Few Details Available, Investigation Likely To Take Months
It's very rare that, when looking at an NTSB preliminary report,
listed under injuries are numbers like "11 fatal, 66
serious." WHAT happened in Reno on September 16th is well
known, but learning WHY it happened will take months or more. Our
thoughts remain with Jimmy Leeward's family, as well as the
families of all of those who were lost and injured when his
plane went down.
Prop To Become Standard Equipment On The Cessna Skycatcher
McCauley Propeller Systems said Thursday at the AOPA Aviation
Summit in Hartford that it has delivered its first production ASTM
certified 1L100 fixed-pitch composite propeller. The 1L100 is an
all-composite two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller specifically
designed for the Cessna 162 Skycatcher's Continental Motors O-200D
Displays LSA Through BizJets At AOPA Summit In Hartford
Cessna is celebrating 15 years of production at its
Independence, KS, GA facility, which opened in 1996 after the
passage of the U.S. General Aviation Revitalization Act in 1994.
Cessna had discontinued single-engine piston aircraft production in
Wichita in the 1980s due in part to rising liability costs.
Governor Corbett Makes Proclamation At State Aviation And
Several national aviation organizations are applauding
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for declaring September 2011
“General Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month”
during the Pennsylvania Aviation and Aerospace Conference held at
State College. Governor Corbett was on hand at the opening of the
conference to announce the signing of the proclamation.
New Program Connects VLJ Owners And Pilots With Commercial
Jet-taxi service Linear Air has rolled out 'Linear Connect', a
program designed to connect Eclipse VLJ owners and pilots with
revenue from commercial operations through its FAA-approved charter
certificate and pilot training programs.
Forecast International Says Recession 'Killed Demand' For
In its new study titled “The Market for Light Commercial
Rotorcraft 2011-2020,” Forecast International projects that
light commercial helicopter manufacturers will ship just under
16,860 rotorcraft worth approximately $58.8 billion during the next
10 years. This forecast covers light commercial helicopters with
maximum gross weights under 15,000 pounds.
Board Says Not Enough Info To Find Causes Of Airliner
The US National Transportation Safety Board says the FAA
requirement for retention of documents related to the testing and
maintenance of the skins of some Boeing airliners is inadequate to
allow it to reach conclusions on the causes of recent ruptures of
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will feature "Women Fly Weekend" on
October 1 and 2 to expand awareness among girls and young women
about the fun of flying for recreation and the potential for
careers in aviation.
Landlord Pulls Plug As Museum Falls $100K Behind On Rent
A down economy, lackluster attendance, rapid management
turnover, and a failed fundraising campaign are all being named as
issues in the struggles of the Canadian Air & Space Museum in
Toronto's Downsview Park. Sadly, the museum is $100,000 behind on
its rent, and has now been issued an eviction notice. Downsview
Park management says the museum will have to clear the space within
Debt Crisis In EU, Rising Jet Fuel Prices Will Hurt
The influential Frost & Sullivan consulting firm finds some
contradictions among recent market forecasts issued by Airbus,
Boeing, and IATA, the International Air Transport Association.
Diogenis Papiomytis, Frost & Sullivan Principal Consultant,
says most western airlines are in need of modernization, even
though their respective markets will see little growth over the
next few years.
Airborne Systems Wins $27 Million From RDECOM For Production Of
The U.S. Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering
Command (RDECOM) has awarded a $27 million contract to Solon,
OH-based Airborne Systems for the production and delivery of an
estimated 3,600 Military Free Fall Advanced Ram Air Parachute
Systems (MFF ARAPS) utilizing the Airborne System’s Intruder
Vandalism On Lower Fuselages Has An "Arabic" Appearance
Federal authorities are working with Southwest Airlines to
determine how some of the carrier's 737s were vandalized over the
past several months. The planes were marked with a chemical that
does not appear until the its APUs are activated, heating the skin
of the airplane.
EM Aviation has introduced its new RiteAngle “BASIC”
AOA system for aircraft without flaps. This low cost version, like
all RiteAngle systems, is designed with green indicating "safe,"
amber indicating "caution," and red meaning "danger."
Legacy Manufacturer Continues with New Ownership and Development of Alternative Fuels
Rhett Ross is a veteran engine guy with an engineering background who became president of Teledyne Continental Motors in October, 2007. In the years since, he's weathered the shift to new ownership by China's AVIC International aerospace conglomerate, and looks forward to growing the company's sales and presence in Asia, as well as pioneering diesel and other alternative fuel technologies.
Legacy Manufacturer Continues with New Ownership and Development of
Rhett Ross is a veteran engine guy with an engineering
background who became president of Teledyne Continental Motors in
October, 2007. In the years since, he's weathered the shift to new
ownership by China's AVIC International aerospace conglomerate, and
looks forward to growing the company's sales and presence in Asia,
as well as pioneering diesel and other alternative fuel
technologies. Teledyne Technologies, in selling the engine-maker,
became focused on electronics. Addressing what could have been a
concern in the wake of the transition, Ross noted that the change
in ownership do
Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO): "Air Shows Are Among The Safest"
By any estimation, it has been a difficult summer in the air
show business. But U.S. Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), Co-Chair of
the House Aviation Caucus, has come out strongly against any new
regulations for air shows.
We hear a lot about mergerers and acquisitions in the aviation
industry, but this is comparable to Goliath gobbling up Goliath.
United Technologies said late Wednesday it has struck a deal to
acquire Goodrich at a 16% premium to the stock's latest close.
United Technologies said it is paying $127.50 per share in cash to
buy Goodrich. The deal totals $18.4 billion, including $1.9 billion
in net debt.
Twenty Seven Aviation And Labor Organizations Send Appeal To
Leaders In Both Chambers
Twenty seven of the nation's leading aviation and labor
associations have sent a letter to leadership in the House and
Senate, as well as all 12 members of the 'Super Committee',
expressing their opposition to proposed tax and fee increases on
the aviation industry.
As soon as I complete today's ANN Aero-Cast and turn the mic
off, I'm headed off to the El Mirage dry lake in southern
California to enjoy the only aviation event I attend each year
where I'm not working in some capacity. I'll spend the weekend
relaxing with some of the most fun and interesting people I know,
and do a little gyroplane and gyroglider flying while I'm
Recently TSO’d Software Now Has Final STC Approval
Aspen Avionics announced Thursday that Evolution Synthetic
Vision (ESV) is now shipping for PFDs and MFDs installed on Class I
and II aircraft operating within the continental United States.
Previously announced as coming later this year, the MFD ESV
solution for Class III aircraft is also now available. Owners and
operators with a Class III Evolution 1500, 2000, or 2500 flight
display installation can enable ESV on their MFD(s).
New autopilot interfaces for the G600 and G500 flight displays
were announced Thursday by Garmin, providing compatibility with the
S-TEC DFCS autopilot and gyro emulation for the Century autopilot.
Garmin says this new upgrade for the S-TEC DFCS 2100/1500 autopilot
allows the G600 and G500 to provide AHRS/ADC inputs, perform
heading bug coupling, NAV/GPSS coupling and full approach
capability, including ILS and LPV precision approaches.
"We all support common sense regulations. However, I
urge my colleagues to avoid the typical knee-jerk, federal
government stampede to regulate general aviation simply because
they are in the news this week.” Source: Congressman
Sam Graves (R-MO), Co-Chair of the House Aviation Caucus.
Fall is a great time for pilots. The summer storms quiet down,
the air clears, there are more and more CAVU days ... but where
should you go? This website may have some pretty good suggestions
for pilots in all 50 states.