What a rush! One of the most aggressive missions in NASA history
is now over, as the crew of STS-125 made a safe and pretty
good-looking landing on RWY 22 at Edwards AFB, with 15-21 knot
winds coming at them right down the runway some 12 days and nearly
22 hours after they started their journey. The trip covered some
5.3 million miles, overall and was completed at 11:39:58 AM
ANN is monitoring the details of a tragic Alabama Mid-Air
involving an RV-8 homebuilt (illustrated below) and what appaears
to be a Chinese-made CJ-6A. The two aircraft were reported to have
been involved in a planned formation flight when they temporarily
lost sight of each other and subsequently collided near Pryor
Field, AL. The accident occurred Saturday at approximately 1300,
Ya gotta hand it to Air New Zealand... the generic image of the
airline business is one that can usually be called (charitably)
stuffy, and humorless... but the most recent ANZ ad campaign breaks
the ice in a most revealing and admittedly humorous way.
As previously reported, an Air Force test pilot student died May
21 when his jet trainer crashed north of Edwards Air Force
Base. Captain Mark P. Graziano, 30, died when the T-38A Talon
he was piloting crashed about nine miles north of the base here,
near California City, Calif. Captain Graziano was assigned to the
U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, where he was undergoing training
to become a test pilot.
The Latest Generation Of RC Aircraft Will Be Shown... And So
It's no surprise to those of who fly that the concept of
'Flying' has been one of the most common and most enchanting
fascinations of mankind. For those enamored of the model side
of the aviation equation, this year's Arlington Fly-In has much to
offer... and if you weren't interested in RC models before, this
Fly-In may change that for you.
"The Alliance for Aviation Across America applauds the House of
Representatives for passing an FAA Reauthorization bill. This
legislation would provide crucially needed funding for the
modernization of our air traffic control system while building on
the current, efficient fuel tax system..."
A new Web-based program is helping military pilots and aircrews
"FlyAwake," thanks to the combined efforts of the District of
Columbia Air National Guard's 201st Airlift Squadron and the
National Guard Bureau. "We were noticing the number of
fatigue-related mishaps were quite high, and we needed to do
something about it," said Air Force Capt. Lynn Lee.
Senior hospitality/tourism/entertainment industry executives and
space industry leaders will come together May 27, 2009 for the
Space Investment Summit 6 (SIS-6) to engage in a full day of
presentations and discussion relating to a variety of emerging
A planning document that covers the expected operational details
of a flight such as destination, route, fuel on board, etc. It is
filed with the appropriate FAA air traffic control facility. There
are both VFR and IFR flight plans. VFR plans are not mandatory.
Aero-Linx: USAF Fact Sheet T-38
The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet
trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy
of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and
exceptional safety record.
"America's space program is at a critical crossroad.
NASA needs a clearly defined plan and unwavering support from the
president and Congress to achieve our nation's space exploration
objectives. We look forward to working with the new NASA
administrator and his leadership team as we address the rapidly
approaching human spaceflight gap following retirement of the Space
Shuttle, the next generation Constellation program and full
utilization of the International Space Station."
Source: Dean Acosta, Chairman-Public
Affairs Team, Coalition for Space Exploration, following the
nomination of Charles Bolden to be the next NASA Administrator.