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ANN Special Feature: FIRCs for All CFIs? -
12.10.10 (ANN Special Report, with Jason
Blair, Executive Director of the National Association of Flight
While there has been no word on whether Boeing or Airbus will
get the contract to build the next Air Force Tanker, EADS North
America said Wednesday that it is soliciting bids through its
recently selected program management firm for design and
construction of the Mobile Conversion Center.
Japan's Ministry of Defense has selected Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries' (MHI) proposal to supply the Japan Air Self-Defense
Force (JASDF) with a new fleet of advanced UH-60J search and rescue
helicopters. The aircraft will be produced under license from
Afternoon Air Show On Thursday, July 29 To Feature Variety Of
Paying tribute to an aviation legend responsible for many unique
aircraft designs, EAA AirVenture 2011 will salute Burt Rutan with a
special day of recognition along with dedicated programs and
Fantasy of Flight Founder First Aviator To Be Considered By The
Kermit Weeks, the creator and founder of Fantasy of Flight in
central Florida, was recently honored by the World Acrobatics
Society as one of its 2010 Gallery of Legends (GOL) inductees in
the Extreme Sports category.
System Supplies Liquid Hydrogen For The Long-Endurance UAV
When the Phantom Eye takes to the skies, Air Products' hydrogen
fueling capabilities will be put to another specialized and
advanced technological use. Air Products is providing the hydrogen
and fueling infrastructure for The Boeing Company's Phantom
We're still all abuzz over the successful SpaceX/NASA collaboration that resulted in the first commercial payload orbited and recovered back to dear old Mother Earth. While ANN's aerospace affiliations have made it easy for us to stay close to the action and the people making it happen, we simply must admit to more than a little envy of all that occurred and the very talented people who made it happen. This is serious hairy-chested real-live rocket science and it would not be unusual, maybe even expected, for them to have had a LOT more trouble with the Falcon9 program by now... but they haven't and history has truly been made. And better yet, SpaceX's Dragon has orbited the Earth and come home safely.
Liberal Patent Policies May Make Life Difficult For Other
Online Flight Planning Providers
The nation's love affair with lawsuits is apparently going to
cost GA at least one, and probably some other, online flight
planning utilities. Runwayfinder.com has announced that it is going
offline after being sued by FlightPrep, a competitor that managed
to convince the US Patent Office that they owned the rights to much
of the technology and methodology used by a number of online flight
We're still all abuzz over the successful SpaceX/NASA
collaboration that resulted in the first commercial payload orbited
and recovered back to dear old Mother Earth. While ANN's aerospace
affiliations have made it easy for us to stay close to the action
and the people making it happen, we simply must admit to more than
a little envy of all that occurred and the very talented people who
made it happen.
No Accidents Yet, But Administrator Calls The Problem
In a blog post on the DOT website, FAA administrator Randy
Babbitt says that an uptick in the number of incidents in which a
laser pointer has been directed at an airplane is a "serious
problem," which pilots should immediately report.
Eurocopter’s X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter demonstrator,
which first flew September 6, 2010, has reached the program’s
Step 1 speed objective ... attaining a true airspeed of 180 kts in
level flight at a reduced level of engine power.
Several Advanced Capabilities Demonstrated In 40 Minute
The second of three company-funded Armed Aerial Scout 72X
Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA) has completed its first
flight, EADs North America said Wednesday. The flight took place
Tuesday at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in
Grand Prairie, Texas and lasted 40 minutes.
Goal Is Enhanced Cooperation Over The Next 10 Years
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Chairman of the German
Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive Board Johann-Dietrich Worner
signed a framework agreement for cooperative activities in
aeronautics, exploration and the peaceful use of space Wednesday at
NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Who says rocket scientists don't have a sense of humor? Before
the successful launch, voyage, and recovery of SpaceX's Dragon
Spacecraft, the first time in history a commercial company has
recovered a spacecraft from orbit, reporters were buzzing with news
of a "secret" payload, stowed on board.
"It sounds silly, but this is a serious problem. Just
this year alone, we have had over 2,200 reported instances of
people pointing lasers into the cockpits of airplanes flying around
some of our nation's busiest airports."
Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
The 2010 airshow season is in the books, but if you're ready to
do a little pre-planning for the 2011 season, airshowsreview.com
already has a few shows on the schedule, and promises to post
up-to-date information as it becomes available.