Investigators Say Airliner's Engines Detached From Wings
How do you lift a mostly-intact narrowbody airliner out of the
Hudson River? That's a question salvage operators may have gone
their entire lives without pondering, until Thursday's downing of
US Airways Flight 1549.
On Thursday, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of
Transportation Statistics reported passenger airline traffic
continued to drop through 2008.. so it's not surprising to hear
airline employment numbers are falling, too.
Bombardier Aerospace announced this week Pinnacle Airlines
subsidiary Colgan Air, Inc. recently signed a firm order to acquire
15 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The transaction involves the
conversion to firm orders of 10 conditional orders and the exercise
of five options placed by Pinnacle in 2007. Colgan Air's operations
are based in Manassas, Virginia.
NASA has exercised an $86 million, one-year contract option with
Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Windsor Locks,
CT for work on spacesuits used on the space shuttles and the
International Space Station.
Decisions about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor
aircraft programs are expected early in President-elect Barack
Obama's administration. The F-35 program manager said Thursday he
sees strong support for the F-35 from the services, allied partners
and, so far, on Capitol Hill.
Helicopter Flight Training Services (HFTS), a consortium owned
equally by CAE, Eurocopter, Thales and Rheinmetall Defence
Electronics, officially inaugurated this week the world's first
NH90 full-mission simulator in its newly built facility in
Bückeburg, Northern Germany, adjacent to the German Army
A technology development engine that may help NASA safely return
astronauts to the lunar surface has successfully completed its
third round of testing. The goal of these tests is to reduce risk
and advance technology for a reliable and robust rocket engine that
could enable America's next moon landing.
Source: Lorrie Sullenberger, describing what
her husband -- Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III --
thinks of the attention lavished upon him after he piloted US
Airways Flight 1549 to a safe water landing Thursday on New York's
Hudson River. All 150 passengers and five crewmembers were able to
safely evacuate the plane, and Sullenberger -- along with copilot
Jeffrey Skiles, and flight attendants Donna Dent, Doreen Welsh, and
Sheila Dail -- are being hailed as heroes for their efforts.