation historical
museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal at 6661 West Imperial
The airplanes represent the significant passenger aviation advances
of their respective eras. The aircraft are the 1920s-era Ford
Tri-Motor, an e
Israel successfully tested the Arrow–2 anti-missile
missile Tuesday morning, intercepting an incoming rocket at high
altitude, the Defense Ministry announced. It was the 11th test of
Israel's anti-ballistic missile system. The United States has put
up most of the funding for the Arrow program and US officials were
on hand for the test.
Describing the test launch as "routine," a defense ministry
statement said its objectives were to demonstrate the Arrow's
systems improved performance against incoming targets at a higher
Gulfstream Aerospace tells ANN that its newest large-cabin,
ultra-long-range G550 business jet has established a new
city-to-city record between Tokyo and West Palm Beach (FL) flying
6,619 nautical miles nonstop at an average cruise speed of Mach
The record flight commenced at 11:58 p.m., November 9, when the
G550 took off from Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It flew for 12 hours
and 32 minutes crossing the International Dateline and landing the
same day at 10:30 p.m. at the West Palm Beach International
The following is a joint message from Secretary of the Air Force
Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P.
“It was the most significant 12 seconds of the last 100
“On Dec. 17, 1903, two bicycle builders from Ohio, Orville
and Wilbur Wright, launched the world on a path to the heavens when
their rudimentary airplane of wire, wood and canvas wings lifted
off a windy, grassy hill at Kitty Hawk (N.C.).
“Since their marvelous achievement, aviation has enabled our
expansion, enhanced our commerce and expanded our
Through four long days and longer nights at the Wyndham-Anatole
Hotel in Dallas, ANN tried talking with all 1,532 people at the
ICAS convention. A few of the results:
Tom Weber, Aerobatic performer, Phoenix,
AZ: “This was a pretty good show… not as
frantic as last year. I’m hoping to do 18-20 shows next
year…I think we’re still in a recovery following 9/11.
As far as Dallas and this hotel…well, I don’t like $14
hamburgers and $4.50 for a bottle of water. It wasn’t very
Duane Carroll, TBM “Ida Red”:
“Well, we didn’t sign any deal, but made a lot of good
contacts…some good possibilities. Too much walking at this
hotel, though… I&
Across the Wright Brothers National Monument on Monday, there
were a variety of uniforms. Plenty of guys and gals in flight
suits, then a pack of Naval Officers in their blues, with white
covers, an Air Force Major in his blues, and then another set of
blues with some serious gold braid around the cuffs. Wait a
minute…that would be an Admiral, right?
In Blues? Hmm.
That sort of cuts it down to the Coast Guard, and it turns out to
be Rear Admiral Jim Olson, call sign "Ox" who has the distinction
of being the "Ancient Albatross" of the Coast Guard, the aviator
who has been on duty the longest period of time… the senior
aviator, based on when he got his wings.
For Admiral Olson, that would be in May of 1972. If you're
like me…that makes you feel
The AC-47 Gunship earned it’s spurs almost 40 years ago
flying fire support missions over South Vietnam. Developed from the
C-47 it gave a new lease on life to that venerable and legendary
airframe. It has always bothered me that aircraft unique to the
Vietnam War have gotten, like so many of it’s Veterans, a
“short shrift” when it comes to air show performances
or appearances. However, the tide seems to be turning.
Not only is the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation flying their
fleet of big green machines, but the American Flight Museum in
Topeka, Kansas has taken to the sky in their AC-47 “Spooky
He is Whiteman 7. He is Spirit 36. He is "GQ." He is the first
Whiteman-trained B-2 Spirit instructor pilot. And now, he is the
project officer for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
Spirit of Missouri’s arrival at Whiteman today. Col. Scott
Land, 509th Operations Group deputy commander, who has been
assigned here three times during the last 10 years, has been a part
of the B-2 program from its infancy.
"Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one
mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed
through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform press home
Source: Orville Wright, in a December 17, 1903
telegram to his Father, noting the success of their efforts,
ushering in a new age of transportation for all of
As the saying goes, it's what's on the inside that counts. That
is the case for a 45-plus-year-old KC-135 Stratotanker that has
recently gone through an interior sprucing-up, by airmen of the
92nd Maintenance Squadron’s equipment excellence shop.
"These improvements are critical to our mission," said Col. Anthony
M. Mauer, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. "It's no small task,
but the folks in maintenance are doing an incredible job keeping
this aircraft (ready)."
With equipment older than many of its users, air traffic control
services here present some unique challenges for the 32 people
keeping Air Force and Army aircraft operating safely.
Adapting to the challenges, airmen working in the 506th
Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron are responsible for
Kirkuk’s airspace and all the airspace of northern Iraq,
Lockheed Martin and the Air Force have started flight testing
the latest block of software developed for the C-5 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP). Testing began on Dec. 12 with a
4.8-hour flight from the company's facility here in an upgraded
C-5B. Called Block 2.1, this is the third of four major software
builds in the modernization program. It alone represents one third
of the total amount of software code to be developed for AMP. More
than 90 percent of the code to be developed for AMP is now in