Solution Incorporates 978 MHz Data Radio, TSO Certified
International avionics supplier FreeFlight Systems announced
Wednesday a new solution for pilots seeking an affordable means to
incorporate Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast into their
aircraft. ADS-B is the cornerstone of the FAA's NextGen air traffic
management which takes advantage of the ongoing advancements in
Aero-News EXCLUSIVE: The World's Oldest Pilot, On What
Christmas Means Today
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.24.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.24.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- ANN EXCLUSIVE: The World's Oldest
Pilot: 12.24.08 (ANN Special Report, with the
world-record holding aviator K.Krin
Former FAA Administrator Wants ASAP Back In Place ASAP
Aerospace Industries Association president -- and former FAA
administrator -- Marion Blakey weighed in this week on a disturbing
trend among US carriers, the abandonment of voluntary safety
Sonex Aircraft announced this week the latest enhancement to the
popular AeroConversions AeroVee Engine Kit: all AeroConversions
customers now have the opportunity to upgrade their purchase with a
Pre-Assembled Prop Hub/Crankshaft Assembly, making the AeroVee
Engine simpler to build.
The US Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar
System (Joint STARS) test bed aircraft took to the air Saturday,
powered by new Pratt & Whitney JT-8D-219 engines. This flight
marks the start of Northrop Grumman's E-8C-specific military
airworthiness certification test program, which will last into next
Stevens Aviation May Install Citation 550/S550 Engine
Clifford Development announced this week the appointment of
Stevens Aviation as an authorized installation center for the
company’s certified installations of Williams FJ44-3A engines
on the Cessna Citation 550 and the S550.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully completed
thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and
airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This
milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.
First Production-Spec Conventional Lightning II In Test
Lockheed Martin announced this week it rolled out the first
weight-optimized conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant of
the F-35 Lightning II fighter on December 19. The new F-35A, called
AF-1, joins three weight-optimized F-35B short takeoff/vertical
landing variants currently undergoing testing.
Classic Models To Be Retrofitted With NextGen Avionics
Boeing has been selected by Southwest Airlines as the lead
integrator for the airline's 737-300/-700 flight deck upgrade to
incorporate advanced performance-based navigation capabilities.
Boeing's role will include design, installation and integration of
new hardware and software from multiple suppliers, as well as
flight testing and certification.
With storms beating the country from the East Coast to the West,
Frontier Airlines issued the following travel advice to its
customers and other air travelers: If at all possible, check your
carrier's Web site for flight status information before calling
Alliant Techsystems has received a $49 million contract from
Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide at least nine flight sets
of Orion solid rocket motors. If options in the contract are
exercised, the total value would increase.
Bond Air Services of the United Kingdom recently ordered an
EC135 for maintenance work at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind
farm starting end of 2009. The EC135 will be used for maintenance
operations, including delivery of personnel and complex equipment
by winch at the Greater Gabbard wind farm located approximately 20
miles of the East Anglia Coast from end of 2009 onwards.
As the Aero-News staff prepares for Santa Claus (or like
equivalent) to visit our homes and hangars, we wanted to let our
readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking
news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens... in Real
A Very Important 3-Part Documentary On The Most Famous of the
One More E-I-C Note: We're immensely proud
of the work that Aero-TV has done in the past year with the better
part of 300 HIGH-Quality features shot and produced... but this
particular three-parter is near and dear to our hearts... as pilots
First-Ever Report Shows Some... Interesting... Info
Flyersrights.org, formerly known as the Coalition for an Airline
Passengers' Bill of Rights, has discovered that airlines aren't
accurately reporting -- and that the Department of Transportation
isn't accurately reporting to the public -- critical
time-on-the tarmac data for diverted and canceled
NASA has awarded two contracts -- one to Orbital Sciences Corp.
of Dulles, VA and one to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of
Hawthorne, CA -- for commercial cargo resupply services to the
International Space Station. At the time of award, NASA has ordered
eight flights valued at about $1.9 billion from Orbital and 12
flights valued at about $1.6 billion from SpaceX.
FAA Approval Expected Shortly For Business-Spec E-Jet
Embraer began December with news its smallest jet, the Phenom
100, had received its Brazilian -- and later, US -- certifications.
The company will end the month on the news its largest executive
jet, the Embraer 190-based Lineage 1000, has been awarded type
certification by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency
(Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil - ANAC) and
the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with FAA approval
While the world isn't exactly lacking for new applications for
Apple's popular iPhone, there's a new one out there that no pilot
should be without. The latest version of the ForeFlight Mobile
flight planner is now available on the Apple App Store... and it's
the real deal, not just flashy wallpaper.
Clint Bowyer Takes Delivery Of Beechcraft Premier IA
NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion and Kansas native Clint Bowyer
took delivery Monday of his Beechcraft Premier IA. While in Wichita
for the delivery, Bowyer toured the Hawker Beechcraft manufacturing
plant and signed autographs for employees.
Reindeer Don't Need 17 Heavy Shock Absorbers To Quell
Santa Claus is one of the most enduring symbols of the holiday
season. When you think about it, the fact he continues to be so
popular is especially surprising... given the widespread abuse of
his name and image by marketers.
The Parajet Skycar is the first, two seater, high performance,
road legal, bio-fuelled flying car; capable of providing rally car
performance on and off road, and light aircraft performance after
just a few minutes of wing preparation.
Alas, we're probably going to see a lot of these over the next
few days. When a Ground Stop is initiated, flights that are
destined to the affected airport are held at their departure point
for the duration of the Ground Stop. Ground Stops are implemented
for a number of reasons.
"What has been provided so far amounts to little more
than random numbers submitted in an apparent attempt to appease
Flyersrights.org. It totally misleads the flying public and
represents an application of the familiar principle of 'garbage in,
Source: Passenger rights advocate Kate Hanni,
who claimed Tuesday her group has discovered that airlines aren't
accurately reporting -- and that the Department of Transportation
isn't accurately reporting to the public -- critical time-on-the
tarmac data for diverted and canceled flights. Hanni adds DOT's
Bureau of Transportation Statistics has conceded "we screwed up,"
and is reported to be disclaiming its October report.