The NTSB has issued a series of safety recommendations to the
FAA in response to an incident in which an American Airlines B737
overran the end of the runway on landing in Kingston, Jamaica in
December 2009. The aircraft landed approximately 4,000 feet down
the 8,911-foot-long, wet runway with a 14-knot tailwind component
and was unable to stop on the remaining runway length.
Town Board Hopes Conditions Won't Preclude Noise Control
The town board of East Hampton, New York has voted unanimously
to set aside concerns about grant obligations, and apply for an FAA
grant to build a deer fence around its municipal airport. The votes
in favor by two Democrats who campaigned for their offices on a
platform of opposing FAA involvement has ruffled some local
Company Will Celebrate 14 Years In Business In 2012
Sonex Aircraft, LLC will achieve a significant milestone in
2012, holding its 50th Sonex Builder Workshop on the weekend of
January 28-29. Next year will be the company's 14th year in
business, and it's been holding three to four workshop events per
year since 1998.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. reports it has delivered
two Phased Array Antenna (PAA) Engineering Development Units (EDUs)
for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle to prime contractor
Lockheed Martin. The EDUs are now undergoing testing at Lockheed
Martin-Denver in preparation for subsystem Critical Design
Dow, Mill Bring A Combined 60 Years Experience To The
Piper Aircraft Inc. has named seasoned aerospace executives to
head its new Piper Aircraft - Services business unit dedicated to
performing manufacturing, engineering and technical services for
other companies. Piper Aircraft - Manufacturing Services and Piper
Aircraft - Engineering Services will provide professional services
to companies primarily involved in the aerospace sector.
At a meeting of the governing board of Yeager Airport in
Charleston, WV, Wednesday, airport manager Rick Atkinson said that
a remodeling project for the airport's GA terminal is open for
bidding, with a deadline of December 15th.
NASA is continuing its support for the annual FIRST Robotics
Competition, which inspires student interest in science,
technology, and mathematics through a challenge to design and build
a robot. The agency is awarding grants totaling $1,386,500 for
student teams in 37 states to participate in FIRST, or For
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
Airbus has started joining the first 69-foot long front fuselage
section for the A350 XWB in Saint-Nazaire, France. This phase will
continue over the coming weeks, and once completed, the front
fuselage will be transported by Beluga to the A350 XWB Final
Assembly Line in Toulouse. It will be the first major section of
the A350 XWB to enter the final assembly line.
Agency Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Exercise Among Kids
An engaging new NASA program brings the excitement of space
exploration to children learning to live a healthy
lifestyle. NASA's Train Like an Astronaut program aims to
increase opportunities both in and out of school for kids to become
more physically and mentally active.
European Probe's Sun Shield Deployed For The First Time
ESA's Gaia star-mapper has passed a critical test ahead of its
launch in 2013: the spacecraft's sunshield has been deployed for
the first time. Gaia's sunshield is an essential component of the
mission. It keeps Gaia in shadow, maintaining the scientific
instruments at a constant temperature of around -110 degrees
Also: BARR, F35, Cessna, GEnx-1B, Eagle v
Paraglider, Apollo 13, Pipistrel and MORE!!!!
Airborne 12.09.11 is chock full of info about
the week ending Friday, December 9th, 2011...
Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host
Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell,
Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom
Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers:
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Arrested, Resigns
Barnstorming Looks At The Fallout Of The FAA Shake-Up And The
'Draft Sully' Movement
NTSB Schedules Hearings On Air Race And Air
Laments Treatment Of Elderly, Increased Scanner Use
In the wake of recent allegations of questionable screening
tactics used on elderly women, FlyersRights.org is calling for an
end to government-sponsored "security theater." The story of
85-year-old Lenore Zimmerman's alleged strip search at New York's
JFK International, coupled with a similar tale at the same airport
from 88-year-old Ruth Sherman, illustrate what FlyersRights calls
the folly of granting almost unlimited power to TSA officers.
Announces Commercial Space Firm's April Engine Testing At NASA
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visited Blue Origin in
Kent, WA, Thursday. The company is one of NASA's commercial
partners opening a new chapter in human exploration by developing
innovative systems to reach low Earth orbit as part of the
Commercial Crew Development Program.
Order Valued At More Than $1.2 Billion At List Prices
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has finalized a deal with Boeing for
four 787-9 Dreamliners, and at the same time exercised options for
four Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, with a list-price value
of more than $1.2 billion, marks the completion of an agreement
announced during the Paris Air Show in June.
Provides CAP Members With Automatic Education Credits
Civil Air Patrol has established a safety education partnership
with the FAA that will provide CAP members with automatic education
credits for completing safety education within the FAA’s
WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.
NASA Opens Registration for Annual Great Moonbuggy Race
NASA is challenging student inventors to gear up for the
agency's 19th annual Great Moonbuggy Race. Registration is open for
the engineering design and racing contest set to culminate in a
two-day event in Huntsville, AL, on April 13-14, 2012.
Participating high schools, colleges and universities may register
up to two teams and two vehicles.
Aero Linx: NASA Office of the
NASA's Chief Technologist serves as the NASA Administrator's
principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide
technology policy and programs. The Office of the Chief
Technologist (OCT) is responsible for direct management of NASA's
Space Technology programs and for coordination and tracking of all
technology investments across the agency. The office also serves as
the NASA technology point of entry and contact with other
government agencies, academia and the commercial aerospace
community. The office is responsible for developing and executing
innovative technology partnerships, technology transfer and
commercial activities and the development of collaboration models
Decibel, an expression of ratio (usually that of power levels)
in the form of log base 10. A reference may be specified, for
example, dBm is referenced to milliwatts, dBW is referenced to
Watts, etc. Example: 20 dBm = 1020/10 = 102 = 100 milliwatts.
"Blue Origin is creating cutting edge technologies to
take us to low Earth orbit. Like all of our commercial
partners, they're making real progress and opening up a new
job-creating segment of the economy that will allow NASA to focus
on our next big challenges -- missions to asteroids and
Source: NASA Deputy Administrator Lori
Garver in comments made during a visit to Blue Origin in Kent,
WA, Thursday. The company is one of NASA's commercial partners
opening a new chapter in human exploration by developing innovative
systems to reach low Earth orbit as part of the Commercial Crew