Resolves Vague Use Of Generic Checklists By Builders
The FAA put amateur builders into a state of regulatory limbo
starting in 2008, when it announced it was rewriting its guidelines
for inspectors. Inspectors evaluating rotorcraft, weight-shift
aircraft and powered parachutes were instructed to use the old,
vague, generic fabrication and assembly task checklist, creating a
huge grey area. That vagueness appears to finally be resolved.
As the year ends, it's natural for news organizations to huddle
and decide which stories most touched our lives over the past 12
months. NBAA has tried a more objective, 21st-Century method of
summing up 2011 - pulling web statistics which show which stories
from its weekly newsletter were clicked the most. The results
The longest runway at Padgham Field Airport (35D) in Allegan,
Michigan is 4,300' long, which means it has to earn its keep as a
general aviation facility. That's been hard for many GA airports to
do through the long economic recession. The City of Allegan is
reportedly considering pulling the plug on its long-time FBO
partner, Dodgen Aircraft, which has ceased operations.
Retirement Of County Employee Spurs Debate Over Options
In 2012, the southernmost airport in the United States will be
losing its manager to retirement. Reggie Paros is a county employee
who's been managing the Marathon Airport in the Florida Keys. As
the city plans for his replacement, a debate is brewing over the
idea of hiring outside management for the facility.
The 34-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a
distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no
outward motion of solar wind. The event is a major milestone in
Voyager 1's passage through the heliosheath, the turbulent outer
shell of the sun's sphere of influence, and the spacecraft's
upcoming departure from our solar system.
OK... we're not sure what to make of this... since the lack of a
pilot certificate or medical certificate is not an indicator of the
requisite skill level of any potential aviator... but there is
little doubt that the "pilot" had little or no fuel when he was
forced to deadstick... experiencing serious injuries in the
process. This guy definitely has some explaining to do...
International Air Transport Association CEO Tony Tyler noted in
a December 7 speech in Geneva, Switzerland that while it's been an
up-and-down year from a business standpoint, 2011 has been a
remarkably safe one for airlines. In fact, IATA now says the first
11 months of the year have been the safest since 1945, when records
were first kept.
CCIE Funded By NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission
Aeronautics researchers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center
recently completed flight tests of a unique experimental jet engine
inlet design in the Channeled Center-body Inlet Experiment, or
CCIE. The experimental inlet was checked out on NASA Dryden's F-15B
aeronautics research test bed aircraft, which continues to be an
innovative and cost-effective tool for flight test of advanced
propulsion concepts. The CCIE project's primary research objective
was to define the airflow through the experimental jet engine
inlet, then compare it to the airflow through a standard inlet.
Inside, airflow around two interchangeable center bodies installed
in an air inlet tube was measured. The structures are designed to
PRBA Assails 'Fundamental Flaws' In FAA Study of Lithium
The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) is claiming that a
recent FAA study on the potential risks posed by the air transport
of lithium batteries was based on flawed assumptions, unsound
methodology and faulty data. "Unfortunately, the FAA study has
provoked unwarranted scare-mongering in the news media and
distracted attention from important safety issues. Everyone agrees
improperly packaged lithium batteries should not be shipped as
cargo. This safety goal can best be achieved by rigorous
enforcement that will ensure compliance with existing international
battery transportation regulations," PRBA Executive Director George
A. Kerchner said.
On Wednesday, December 28, Arianespace and Starsem orbited six
new satellites of the Globalstar-2 constellation. The 1,784th
launch of a Soyuz family rocket (Soyuz-Fregat version) took place
at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launcher lifted off
at 17:09 Universal Time on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 (11:09 pm
local time, 6:09 pm in Paris, and 9:09 am in San Francisco).
Arianespace, Starsem and their Russian partners confirmed that the
Fregat orbital stage accurately injected the six Globalstar-2
satellites into their targeted orbit.
It may be the ultimate form of aero-recycling... recrafting solid older airframes with the latest technology and aerodynamic improvements, with the result being very economical high-performance aircraft available for a fraction of the cost of their "newer" counterparts.
It may be the ultimate form of aero-recycling... recrafting
solid older airframes with the latest technology and aerodynamic
improvements, with the result being very economical
high-performance aircraft available for a fraction of the cost of
their "newer" counterparts. In the case of Nextant Aerospace,
they saw incredible potential in the ruggedly capable Beechjet
400A/XP. The bird built a reasonable amount of market share due to
its cabin size, speed and reliability -- and its a favorite for a
number of operators. But... Nextant thought the bird could use some
updating, especially in terms of range. The standard 400A/XP has a
Pilot Confirmed Icing Conditions, Asked For Higher
A brutally tragic pre-holiday that claimed the lives of five
people is receiving intense media and government scrutiny. The
first of a series of updates and reports expected from the NTSB has
been published and confirms the reports that the TBM pilot knew he
was icing up and was attempting to climb through it before the
flight went awry.
Alternative To US-Run GPS Also Supports SMS Messaging
The GPS system is used for all sorts of everyday, civilian
purposes. But the it was designed and built by and for the US
Department of Defense, which reserves the option to intentionally
disrupt the system if necessary to deter an attack. That has
prompted development of redundant systems by other nations, and
China announced Tuesday that its alternative to GPS is now up and
Now... this what we call celebrating the holiday... with further
exploration of our Moon. NASA's twin spacecraft to study the moon
from crust to core are nearing their New Year's Eve and New Year's
Day main-engine burns to place the duo in lunar orbit. Named
Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), the spacecraft
are scheduled to be placed in orbit beginning at 1:21 p.m. PST
(4:21 p.m. EST) for GRAIL-A on Dec. 31, and 2:05 p.m. PST (5:05
p.m. EST) on Jan. 1 for GRAIL-B.
If you're going to Superbowl XLVI in Indianapolis in February,
you expect a few things in town to be expensive that weekend. If
you're taking your own aircraft, get ready for inflated prices,
even for a tie-down, at airports around the city.
OK folks, I hardly need to tell you that we need this kind of
press like a hole in the head... while the aviation world wants the
rest of the world, especially the ground hogs, to know how much fun
it is to fly and how cool pilots are; it is transgressions like
these that make us all look DUMB.
Boeing reports a Memo of Understanding with Transaero Airlines
to purchase four Dreamliners in a deal with $774 million at list
prices. The first of the four 787s is reportedly scheduled for
delivery in 2014, and will make Transaero the first airline in
Russia to operate the type.
"Our team may not get to partake in a traditional New
Year's celebration, but I expect seeing our two spacecraft safely
in lunar orbit should give us all the excitement and feeling of
euphoria anyone in this line of work would ever need."
Source: David Lehman, project manager for GRAIL
at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, as he
prepares for the two NASA spacecraft to reach the Moon.
We've heard a lot this year about interference that could
disrupt GPS receivers installed in airplanes and countless other
vehicles. The FCC has a clear definition for interference, as
today's AeroLinx explains.