Boeing has received FAA and EASA certification for the new 747-8
Freighter, passing two of the final landmarks on the airplane's
journey to entry into service. The FAA granted Boeing an Amended
Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate for
the 747-8 Freighter, while the EASA also granted the company an ATC
for the airplane.
Airport Director Estimates The Project Will Cost $3.2
The city of Albany, GA plans to ask the FAA to chip in $3.2
million for the construction of a new terminal at Southwest Georgia
Regional Airport (KABY). Airport director Yvette Aehle said that
the figure represents the higher of the two lowest bids for the
Succeeds Bryan O'Connor As Chief Of Office of Safety And
NASA reports Terrence W. Wilcutt has been appointed the agency's
chief of safety and mission assurance, effective September 1.
Wilcutt is a retired Marine colonel and veteran astronaut who is
serving as director of safety and mission assurance at NASA's
Johnson Space Center in Houston. He will assume the post from Bryan
O'Connor, who will retire from the agency on August 31.
The MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
built by Northrop Grumman was credited with providing critical
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to
special operations forces and U.S. Navy anti-piracy actions during
the system's second at-sea deployment. Two Fire Scout air vehicles
were deployed aboard the USS Halyburton (FFG 40) at the beginning
of January. The system was tasked to provide ISR support for
anti-piracy operations conducted by the Navy's 5th Fleet.
Cargo Plane Made Emergency Landing, All Aboard Safe
The US Air Force says that a C-130 collided with an RQ-7 Shadow
UAV operating in eastern Afghanistan Monday, forcing the cargo
plane to make an emergency landing. No one on board the aircraft
Helicopter Association International reports TX-DOT has
awarded a grant of $500,000 from its Aviation Division for
engineering, design and construction of a heliport serving DeSoto,
TX. Under a current letter of intent, the city has identified Sky
Helicopters, Inc. as its fixed base operator.
Fly-In Director Separated From Opponent By Only 0.5%
The annual Arlington Fly-In, held each July in that city in
Washington state, is one of the most successful events of its type
in the US. This fall, voters will get to decide whether fly-in
Director Barb Tolbert should become the city's new mayor.
In a bad case of mistaken identity, a Salina, Kansas man was
misidentified by the Kansas Highway Patrol as being involved in an
accident involving an ultralight aircraft, and having been
transported to a Wichita hospital in critical condition.
New Visiongain Report Explores Security Needs Worldwide
In a report released Tuesday, London-based analysis firm
Visiongain says that in 2011, the global expenditure on airport
passenger screening systems is calculated to be $10 billion, a
figure which is forecast to rise as current airport expansion plans
HELO TC Uses Multi-Touch Display As Aircraft Controller
And you thought your iOS device was just for keeping your
calendar and phone numbers straight ... and maybe an occasional
game of "Angry Birds." Well this is a "bird" of a different kind
for your idle iPhone moments. Griffin Technology has launched its
newest AppPowered accessory: HELO TC, a remote-controlled
helicopter that you control with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
The HELO TC app transforms the Multi-Touch display of any iOS
device into a remote control for HELO TC.
Kinda Like Watching Paint Dry, The Average GA Arrival Should Be
A LOT More Exciting Than UARC's 'Performance' at KCMA
OK... I've said it before and I pray that I don't have to say it
again... but this story could NOT get more bizarre. In a last ditch
attempt to fly 'something... anything...' in order for the
Camarillo Airshow to preserve the appearance of the act once
espoused by the so-called Unlimited Air Race Challenge, the FAA has
agreed to let the 'team' fly an exceedingly simple program at this
weekend's event. How simple? How about a few passes well away from
the spectators, straight and level, with no aerobatics and no
aggressive maneuvering... kinda like the flying everyone will see
from any private (or even student) pilot flying into the airport to
watch the event.
From The Department Of People With A Bit Of
Extra Time On Their Hands
We often hear about "rivals" Boeing and Airbus ... and indeed,
the two mega-conglomerates are locked in a very competitve battle
for the billions of dollars both say will be spent on airliners in
the coming 20 years. But when it comes right down to it, its a war
waged on paper ... or the electronic equivilant. It's all about
balance sheets and profit margins, not actual combat. But what if
it were? What if Boeing's Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 were to
duke it out, plane-o-a-plane-o like they were ... oh we don't know
... a Tomcat and a MiG?
One Of The Nation's Finest
Pilots Was A Life-Long Flyer
Aero-Note: The late Greg Poe, who passed
away several days ago after a heart attack, was remembered in a
memorial service that was held this week in in his beloved state of
Idaho. The following Aero-TV story was played during the service
and we hope that his friends and famiily understood through it how
greatly we respected and admired Greg... and how much we're going
to miss him. Out of the greatest of respect for this amazing flyer,
we thought it fitting that we run this story again this
God bless you, my friend... say Hi to Vicki for me... -- Ji
Civil Air Patrol National Vice Commander Brig. Gen. Charles L.
“Chuck” Carr Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, was elected
national commander Thursday by the CAP National Board, one of the
nonprofit organization’s governing bodies, and Middle East
Region Commander Col. Joseph R. Vazquez of Richmond, VA, was
elected national vice commander.
Carrier Announces Its First Dreamliner Is Being Built
With the first customers now expecting their new Boeing 787s
within days, United Continental Holdings announced Wednesday that
the first of its Dreamliners has entered the assembly phase at
Boeing's facility in Everett, Washington. In early 2012, United
will be the first North American carrier to take delivery of the
aircraft, the first of 50 it has on order.
Clark School Student Team Sets New U.S. Flight Records at 11.4
The National Aeronautic Association has certified that on July
13, 2011, the human-powered helicopter Gamera, designed and built
by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of
Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering and piloted by
biology student Judy Wexler, achieved lift-off and hovered for 11.4
seconds, setting the new U.S. records for flight duration and
flight duration by a female pilot.
Northrop Grumman CEO Warns US Could Lose Industry Lead
The general aviation manufacturing sector in the US increasingly
struggles to compete in the world marketplace due to the delays and
costs of federal regulation, but it's far from alone in that
plight. Robotics developers, particularly those developing unmanned
aerial systems and other unmanned weapons, say the US now risks
losing its lead in the field to clumsy congressional meddling.
Highlights Industry Concerns And Successes At August Business
The members of the aircraft community, including many
Embry-Riddle alumni, gathered at the monthly Wichita Aero Club
luncheon on Tuesday to hear from guest speaker Dr. John P. Johnson,
president and CEO of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Evolution Aviators Adds Feature For Its G1000 And Cirrus
Clients of Evolution Aviators EvoMX Maintenance Management
Program with a Cirrus Perspective or traditional G1000 will receive
data monitoring through their aircraft advocate. Clients simply
upload their data via SD card directly to Evolution’s branded
"Through the development of Gamera we have learned many
things about extreme ground effect aerodynamic design and also
about lightweight structural design." Source: UMD Gamera
team student co-leaders Joe Schmaus.
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