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October 25, 2008

Rocket Racing, Armadillo Aerospace Partner To Enter Suborbital Tourism Race

State Of New Mexico Also Involved In Project

Space took a giant leap closer to Earth Friday, following the launch of a new joint venture between Rocket Racing, Inc. (RRI), Armadillo Aerospace and the government of New Mexico.

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USAF To Establish New Nuclear Major Command

B-52s To Be Split From B-1B Lancers

The Air Force will stand up a new major command specifically to manage its nuclear assets, the service's top official announced Friday.

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FAA's Leverenz Takes IAWA On Trip Down Memory Lane

...And Then Paints A Picture Of Aviation's NextGen Future

Below is the unedited text of the speech given by Ruth Leverenz, acting Deputy Administrator of the FAA before the International Aviation Womens' Association on Friday.

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US Spy Plane Pioneer To Speak At Embry-Riddle

Col. Walter Watson Only African-American To Fly SR-71

Walter Watson, USAF colonel retired, the only African-American to fly the top-secret SR-71 spy plane, will speak on Friday, October 31, at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus.

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Aerojet To Provide Motors For NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission

Spacecraft To Be Powered By Hydrazine Propulsion Systems

Aerojet announced Friday it has been selected by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) to provide propulsion systems for NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission. The work will be conducted at Aerojet's Redmond, WA facility.

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Frasca C-172 FTDs Get Level 5 Approval For Shenzhen Airlines

Will Be Used In Carrier's Primary Training Center

Two Frasca Cessna 172S level 5 Flight Training Devices (FTDs) were recently qualified by the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) for training by Shenzhen Airlines. The Frasca FTDs are located at Shenzhen's Flight Training School, located in Wuzhou, Guangxi province, China.

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Company Develops EFIS Application For iPhone

iHUD Much Cheaper Than True Glass Panels... But It's Only For Show, For Now

Will there come a day when pilots will only need to plug an iPhone into the panels of their small planes to go flying? Well... probably not, though a new application presents a compelling argument for that possible future.

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NASA Langley To Wrap Up 50th Anniversary Lectures

Former Aeronautic Director Roy Harris Jr. Will Speak October 28

Langley Research Center is wrapping up the 'NASA at 50' lecture series that is celebrating a half-century of history with someone who was there when it all started. Roy Harris, Jr., the former director of aeronautics at Langley, says NASA's aeronautics research is critically important to our nation's transportation, defense, economy and its competitiveness in a global world.

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Emirates SkyCargo Prepares For Its Los Angeles Debut

Next Stop: Hollywood (Okay, LAX)

Emirates SkyCargo is gearing up for the launch of the inaugural non-stop flight between Dubai and Los Angeles, debuting Sunday, October 26.

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ANN Introduces Aero-News Internet Radio

We unveiled a new and exiting addition to the Aero-News lineup in July, during the annual excitement known as the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. In addition to the highly-acclaimed Aero-Casting products ANN introduced last year, Aero-News has unveiled a full-time (24/7) Internet radio feed that will feature all of ANN's most current news products as well as current and archived news features of interest to flyers all over cyber-space.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.08)


The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) is a cooperative program between the states of Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.25.08): Knickebein


Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.25.08)

"Right now, there is no common cause for an accident, because we've picked off all the low-hanging fruit. Today's accident is often a complex set of dominoes that fall in precisely the right way, and an accident results."

Source: Ruth Leverenz, acting Deputy Administrator of the FAA, in a speech before the International Aviation Womens' Association on Friday.

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AD NUMBER: PL2008-22-52 MANUFACTURER: MDHI SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2008-22-52 SUMMARY: This superseding Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) is prompted by several occurrences of failed adapter tubes.

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AD: Maryland Air Industries (Fairchild)

AD NUMBER: 2008-22-02 MANUFACTURER: Maryland Air Industries Inc. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-22-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Maryland Air Industries, Inc., Model Fairchild F-27 and FH-227 Series Airplanes.

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