By ANN Warbird Correspondent Tom Griffith
Since first seeing this big, beautiful Boeing bomber at LSFM
over 10 years ago, I have wanted to get a ride in this warbird. My
dream to fly in a B-17 actually dates back maybe 50 years, and
among bombers, I consider the B-17 the Holy Grail.
IndUS Aviation says it's the first manufacturer in the United
States to acquire a Special-Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA)
Airworthiness Certificate under the ASTM Consensus Standards. The
certificate was issued on Wednesday by Inspector Rick Murdock of
the FAA Southwest Region's Fort Worth Manufacturing Inspection
District Office (MIDO).
Boeing, Machinists Union Open Employee Contract Negotiations in
Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAM) Friday jointly began formal contract
negotiations in Seattle, WA. The IAM presented its proposed
modification to the existing collective-bargaining contract to the
company, which will expire at midnight on September 1st. The
contract covers Boeing employees who are members of the IAM in the
Seattle area, Wichita, KS and Portland, OR.
Legislation Aimed At Protecting Airliners Against Growing
US Representatives Steve Israel's (D-NY) and Melissa Bean's
(D-IL) legislation to protect commercial airliners against
shoulder-fired missile attack drew strong support from the
Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) Friday.
Gear Collapsed, Plane Skidded Off Runway At Dulles
Federal investigators are trying to figure out what happened
aboard a United Express Saab 340 that caused one of its main
landing gears to collapse. The aircraft, with 31 people on board,
skidded off the runway at Dulles International Airport Wednesday
night. No one was hurt.
German Line Rose From The Ashes Of War To Build Enviable
On June 8, 1955, Lufthansa resumed flights from Germany to the
United States. In those days before jets, the plane of choice was
the Lockheed Super Constellation model L1049G, which the German
carrier used on its long-haul routes.
Raytheon Systems Limited at Broughton, England, has just
completed the third of five test flights of a green Bombardier
Global Express -- an unmodified ASTOR aircraft -- from Hawarden
Airfield in North Wales. These flights are being carried out under
RSL's newly achieved Ministry of Defence AvP67 Flight Approval and
are in preparation for the maiden flight of Broughton's first
modified Sentinel RMk1 ASTOR aircraft, ZJ 691, which is anticipated
Curtis didn't invent aerobatics. He didn't invent biplanes. He
didn't invent the concept of small planes with big engines. He did,
however, re-invent all of those factors and mold them into the
image we now know as modern aerobatics. He and his little airplanes
completely rewrote the aerobatic history books and opened the world
of serious aerobatics and pure high performance to the masses. As a
result of his efforts, an individual with dedication and a yearning
for the third dimension could take a roll of drawings and convert
them into a rag and tube ball of lightning that would never fail to
take their breath away.
Source: Pilots honoring sport aviation pioneer
Curtis Pitts at an ICAS convention in Las Vegas, NV, several years
ago. Pitts died this week. He was 89