The leaders of Wichita's major aircraft manufacturers say they
expect the worst of the job cuts are behind them, but they are not
optimistic about growth in 2010. Five executives participated in a
round table discussion at the Wichita Aero Club luncheon
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The NTSB has released about 400 pages of documents representing
the investigation into Northwest Flight 188, which overshot its
destination of Minneapolis by about 150 miles. The pilot told the
NTSB they were out of communication with ATC because they had tuned
to the wrong frequency.
No Night IFR Approaches Allowed At Gillespie County
The FAA has banned night IFR approaches to Gillespie County
Airport in Fredericksburg, Texas following protracted negotiations
over trees at Lady Byrd Johnson Golf Course, which is adjacent to
the airport. The FAA says the ban is "temporary, but
Additional Landing Capability From Existing Technology
Rockwell Collins announced Monday that its Head-Up Guidance
System (HGS) technology will be capable of conducting reduced
Category I (CAT I) landing minima as authorized by the FAA Flight
Technology and Procedures Division.
U.S. Military Has Mandate For Jet And Other Fuels From
Accelergy Corporation announced a strategic partnership with the
Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Tuesday at the
University of North Dakota. Under the terms of the agreement,
Accelergy will license EERC’s proprietary technology as part
of its Coal Biomass to Liquids (CBTL) process.
Full Sim Of The Aircraft-Specific Flight Deck On A Personal
Aerosim Technologies, the recognized leader in low cost,
hi-fidelity simulation software training products within the
aviation industry, announced Sunday that one of the world's leading
international airlines has completed in-plant acceptance of the
Airbus A330 Virtual Flight Deck (VFD).
Live Uncompressed HD Video Feeds Beamed From Airplane Cameras
Over 60 Miles Away
The U.S. Air Force has successfully tested a system that allows
air-to-ground HD video transmission from aircraft more than 60
miles away. The flight tests were conducted as part of the Enhanced
Air-to-Ground Lasercom System (EAGLS) Program.
Investigators Still Hope To Find What Caused The A330 To Go
Down In The Atlantic
The French accident investigation authority BEA says it will
resume the search for the cockpit voice and flight data recorders
from Air France flight 447 in February. The flight went down in
heavy weather on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris June 1st,
killing all 228 people on board.
49th Year Of Recognizing Companies And Individuals In The
Rotary Wing Community
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is proud to
announce its "Salute to Excellence" award winners for 2010. The
"Salute to Excellence" Awards program, now in its 49th year,
recognizes outstanding achievement performed by individuals or
companies in the international helicopter community.
The Department of Energy is partially funding a project that
will allow an Iowa company to start producing jet fuel from poultry
fat. Elevance Renewable Sciences plans build a $15 million
addition to its existing biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, that will
use it along with other feedstocks to produce biofuels.
Testing Will Show If Pilots Can Control UAV's From Their
Developmental prototypes of the U.S. Army's next-generation
Block III Apache Attack helicopter tested emerging technologies
which allow pilots to control UAVs and their sensor payloads from
the cockpit of the aircraft during a so-called Limited User Test
(LUT) in November at Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ.
Three Hour Flight Was 'Flawless' -- At Least, Until Mother Nature
For anyone who loves the aviation business, this was a VERY good
day. After a number of delays and mis-steps that often accompany
those programs that are truly trying to raise the bar and
accomplish revolutionary progress, Boeing's B787 Dreamliner took to
the skies over a very soggy Northwest Washington state.
All-New Boeing Airplane Touches Down Safely After 3-Hour
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the sky for the first time
Tuesday, ushering a new era in air travel as it departed before an
estimated crowd of more than 12,000 employees and guests from Paine
Field in Everett, WA.
The fractional jet company NetJets has cancelled 90 percent of
its outstanding order with Hawker Beechcraft, HBC announced
Tuesday. The move will have the effect of lowering HBC's backlog of
orders for aircraft to about $3.5 billion.
A little less than two years ago, the FAA announced that it
would be replacing all paper airman certificates with plastic
certificate that will be much more difficult to counterfeit. The
deadline for replacing that certificate is approaching fast.
The National Transportation Safety Board will open the public
docket Wednesday on its investigation into the overflight event
involving Northwest Airlines flight 188 in October. The
approximately 400 pages of the public docket will be available on
the Safety Board's website Wednesday morning, December 16.
U.S. Air Force aircraft will parachute more than 20 tons of
donated items to Pacific Islanders throughout Micronesia during the
58th annual “Operation Christmas Drop” December 16-19.
Operation Christmas Drop is the longest running organized air drop
in the world and one of the largest charity efforts in the
Plane Scraped Wingtip, One Set Of Wheels Left Pavement
The FAA is looking into why an American Airlines MD-80 landed
erratically in Charlotte, North Carolina Sunday night, scraping a
wingtip and partially leaving the pavement during a landing at
night in poor visibility.