The way some in West Virginia see it, Sino-Swearingen already
manufactures some components for the company's SJ30-2 bizjet in
their state -- so why not the whole thing? Members of West
Virginia's economic development board will attempt to woo the
American and Taiwanese company next week from its current San
Antonio, TX headquarters.
Agency Also Dropping Some Tile Replacement Methods
A troublesome "ramp" of insulating foam will likely be left off
the external fuel tank on future shuttle missions. To save money,
NASA is also dropping its research into methods of repairing the
shuttles' thermal tiles in flight.
In another sign pointing to the overall health and -- dare we
say -- robustness of the commercial aviation biz of late, Boise,
ID-based Western Aircraft celebrated the delivery of their 100th
PC-12 aircraft Friday. The aircraft is the 80th PC-12 delivered
worldwide for 2005, according to Pilatus.
Last week, Aero-News reported on two separate
incidents along the east coast involving four GA
aircraft that got a little too close for comfort while maneuvering
on tarmacs in Daytona Beach, FL and Dunkirk, NY. Those pilots may
take some comfort, though, that their ignominy is now shared by
flight crews aboard two jets that bumped into each other at Houston
Intercontinental Airport Friday night.
NAS North Island's Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8
recently flew to a ranch in Ventura County, CA to take part in the
filming of an episode of the television show "24." One of HS-8's
air crew members may also actually get to see himself on
television... although Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class
(AW/NAC) Casey Kozak, crew chief for the "24" mission, is realistic
about his chances for superstardom.
One item of future-tech that Boeing has promised from the
earliest days of the upcoming Dreamliner's development appears to
be one step closer to reality, as Boeing announced last week the
company has selected PPG Aerospace, a business unit of PPG
Industries, to provide electrochromic windows for the passenger
cabin of the 787.
It's a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Boy flies airplanes. Boy
takes girl on airplane ride. A RAF search-and-rescue pilot is now
dealing with the consequences, however, after admitting he
took two women along for an unauthorized ride in a Sea King
helicopter -- all in an effort to impress them.
"The best thing to do is to just take it
Source: NASA's Director of Space Operations
William H. Gerstenmaier, on the agency's plan to remove the
protuberance airload ramp (PAL) from the external fuel tank on
future space shuttle flights. The PAL ramp was identified by NASA
engineers in October as one of the five areas that lost foam during
the launch of Discover this summer. The final decision on its
removal was delayed, however, until scientists could prove the
components protected by the ramp could withstand aerodynamic forces