Seven Others On Board Also Killed, No Reason For Accident
A helicopter accident Friday has fatally injured Mexican
Interior Minister Francisco Blake and seven other people on board
the aircraft. The helicopter went down on a hillside south of the
Mexico City. Blake was a key member of the security team put
together by Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the fight against
powerful drug cartels.
ETS Would Cost Chinese Airlines $123 Million In 2012
China and the US are competitors in many ways, but they're on
the same side of the fight against the European Union's proposed
Emission Trading System (ETS) for foreign airlines, set to go into
effect January 1. China says its aviation watchdog Tuesday urged
the European Union to drop the plan, while Chinese airlines plan to
sue the EU over the scheme.
Cites Lack Of Experience In The Model As A Contributing
The NTSB has released a probable cause report for an accident
which fatally injured a 74-year-old pilot who had only recently
returned to flying after a 25 years out of the cockpit. The pilot
held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine
land and instrument airplane ratings. His last medical certificate
was a second-class medical issued on March 8, 1991.
Red Tail Squadron Celebrating 70th Anniversary in 2011
Colorado is known for the Rocky Mountains, great skiing and the
"Mile High City," but it also happens to be home to more surviving
Tuskegee Airmen than any other state. On Saturday night, November
19, the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver's
historic Lowry neighborhood is hoping for a good turnout at a gala
to honor the eight Red Tail Squadron members who reside in the
J-2X Engine To Carry Orion Spacecraft Into Orbit, Beyond
NASA conducted a successful 500-second test firing of the J-2X
rocket engine on Wednesday, Nov. 9, marking another important step
in development of an upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch
System (SLS). SLS will carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo,
equipment and science experiments to destinations in deep space.
SLS will be safe, affordable and sustainable to continue America's
journey of discovery from the unique vantage point of space.
Two Pilots Racked Up A Combined 17,000 Hours Flying At
Two retired research pilots, who combined logged more than
17,000 hours of flight time at NASA's Langley Research Center in
Hampton, are set to enter the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame at the
Virginia Aviation Museum.
Low-Cost Carriers Double Share In Less Than A Decade
The world's airlines have scheduled 4% more capacity on 2.5%
more flights in November 2011, marking six consecutive months of
growth compared to the same period last year, according to the
latest statistics from OAG.
2nd Phase Of Low-Rate Initial Production Also Includes Spares,
Logistics And Training
The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $1.7 billion low-rate initial
production (LRIP) for seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime
surveillance aircraft. LRIP-II is the follow-on to an initial
LRIP-I contract awarded in January to provide six Poseidon
aircraft. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 Boeing 737-based
P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3
Presence And Support Infrastructure Develops Across The
Despite recent challenging market conditions, Dassault Falcon
claims a fleet of more than 60 Falcon business jets operated by
customers in the middle east, and says it has a backlog of a dozen
additional aircraft to be delivered to regional buyers over the
next two years. Company officials say the number represent 15
percent growth in the regional fleet.
Obsolete Link To Centennial Of Flight Exploited After Domain
In 2009, Canada was celebrating its own centennial of powered
flight, and had a website dedicated to the celebration.
The official Transport Canada website added a link to the
celebration site, and all was well until the registration of the
URL was allowed to lapse. The link stayed on the Transport Canada
website, but for a while it led to a provider of Turkish and
American escort services.
Phoenix Holds Unwelcome Distinction As Laser Attack Capital Of
The state of Arizona is a great place for aviation. Lots of
sunshine and VFR, a thriving Embry-Riddle campus - but the state
capital also happens to lead the nation in boneheads with lasers
pointing them at aircraft. Phoenix ranks first so far in 2011 with
96 reports through October 20. Philadelphia is a close second at
95, with Chicago third at 83.
Airline Still Believes The Market Is Critical To Its
Air Canada has been looking for some time to enter the low-cost
leisure market, saying it is "critical" to the long-term
sustainability of the airline. But Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu
says the only way to proceed is to be certain that the venture is
truly low-cost, and for that he would need concessions from the
carrier's unions in wages and benefits ... concessions that unions
are loathe to grant.
Redbird Creates A Great Leap Forward In GA
Flight Simulation Technology
Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. is a VERY interesting Austin,
Texas based company dedicated to revolutionizing aviation by
designing, manufacturing and delivering affordable and innovative
flight training technologies. Each of the Redbird devices is
designed to enhance the training experience for pilots of all
levels, from student to ATP. Redbird is quickly becoming the
industry standard for flight training systems. Since Redbird
introduced its line of training devices in 2007, which includes the
highly successful FMX, an increasing number of flight training
It hasn't been the best news cycle for Airbus, which said
Thursday that while pre-Final Assembly Line (FAL) activities
for the A350 XWB composite airliner have
started, production of the airplane will be delayed due
to the late availability of some key composite and detailed
parts. The start of the FAL is now scheduled for the first quarter
of 2012. Entry into service is now rescheduled to first half
of 2014 to "ensure smooth production ramp-up capability."
Hersman Asks For All Information Relating To Colgan 3407 Be
In a statement released to the media Thursday, NTSB Chair
Deborah Hersman said the board was disappointed to learn two weeks
ago about internal documents released by Pinnacle Airlines Corp.,
parent company of Colgan Air, that were not provided to the NTSB
during the course of the investigation into the February 12, 2009,
crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407.
Worked Through His Injuries To Earn Sport Pilot And LSA
When Chris Gschwendtner was airlifted to a field hospital after
a rocket exploded next to him in Bagdad, no one could look ahead
and see where he is today. The concussion of the explosion left the
young infantryman with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the hidden
injury so common to those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For
Chris, his injury was compounded by being the second TBI he
had experienced in less than six weeks.
April 2010 Dude Flight Mission Saved 30 Trapped Joint Special
Operators In Bala Morghab, Afghanistan
Four F-15E Strike Eagle crewmembers then assigned to the 48th
Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK serving on temporary duty at
Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan were awarded the 2010 Mackay Trophy by
USAF Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, and National
Aeronautic Association Chairman, Walter Boyne, at the NAA Fall
Banquet in Arlington, VA on November 7th.
75 Flights Hailed As 'The Future Of Aviation' And Path To A New
Alaska Airlines inaugurated biofuel-powered passenger service
Wednesday afternoon with two flights from Seattle to Washington,
D.C., and Portland, OR. Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air,
are operating 75 select flights between Seattle and the two cities
over the next few weeks using a 20 percent blend of sustainable
biofuel made from used cooking oil.
Non-Profit Established To Accept Donations, Project Planned
A message posted in an EAA discussion forum indicates donations
and volunteers are needed to help a couple who were injured at the
National Championship Air Races at Reno this year. Larry and Tracy
Cruz were injured when Jimmy Leeward's plane went down, and Larry
is scheduled to be released from the hospital this weekend.
" The previously undisclosed documents do not appear to
give reason for reconsideration of the NTSB's final report and
probable cause determination." Source: A letter to
Pinnacle Air from NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman.
The Aircraft Engine Historical Society, Inc. was organized in
July of 2001 by a small group interested in preserving the rich
history of all engines used in aerial propulsion, including rocket