Sport Aviation is about fun ... flying for the sheer joy of
being in the air. From new designs to advanced technology, the
sport aviation world made large strides this past year, but had
it's share of sad news as well.
NASA's Mars rover Spirit will mark six years of
unprecedented science exploration and inspiration for the American
public on Sunday. However, the upcoming Martian winter could end
the roving career of the beloved, scrappy robot. Spirit
successfully landed on the Red Planet at 8:35 p.m. PST on Jan. 3,
2004, and its twin Opportunity arrived at 9:05 p.m. Jan. 24,
Dispute Over Dreamliner Braking System Software Resolved
Industrial products manufacturer Crane Co. announced Wednesday
that it had executed agreements with GE Aviation Systems LLC and
The Boeing Company resolving its claims relating to the brake
control monitoring system for the Boeing 787.
The first C-130J Super Hercules mission in support of U.S. Air
Forces Africa, or 17th Air Force, opened up doors to a future
partnership of support between the 86th Airlift Wing and upcoming
missions into Africa. The mission's aircraft commander, Maj. Robert
May of the 37th Airlift Squadron, and his crew were tasked to fly
into Mali Dec. 19 to bring home 17 troops who were assisting with
training Malian forces.
Aero-Linx: Jeppesen Aviation
The folks at Jeppesen have a VERY handy weather page with
extensive links to some useful weather tools. Jepp
has been providing weather for the aviation professional and
enthusiast for over 20 years. Their weather maps combine the
latest data from National Weather Service, NEXRAD radar mosaics,
and GOES Satellite imagery, along with analyses and forecasts from
a staff of professional aviation meteorologists.
With respect to the operation of aircraft, means the height
at which a decision must be made during an ILS, MLS, or PAR
instrument approach to either continue the approach or to execute a
"The highest priority for this mission right now is to
stay mobile, if that's possible."
Source: Steve Squyres of Cornell
University in Ithaca, N.Y., principal investigator for the
Mars Rovers, discussing issues facing the program as it nears its