ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.09.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.09.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Vertical Takeoffs at AirVenture -
10.09.09 (ANN Special Report, with Glenn Martin
and Gordon Putney)
Boeing said Thursday that the AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance
helicopter successfully completed its first flight on September 16,
seven months after the company started work on the prototype
aircraft. The flight lasted 36-minutes at the Boeing Rotorcraft
Systems facility in Mesa, Arizona.
City Council Approves A Development Agreement For Facility
The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, City Council voted on October 6 to
initiate negotiations that would lead to a development agreement
between the City and FlightSafety for expansion of their facility
in Broken Arrow. Exact terms of the agreement will be worked out
between the City Council, city staff and FlightSafety executive
Weapons Systems Can No Longer Be Designed For "Niche
Future U.S. military weapons are going to have to be relevant,
adaptable and affordable, the nation's second highest-ranking
military officer told defense contractors here today. Gone are the
days of spending millions of dollars on technology and equipment
that is all but obsolete by the time it is fielded to troops.
Companies Must Address NASA's Research, Technology Needs
NASA selected 152 proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract
awards in the Small Business Innovation Research program, or SBIR.
The selected projects have a total value of approximately $91
million. NASA will award the contracts to 126 small high technology
firms in 27 states.
Full Cockpit View, Other Aircraft Information In Helmet
The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon a $13 million contract to
develop additional sensor prototypes for the Advanced Distributed
Aperture System, which gives helicopter pilots 360-degree
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has launched its Extended Service
Program (ESP) to extend the economic life of the Dash 8-100
turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight
cycles. Launch customer for the Dash 8-100 ESP is
Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS of Norway.
One Of Five "Snap-On" Payloads For Hand-Launched UAS
Lockheed Martin says it recently completed a successful test of
a new infrared sensor turret aboard its Desert Hawk III Unmanned
Aircraft System (UAS), marking the first time a small UAS has flown
with a 360-degree infrared sensor.
Educational Director, Larry Wood, Chronicles the Museum’s History
Nestled in McMinnville, Oregon, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a living testament to both aviation advancement and human achievement. The museum currently owns 105 aircraft, as well as extensive artifact, research, and archive collections. Over 300 dedicated volunteers share not only the aircrafts’ educational background, but also a wealth of personal aviation stories and experiences with visiting crowds. In addition, the museum supports its own volunteer-staffed restoration shop that has accomplished such projects as the incredible ‘Spruce Goose’ restoration now proudly displayed at the museum.
Educational Director, Larry Wood, Chronicles the Museum’s
Nestled in McMinnville, Oregon, the Evergreen Aviation &
Space Museum is a living testament to both aviation advancement and
human achievement. The museum currently owns 105 aircraft, as well
as extensive artifact, research, and archive collections.
Two Successful Flights In Two Hours Meet Level 1 Criteria
Masten Space Systems successfully qualified for a $150,000 prize
in NASA's Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Wednesday by
flying a rocket-powered vehicle twice in two hours between a pair
of landing pads. "Xombie," rose to a height of 50
meters, flew 50 meters, and landed safely after 90
NATCA Says It Can Help Make It Work, But Rebuffed By
The FAA experienced some difficulty during a recent test of its
NextGen Air Traffic Control system at Salt Lake Center. NATCA, the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association, says the test was
rushed, and that the FAA needs to enlist the help of the
controllers union to bring the system online.
New Bay County Airport Dubbed Northwest Florida-Panama City
The Panama City – Bay County International Airport and
Industrial District (Airport Authority) voted Wednesday to name the
new international airport now under construction at West Bay the
Northwest Florida – Panama City International Airport. The
new airport is scheduled to open in May 2010.
But Main Criteria Seems To Be 'Paying Passengers' Boarded At
Another report that takes a shot a funding for airports that
aren't primarily focused on airlines. According the Pew Economic
Policy Group, more than 3,100 airport construction and
rehabilitation projects costing nearly $2 billion were
awarded from 2005-2009, despite the fact they scored below the
FAA's threshold for projects.
New Pilot Was A Rescue Swimmer Who "Wanted To Change
When Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Michael Adams reported to
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, and embarked aboard the
amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) in June, he became the
first CWO helicopter pilot to complete his training and begin
living his dream as a pilot in an operational environment.
Composite And Titanium In Wing Component Increases Strength And
Lockheed Martin has selected Stork Fokker to produce the
flaperons for the F-35 Lightning II. The contract extends from 2009
to the end of 2014 with an estimated value of $200 million. The
order could exceed US $1.0 billion over the life of the
Two Planes Ordered, Four Orders Cancelled Last Month
Net orders for Airbus airplanes dropped to 123 for the year,
after four orders were cancelled against orders for just two new
airplanes last month. The cancellations in September included three
narrow-body airplanes that were to go to Kingfisher Red, a low-cost
subsidiary of India's Kingfisher Airlines.
"The aviation community agreed two years ago at FAA's
Runway Safety 'Call to Action' meeting to implement safety
improvements at U.S. airports. But while the 50 percent reduction
is remarkable, there is still much work to be done to continue to
reduce the potential risk."
Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver,
which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar,
transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all
transponders on the mode being used to reply.
A Brief History Of Flying
Back in 1940, Henry Ford said "Mark my word: A combination
airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile. But
it will come." The flying car has been seen as something of a holy
grail for personal transportation. The website "How Stuff Works"
has a brief history of flying cars, which are the subject of