The US Navy has just selected the US101 for a new fleet of
"Marine One" helicopters for the President of the United States.
Lockheed Martin, which leads Team US101 as prime contractor, will
receive a $1.7 billion contract from the Navy for the Marine One
program's systems development and demonstration phase.
Sikorsky Aircraft issued the following statement following
their loss of the 'Marine one' VXX contract to Lockheed....
"Sikorsky and our All-American supplier team are disappointed
with this outcome. We're honored to have flown U.S. Presidents for
nearly half a century and believe we put forward an exceptionally
strong proposal to continue this tradition," said Stephen N.
Finger, president of Sikorsky Aircraft. "I want to extend my
sincere thanks to all who worked so diligently. Everyone at
Sikorsky Aircraft, as well as our partner companies across the
country, should be proud of their efforts. "I am confident in the
future of the S-92," Mr. Finger added.
Statement: Lockheed Martin to Build New Presidential
The Department of Defense announced today that the team led by
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, N.Y., has been selected
to build the new presidential helicopter (VXX) based on its U.S.
101 medium lift helicopter.
Raytheon Aircraft Company's upgraded primary training aircraft,
the T-6B, left Beech Field earlier this week on the first leg of
its world tour. The tour will include flight demonstrations in the
United Kingdom, Spain, Greece, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia,
Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the T-6B will be
on display at the Air Show Down Under in Avalon, Australia, the
Paris Air Show in France and the Royal International Air Tattoo at
RAF Fairford in the UK.
Board Approves New Investment to Meet Aircraft Order
The Lancair Company announced this week that it will hire an
additional 130 employees at it’s Bend Municipal Airport
facility in Oregon between now and mid-summer. The company has been
ramping up its production rate over the past year, with employment
currently surpassing 400.
The Air Force pilot of a Cessna T-37B apparently saw an Air
Tractor AT-502B moments before the two aircraft collided on January
18, 2005. That's the word from the NTSB in its preliminary report
on the accident, which was released on Thursday.
Steve Fossett's 'round-the-world record attempt aboard the
Global Flyer won't get off the ground as soon as he'd hoped.
Instead, Fossett, with backing from aviation entrepreneur and
adventurer Richard Branson, will begin his 70+ hour attempt on
Whistling, humming and outright singing rang through the
speakers at ISS Mission Control in Kazakhstan earlier this week as
the International Space Station was left vacant for a time. Word
now is that NASA Mission Commander Leroy Chao and Russian Cosmonaut
Salizhan Sharipov successfully complete all objectives Wednesday as
they roamed the station's exterior for more than five hours.
US Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on Wednesday introduced two
provisions to repeal a rural airplane ticket tax that has been
discriminatory to rural Alaskans for several years and a similar
ticket tax on floatplane passengers.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has successfully placed
three graduates of its Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT)
program as first officers at Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast
Airlines - another milestone for the program, which was started by
the university a little more than a year ago.
Atlantic Flight Training, Coventry, England has taken delivery
of the first DA-42 Simulator built for the all new Diamond DA-42
aircraft. The device features Garmin G1000 and Frasca's TruVision
170. Frasca is also building a DA-40 FTD for Middle Tennessee State
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"The instructor stated that he briefly scanned at the student
pilot's altimeter on the left side of the instrument panel (a
standard practice for T-37 flight instructors). As he was turning
his head back to the right, he noticed a "high visibility yellow
airplane" out of the right corner of his eye. The student pilot
stated that as the flight instructor took control of the aircraft,
he scanned outside the airplane to the left, and started to look
back to the right when he saw the yellow Air Tractor heading
towards the right side of the T-37B. Subsequently, the instructor
and student pilot recalled feeling a spinning sensation, and
rolling inverted. Both the instructor and student pilot initiated
emergency egress procedures and ejected from the aircraft."
AD NUMBER: 2005-02-03
MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-03
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT8D-209,
-217, -217A, -217C, and -219 series turbofan engines. That AD
currently requires torque inspection of the 3rd stage and 4th stage
low pressure turbine (LPT) blades for shroud notch wear and
replacement of the blade if wear limits are exceeded.
AD NUMBER: 2005-01-04
MANUFACTURER: Raytheon (CORRECTION)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-04
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) to supersede (AD) 98-15-13, which applies to certain
Raytheon Aircraft Company 90, 100, 200, and 300 series
AD NUMBER: 2005-02-05
MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-05
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce (RR) PLC
RB211-535E4-37, RB211-535E4-B-37, and RB211-535E4-B-75 series
AD NUMBER: 2005-02-09
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-09
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to all Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321
series airplanes, that requires operators to revise the
Airworthiness Limitations section (ALS) of the Instructions for
Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new and more restrictive
service life limits for certain items, and new and more restrictive
inspections to detect fatigue cracking, accidental damage, or
corrosion in certain structures.