At this moment, there are two nations on earth capable of
putting humans into space - and we, here in the United States,
ain’t one of them. Although that simple statement may sound
shocking, its truth alone should shake us all to the core. And if
it’s a bit hard to choke down- get used to it. The nation
that once had astronauts driving on the moon and later developed a
fleet of space planes that could be flown over and over, today
cannot place a human into earth orbit and that is not likely to
change anytime soon.
Accident In NC In 2009 Caused Substantial Damage To The
Airplane, No Injuries
Fuel management is one of the principal tenets of learning to
fly. And whether it's a J-3 Cub or, as in this case a Cessna 550,
it just won't go if there's nothing in the tanks to burn. In this
incident, the NTSB found that the pilot did not do his due
diligence to be sure there was enough fuel to get to his
destination with adequate reserves. Outside of that, crew
qualifications appeared to be somewhat questionable, to boot.
Night Air Show, Fireworks Return To Cap Off Final Evening At
60th Annual Fly-In
It's January. In many places of the world, it's darn cold. So
what better way to chase away the winter blues than to start
thinking about Oshkosh ... Wisconsin in July. The show is on the
minds of many of the world’s top air show performers, who
have already given early confirmations to participate at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.
TSA 'In The Process' Of Reviewing Options For New
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Jan. 3 to
streamline airport screening procedures for service members and
their families traveling on official orders. The Risk-based
Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act gives the
Transportation Security Administration six months to develop and
implement a plan to expedite screening services for service members
on orders and in uniform and, "to the extent possible, any
accompanying family member."
Work To Be Dispersed To Washington State, Oklahoma, And San
The union representing engineers at The Boeing Company is
calling on the company to meet all commitments to employees here
who worked diligently to help secure the $35 billion U.S. Air Force
KC-767 tanker program only to learn this morning their plant is
being shuttered and their work is going elsewhere.
Next month, ten major Chinese airlines will take the bold step
of recruiting for pilot candidates in the US. A job fair, hosted by
Pan Am International Flight Academy and World Aviation Systems,
Inc. (WASINC), China's largest airline pilot leasing company, is
scheduled for Pan Am's headquarters at the Miami International
Airport February 23 and 24. Another will follow February 26 in the
Las Vegas market at Pan Am's Henderson location.
New Engine Shares Parts With Honda Racing Powerplants
Viking Aircraft Engines is releasing its new gold edition
engine, which will be on display at the 2012 Sebring Aviation Expo
held January 18 to 22 in Sebring, Florida. The Viking engine is the
brainchild of builder Jan Eggenfellner and shares its moving parts
with the Honda Fit automobile, the Honda outboard marine engine and
a Honda race engine, according to the company.
Says Mods To Xenon RST Gyroplane Caused Vapor Lock
A man from Albuquerque, New Mexico who crashed a two-seat
gyroplane in August has filed a claim in the bankruptcy case of a
former owner of the aircraft, claiming a modification made to the
aircraft caused his accident. But according to a report in the
Denver Post, court records show he's seeking not only the full
purchase price of the wrecked aircraft, but the costs he paid for
meals, lodging and fuel he bought learning how to fly it in Las
Vegas earlier last year.
Jet-taxi service Linear Air, has received approval from the FAA
to utilize advanced charting and operations technology afforded by
the integration of Apple iPads into the company’s flight
operations. Linear Air is the first commercial air carrier in the
FAA’s Eastern Region to receive such approval.
Lt. Gen. Winton W. "Bones" Marshall Honored With The
Pacific Air Forces and 15th Wing leaders dedicated a newly
repainted static F-86E Sabre fighter aircraft to a former PACAF
vice commander during a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
on December 29. Gen. Gary North rededicated the aircraft here to
retired Lt. Gen. Winton W. "Bones" Marshall, who was also a combat
commander and Korean War ace.
New Function For Sandel Primary Nav Displays Improves GPS/FMS
The FAA has granted TSO certification to Sandel Avionics for a
roll steering software upgrade in its 3-ATI SN3500 and 4-ATI SN4500
Primary Navigation Displays. The pilot-selectable feature works
with an aircraft’s autopilot or flight director and
compatible GPS or FMS unit to automatically make smooth, hands-off
turns while flying a sequence of GPS waypoints.
GPS Couldn't Resolve Location, But Flashlight Worked
Glowing mobile phones can be really annoying in darkened movie
theaters. But a 43-year-old Maryland man reportedly used the the
flashlight on his iPhone to guide a helicopter pilot to his
location after becoming lost in a dark, mountainside park.
Also: Lufthan$a, LightSquared, Boeing/Wichita, Barnstorming!, K-Max, Helo Rescue, CubCrafters, AMR, and SO MUCH MORE!!!
Happy New Year from the crews at Aero-News, Aero-TV and Airborne! This is our FIRST Airborne for 2012... and in short order, we're going to start raising the bar... again and again. Very shortly; we're going to start taking the wraps off an amazing assortment of NEW and exciting features for Airborne viewers all over the planet (and, apparently, even one or two off world). And let us express once again that we couldn't have done it without you and we appreciate your amazing support and encouragement.
Engineers' Union Says All Aircraft Should Be Checked
Quickly, Airbus And Airlines Downplay Safety Risks
The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA)
has called for the inspection of all A380s flying for Qantas and
other carriers after small cracks were found in the wing-rib
attachments in some airplanes.
Also: Lufthan$a, LightSquared, Boeing/Wichita, Barnstorming!,
K-Max, Helo Rescue, CubCrafters, AMR, and SO MUCH MORE!!!
Airborne 01.06.12 is chock full of info about the week ending
Friday, January 6th, 2012 -- our FIRST Airborne of 2012...
Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley
Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief
Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and
Paul Plack, this episode covers:
Reno Plans Full Air Races For 2012
Lufthansa Wants PAX To Pay For ETS
Embraer Thought It Won LAS... Now, Maybe
Prosecutors say 57-year-old Andrew Kent Anderson was asked by
the government of Dubai for his help in negotiating red tape to
secure FAA approval of modifications to a Boeing 747 and two Avro
jets. They say Anderson did, indeed, deliver certificates for the
mods, and was paid $630,000 for his work. But, they say, the
certificates were forgeries.
More Than 120 Airplanes To Be Pushed Into The Future
In an effort to save some $15 billion over five years, the
Pentagon on Wednesday said it was considering a production delay
for about 120 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the third schedule
re-vamp in as many years
Lost Control During A Low-Altitude Maneuver Which Resulted In
In its probable cause report from an accident in which a BAC
Strikemaster went down last February in the Hudson River, the NTSB
found that the pilot simply did not maintain control of the
airplane, in part due to his unfamiliarity with its operation. The
takeaway here may be that a type rating for an aircraft is not
necessarily a license to push beyond your personal limits.
2011 Concluded With Record-Breaking Order Announcements
Boeing says it wrapped up 2011 with 805 net commercial airplane
orders, fueled by a late flurry of record-breaking deals. The
company also delivered 477 airplanes, ending the year with a strong
backlog of 3,771 unfilled commercial orders.
Focus To Be Certification Challenges And Opportunities In The
General aviation industry leaders and regulatory executives will
converge at the Aircraft Electronics Association International
Headquarters, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, for a two-and-a-half day rotorcraft
forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the
certification and installation of new avionics technologies in the
The FAA is expected this month to revise rules limiting the
civilian use of unmanned aircraft, especially below 400' AGL. The
potential changes have law enforcement agencies chomping at the bit
to put small UAVs to work for surveillance, accident scene
documentation and SWAT support, and manufacturers who've had useful
technology sitting on the shelf for years finally anticipating
"Previous AEA/FAA forums on ADS-B and airborne WiFi have
proven extremely successful in opening communications and
understanding the challenges from both industry and the FAA's
perspective. We are confident that this forum will do the same."
Source: AEA President Paula Derks.