USAF Tries To Bolster Confidence In GPS After Recent Doubt
Air Force Space Command officials maintain the Global
Positioning System constellation that now has 30 operational
satellites, six more than the standard required. "I have high
confidence we will continue to sustain at least the 24 satellites
required to maintain our current performance standard," said Gen.
C. Robert "Bob" Kehler, the Air Force Space Command commander.
Helicopter Hurricane Unexpectedly Disrupts Memorial Day
Ya know the guest that everyone looks forward to, because he or
she is SO entertaining? Well, in the case of an appearance by an US
Coast Guard Rescue Helo, some parade-goers got more excitement than
they hoped for. Three people, two of them children, were injured
when the rotor wash from a helicopter flyover broke tree limbs
during Saturday's Morris Plains, NJ Memorial day Parade.
With the US House's passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act
of 2009, the Aircraft Electronics Association is relived to see FAA
funding moving forward in this manner; however, the AEA is
disappointed H.R. 915 includes language requiring FAA
representative to conduct two annual inspections of foreign Part
145 certificated repair facilities.
Although much of the country has experienced unusually poor
weather during the first two months of the 2009 air show season,
the initial trend toward higher attendance has continued throughout
the country. MCAS Beaufort (5/16-17) in South Carolina had heavy
rain on Sunday, but near record crowds on Saturday...
The Engine Alliance shipped the first GP7200 propulsor to
Emirates on May 21. The delivery marks the first time the Engine
Alliance and member company Pratt & Whitney have delivered a
propulsor, rather than a full engine, to any airline.
RC Copter Not Big Enough To Get The Prisoners Out, So...
'We Didn't Think They'd Notice...' Four people were arrested
outside Brazil's Presidente Venceslau penitentiary in Sao Paulo
state, charged with attempting to smuggle cell phones into the
prison using a remote-controlled helicopter (file photos,
Figures released today by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of
Transportation Statistic (BTS) show that U.S. scheduled passenger
airlines employed 2.3 percent more pilots and 5.9 percent more
maintenance workers in 2008 than in 2007 while total industry jobs
declined by 3.0 percent.
A new US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection
Station opened to the public, Tuesday, at the Capital Region
International Airport. The ribbon-cutting ceremony revealed a new
$4.3 million, 17,500 square foot facility located at the east end
of the main terminal.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.26.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.26.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: What Pilots Forget -
05.26.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob
Game-Changing Products Like These Are Re-Making The World of Aviation
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FAA Looking For Another Aircraft That May Have Been In
Ouch... here's a fascinating, but curious, NTSB prelim... one in
which there seems to be some question as to why an experimental
Bakeng Duce (a really lovely airplane with some excellent handling
qualities) came apart and impacted the ground near Ramona CA, with
fatal results for the two aboard.
Game-Changing Products Like These Are Re-Making The World of
One of the most pleasant aspects of flying a Technologically
Advanced Aircraft over the last few months, are the many new
capabilities they bring and the safety that results. While there is
always the risk of "info-glut," we've come to particularly
appreciate those products that do their job simply, aggressively
and with an eye to the future. In ANN's Cirrus G3 Turbo, our WxWorx
'Aviator' package has become more than just a great tool, but a
pivotal means by which we get our traveling done effectively and
No Answer To Radio Comm Seems To Be First Hint Of Impending
Last week's midair landing accident between a Pitts Model 12 and
a Cessna Skyhawk appears to have some roots in an incomplete radio
call. While the Cessna saw and inquired if the Pitts Model 12 had
him in sight, no answer was given and the Cessna had no clue
of the impending collision hazard until the big
radial-engine-powered bipe settled on top of him. Thankfully, there
were only minor injuries, but two aircraft were greatly damaged as
Though most of France reportedly take most of August as vacation
anyway ... Thales, the French Aerospace and Defense Electronics
Group, says it will suspend operations in its aerospace plants for
two weeks during the month in an effort to save money and reduce
For A Change... A Positive Aircraft Sighting In The Skies Over
It sure is a pleasure to detail a story in which aircraft
sighted over the city of New York are viewed in a positive light.
Two Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys were the first of their kind to fly
in New York City’s skies and did so during Fleet Week’s
opening day -- the headlines that resulted were all positive (and
NO ONE at the White House has had to issue an apology -- grin).
An "American Heroes" helicopter-only airshow is set for June
20th at Seattles' Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.Sponsored by the
Seattle chapter of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association ...
this is the 5th year that the airshow will be held at the
When The President Is In Residence, Stay Farther Away
What you don't know may hurt you -- or, at least, scare the
(deleted ) out of you. The pilots of three aircraft flew into
the temporarily-expanded Prohibited airspace over Camp David this
weekend, and each was greeted by an F-15 fighter jet for their
Aero-Linx: MCAS New
The homepgae for MCAS New River has one of the best taglines in
the business... "Pardon Our Noise, It's The Sound Of
Freedom." MCAS New River, the home to a number of aircraft
including the AH-1W Super Cobra, CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopter,
CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter, UH-1N Huey Helicopter, MV-22
Osprey, and C-12, is based in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
“For the people of New York, we hope to build some
confidence by showing the Marine Corps’ newest aircraft
flying around their city. [This event] builds confidence in the
[aircraft] that we made the transition to and that the Marine Corps
has embraced future technology and that we are able to provide the
Osprey for display to the citizens of New
Source: MV-22 Pilot/Capt. Zachary R. Webb,
pilot, VMM-162, talking about the first public display of the MV-22
in the skies over NYC, during Fleet Week.