Observers Say 119th Brigade May Have Been Targeted
A deadly friendly-fire incident in Yemen has killed at least 30
of the county's soldiers, but observers there say it may have been
intentional. The Yemeni Army's 119th Brigade rebelled against the
government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh during the regional
uprising now known as the "Arab Spring."
Airports Working To Be Good Neighbors In Busy Flight Training
As the home to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and several
GA airport, flight training in Volusia County, FL, is a $1.2
billion business. But to some people living near the airports,
students practicing touch-and-goes and engaging in other flight
training is a reason to complain about the noise generated by the
NASA has a class assignment for U.S. students: help the agency
give the twin spacecraft headed to orbit around the moon new names.
The naming contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th
grade at schools in the United States. Entries must be submitted by
teachers using an online entry form.
Seventh Year For The Flight School To Be So Recognized
For the seventh time, Aerosim Flight Academy in central
Florida has won the FAA's prestigious Diamond Award, which is
presented annually to those organizations recognized for
safer and more proficient mechanics or technicians.
Doha-Based Carrier, Boeing Celebrate Milestone 27th 777
Boeing has delivered Qatar Airways' 100th airliner, a Boeing
777-200LR (longer range), at a ceremony in Everett. The Doha-based
airline now operates 27 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16
777-300ERs (extended range), two 777 Freighters and nine
777-200LRs. Boeing handed over the airplane to Qatar Airways on
Friday at a ceremony attended by the airline's Chief Executive
Officer Akbar Al Baker.
VTOL UAS Becomes The Seventh Navy Aircraft To Demonstrate
The Navy has successfully flown its first unmanned biofuel
flight with an MQ-8B Fire Scout. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test
Directorate at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, MD piloted the
helicopter fueled with a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and
plant-based camelina. The biofuel blend reduces carbon dioxide
output by 75 percent when compared to conventional aviation
'Suspicious Activity' In Illinois Led To East Coast Arrest
A pilot from Oregon has been arrested after allegedly flying an
airplane carrying three duffel bags stuffed with marijuana from
Santa Monica, CA to Fitchburg, MA. He is being held on $50,000
bond. The pilot, identified as Hoang H. Nguyen, reportedly departed
Santa Monica a week ago Monday, and stopped to rest at Morris
County airport in Grundy, IL.
Five-Year-Old Had Wandered Away From Family Campsite
Here's one from the "pilots and aircraft doing good" files. A
five-year-old girl who had wandered away from her family's campsite
in northern California was located by a helicopter SAR team in part
because of her glow-in-the-dark necklace.
No Injuries, But Airplane Remained Wedged In The Ride For
A microlight aircraft operating from a grass airfield near
Taree, Australia became wedged in the metalwork of a Ferris wheel
set up as part of a local festival Saturday. Fortunately neither
the two people on board the Cheetah S200 or two children on the
ride were injured. It did, however, take several hours to get
everyone safely back on the ground.
Preserving history is a tough gig... especially bits and pieces
of it that comprise a fairly small part of it all. Such is the
ultra-dedicated mission of the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum,
Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving
the legacy of the man that created one of the iconic helicopter
companies of the century.
Certified Four Seat Model To Use Continental IO-360-AF
The specifications for Flight Design's new four-place C4 are
becoming a bit more clear. The German company announced last week
that Continental Motors’ new IO-360-AF has been selected as
the engine for the company’s four seat C4 entry currently
under development. A full-scale mockup of the new certified
aircraft was initially shown overseas at Aero in Friedrichshafen,
Germany and in the USA at AirVenture 2011.
Still And Video Images Do Not Show Any Anomalies With The
The NTSB has released its preliminary report for the accident
last month which fatally injured the pilot of a North American
T-28C performing as part of the Trojan Horsemen aerobatic team. The
report does not indicate anything overtly wrong with the accident
aircraft based on high-definition still and video images captured
during the performance.
NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created
to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and
spark the start of a new electric airplane industry. The
technologies demonstrated by the CAFE Green Flight Challenge
competitors may end up in general aviation aircraft, spawning new
jobs and new industries for the 21st century.
Process From Selection To Organizational Structure Reviewed By
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has rolled out a set of
recommendations from an independent panel on how to improve all
aspects of an air traffic controller’s experience at the FAA,
including hiring, training, placement and career development.
Transportation Secretary LaHood Does Not Need An Act Of
Congress For Reimbursements
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood does not require
Congressional authorization to supply back pay to FAA employees who
were furloughed during this summer's temporary shutdown of the
agency, according to the Congressman who introduced legislation for
Witnesses Say Tail Rotor Lost Power During Ferry Flight
The US Navy pilot of a Seahawk helicopter made what is
being called "aggressive emergency landing" from an estimated 25-30
feet above the runway at Jefferson City Memorial Airport in
Missouri Saturday afternoon.
Recognized For Achievement With X2 Technology Demonstrator
Kevin Bredenbeck, the pilot who flew the revolutionary X2
Technology demonstrator last year to an unofficial speed record for
conventional helicopters, has been recognized by the Society of
Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) with the Iven C. Kincheloe Award
for the year’s outstanding professional accomplishment in the
conduct of flight testing.
Tour Was Cancelled Because Of Museum Eviction Notice
A group of daycare workers and their charges showed up at the
Canadian Air & Space Museum at Downsview Park Friday morning to
give the kids a tour of the museum, unaware of the facility's
recent circumstances. But the museum wasn't allowed to let them in
according to its landlord Downsview Park, who closed the its doors
to regular business the previous week.
“ As we move towards NextGen, we need to make sure
that our controllers are getting the best training possible. This
report shows us we are doing a great job, but there are things we
can and will do better.” Source: FAA Administrator