Landed On The Southernmost Continent February 16th
The Slovene pilot Matevž Lenarcic, who is flying around the
world in his modified Virus SW 914 Turbo with an Intercooler unit,
made a succesfull landing in the Antarctic February 16th at 1800
CET on the antarctic base of Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva.
This historic moment is the first-ever landing of a Pipistrel
airrcaft of the 7th continent.
Former New Mexico Governor Warns Of 'Government Snooping At An
Entirely New Level'
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is running for
President of the United States as a Libertarian, is calling
congressional approval of legislation making it easier for the
government to operate unmanned drones over U.S. soil an
“ominous step that raises serious concerns about individual
freedom and privacy.”
Company Says Aircraft Surpassing All Performance
Gulfstream’s G280 aircraft is steadily moving toward
entry-into-service, having completed several flight-test milestones
en route to type certification later this year from the FAA. The
aircraft received a provisional type certificate (PTC) from the
Civil Aviation Authority of Israel on December 29, 2011. A PTC from
the FAA will follow. The aircraft is slated to enter service
Launched Its Latest Helicopter Evolution And Logged 191
Eurocopter says it had a highly successful 2012 Heli-Expo
exposition, marking 20 years of helicopter excellence announcing
orders and commitments for 191 rotary-wing aircraft, as well as
spotlighting the latest innovation in production, safety and
services. The high point of Eurocopter’s activity at
Heli-Expo – the world’s largest helicopter industry
event – was its rollout of the new EC130 T2, which features
enhanced comfort, improved operational performance and increased
Thousands Of Passengers Stranded, Told To Make Other
When budget carrier Air Australia found its self without the
money to maintain its daily operations on Friday Australian time,
it parked its planes and told thousands of passengers they need to
make other travel arrangements.
American Eurocopter reports that Metro Aviation has signed for
five more EC145 helicopters. The agreement is for three firm orders
with an additional two options. The first aircraft is expected to
be delivered in March and it will be joining a fleet that currently
includes 17 EC145s.
Volunteer Position To Ensure CAP Is A 'Diverse
Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr on
Wednesday introduced Lt. Col. Jo’Andrew D. Cousins as the
organization's national chief diversity officer. In that
role, a volunteer position created by CAP’s National Board in
August 2011, Cousins will report directly to Carr and will
work with Don Rowland, CAP executive director, and other leaders in
Wing Replacement Program Extends The Life Of The Aircraft
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated the rollout of the
first re-winged A-10 Thunderbolt II in a ceremony held on Wednesday
at Hill Air Force Base. Boeing is under contract with the Air Force
to deliver 233 wing sets through 2018.
'V' Designation Derived From Pilot Nickname 'Viper'
A new version of the F-16 was unveiled Wednesday at the
Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an
active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded
mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit
– all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and
several international customers for future improvements.
Embraer recently delivered the 300th Phenom jet, capping off the
latest series of milestones which includes the assembly and first
flight of the initial aircraft from the Company’s year-old
Melbourne facility in Florida.
Latest Variant Features New Weather Radar, Other
The U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of the first MV-22
Osprey produced with the new Block C suite of design upgrades. The
program is a strategic alliance between The Boeing Company and Bell
A decision by Dallas, Texas Public Schools to send 5,700
fifth-grade boys on a bus trip to see the movie "Red Tails," while
showing "Akeelah and the Bee" for the girls, has ignited a
controversy surrounding stereotypes. The district used $57,000 in
federal funding for low-income students to pay for the bus trip for
Also: Boeing, Bell, Sikorsky, Red Tails, Eurocopter, Enstrom, NBAA, EAA, A4A, AEA, And A Few More A380 Cracks...
Wow... what a wild week! The aviation world got more than it fair share of news this week -- good and bad -- as the Obama Administration set its course on User Fees but also finally an FAA reauthorization Bill... while the Helicopter industry gathered in Dallas and sold HUNDREDS of helicopters in one of the better gatherings we can recall. Boeing finalized a monstrously big order, LightSquared finally got its comeuppance and ANN shows that there are still some affordable and solid values in the LSA market. All that... and SO MUCH MORE in the latest episode of AIRBORNE!
Also: Boeing, Bell, Sikorsky, Red Tails, Eurocopter, Enstrom, NBAA,
EAA, A4A, AEA, And A Few More A380 Cracks...
Airborne 02.17.12 is chock full of info about the week ending
Friday, February 17th, 2012... Presented by Aero-TV veteran
videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN
CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan
Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this
Following Wednesdays decision by the FCC to not allow
LightSquared to proceed to develop its 4G broadband data network on
frequencies adjacent to those used by GPS receivers, LightSquared
issued a statement blasting the agency, saying it had caved in to
special interests by protecting GPS. In a statement, the company
said that the FCC had "harmed not only LightSquared, but also the
American public by making it impossible to build out a system that
would meet public policy goals of successive administrations."
Exploring Options To Mitigate Delays Meeting April 2013
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) said Wednesday that it is
exploring ways to mitigate delays in meeting the April 2013
delivery schedule for the first aircraft called for under United
States Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) contract. SNC was awarded
that contract in late December, but due to a lawsuit filed by
Hawker Beechcraft, which was disqualified by the Pentagon from
bidding for the contract, has been prevented from initiating
California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who sits on
the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, issued a
statement Wednesday strongly critical of the NASA FY 2013 budget
request released by President Obama.
Successfully Completes Spin-Resistance Testing To FAA Part 23
The ICON A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) has
successfully completed a demanding regimen of spin-resistance test
flights. This milestone will make the A5 the first production
aircraft in history to be designed to and completely comply with
the FAA’s full-envelope Part 23 spin-resistance standards
developed from NASA’s work on the topic.
Modeled After Similar Organizations In Florida And
Passenger airports in Texas joined forces Wednesday in San
Antonio, announcing the formation of the Texas Commercial Airports
Association (TCAA) to collaborate on airport issues which will
support new economic development and benefit travelers in the
state. "By coming together as an organization, the passenger
airports in Texas can speak through one clear, strong voice," said
Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System and TCAA
An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an
aircraft from one controller to another if the aircraft will enter
the receiving controller's airspace and radio communications with
the aircraft will be transferred.
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual high school
competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of
sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and
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