'Metal Concept' Intended To "Swallow The Flight School Market
The Aero-News team participated in a media-only unveiling Sunday
afternoon of an all-new light sport aircraft (LSA) produced by
Flight Design, the 2009 MC or Metal Concept Model. The aircraft has
been in development for approximately 36 months and with
significant user input, was designed to respond to the needs of
flight schools, flight clubs and the preferences of aviation
enthusiasts who value the characteristics and maintainability of a
Corporate Plane Came Within 1.6 Miles Of Landing Traffic
Officials are investigating why a Piaggio turboprop made a wrong
turn on takeoff from Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Los Angeles
last month, and strayed too close to two airliners on final
approach to land at LAX.
Thought To Be First-Ever Sport Pilot To Accomplish Feat
Over the course of three summers, Phil Simons accomplished a
feat most other pilots may only dream of... and, he may have done
in it in a way never tried before. On July 21, 2008 Simon landed at
the Cecil County Airport in Maryland, marking the 48th state in
which Simon has landed in his AeroVee powered, tricycle-gear Sonex
Fourteen inches of rain in June plus the usual July Wisconsin
thunderstorms have literally swamped the North Forty aircraft
parking areas at the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure
2008 convention at Wittman Field in Oshkosh. As recently as
last Sunday, parts of the popular General Aviation aircraft camping
and parking areas were ankle-deep in water, according to Steve
Owen, Assistant Chairman of Parking Operations.
Conference Outlines Who's Doing What On Future Of ATC
FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell and representatives of
industry organizations recently met with reporters to provide a
background for the Next Generation Air Transportation System
(NextGen,) the much-ballyhooed FAA proposal to transform US
aviation through the use of 21st-century technologies to meet
future demands, avoid gridlock in the sky, improve safety and
increase environmental protections.
With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture
2008 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough...
ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of
us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest
Boeing announced last week Raytheon has joined its EP-X industry
team, to develop an airborne intelligence, surveillance,
reconnaissance and targeting aircraft to replace the US Navy's EP-3
signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform.
Premier Aircraft says a recent trans-Atlantic flight by a Falcon
50 modified with the company's 50Dash4 performance upgrade shows
the upgrade results in increased performance on critical missions
for the aircraft.
Turboprop Airliners The Talk Of Weeklong Trade Show
Bombardier recently concluded its bi-annual Q-Series turboprop
Operators’ Conference and Trade Show. Over 550 participants
from around the world came together to participate in training
opportunities and to review best practices regarding maintenance
and technical solutions which were all directed towards elevating
carriers’ operational efficiency.
Bonanza Air Services (BAS) was formed in early in 1945 by Edmund
Converse, a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; Charlie
Keene, once an operator of a small charter operation in Santa
Paula, California; and June Simon, daughter of "Pop" Simon the
former secretary-director of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.
A type of heavier-than-air aircraft able to rise and descend
vertically. The convertiplane rises vertically by using rotors
similar to those on a helicopter. However, once airborne, the
rotors can be tilted forward to produce thrust to pull the aircraft
thru the air as a normal fixed wing airplane.
"That's about as ugly as it gets. The aircraft didn't
need to be where it was."
Source: Mike Foote, Los Angeles representative
for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, regarding a
June 13 separation incident over LAX. The Los Angeles Times reports
a chartered Piaggio Avanti was instructed to turn left on departure
from Hawthorne Municipal, a common vector to avoid the Class B
airspace surrounding LAX, located two miles to the northwest.
Instead, the Avanti's pilot read back the instruction as a right
turn... and the HHR tower controller did not correct the error.