General Electric's GEnx engine took to the skies Thursday over
Victorville, CA, marking the start of flight-testing on GE's 747
flying test-bed. During the three-hour first flight, the GEnx-1B
engine demonstrated aircraft systems and instrumentation
functionality, climbed to more than 43,000 feet and established
engine performance baselines for flight-testing.
Group Calling For Bill Says Airlines Blaming System For Their
In the shadow of two highly publicized incidents involving
passengers trapped for several hours onboard American Airlines and
JetBlue planes during harsh weather, passage of a "Passengers Bill
Of Rights" appears to be gaining traction in Washington, DC. That's
a situation the Air Transport Association -- which represents many
large US carriers -- would like to avoid.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.23.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.23.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Finding Amelia Earhart:
02.23.07 (ANN Special Feature, with TIGHAR's Ric
Hot on the heels of the announcement the 5,000th completed Van's Aircraft kit
recently took flight, the prodigious manufacturer of
homebuilt aircraft kits celebrated another milestone this month. On
February 6, the company shipped its 3000th RV-7/7A empennage kit,
to a new builder in California.
When Else Can Ten Bucks Provide So Much Information?
In September 2006, Aero-News reported Razor's
Edge Software's decision to discontinue sales of its AirPlan flight
planning software. OK, enough of the bad news. In January 2007,
AirPlan was re-released as a very low cost shareware application,
with free navigation database updates available online for the
Flights Aren't Subject To New Air Tour Rule, FAA Agrees
A week of work by EAA and FAA have ensured the future vitality
and success of the Young Eagles program, by removing possible barriers that
were part of the new Air Tour Rule announced earlier this
Wichita, KS is home to a resurgent aerospace industry... to the
point that qualified workers to fill those jobs are difficult to
come by, especially as older workers retire. That is one reason
companies such as Cessna, Boeing, and Raytheon have launched a
pilot program focused on recruiting veterans and returning military
personnel to fill those jobs.
A vital piece of equipment used to properly orient landing
aircraft was inoperable when a Shuttle America regional jet slid
off a snow-slicked runway at Cleveland Hopkins International
Airport last weekend.
During a six-hour-plus spacewalk Thursday, International Space
Station Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin and Commander Michael
Lopez-Alegria successfully retracted a balky antenna of an
unpiloted Progress cargo carrier at the aft port of the Zvezda
Airbus Strife May Be Opportunity To Take Greater Control
Just as Russian carrier Aeroflot announced it will all-but-certainly sign with
Airbus to replace several aging Cold
War-era airliners in its fleet, Russian President Vladimir
Putin made comments indicating he would like a larger stake in
Airbus parent company EADS.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
told ANN Thursday the recipients of the 2007 Aerospace Spotlight
Awards. This year's honorees include NASA Administrator Michael
Griffin, and Aloha Airgroup Chairman Gordon Bethune.
For the first time ever, a NASA telescope has captured enough
light from planets outside Earth's solar system to identify
individual molecules present in their atmospheres. The space agency
says data obtained by the Spitzer Space Telescope is a significant
step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets,
and comes years before astronomers had anticipated.