Glitch In The Program | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.30.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.30.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

 

Mon, Apr 12, 2004

Glitch In The Program

Software Blunder Grounds British Chinooks In Iraq

"Absolutely extraordinary."

Those are the words being bandied about in the British Defense Ministry after a software goof-up grounded half of the Queen's Chinook helicopters.

"Thanks to a massively botched job, they cannot be flown when there is a cloud in the sky," said Edward Leigh, chairman of the British parliament's accounts committee.

Officials said navigation software critical to the Chinooks' missions can't be installed. That leaves eight of the twin-rotor giants sitting on the ground at a cost of about $476 million.

"Instead of desperately needed helicopters, the MOD (Ministry of Defense) might as well have bought eight turkeys," added Leigh, a Conservative Minister of Parliament.

The helicopters were purchased from the United States in 1995 by the Conservative Party government then in power. The Conservatives have since been ousted by the Labor Party led by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

British authorities estimate a fix will cost about $241 million dollars and can't be completed until 2007 -- nine years after the Chinooks were supposed to enter British service. There is now some doubt at Westminster about whether the aircraft will be retrofitted at all.

FMI: www.mod.uk

Advertisement

More News

For Real! HondaJet Receives Provisional TC From FAA

Next Big Step Taken In Honda's Plans For The Business Aviation Market The HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the FAA. This achievement indicates the FA>[...]

Klyde Morris (03.30.15)

Klyde's Got Worries... Lots Of Them FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

AeroSports Update: Aerobatic Powerhouse Julie Clark To Be At Sun ‘N Fun

Even The Best Airshow Performers In The World Need Sponsorships, And Julie Clark Has Just Announced She Will Be Sponsored By Tempest And Electroair At Sun-N-Fun 2015 Julie Clark Ai>[...]

Airborne 03.27.15: Cockpit Changes Announced, Maine v UAVs, NBAA v Santa Monica

Also: AirVenture Update, Barnstorming Opines On Media Aero-Reporting, NTSB Update, ERAU Scholarships, Doolittle Raiders, Tecnam P2010 The loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 due to wha>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.30.15)

“EAA AirVenture creates unmatched opportunities for people to see aircraft in one place that you cannot see anywhere else in the world. It’s only fitting that on the B->[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC