Admits He's Nervous About Attempting "Last Great Aviation
Calling his mission to circle the solo, without landing or
refueling, the "last great aviation record," pilot-adventurer Steve
Fossett admits, he's a little nervous. Fossett is reportedly headed
for the runway at Salina Airport, KS, ready to take off on a flight
that, if successful, will last more than 70 hours and will again
write his name in the history books.
Blue Sky Network, Iridium, Install Next-Gen Sat Terminal Aboard
Blue Sky Network has installed a new-generation Iridium
satellite terminal on Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, the
revolutionary new lightweight jet aircraft in which Steve Fossett
hopes to achieve the first-ever solo, non-stop flight around the
Florida Airport Forced To Ration Fuel Because Of Shortage
It's the busiest time of the year for airports in Southwest
Florida. Thousands of snowbirds go there to escape the wintery
weather every year. So you can imagine the angst in Naples, when
pilots discovered the airport would start rationing fuel.
Flood-Ravaged Field Gets $6 Million To Fight Flood Damage
Photos By Rich Stowell
Limited runway operations could get underway as early as Monday
at flood-ravaged Santa Paula Airport in California, where the Santa
Clara River, swollen beyond its banks by torrential rains, has
eroded a huge portion of the strip.
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
As the world's first commercial astronaut prepares to take his
space vessel and its mothership on an unprecedented cross-country
flight to Oshkosh, WI, for AirVenture 2005, Mike Melvill and Scaled
Composites are working hard to develop a second generation
commercial space vehicle.
Journal By Israel's First Astronaut Survived Fiery Columbia
Deciding to even attempt it was hard enough for Israeli police
document examiner Sharon Brown. IDF Colonel Ilan Ramon, one of the
seven astronauts who died when the shuttle Columbia disintegrated
upon re-entry February 1, 2003, had kept a diary of his first space
flight. Not only did the pages survive Columbia's destruction, the
38 mile-long fall to Earth and two months' exposure to the Texas
General aviation has never been safer. Accident statistics for
2004 prove it. Last year saw the fewest GA accidents since record
keeping began in 1938 and the lowest number of fatal accidents
Once we took off. climbed to altitude and settled into the
seldom-used Plaza Transition over SJU -- the winds were blowing
from the north that day, which almost never happens -- I turned my
attention to the GPS.
Russia is preparing to put as many as six men -- perhaps an
international team -- in a simulated space vehicle which will
remain on Earth for 500 days to test technology in a simulation of
a mission to Mars.
A US Army pilot was killed instantly and a second crewman later
died after their AH-64 went down near Paju, South Korea, Saturday.
The aircraft was on what the Army described as a training mission
not far from the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone dividing
South Korea from its neighbor to the north.
Sure, Pilots Hate 'Em, But Some Think They're Vital
by ANN Contributor Steven R. Lund
Sure, the FAA wants better audio recording capabilities on
cockpit voice recorders -- a move the agency says would bring the
aviation industry more in line with current documentation
technology. But what about video?
Erik Lindbergh Shows His Passion As Keynote Speaker For
By ANN Associate Editor Mike Sweezey
It was all about aviation in Melbourne, FL, over the weekend, as
the Florida Institute of Technology School of Aeronautics Alumni
Network hosted their 20th Annual Aviation Symposium at FIT.
We've just learned that Uli Derickson, considered a hero by many
of the passengers aboard a TWA flight hijacked from Athens to
Beirut and besieged for 17 days, died February 18th. A victim of
cancer, Derickson was 60.
The AOPA says its legislative affairs staff is ready for action
should an aircraft curfew bill get any traction in Congress. New
York City Rep. Joseph Crowley has reintroduced a bill in the House
(H.R. 455) that would create a commission to make recommendations
to Congress about setting curfews for non-military aircraft flying
over "populated areas" during "normal sleeping hours."
Conklin & de Decker has just released the latest version of
its Life Cycle Cost software. The Microsoft Excel based software
accounts for the various aspects of owning and operating an
aircraft – acquisition cost, operating costs, taxes, the
final aircraft residual value and revenues if it is in commercial
In the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska, the sun currently creeps
into view for just three or four hours a day. Temperatures
typically crash in February to -30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. And
bears aren't uncommon in these parts -- mother grizzlies have on
occasion sheltered their cubs in the woods near the local high
"We already have a simulator set up. In the simulator,
SpaceShipTwo already flies better than SpaceShipOne did."
Source: The world's first commercial astronaut,
Mike Melvill, during an EAA conference call last week, saying Burt
Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites, are already hard at work
developing the next-generation of suborbital space vehicle.