Space Shuttle managers now say the launch of NASA's Space
Shuttle Return to Flight mission, STS-114, will take place no
earlier than late next week. At 1 p.m. EDT today, managers
officially stopped the current launch countdown for Space Shuttle
Discovery at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Space Shuttle managers are
optimistic that Discovery can lift off by July 31, the end of this
Denies Request From Kentucky Office For 14 More Pairs Of
Despite growing demand for aviation safety oversight, the FAA
continues to short-staff its inspector workforce, according to the
Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS). Most recently,
PASS said, overwhelmed inspectors and local management at the
Kentucky Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in Louisville
requested that the FAA fill 14 inspector positions. In response,
the FAA filled only one of these important positions according to
PASS, the union representing FAA safety inspectors and
Nasa's Tropical Cloud Systems And Processes Mission In Costa
In the wake of Hurricane Dennis, NASA and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are busy studying data
gathered during the early days of the hurricane that threatened
much of the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Zenith Aircraft Company is introducing a new Quick-Build Kit for
its "Sport Pilot"-ready two-seat Zodiac XL at this year's EAA
AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, later this month. The new kit
promises to reduce construction time for Zodiac XL builders by
fifty percent: "Our aim has always been to make it quick and easy
for first-time builders to assemble and fly their own aircraft"
says Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft, "From what
we've seen, nothing else compares to this new Quick-Build-Kit in
ease of construction or required build time."
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
announced today that the remains of four US servicemen, missing in
action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being
returned to their families for burial.
Sorry folks, it's not a "real" Staggerwing... but we did get
your attention, didn't we? Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC)
presented a Beechcraft Staggerwing pedal plane to Miss Kansas Teen
USA 2005, LaTasha Lawrie.
Aspen Avionics says it's brought back its popular $1000 discount
on the innovative AT300 hazard display, just in time for
AirVenture. Special pricing of $2495 for the non-certified display
will be available through any of Aspen’s 35 dealers through
the end of July. It's just one of many promotions expected by
various manufacturers as AirVenture 2005 gets closer.
The NBAA says its president and CEO, Ed Bolen, will greet NBAA
Members, and all attendees, at the NBAA hospitality tent on site at
this year's EAA Airventure Oshkosh Fly-In. The blue-and-white NBAA
tent will be located across from the NASA Building; Bolen will be
present on July 28.
Aero-News Analysis By Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
Aero-News has obtained an internal email by Bureau of
Immigrations and Custom Enforcement boss, Assistant Secretary
Michael Garcia, to all hands. This email, which covers the impact
of the DHS reorganization announced Wednesday by Homeland Security
Secretary Michael Chertoff, has more details of one story that
impacts the aviation world: the coming chop of the Federal Air
Marshals Service from ICE back to TSA.
Inmedius, a provider of performance-oriented applications
designed to cultivate, organize, and disseminate data and technical
information assets, announced that its S1000D Publishing Suite will
be utilized by Dimension4 (D4) for the development and publishing
of Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) to support the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Route Surveillance Radar
Model 4 (ARSR-4). Inmedius will also provide S1000D project and
data conversion consulting services to D4 for the FAA project.
"We are seeing this time and time again. In the face of growing
demand, the FAA pinches pennies at the cost of air safety and
simply refuses to hire an adequate number of inspectors. Such a
shortage of inspectors is a serious threat to aviation safety and
the FAA refuses to take it seriously."
Source: Linda Goodrich, PASS regional vice
president, after the FAA turned down a union request to hire 14
more inspectors for a region the inspectors say is way overburdened
and way understaffed.