(E-LSA) -- RANS S-6/7 series
The spirit behind LSA seems to be to give the buyer all the
benefits of a 'certified' LSA design but allow them the savings and
or personal satisfaction that can be accrued by building it
themselves. As such, economics is often a major part of the buying
decision when it comes to selecting an E-LSA... that being the
case, few aircraft are as cost-effective, buildable or offer as
much "real aircraft" performance as the RANS S6 and S7 series.
Missions To Venus, An Asteroid Or The Moon
NASA has selected three proposals as candidates for the agency's
next space venture to another celestial body in our solar system.
The final project selected in mid-2011 may provide a better
understanding of Earth's formation or perhaps the origin of life on
(Tie Vote) Cessna C-162 SkyCatcher, Flight Design
Destined to be fierce competitors, these two aircraft represent
the very best of the current crop of ready-built LSAs -- for a
number of reasons...
For many years, when evaluating the cream of the crop in terms
of airframe and manufacturer, the name Flight Design was always a
major player, but the recent entry of Cessna, now with an actual
delivery under their belt (which is necessary to qualify for
this award), means that the top ranks of the LSA market are going
to be shook up... again.
PS Engineering's PMA8000B
Up against the Garmin juggernaut, it is impressive to note that
a little company can still specialize in one thing, do it better
than anyone, and keep mighty Goliath/Garmin at bay. Such a company
is PS Engineering... the PMA 8000B recently installed in our
SR22-G3's panel is not only the best/most easy-to-use audio panel
we've ever owned, it has a bag of tricks that just won't quit...
and the RECENT addition of MP3 capability means taking your tunes
wherever you go. These folks are simply the best in the biz...
Aero-Heroes #10 -- The Boeing 787 Design Team
Yeah, I know, they're behind schedule, there were problems, it's
costing them an arm and a leg... yada, yada... well, screw that.
Nothing truly revolutionary comes easily and if find yourself
involved in an "easy" project, it just means that you weren't
shooting high enough to begin with. The 787 program is a MASSIVE
undertaking both in terms of what it means to Boeing, the airline
industry and the way that we've been doing business for
2009 is ending nicely if you happen to be involved in the Naval
Flight Test Program. The second Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II
short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter has arrived
at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Aero-Heartbreaker #10: Rick Schrameck and Epic Aircraft
The Epic Aircraft mess was one of the low points of 2009... but
for those of us who did the slightest bit of research, it was
obvious (early on) that something was amiss and was unlikely
to improve. Grandiose plans, exorbitant promises and wild claims
were the order of the day while a number of expected milestones
came and went... especially the promise of megabucks in corporate
financing to set the company on a powerful path to
The FAA tells ANN that Dallas-Fort Worth
International Airport (DFW) will receive a $2.3 million grant from
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to rehabilitate
a runway critical to the airport's capacity. With this grant, all
of FAA's Recovery Act dollars have been committed to 360 projects,
many of which will remain under construction well into 2010.
New Boeing DIRECTV 12 Satellite Delivers 1st Signals From
Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from DIRECTV 12
nine hours after launch, indicating that the satellite is healthy
and operating normally. DIRECTV 12 is a Boeing 702 commercial
satellite that will provide consumer television programming to
millions of US households (and that's a good thing... right?).
ANN's Annual Review Of The Year That Was: Business Aviation In
To perhaps as great an extent as the airlines, business aviation
felt the pinch of the faltering economy in 2009. After getting a
bad rap from members of the Congress, the President, and much of
the mainstream media, sales of business aircraft plummeted...
Addison Pemberton Revives an 80-Year Old
Addison Pemberton is no stranger to rare aviation
restorations. Having learned to fly at the age of 15,
Pemberton spent most of his adolescent years surrounded by
exceptional antique aircraft including Howards, Travel Airs, Wacos,
P-51 Mustang Owner Bob Baker Describes His
Journey to the Pattillo Brothers
Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a
chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which
their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary
opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his
hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the
Pattillo brothers, to EAA AirVenture 2009.
Airline To Open Flight Crew Base at Midwestern Hub
AirTran Airways has announced that the airline
will open both a pilot and flight attendant base in
Milwaukee to support its increased operations. The flight
bases will open in April 2010 and will consist initially of 50
pilots to support Boeing 737 flying and a minimum of 50 flight
attendants to support both Boeing 717 and Boeing 737 operations.
The payroll for these Milwaukee-based positions is expected to
exceed $6.5 million per year.
...Asks TSA Too Be Careful (Yeah, Um, Good Luck With That)
FlyersRights.org is applauding the TSA's efforts to improve
airport security in the wake of this week's incident aboard a
Northwest flight bound for Detroit. However, the group warned that
a large number of its members have expressed concerns that the new
TSA procedures, including the 'one-hour rule', may place an undue
burden on passengers.
Calls On Governments Worldwide To Improve Security Measures In
Light Of Christmas Day Incident
The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) on Monday called
on governments across the globe to focus attention and resources on
commercial aviation security measures to protect travelers around
Santa's 'Sleigh' Receives Fuel From Mildenhall Tanker
Anyone who tells you that the military is all action and no
heart missed an interesting moment this week as the holiday spirit
overtook a few flyers over the skies of the UK, near Royal Air
Force Mildenhall, England. Herewith, a little holiday prose...
The height of the Decision Height or Minimum Descent Altitude
above the highest runway elevation in the touchdown zone (first
3,000 feet of the runway). HAT is published on instrument approach
charts in conjunction with all straight-in minimums.
Aero-Linx: The Wonder Of
A Boeing designed site for children, 'The Wonder Of Flight'
offers a number of interesting things for younger folks to learn
about aviation, with such categories as "How Do Things Fly?" and "A
Century Of Discovery."
"As we continue to grow our Milwaukee operation, we have
reached a point where we need to add flight crew bases in Milwaukee
to make our airline more efficient and to support the flying out of
Source: Kevin Healy, AirTran's senior vice
president of marketing and planning, commenting on the announcment
that airline will open both a pilot and flight attendant base in
Milwaukee to support its increased operations.