Large-Cabin, Mid-Range Business Jet Performs "Flawlessly"
During Three-Hour Flight
Gulfstream's news business jet, the large-cabin, mid-range
Gulfstream G250, has successfully completed its first flight,
Gulfstream announced Friday. Gulfstream designed and built the
super mid-size business jet in collaboration with Israel Aerospace
Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv, Israel.
First Flight Successfully Completed Early Friday Morning
The long-delayed Airbus Military A400M Airlifter flew for the
first time at about 0600 EST in Seville, Spain Friday morning to
the applause of Airbus Military employees, as well as political and
military officials gathered for the event.
Astronauts returning from challenging long-duration missions
face one more challenge when they get back to Earth -- standing up
and walking. Upon returning to normal gravity, astronauts often
suffer from balance problems that lead to dizziness and difficulty
standing, walking and turning corners.
Earliest Date For Launch Is Saturday, Weather Is A
NASA has delayed the launch of its Wide-field Infrared
Survey Explorer, better known as WISE, due to a steering engine
problem discovered Wednesday. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force
Base has been re-scheduled for Saturday at the earliest, but there
is only about a 20 percent chance of favorable weather.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) received Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC) Type Certification for the Hawker
4000 super-midsize business jet on Nov. 30, 2009, the company
announced Thursday. Deliveries into China are scheduled to begin
during the first quarter of 2010.
Research Funded By Japan Science & Technology Agency
OriginOil announced Wednesday that the company has agreed to
partner with Research Institute of Tsukuba Bio-Tech (RITB),
recently approved for funding to develop algae to jet fuel
applications by Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST).
LSA Manufacturer Broadens Its Base Of Shareholders
Remos Aircraft has received a significant additional investment,
and has broadened its capital base, the German aircraft
manufacturer announced Thursday. With this new capital injection,
Remos Aircraft says it will enter 2010 in a strong financial
Simulators, Support For Royal Netherlands Air Force, Tech
Enhancements For German Army
CAE has won a series of military contracts with the Netherlands,
Germany, and other global defence forces, the company announced
Thursday. The contracts, valued at more than $95 million, include a
major contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to
expand CH-47 Chinook helicopter training.
Research Agency Developing A "Catchers Mitt" Solution For
NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
organized the first ever international conference devoted solely to
the subject of orbital debris removal. The U.S. Space Surveillance
Network maintains a catalog of nearly fifteen thousand objects in
Farnborough Director Adrian Norris Updates ANN on the Kestrel Aircraft
Conceived as a new chapter in business aircraft, the Kestrel represents the application of advanced aerodynamics combined with state-of-the-art carbon-fibre composite construction. Developed by the British company, Farnborough Aircraft, the Kestrel made its first flight in July of 2006. Finally, at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, the aircraft made its debut for European aviation enthusiasts. After Farnborough Aircraft came under new ownership at the beginning of 2009, the company has re-dedicated itself to seeking full certification of the Kestrel.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.11.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.11.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: AOPA Summit Survey Part II -
12.11.09 (ANN Special Report, with a number of
the flyers that gathered in Tampa, FL, last month)
Farnborough Director Adrian Norris Updates ANN on the Kestrel
Conceived as a new chapter in business aircraft, the Kestrel
represents the application of advanced aerodynamics combined with
state-of-the-art carbon-fibre composite
construction. Developed by the British company, Farnborough
Aircraft, the Kestrel made its first flight in July of
Airbag-Like-System Protects Helicopter In Drop Test
A system designed by NASA to cushion spacecraft during hard
landings was recently tested on a helicopter airframe to see if it
would protect the occupants in the event of a crash. For the
test, a "deployable energy absorber", a honeycomb cushion made of
kevlar, was attached to an MD-500 fuselage.
Delays, Other Airport Information Searchable By Airport,
As part of the Obama administration’s new Open Government
initiative, the FAA is expanding public access to its
frequently-updated information on airport delays through an Airport
Status and Delays Web service registered on Data.gov.
"I want to emphasize as we consider options on fatigue,
reporting to work fit for duty is far more complex than drawing a
circle around a hub and stating that the pilot must live within
that area." Source: FAA Adminsitrator
This FAA service is an interactive map that allows pilots and
others to check on flight delays all across the country. The map is
clickable, or there are pull down menus that allow users to search
the database for specific airport information.