Chelton Flight Systems' synthetic vision EFIS (Electronic Fight
Instrument System) has been selected for the Virgin Atlantic
GlobalFlyer. Steve Fossett expects to fly the aircraft around the
world, non-stop, covering 23,000 miles in just under 80 hours in
either April or October.
Designed and built by Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites, the
GlobalFlyer had to meet very exacting criteria for lifting the
enormous load of fuel needed for the journey. Component strength,
reliability and weight are critical. Chelton Flight Systems, which
has hundreds of EFIS units already flying in both experimental and
certified aircraft, has the advantages of providing a tremendous
volume of navigation information along with aircraft performance
data and engine function data in a compact, lightweight
More than a year after the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated
60,000 feet above Texas and Louisiana, NASA now says it knows "for
certain" what caused the accident. Fixing that problem, along with
one recently discovered, means NASA will delay the next shuttle
launch until at least March, 2005.
"I remember the 'bang,' hitting the ground, like a car accident,
getting in a car accident."
Those words came from co-pilot Mike Welborn, one of two San Antonio
(TX) police aviators aboard a Schweizer 333 as pilot, Edward
A. Ramirez, fought for control of the
aircraft -- and for his life.
"Come on, auto! Come on, auto!" Welborn yelled to Ramirez, as the
aircraft auto-rotated to a hard landing in a grocery store parking
Ramirez and Welborn had launched at about 2:30 am CST Thursday from
Stinson Airfield, responding to calls for assistance during a
police chase. Within less than a minute, the two officers heard a
series of bangs and felt an ominous shudder in their flight
TFR Issued Due To Demolition Ops
Issued: 02/20/2004 13:40
Effective: 02/21/2004 12:00 - 02/24/2004 22:00
Facility: ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.
Description: CHARLESTON, IN.
The Canadian Air Force is lifting a flight restriction on its
fleet of 15 CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopters that
temporarily limited the aircraft to search and rescue operations
only, following modifications to an engine fuel supply line.
The individual CH-149 Cormorant aircraft (Canadian Coast Guard
varient shown below) will be able to be used for training flights
as soon as they are modified.
The flight restriction meant that the Cormorants could only be
flown for actual search and rescue missions: no training flights
could be conducted until aircraft modifications were completed.
Decorated World War II aviator and "Ace" Lee Andrew Archer Jr.,
84, says he dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot at an early
The Yonkers (NY)-born veteran recalled reading comic books during
his boyhood that featured illustrated stories depicting World War I
duels in the skies between Germany's Baron von Richthofen and
"I wanted to be a pilot," Archer said at a Feb. 19 National Black
History Month commemoration ceremony at Veterans Affairs Department
headquarters, noting that watching planes take off and land at a
small airport near his family's summer home in Saratoga (NY) also
whetted his desire to fly.
"We said, 'Stop. Let's go ahead and
extend the schedule, and let's figure out what the right way is to
go about (meeting the recommendations of the Columbia accident
investigators).' We're not going to be driven by the calendar. This
is going to be a milestone-driven event."
Source: NASA Administrator Sean
O'Keefe, announcing that the space shuttles' return to flight won't
happen before March, 2005. Redesigning the space planes' external
fuel tanks, along with new problems found in the rudder-speed brake
assembly and CAIB-mandated restrictions that require daylight for
both the launch and the external fuel tank drop have all conspired
to keep the three remaining shuttles grounded in the wake of the
Alaska pilots face challenges that pilots in the lower 48 states
often could not imagine, which is why AOPA President Phil Boyer
just completed his ninth trip there — to hear pilots'
concerns for himself.
"The unique weather, geography, and other aspects of the 49th state
convinced me on my very first trip that Alaska requires additional
and unique thinking when dealing with general aviation regulations
and legislation," said Boyer. "One size does not fit all when it
comes to Alaskan aviation issues.