Boeing has just completed the static test necessary to validate
the side-of-body modification made to the 787 Dreamliner. The
company expects a full analysis of the test results to be concluded
in approximately 10 days. A successful test result is needed to
clear the airplane for its planned first flight next month.
First Intercontinental Jet-Powered Wing Flight Foiled By
50-year-old inventor and adventurer Yves Rossy was forced to
ditch in the Atlantic Ocean during an attempt last week to cross
the Straits of Gibraltar using his jet powered wing. Rossy said
clouds and weather caused him to abort the attempt.
Procedures Allowed Landings On Intersecting Runways
The Federal Office Of Special Counsel has sent a letter to White
House Counsel Gregory Craig accusing the FAA of "gross
mismanagement and a substantial and specific danger to public
safety" for landing procedures still in place at Newark
The driver of a pickup truck reportedly passed out while driving
an crashed through the airport fence at Gillespie Field in El
Cajon, California, destroying two Cessna 152's and slightly
damaging a third.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.30.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.30.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Slow Flight -
11.30.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob
ANN Experiences The Complete 3-Screen Evolution Flight Display System in Action
At the 2009 AOPA Summit, over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts and industry leaders convened at the Tampa Convention Center, where vendors displayed the latest in general aviation technology. Attendees also toured a wide-array of aircraft models at the nearby Peter O’Knight Airport. ANN’s Jim Campbell had the opportunity to fly a retrofitted Cirrus SR-22, equipped with the complete 3-screen Aspen Avionics’ total glass cockpit solution, the Evolution Flight Display System.
ANN Experiences The Complete 3-Screen Evolution Flight Display
System in Action
At the 2009 AOPA Summit, over 7,500 aviation enthusiasts and
industry leaders convened at the Tampa Convention Center, where
vendors displayed the latest in general aviation technology.
Attendees also toured a wide-array of aircraft models at the nearby
Peter O’Knight Airport. ANN’s Jim Campbell had the
opportunity to fly a retrofitted Cirrus SR-22, equipped with the
complete 3-screen Aspen Avionics’ total glass cockpit
solution, the Evolution Flight Display System.
"Very Windy" Conditions May Have Contributed To Potential For
A weekend of Northern California soaring has turned tragic for
two pilots... one in a Schleicher sailplane and the other in a
Piper PA-25 Towplane. Reports from the scene indicate that the
accident at Crazy Creek gliderport in Northern California occurred
as both aircraft turned in for landing -- from opposite
For those of us who have "hit the boots" (or the equivalent
system on your favorite bird) a few times in the last few days
(despite my home base in Northern Florida...) due to the
ever-present seasonal 'charms' of in-flight icing, we thought a
series of short tips from Cirrus Design's Scott Winter (yes, that
IS his real name) might help us all to consider some of the
realities of this time of year.
Only Minor Injuries In Crash... But The Albatross Is A
An NTSB Preliminary report indicates that the cause behind the
downing of a Grumman G-111 Albatross appears to be related to
engine failure. The aircraft went down with only a few hours
on the engines since a Major Overhaul that had occurred over a year
earlier, and was operating under a Special Flight Permit.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has contributed to the discovery
of the youngest brown dwarf ever observed -- a finding that, if
confirmed, may solve an astronomical mystery about how these cosmic
misfits are formed.
Boeing has delivered the first two Project
Wedgetail 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)
aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft
were delivered during a ceremony at RAAF Base Williamtown, the main
operating base for the Wedgetail fleet. Attending the ceremony were
officials from the RAAF, the Defence Materiel Organisation and
In-flight icing is the accretion of supercooled liquid water
(SLW) on the airframe. This SLW can be in the form of cloud
droplets or freezing rain/drizzle. Generally, cloud ice and snow do
not adhere to the airframe, and graupel and small hail may actually
help to remove accreted ice...
Aero-Linx: Aircraft Icing
Conceived and published by NASA, this
web site contains free icing training courses and resources for
pilots who want to learn more about aircraft icing and what they
can do about it. Two courses are presented...
"Make sure you are aware of where there is icing and
where it is safe. Knowing the answers to these two questions PRIOR
to flying will reduce the time needed to decide the best course of
action if icing conditions are encountered. Remember, in icing
conditions, time is critical."
Source: Pilot and CFI, Scott Winter, in
Part One of our annual Airframe Icing series, which starts