Mayors To Outline Benefits of GA to Small Towns and Local
This ought to be an interesting week for General Aviation...
especially come this Wednesday, May 6th at 1130 EST. At that
time, a number of Mayors and county executives from across the
country hold a conference call with reporters to announce the
release of a letter to President Barack Obama communicating the
crucial importance that small aircraft - also known as general
Amazing and Gifted Life Shaped Manned Space Flight
A truly amazing player in the oh-so-dramatic earlier years of
space exploration and development has gone west. Joseph S. Algranti
was one of those "been there and done most of it" flyers who helped
build NASA from the launch pad up.
Focuses On Fuel Efficient Travel In New Viperjet LXR
Viper Aircraft Corporation has released its latest addition to
the Viperjet family--the Viperjet LXR. Through minor tooling
enhancements to its Viperjet MKII Executive fuselage, Viper
Aircraft designers were able to accommodate the certified Pratt
& Whitney JT15D-1A, 2200 lbs static thrust turbofan engine.
Partnership with Phoenix Aviation Managers Aims to Reduce NBAA
Members' Insurance Costs
A new NBAA workers' compensation insurance program is offered
exclusively to NBAA Members as of May 1. The NBAA Workers'
Compensation Insurance Program is underwritten by Phoenix Aviation
Managers, Inc., and the program is administered by NationAir
Aviation Insurance of Chicago.
Built/Designed 'In Support of Global War on Terror'
The Global War on Terror has spawned a number of intruiguing
development programs, especially in regards to aerial platforms.
Based on the Beech King Air, Commuter Air Technology (CAT) has
recently completed the ground and flight tests of its third
generation STALKER aircraft.
Sikorsky is unveiling its X2 TECHNOLOGY Light Tactical
Helicopter (LTH) design at the Army Aviation Association of America
annual convention. The new mockup reflects Sikorsky's concept for
potential military application of the high-speed enabling X2
From a model of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to a patch
from the New York City Sanitation Department, the STS-125 mission
astronauts are marking the flight by taking a wide variety of
mementos with them into orbit.
During Balikatan ‘09, every member of every unit has a
role to play. One of the most vital roles takes place on the flight
line. The Marines of Marine Helicopter Squadron Medium (HMM-262)
are responsible for service members participating in Balikatan
getting equipment, supplies and transportation to provinces that
can’t be reached by car.
MFDs Are Just The Beginning Of The Goodies Coming Soon From Aspen
Completing the vision... that's what Aspen's Doug Cayne was telling Aero-TV about during the 2009 AEA Convention and Trade Show. And the next step on the road to Aspen's revolutionary aims is to get the EFD 1000 (and its little cousin, the EFD500) out on the market.
MFDs Are Just The Beginning Of The Goodies Coming Soon From
Completing the vision... that's what Aspen's Doug Cayne was
telling Aero-TV about during the 2009 AEA Convention and Trade
Show. And the next step on the road to Aspen's revolutionary aims
is to get the EFD 1000 (and its little cousin, the EFD500) out on
We ran into one of our good friends, Bruce Moore, from North
American Top Gun the other day while refueling our Cirrus G3 Turbo
at Palatka, FL, (possibly the cheapest 100LL in the state, BTW --
and a VERY cool little airport) and got updated on the latest and
greatest in the NATG universe. NATG offers one of the most exciting
of the "Air Combat" programs available these days in that they
conduct their program in real live Texans of the SNJ/At-6
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.04.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.04.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Recurrent Ground School -
05.04.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob
Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review tell ANN that
they take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment
on the part of some very special aviation educators. Recently,
they were all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the
international Master Instructor accrediting authority.
A Russian built Mi-35 helicopter has gone down in Venezuela,
killing 18 crew and passengers on board. Ostensibly involved in
border patrol, the Mi-35 was carrying soldiers to patrol the 1400
mile border with Colombia and stopped communicating for no
published reason about mid-day, near the town of El Alto de
The Helicopter Association International has looked over a
recently issued, proposed, rule from the FAA that would require all
certificate holders conducting operations under part 135 to include
in their flight training programs crew resource management for
crewmembers, including pilots and flight attendants, and is
providing some counsel on the matter.
Air Mass Thunderstorm
Generally, a thunderstorm not associated with a front or other
type of synoptic-scale forcing mechanism. Air mass thunderstorms
typically are associated with warm, humid air in the summer months;
they develop during the afternoon in response to insolation, and
dissipate rather quickly after sunset. They generally are less
likely to be severe than other types of thunderstorms, but they
still are capable of producing downbursts, brief heavy rain, and
(in extreme cases) hail over 3/4" in diameter.
Aero-Linx: Girls With
Girls With Wings is an e-commerce
merchandising and public awareness project that focuses its efforts
on introducing young girls to their role models in aviation-related
careers and hobbies. Website activities and inspirational stories
of women involved in various aspects of aviation will motivate
girls to pursue their own skyward adventures.
"These results give us confidence in our ability to move
into further gauntlet testing using either ground power or the
airplane's engines or auxiliary power unit. This is a significant
milestone on the path to first flight."
Source: Scott Fancher, Vice President and
General Manager of the 787 Dreamliner program, commenting on the
movement of the first 787 test flight vehicle to the flightline,
after completing a rigorous series of tests including build
verification tests, structures and systems integration tests,
landing gear swings and factory gauntlet, which is the full
simulation of the first flight using the actual airplane. With
Chief Pilot Mike Carriker at the controls, the simulation tested
all flight controls, h