Commander Premier Aircraft has apparently found a new home,
after losing its lease at Oklahoma City's Wiley Post Airport. The
company, which just emerged from bankruptcy in June, will soon land
at Cape Girardeau, MO.
Project Still On Hold As Opponents Fight Relocation
Showing its commitment to the expansion of O'Hare International
Airport, the FAA plans to give Chicago $300 million -- the full
amount requested by the city -- for the first phase in the planned
$15 billion project. The announcement comes as the plan continues
to be on hold, pending an inquiry requested by opponents to the
Former Naval Test Pilot Held High Altitude Records
It is with sadness Aero-News has learned Capt. George C.
Watkins, a decorated Navy test pilot and world record holder, died
last month from a heart attack at a hospital near his home in
Lompoc, CA. He was 84.
by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. O'Brien
While the focus and certainly the glamour is all on manned
spaceflight this week, a new vendor was displaying its wares, and
reminding us that there remains a robust market for sounding
rockets that can fly small payloads into suborbital space.
Operator Believes Training Is The Answer As Others Call To
Having lost four of its pilots in three Mitsubishi MU-2s over
the past twelve years, including one last August, you would perhaps
think Denver's Flight Line Aviation would be among those seeking
stronger government oversight -- or an outright ban -- of the
controversial airplane. Such is not necessarily the case.
Two Test Pilots Talk About Their Flights And Their
It has been just over one year since the privately-funded
SpaceShipOne flew into space, twice within five days, to claim the
Ansari X-Prize. With that in mind, we felt it would be an
appropriate time to revisit one of our inaugural Aero-Cast
features: our coverage of a presentation from this year's
AirVenture 2005, featuring former X-15 pilot Scott Crossfield --
the first man to fly a winged vehicle into suborbital space
-- and Mike Melvill, pilot of SpaceShipOne's first flight into
space, as well as the first of the two X-Prize-winning flights.
by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose"
The Goodrich brake unit for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner looks like
any other jet brake pack -- until you start looking for a place to
connect the hydraulic line. You can look as long as you like, but
there isn't one: the brake is electric.
AeroGraphics Design LLC of Rio Rancho, NM -- makers and
installers of aircraft graphics such as registration numbers and
larger-scale applications, as well as airport signage and facility
markers -- moved its Albuquerque headquarters last week into a
larger 2,200 square-foot facility, stepping up from its
thousand-foot-smaller location in the same complex.
Conservation Department Would Swap Two Aircraft For One
The Missouri Department of Conservation was criticized last week
for their plan to replace two older aircraft with a new Cessna
Grand Caravan, ostensibly in an attempt to reduce fuel and
"This is an attempt to play a shell game with the law."
Source: Attorney Joe Karaganis, who represents
opponents to the planned $15 billion expansion of Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport, on the FAA's decision to grant the city $300
million to get started on the project. The announcement of the
grant came as construction is currently halted on the
expansion project, in order to give the US Court of Appeals
time to review a petition submitted by those opposed to relocating
homes, businesses, and a cemetary in the path of construction.