ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.04.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.04.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Aerial Photographer James Cavanaugh -
11.04.09 (ANN Special Report, with Photographer
Ongoing System Enhancements Boost Performance, Reliability
AAI Corporation said Tuesday that its Shadow Tactical Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (TUAS) have completed 100,000 missions. With 113
systems ordered and 87 delivered, Shadow systems are deployed with
the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Army Special Forces and Marine
First Dedicated HEMS Operator To Implement FAA Approved
Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) has received FAA approval for
their HFDM/FOQA program, the first dedicated HEMS provider to reach
that goal. The ACH HFDM program will serve ACH's fleet of two S76
C+ Single Pilot Instrument equipped helicopters and will provide
increased visibility into the ACH flight operations.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has requested a February
2nd launch date for the first flight of the Falcon 9 heavy lift
launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center, but the Air Force 45th
Space Wing says there is already a launch scheduled for that
NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium And Space Florida Award
The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), and Space
Florida have announced the selection and award of 22 space research
and education grants for 2009. The Florida Space Research Program
(FSRP) will provide a total of $453,191 in funding to selected
Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) announced today a limited time
special offer on engines purchased during the week of the 2009 AOPA
Aviation Summit in Tampa, Florida. Anyone in the market for a
factory-new or factory-rebuilt TCM engine can take advantage of the
special offer regardless of his or her attendance
Has Passed Written Exam For Private Pilot's License
While only a month away from having her fist baby,
supermodel Gisele Bündchen, wife of New England Patriots
quarterback Tom Brady, has passed her private pilot written exam
and continues flying helicopters several times a week.
At an industry gathering covering the future of high-end aviation educational reform and associated issues (at the Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL), ANN had the opportunity to spend some time with Congressman John Mica... an elected official with extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with aero-matters.
An Aero-TV FIRST -- ANN's Jim Campbell Flight Tests Cessna's New LSA
Finally... ANN is proud to present the first published flight test data on Cessna's long-awaited LSA... the C-162 Skycatcher. Worth the wait, the Cessna 162 may be one of Cessna's very best efforts yet... thoroughly maximizing what it is to be an LSA... while being true to the outstanding stability and control profiles that have been a part and parcel of Cessna's entry-level aircraft products for many decades.
An Aero-TV FIRST -- ANN's Jim Campbell Flight Tests Cessna's New
Finally... ANN is proud to present the first published flight
test data on Cessna's long-awaited LSA... the C-162 Skycatcher.
Worth the wait, the Cessna 162 may be one of Cessna's very best
efforts yet... thoroughly maximizing what it is to be an LSA...
while being true to the outstanding stability and control profiles
that have been a part and parcel of Cessna's entry-level aircraft
products for many decades.
At an industry gathering covering the future of high-end
aviation educational reform (at the Delta Connection Academy in
Sanford, FL) and associated issues, ANN had the opportunity to
spend some time with Congressman John Mica... an elected official
with extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with
Attitude-Based Digital Autopilot For Aircraft With Release
Avidyne will be bringing some new toys to the AOPA Aviation
Summit in Tampa this week. Today, they took the wraps off the
DFC90, Avidyne's new attitude-based Digital Flight Control System
and Entegra Release 8.0 as an upgrade specifically for Cirrus SR20
and SR22 aircraft with Avidyne's Entegra Flight Deck Systems.
Paper Continues To Question Value Of Grants For GA
USA Today on Monday printed another "analysis" article
representing FAA grants to airports that primarily serve GA as
"earmarks for small airports." NBAA president Ed Bolen
responded with a Letter to the Editor.
The chair of the Senate Transportation Aviation Subcommittee
says he is working on a bill that would ban all personal electronic
devices in airliner cockpits. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) says the
bill is intended to prevent another incident like the one that
occurred on Northwest Flight 188.
Masten Space Systems And Armadillo Aerospace Take The
NASA will award $1.65 million in prize money Thursday to a pair
of innovative aerospace companies that successfully simulated
landing a spacecraft on the moon and lifting off again: a $1
million first prize to Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California,
and a $500,000 second prize to Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall,
The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA) has elected Robert Wilson, president of
Honeywell Business and General Aviation, as GAMA's chairman for
2010. Wilson previously served as GAMA's vice chairman and chairman
of GAMA's Technical Policy Committee.
"We now understand from this flight at least that this
can happen and there ought to be a more clear understanding by
everyone in the cockpit that there is a national standard that
would prohibit this and that they need to take it
seriously." Source: U.S. Senator
Byron Dorgan (D-ND).
Mechanisms intended to add lift during certain portions of
flight. They include common devices such as flaps and slats, as
well as less common devices such as leading edge extensions and
blown flaps. Generally they are divided into two classes, powered
With the announcement today of the award of the NASA Centennial
Callenge Program prizes this week, there is renewed excitement
about going back to the moon. But people have been designing
vehicles to land on the moon practically since before there were
rockets to get them there.