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December 04, 2010

Electrifying... E-Flight Waiex Logs First Flight

Battery Powered Plane Gets Some Daylight Under Its Wings

Our friends at Sonex Aircraft tell ANN that their E-Flight Initiative proof-of-concept electric-powered Waiex aircraft achieved its first flight Friday, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. Piloted by Sonex Founder and E-Flight team leader John Monnett, N270DC made a short hop on runway 27, intended to be a conservative non-pattern flight to break ground-effect and analyze in-flight system performance as the next step in testing. 

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Falcon 9 Static Firing Aborted

Static Firing Was Aborted 1.1 Seconds Into A Planned 3 Second Burn

Friday morning SpaceX's second Falcon 9 launch vehicle attempted a static firing test at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 in preparation for a December 7th launch. That launch will be the COTS-1 Demonstration mission. The static firing was aborted 1.1 seconds into a planned 3 second burn. It was later decided not to proceed with a second attempt and the static firing was given a 24 hour scrub.

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Delta Air Lines CEO To Chair Air Transport Association Board

Southwest Airlines CEO Named Vice Chair

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard H. Anderson has been elected chairman of the ATA Board of Directors. Southwest Airlines Chairman of the Board, President and CEO Gary C. Kelly was named vice chairman, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) said Thursday.

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Qantas Pilots Credited With Saving Crippled A380

ATSB Reports More Than A Dozen System Errors After Trent 900 Engine Failed

Australian Transportation Safety Bureau officials said in a news conference Friday that the pilots of a Qantas A380 which suffered an uncontained engine failure over Batam Island after departing from Singapore prevented a major disaster from occurring.

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X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands at Vandenberg AFB

Experimental Spacecraft Spent 220+ Days In Orbit

The U.S. Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 0116 PST Friday.

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RAAF Retires F-111 Fighters

Swing-Wing Fighter Entered RAAF Service In 1973

After 37 years of service, the RAAF retired its fleet of F-111 fighters on December 3. The twin-engine swing-wing aircraft was introduced to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1973.

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New Laser Warning Sensors To Protect U.S. Military Aircraft

BAE Systems Awarded $17.7 Million Contract For MAWS

A contract to provide components for the AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System, part of the ongoing U.S. Navy road-map of airborne protection and system improvements for U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and foreign allied fleets, has been awarded to BAE Systems.

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TSA Offers Primer On Airport Security Checkpoints

Dozens Of Airports Are Using Advanced Imaging Technology To Screen Passengers

If there are three things that are all but certain during the winter high-travel season, they are family gatherings, plenty of food, and strict security at the nation's airports.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.04.10)

"Our association's focus is to move tax and regulatory oversight in a direction that fosters growth and makes us an even stronger economic engine for America." Source: Delta Air Lines CEO Richard H. Anderson, who has been elected chairman of the ATA Board of Directors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.04.10): Outer Area

When associated with Class C airspace, nonregulatory airspace surrounding designated Class C airspace airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring and sequencing on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.04.10)

Vulcan Restoration Trust

The Vulcan Restoration Trust is a registered charity that owns and maintains an ex-Royal Air Force bomber, Avro Vulcan B2 XL426, at London Southend Airport, Essex.

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