During the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference held this past Friday in Albuquerque, Eclipse Aerospace announced the official launch of initial production of the new model Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet.
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Multi-Billion Dollar Project Expected To Be Complete In 12 To 15 Years
Philadelphia city officials have picked a three company joint venture to plan and manage construction of a major expansion project at PHL. Denver-based engineering and construction firm CH2M Hill will be the lead company, and will work with Delon Hampton & Assoc. and CMTS Inc.
SLS Capability Will Enable Future Human Space Exploration
Three flight computer software test beds have been delivered to NASA by Boeing ... the first critical element for flight software development in support of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Flight software controls the launch vehicle during preflight tanking operations and in flight.
NuSTAR Scheduled For Lift Off From Kwajalein Atoll In June
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13.
But Don't Hold Your Breath ... Its Not For About Four Billion Years
NASA astronomers announced Thursday they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now.
A successful cold-temperature ground test of a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor used to boost ULA Delta IV launch vehicles was successfully conducted Thursday by ATK and United Launch Alliance (ULA).
Fueling California Gives $10,000 To Keep Aircraft Flying
The Oakland Police Department received a donation which will allow their helicopter to spend more time in the air. Chief of Police Howard Jordan said a $10,000 donation from nonprofit group Fueling California is “a great day for the city of Oakland” because the helicopter is “a force multiplier that helps us respond to calls quicker.”
Recently, we reported on a move to get airlines to eliminate special seating fees so parents could sit by their children. But even that would not help in a situation where the captain of an Alaskan Airlines flight reportedly returned his plane to the gate and bumped a cranky 3-year old ... and his parents ... off the plane.
Unmanned Air Vehicle Use Expected To Increase Significantly
The sheriff's department in Mesa County, Colorado has been using two remote controlled drone aircraft to cover 3,300 square miles of mountainous territory. Ben Miller, who oversees the sheriff's two aircraft said “We save a significant amount of time. It provides a huge resource savings.”
Hopes To Improve Radiation Shielding, Thermal Management, Optical Systems
NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities focused on innovative, early-stage space technologies that will improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions.
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NavMonster -- a very easy-to-use flight planning utility available on the web for a number of years, has shut down -- AeroNav and the FlightPrep legal assault appear to be culpable. In a pretty rare move, the NTSB has delegated the investigation of an accident which happened in Virginia over the holiday weekend to Transport Canada … but there’s a good reason. Two airplanes… a Piper PA-28 and a Beechcraft BE-35, collided in flight about five miles from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Sumerduck, Virgini
The civil aviation authority of Nigeria has confirmed that all 153 aboard the Dana Air flight, a Boeing MD83, to Lagos were lost when the plane went down in a densely populated neighborhood near the airport. Casualties on the ground are likely, according to a spokesman from Nigeria's national emergency management agency, but the number of missing was unknown.
Opens The Door For Improved Information Sharing, More Efficient Cargo Transportation
TSA and the European Commission have announced what thee two organizations are calling an unprecedented air cargo security partnership with the European Union and Switzerland, paving the way for improved information sharing, stronger security, and more efficient transportation of cargo between the U.S. and the EU.
Ointment Pot May Have Contained Anti-Freckle Cream
It was well known that Amelia Earhart had freckles ... and that she was not particularly happy having them. So when researchers from TIGHAR, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery hoping to solve the mystery of Earhart's' disappearance 75 years ago, found fragments of an ointment pot similar to one sold containing anti-freckle cream in about that time period on Nikumaroro Island, they hoped the find would help bolster the theory that she and navigator Fred Noonan had been castaways on the remote island after their plane went down.
The Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (KJVL) broke ground Friday morning on a $1,460,000 terminal building renovation project. In total, four development projects will be spread over four years with the intent to enlarge and modernize the 50-year-old general aviation facility.
Eighty five years ago, Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to fly from New York to Paris nonstop. Now another pilot has announced plans to fly the same 3,600 mile route, but in an electric-powered aircraft. Chip Yates is head of the Flight of the Century team, and while in its early stages has already developed a patent-pending battery deployment solution for replenishing batteries in flight.
Military UAV Finds New Application As Storm Chaser
Starting this summer and continuing over the next few years, NASA will be launching UAVs designated "severe storm sentinels" above storms to assist weather researchers and forecasters in uncovering information regarding hurricane formation.
Aero Linx: Bell 47 Helicopter Association (B47HA)
The Bell 47 Helicopter Association (B47HA) was started in 2000. Our membership is open to Bell 47 Pilots, Mechanics, and related Bell 47 Personnel interested in the Bell 47 Helicopter. Our association has been approved by Bell Textron and we use the Bell 47 name with their permission. B47HA is an approved affiliate of The Helicopter Association International (HAI). B47HA is a partner of The American Helicopter Museum of West Chester, PA (AHMEC) where we hold our annual meeting every year at Rotorfest. B47HA is a registered 501C Non-Profit corporation.
An L/MF or UHF radio beacon transmitting nondirectional signals whereby the pilot of an aircraft equipped with direction finding equipment can determine his/her bearing to or from the radio beacon and "home" on or track to or from the station. When the radio beacon is installed in conjunction with the Instrument Landing System marker, it is normally called a Compass Locator.
"This agreement with the EU and Switzerland will ease the burden on industry and allow for the free movement of goods and commerce between our nations. It will also strengthen security by ensuring that we share information and work together towards our common interests."
Source: TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, following the announcement made by the TSA and the European Commission concerning an 'unprecedented air cargo security partnership' with the European Union and Switzerland. The agreement paves the way for improved information sharing, stronger security, and more efficient transportation of cargo between the U.S. and the EU.