Report: Number Of Planned New Hires Presents 'Significant Challenges'
The FAA's plan to hire and train more than 11,700 new air traffic controllers through fiscal year 2021 presents significant challenges for the Agency, as new controllers can require more than 3 years of training to become fully certified. That is the assessment of the DOT inspector General in a report released late last month.
Deal Valued At Approximately $5.2 Billion, Bombardier Announces Definitive Agreement For The Sale Of Flexjet's Activities
Bombardier announced Thursday that it has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of Flexjet's activities to Flexjet, LLC, a newly-created company funded by a group led by Directional Aviation Capital. Total consideration is $185 million, and the completion of this transaction is subject to the approval of all required governmental and regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions.
From Vero Beach, FL To Oshkosh And Back On 93 Octane MoGas
Piper Aircraft recently flew a Piper Archer powered by 93 octane unleaded automobile gas 2100 nautical miles roundtrip from Vero Beach, FL to Oshkosh, WI and back. The Piper Archer was on exhibit at Piper's EAA AirVenture static aircraft display.
Will Keynote Opening General Session At Las Vegas Gathering
The impact of an increasingly competitive global economy on business aviation is a key concern for the industry, and will be the focus of a keynote address delivered by former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow at the Oct. 22 Opening General Session of the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas, NV.
Various Restrictions In Place Over A 12-Day Period
The FAA has published its initial NOTAM imposing flight restrictions in New York City for the 68th UN General Assembly September 18-30. Multiple Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) will be published to cover the events taking place during the 12 day session.
Total Number Of Airports With Expedited Security Lanes To Climb To 100
TAS will be expanding its TSA expedited screening program to 60 new airports in addition to the existing 40, bringing the total number of airports with TSA Pre-Check to 100. These airports are expected to have TSA Pre-Check lanes at select checkpoints by the end of the year. The agency also will expand the number of TSA Pre-Check lanes and availability at the existing 40 airports in the coming weeks.
City Council Overwhelmingly Supports Conversion Of Ellington Airport (KEPD)
The Houston Airport System unveiled part of its vision for the future of Ellington Airport (EFD) today, as conceptual renderings of a possible Spaceport were released to the public. The design/drawings capture various elements of the overall project, including a terminal facility, an aviation museum and the accompanying aerospace industries that would most certainly arrive should Houston become the nation's ninth licensed Spaceport.
Low-Flying Aircraft Will Collect Air Samples For Analysis
During September, Houston area residents might notice a large white and blue airplane flying at low altitude occasionally making low spirals. You might be able to see the NASA logo on the aircraft tail. The 117-foot-long NASA P-3B research aircraft is equipped with instruments studying air pollution as part of a mission to help scientists better understand how to measure and forecast air quality from space.
Pilot Was Said To Be Practicing Takeoffs And Landings At Scappoose Industrial Airpark
A gyrocopter pilot practicing takeoffs and landings from Scappoose Industrial Airpark in Scappoose, OR was fatally injured when the aircraft went down last Saturday. He reportedly is survived by a wife and eight children.
Also: More SR22 Problems, Lancair Event Announced, AW609 Refinements, FAA/NTSB/Airlines Fussing Over Social media
A legend of aviation in the U.K. passed away. Wing Commander Ken Wallis, who was instrumental in the development of the autogyro, was 97 years old. Wallis allegedly cheated on his eye test in order to become a bomber pilot in WWII and was awarded the Bomber Command medal after waiting 71 years for the recognition. The newest version of WingX Pro7, Version 7.1, supports the recently TSO’d NavWorx ADS600-B transceiver making WingX Pro7 the first major mobile aviation app to support ADS-B Out transceivers. The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out in all airplanes by 2020. Russia’s ChelAvia confirmed its continuing investment in significantly expanding its fleet
Crew Flexes Spacecraft's Unique Feather System During Test
Virgin Galactic successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2) on Thursday. In addition to achieving the highest altitude and greatest speed to date, the test flight demonstrated the vehicle’s full technical mission profile in a single flight for the first time, including a high altitude deployment of the unique wing “feathering” re-entry mechanism. All of the test objectives were successfully completed.
Strong Domestic And International Demand Fueling Future Fleet Growth
Boeing ... which claims it is China's leading provider of passenger airplanes ... projects a demand for 5,580 new airplanes in China over the next 20 years valued at $780 billion. The company's annual China Current Market Outlook forecasts the country's fleet will triple in size over the next two decades.
Airline Continues Fleet Renewal To Improve Profitability While Maintaining Capacity Discipline
Delta Air Lines plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta's fleet renewal to "enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity."
Boeing 'On Track' To Deliver 18 Combat-Ready Tankers By 2017
The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design elements of the KC-46A Tanker and concluded that the proposed design embodies and can meet Air Force requirements, clearing the way for production and testing of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker.
Says Nearly 600 Will Be Brought Back To Address ‘Future Staffing Needs’
United Airlines said in a news release Thursday that it will recall nearly 600 pilots currently on furlough to address the airline's future staffing needs. No United pilots will remain on furlough following the recall.
Delivery Supports The Shipper's Fleet Modernization Program
Boeing and FedEx Express, an operating company of FedEx Corp, on Wednesday celebrated the delivery of the Memphis, Tenn.-based express shipping company's first 767-300 Freighter. The delivery supports the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters.
“Today, we expanded the SpaceShipTwo rocket-powered flight test envelope with a longer burn duration and robust testing of the feather mechanism, supersonic aerodynamics and wing lift structure.” Source: Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides.
Radar equipment in some ATC facilities operated by the FAA and/or the military services at joint-use civil/military locations and separate military installations to detect and display azimuth, elevation, and range of aircraft on the final approach course to a runway.