There is little good to report in the aftermath of a tragic
ground collision that took the lives of three pilots attending a
monthly EAA Pancake breakfast, but for the fact that a fourth
person (the pilot of the Velocity XL RG), remains alive a week
after the accident occurred. Ulrich Christen, 63, is the only
survivor of the accident that took place at Dunn Airpark in
Titusville, FL. He continues to be treated for injuries at Orlando
Regional Medical Center.
The U.S. Air Force has completed a debriefing for The Boeing
Company during which acquisition officials sought to explain why
they selected a team of Northrop Grumman and the European
Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) for a contract to
replace aerial refueling tankers.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of material
orbiting Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon. This is the first time
rings may have been found around a moon. A broad debris disk and at
least one ring appear to have been detected by a suite of six
instruments on Cassini specifically designed to study the
atmospheres and particles around Saturn and its moons.
Acquisition of New TBM 850 Will Provide Additional
Charter aircraft service, NxAERO, is now offering flights on its
recently purchased TBM 850 aircraft (file photo, below). The new
plane's faster cruising speed and climb rate (over the TBM 700),
allows them to reach 31,000 feet in as little as 20 minutes and is
one of the most fuel-efficient models on the market.
Ballistic Recovery Systems has announced its earnings results
for Fiscal Year 2007 which ended September 30th, 2007. On March 7,
BRS filed its Form 10-KSB for FY07 and its restated Form 10-QSBs
for the quarters ended March 30, 2007 and June 30, 2007.
Despite the setback loss of the USAF tanker program to
Northrop-Grumman/EADS, Boeing IS building tankers... most recently,
for Japan. Boeing delivered the second Japan KC-767 Tanker to the
Itochu Corp. for Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), two weeks
after delivering the first refueling aircraft to the Japanese
"We spent several hours with Air Force leaders,
listening and probing, all in an effort to better understand the
reasoning behind their decisions... While we are grateful for
the timely debriefing, we left the room with significant concerns
about the process in several areas, including program requirements
related to capabilities, cost and risk; evaluation of the bids and
the ultimate decision."
Source: Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president and
program manager of the KC-767 tanker, reporting on Boeing's USAF
briefing after losing the program to Northrop Grummman and