During a test flight Thursday, 11 August, DARPA's Falcon HTV-2
scramjet powered aircraft experienced a flight anomaly post perigee
and into the vehicle's climb. The anomaly prompted the vehicle's
autonomous flight safety system to use the craft's aerodynamic
systems to make a controlled descent and splash down into the
ocean, according to a DARPA news release.
Encourages More Participation Among Those Who Use The
More than 5,000 Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) owners,
operators and builders have responded to an invitation by both the
NTSB and the EAA to complete a survey on how E-AB aircraft are
built and operated so safety issues in this sector of general
aviation can be better understood.
A Bird May Have Been A Factor In The Wing Walker's Fall
Video has surfaced that shows a fairly large bird passing just
above the wing of the Stearman biplane where Todd Green was
attempting to make a transfer to a helicopter flying above him.
Officials are trying to determine if the bird was a factor in the
stuntman's fatal fall last weekend.
The F-35C is another step closer to initial ship trials on an
aircraft carrier at sea. The F-35 integrated test force completed
jet blast deflector (JBD) testing at the NAVAIR facility in
Lakehurst, N.J. Aug. 13 with a round of two-aircraft testing. F-35C
test aircraft CF-1 along with an F/A-18E tested a combined JBD
cooling panel configuration to assess the integration of F-35s in
aircraft carrier launch operations.
While Boeing still hopes to finally deliver the first Dreamliner
to a customer next month, analysts are saying the company won't
make a profit on the airplane until 1,000 of them are flying for
customers. That assessment comes from Bernstein Research in New
York, which cites the company's three years of issues and delays in
a report released August 16.
Challenger Center for Space Science Education announced Monday
that the chairman of its board of directors, Dr. Scott Parazynski,
will detail the organization's strategic growth plan and the
expanded role it will play in strengthening America's STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the next
five years at the center's annual conference this week.
Communications, Navigation And In-Space Propulsion Systems To
Fly On Future Missions
NASA has selected three proposals as Technology Demonstration
Missions to transform space communications, deep space navigation
and in-space propulsion capabilities. The projects will develop and
fly a space solar sail, deep space atomic clock, and space-based
optical communications system.
Ongoing and emerging security threats, aging civil and space
infrastructure, fiscal challenges and keeping and creating jobs are
all part of the debate in the US over space exploration policy.
This year's National Aerospace Week, an event established by
Congress, will focus on informing the debate over choices our
government will make in the coming months.
Admitted To Conspiracy To Defraud The U.S., Wire Fraud
A pilot for a now-closed Florida jet charter company has been
sentenced six months in federal prison following a guilty plea on
charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and defrauding the
Hilton Software LLC has announced support for Aspen
Avionics’ Connected Panel. WingX Pro7,
the company's iPad Navigation Application, will include
comprehensive interoperability when Aspen Avionics’ Connected
Panel becomes available for installation by the end of this year.
Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel includes hardware, software,
and application components that provide two-way wireless
communications between panel avionics and personal smart devices to
streamline flight-related activities.
It's A Long (But FUN!!) Flight From Idaho To
Florida... In The Winter
Getting to a number of aviation events can be tough...
especially in the midst of the winter season when Mother Nature may
have other ideas than to present one with the warm VFR we all
desire... and especially if you're starting in Idaho. Mind
you, Idaho is a lovely state... in the summer... but in early
January, you have to be prepared for anything... especially when
you have a 2100 mile trip ahead of you.
Includes Fee Refunds For Lost Baggage, Greater Protection From
New consumer protections for airline passengers established by
the U.S. DOT went into effect Tuesday, which Secretary Ray LaHood
says will make flying more convenient and hassle-free for air
travelers nationwide. The new consumer protections, finalized
earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund
baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to
passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers
greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.
Aircraft Involved In An Alaska Accident Involving Main Rotor
The NTSB has made a series of recommendations to the FAA
concerning Robinson R44 helicopters. The recommendations come
following an NTSB investigation involving one of the aircraft in
Alaska in May of 2009. In that accident, an R44, N7196H, sustained
substantial damage to the main rotor and tailboom during a hard
landing, about 57 miles northwest of Iliamna, Alaska. The
commercial pilot and the two passengers were not injured. The
helicopter was being operated by the State of Alaska, Alaska State
Troopers, Anchorage, Alaska, in VFR conditions.
A deal struck at Oshkosh last month between Piper and Redbird
for a new twin-engine Seminole has been firmed up between the two
companies. The training twin will join Redbird Flight Simulations'
innovative and multi-faceted aviation research and development
laboratory beginning in the first quarter of 2012. The airplane
will be based at the Redbird Skyport laboratory in San Marcos,
Senator: "The Plan Is Financially And Technically Sound"
The ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science, and
Transportation Committee issued a statement late last week
regarding NASA’s implementation of the NASA Authorization Act
of 2010, particularly with regard to the direction of U.S. human
Residents Of Maine Gearing Up For Third Fight Against Noise,
Hazards To GA
As government agencies look for ever more ways to tighten
national security, there is increasing push-back from citizens
unwilling to let precautions against hypothetical,
once-in-a-lifetime scenarios degrade their lives 365 days a year.
Such a case is unfolding in Maine, where Governor Paul LePage has
joined residents fighting an Air National Guard proposal for
low-level F-15 training flights in the mountains of Western
2011 Rate And Labor Survey Finds Improvements In Business
Outlook In The Industry
The Aircraft Electronics Association released the results from
its 2011 Rate & Labor Survey this week to participating AEA
member companies. In comparing this year's survey
results with the 2010 survey, the AEA discovered some improvements
in business outlook despite business activity that appears to be
leveling off in 2011.
Share Of Unfolding Chinese Aviation Market Trumps IP
GE's contract to supply synthetic vision technology to the
state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has
raised some eyebrows in the U.S., where companies often worry about
the security of intellectual property provided to Chinese joint
venture partners. The GE deal is even more controversial in that it
will help AVIC develop airliners which compete with Boeing and
"(T)he Administration could have approved the vehicle
design concept months ago, prevented the loss of thousands of jobs,
and ensured U.S. leadership in space and science." Source:
Senator Kaye Bailey Hutchison.