Weather Delays Landing -- Next Opportunity Saturday
After five heavy days of rain here in Florida, we're not
surprised to see that STS-125 is getting delayed in their return
home. Weather conditions at Kennedy Space Center have forced flight
controllers to pass on STS-125’s two landing opportunities
An Air Force T-38 Talon crashed at 1:15 p.m. May 21, about nine
miles north of Edwards Air Force Base. The Edwards aircraft was on
a flight-test training mission at the time of the accident. Kern
County fire spokesman Sean Collins reported that the T-38 went down
about 1330 Thursday in the Mojave Desert.
HR 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, is more than just a
resolution to keep paying the FAA's Bills... it has become a nexus
for a number of changes, a dumping fround for pet projects, and an
amalgam of competing (and occasionally, conflicting)
For only $1600, Dynon tells ANN that homebuilders can now
install modern avionics at steam gauge prices. Dynon Avionics
has released two new EFIS products. The EFIS-D6 (shown above and
directly below) and EFIS-D60 offer modern glass panel avionics at
the low cost of only $1600 and $1900.
Flight Design has established a network of Flight Design Pilot
Centers to meet the needs of training institutions. The process
began at Oshkosh 2008 with visits to numerous flight operators to
best determine their needs for Light-Sport Aircraft.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.22.09 (ANN's Short-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.22.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Part II - Lycoming's Ian Walsh -
05.22.09 (ANN Special Report, with Lycoming's Ian
NASA's return to the moon will get a boost in June with the
launch of two satellites that will return a wealth of data about
Earth's nearest neighbor. On Thursday, the agency outlined the
upcoming missions of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and
the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS.
AgustaWestland is doing a little crowing over the selection of
Tim Peake, AgustaWestland Senior Test Pilot, by the European Space
Agency as the first British astronaut to join the European
Astronaut Corps. The Corps currently consists of eight members from
Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Embraer has sold Austral Líneas Aéreas, from
Argentina, 20 Embraer 190s. The contract will go into effect after
fulfilling certain requirements, and that should take place within
two months. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter
James May Writes The House of Representatives... Again
ATA's James May is not giving up his misgivings about some
aspects of H.R. 915 without a fight. Just before the Resolution
passed the House, May expressed his displeasure with a number of
aspects of the Act... including the inexplicable opposition to a
rule that keep passengers from being held in an airliner
(ostensibly due to delays) for more than three hours...
Airborne in minutes and on-site shortly thereafter, the presence of the helicopter at the scene of a serious medical emergency can be as critical as the medical team itself... if the care is not there in time, then the effort often goes for naught.
Boeing completed the first engine runs
on the all-new 787, Thursday morning. The occasion marks the first
all-electric start of a commercial jetliner engine on a commercial
jetliner; the engines had been started electronically in test
The House has passed H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act, in
order to "To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize
appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal
years 2009 through 2012, to improve aviation safety and capacity,
to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for
The FAA is attempting to exact a $1.3 million civil penalty from
Florida-based Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. for
violations of the FAR's. Gulfstream has been making some news of
late for also being a former employer of the Captain of the
ill-fated Continental Connection 3407 flight.
Airborne in minutes and on-site shortly thereafter, the presence
of the helicopter at the scene of a serious medical emergency can
be as critical as the medical team itself... if the care is not
there in time, then the effort often goes for naught.
If you do fly the airlines regularly, you'll notice something
missing at commercial airports - those obnoxious "puffer" machines
designed to dislodge particles from your clothing, so they can be
analyzed for traces of bomb-making materials.
Predicts/Hopes Senate Version Will Set Binding Limits on Tarmac
FlyersRights.org Executive Director Kate Hanni (pictured right)
is politely lauding the "modest gains for airline passengers"
contained in the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 915) that passed
through the House of Representatives, Thursday, but predicted that
the "final version that goes to the President will ultimately
contain the critical element consumers want most...
European Space Agency (ESA)
A fifteen-member consortium of European
countries for the design, development, and deployment of
satellites. The Space Telescope — European Coordinating
Facility (ST-ECF) supports the European astronomical community in
exploiting the research opportunities provided by the
Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.
Aero-Linx: AMA 'Park
The Academy of Model Aeronautics currently defines a park flyer
as a model weighing less than 2 pounds that is incapable of
reaching speeds of faster than 60 mph. It must use electric power
for propulsion, be remotely controlled or flown with a control
line, and remain within the pilot’s line of sight at all
"We were very pleased with the performance on the
engines during this test. We will now get ready for our
intermediate and final gauntlet tests."
Source: Scott Fancher, vice president and
general manager of the 787 program, after the bird was fired up,
under its own power, for the first time. The first flight is
expected to take place in less than 6 weeks.