Subcommittee Chair Call Mars Mission A Congressional Priority
The House Science Committee Subcommittee on Space held a hearing Tuesday to examine possible options for the next steps in human space flight and how these options move the U.S. closer to a human mission to Mars and beyond. Witnesses debated whether the Obama administration’s proposed asteroid rendezvous mission is a better precursor for an eventual manned mission to Mars compared to other missions, such as a return to the Moon.
Aurora Flight Sciences was honored by the Small Business Administration with its Tibbetts Award which recognizes technological innovation made possible through the federal government's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, who is acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program.
Ten Of The Airplanes Ordered In January Of This Year
Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order.
Christine McGlade and Andrew W. Reynolds have been named vice presidents of manufacturing operations and site managers for the Northrop Grumman's aircraft integration centers of excellence in St. Augustine, FL, and Palmdale, CA, respectively.
Switzerland-Based RUAG Aviation To Replace Legacy Avionics
Piaggio Avanti P180 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 4 avionics can now be upgraded to Pro Line 21. The new offering, available from-Switzerland-based RUAG Aviation, modernizes the flight deck with the latest in LCD technology for greater situational awareness and enhanced flight operations.
Universal Avionics’ partnership with Duncan Aviation to launch a technologically advanced flight deck upgrade program for the Dassault Falcon 900B is well underway after its announcement at the 65th Annual NBAA Meeting and Convention last year. The first installation is nearing completion with the aircraft scheduled to be delivered in June.
Will Double The Size Of Their Existing Michigan Facility
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013 for their new expansion in Menominee, MI. This expansion will nearly double the size of the current facility. Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan was in attendance at the event, as well as Michigan State Representative Ed McBroom.
Veteran GA Industry Executive Will Lead Global Efforts
Piper has appointed General Aviation industry veteran, Drew McEwen, to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he will lead global sales and marketing for the Company. He will continue to report to President and CEO Simon Caldecott and serve on the Company's Executive Leadership Team.
MyGoFlight, a company focused on making the iPad “Cockpit Ready” for pilots, has become a corporate sponsor of the IMC Cub. As a sponsor, MyGoFlight will provide its iPad cases, mounts, bags & accessories for use in awards given by the IMC Club to pilots achieving national recognition on their instrument flying.
Dassault Falcon has embarked on its third parts pricing overhaul in the past 10 years, assessing the cost of over 18,500 individual items. The company said in a news release from EBACE that spare parts service has always been a priority. Efforts long focused on ensuring the ready availability and timely shipment of parts, and the company now sets the industry benchmark in spares dispatch.
Provides Operations Manual For General Aviation Servicing
Air BP, the specialized aviation division of oil company BP, has completed the initial implementation phase of Air BP’s OMEGA system for London Oxford Airport’s entire operational staff. Air BP will now offer continual training along with technical advice and specific guidance tailored to the airport’s requirements. The airport has been using Air BP services since October 2012 and began to utilize the tailored support and training program in November 2012 to enhance its fuel handling standards.
Could The FAA Get ANY Stranger? Worse Yet... Will They?
ANN RealTime News Update, 1324ET, 05.23.13: Well... the statement we were promised YESTERDAY showed up today... and it doesn't say much... but here it is, as promised.
FAA Statement: In light of sequestration, the FAA and EAA are having discussions about EAA reimbursement of the FAA's incremental costs for supporting AirVenture in Oshkosh, similar to the approach used earlier this year at the other major airshow the FAA supports in Lakeland, FL.
Building A New Future For The EAA... One Issue At A Time
Originally WebCast 11.14.12: With only a couple of weeks in pocket, directing the reorganization of the EAA in the wake of the departure of Rod Hightower, ti seems that we can't get enough info from new Boss, Jack Pelton. Sitting next to a well-placed Stearman on the floor of the NBAA convention, ANN caught up with Jack to get a little more info as Jack adjusted to the realities of heading the evolving organization.
Test Pilot Says The Airplane 'Performed Just As Expected'
Cessna conducted the first production flight of its Turbo Skylane 182 JT-A at the company's facility in Independence, KS on Tuesday. The aircraft has the distinction of being the first modern single engine aircraft powered by a piston engine specifically designed to run on Jet-A fuel.
Air Support Operations Squadron From Will Rogers Air National Guard Base Activated
Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard, as well as members of Tinker Air Force Base are assisting with victim search and security in Moore, OK, where a tornado left at least 24 dead, including nine children, authorities said. The EF5 twister hit Monday, May 20, about 1515 CDT, just three miles south of Tinker.
Company Says Performance Package Improves Fuel Burn By Another 1.8 Percent
A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental successfully completed its first test flight this week with a package of performance improvements including enhanced GE engines. This package is designed to improve the fuel efficiency of the jetliner. With Boeing Flight Test and Evaluation Capt. Kirk Vining and Chief Pilot Capt. Mark Feuerstein at the controls, the airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 1330 PDT time and landed at Boeing Field in Seattle approximately four hours later.
Pipistrel Aircraft Engaged In Circumnavigation Attempt With A Science Twist
A one-year around the world flight aboard a Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft, organized by "Wings for Science" in association with renowned Universities and Research Institutes, is progressing according to schedule according to a report out of Luxembourg where the project is based. The project is supported by AOPA-Luxembourg and many local AOPA's around the world.
Contract Also Includes Additional 60 Reconfirmable Aircraft And 100 Options
Embraer and SkyWest Inc. have announced a firm order for 40 Embraer 175 aircraft. SkyWest will operate the aircraft under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines. Another 60 firm orders are reconfirmable aircraft, which are subject to SkyWest being awarded CPA agreement contracts with major U.S. airline partners. In addition to that, the agreement includes options for another 100 E175s, taking the total order potential up to 200 airplanes.
Two Volcanoes In The State Have Been Active For Several Days
Few Alaska Airlines flights have been affected by volcanic activity from Mount Cleveland, located west of Dutch Harbor, and Mount Pavlof, located near Cold Bay, Alaska. No Alaska Airlines operated flights have been canceled at this time.
"The Turbo Skylane JT-A performed just as expected. We flew for 2.3 hours, achieved a flight level of 8,000 feet, and attained a true air speed of 158 kts." Source: Cessna senior test pilot Dale Bleakney.