FAA Seems Unwilling To Budge Over 'Extortionate' Demands For $500K In Fees
Aero-News Analysis/Commentary by ANN CEO/E-I-C Jim Campbell
Just about the time that you thought the FAA couldn't get any more difficult to understand... or justify... comes news that the Feds are ratcheting up the pressure on EAA to pay nearly $500K in additional fees to staff the annual Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI. What was a VERY short notice request for negotiations (just a few weeks ago) towards possible reimbursement for FAA expenditures now appears to have accelerated to an outright demand... and, worse, a threat. To compound matters, the situation appears to be on a short fuse, ostensibly intended to force EAA's hand as soon as possible.
Completes Wind Tunnel Testing Of CTS-100 Spacecraft, Atlas V Rocket
The Boeing Company of Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner, recently performed wind tunnel testing of its CST-100 spacecraft and integrated launch vehicle, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The testing is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers.
Adds Information About Objects In The Main Belt Between Mars And Jupiter
Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. Astronomers used millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, to identify 28 new asteroid families.
Discovered Why Gravitational Pull Varies In Different Locations
NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL's findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future.
Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance Aircraft Flies For 4 Hours
A U.S. Army and Boeing team completed the first flight of the first of four Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft on May 22. The aircraft was in the air for more than four hours and completed all first-flight test objectives.
Aircraft In Unique Livery Landed Monday In Honolulu, HI
A specially painted Alaska Airlines jet adorned with a Honolulu high school student's winning design honoring the culture of the Aloha State touched down today in Honolulu before a crowd of students, educators and travelers. The unique paint theme, dubbed the "Spirit of the Islands," was created by 17-year-old Aaron Nee.
International Crew Will Be First To Fly The New Airplane
When the first A350 XWB to fly, known as MSN1, makes its maiden flight, an international crew of six will be on board, comprising two Flight Test Pilots, one Test Flight Engineer and three Flight Test Engineers.
Bond Issuance Guarantee For Sale Of Sikorsky S-92 Helos To Milestone Aviation Group
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is providing a $187.4 million guarantee of a capital-markets bond to finance the export of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to The Milestone Aviation Group Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. The transaction is Ex-Im Bank's largest financing of U.S.-manufactured commercial helicopter exports.
Will Support Around-The-World Flight Promoting STEM Education
The Wolf Aviation Fund has bestowed a grant described as "generous" to Think Global Flight as part of its 2012 grant program campaign. This support from the Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf Aviation Fund will be used to ‘fuel’ the excitement created as the Think Global Flight crew travels the world promoting education and inspiring students.
Two Aircraft Reportedly Missed Impact By Just Six Feet
Classified video from an incident which occurred in 2004 over Afghanistan in which a German Luna UAV came with about six feet of colliding with an Afghan Airbus A300 with 100 people on board has surfaced on the Internet. The video, which was taken from the UAVs on board camera, shows the the two aircraft nearly colliding, and then the drone becoming caught in the airliner's wake turbulence.
A Thoroughly Modern Engine For The Next Generation SportPlane
Aviation has been dealing with a number of problems over the last few decades... one of which is the utter lack of progress and innovation we've seen in way too many segments of the aviation business. SO... when a truly new and innovative powerplant hits the market, that's HUGE news... as is the process by which that engine got into this new generation of sport aircraft.
A Thoroughly Modern Engine For The Next Generation SportPlane
Aviation has been dealing with a number of problems over the last few decades... one of which is the utter lack of progress and innovation we've seen in way too many segments of the aviation business. SO... when a truly new and innovative powerplant hits the market, that's HUGE news... as is the process by which that engine got into the this new generation of sport aircraft. The Rotax 912 iS engine delivers 38% to 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable competitive engines in the light sport, ultra-light aircraft and the general aviation industry. Enhancements include a modern fuel inject
Solar Impulse landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Tuesday, June 4th. The completion of the third leg of the 2013 Across America mission also inaugurates the use of the inflatable mobile hangar, deployed for the first time during a mission. Landing in St. Louis brings Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, a step closer to accomplishing the coast-to-coast crossing of the USA, with New York City as final destination.
About 40 Flights Planned For The Current Phase Of Testing
The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engine successfully completed its first flight May 15, launching the engine family's flight test program. The PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo aircraft flew on Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed at the company's Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
Offering Circuit Breaker Systems To Winners In Two Classes
The EAA AirVenture Cup Race has welcomed Vertical Power, a leading designer and producer of electronic circuit breakers for experimental and light-sport aircraft, as a major sponsor of the 2013 AirVenture Cup Race.
Thales’s I-Master radar system has successfully completed flight trials onboard a Diamond DA42MPP Guardian aircraft. Conducted in partnership with Diamond Aircraft Industries and Diamond Airborne Sensing at its facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, the week-long trial covered different radar modes at a range of altitudes and speeds.
Parts Manufacturer Approval Granted For New SAS-100 Stability Augmentation System
The FAA has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to Cool City Electronics (dba Cool City Avionics) for its SAS-100 Stability Augmentation System. This is the company’s first PMA approval, which permits it to manufacture and market its SAS-100.
ING Robotic Aviation has entered into a partnership with Anthea Technologies to become the sole Canadian reseller of the Huginn X1 ‘quad rotor’ vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In addition to sales of the platform, ING can also organize training and offer operational advice for the end user.
“Airlines are committed to working with governments to build a solid platform for the future sustainable development of aviation. Today, they have come together to recommend to governments the adoption of a single MBM for aviation and provide suggestions on how it might be applied to individual carriers.” Source: Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.