BTS Reports 12th Consecutive Increase In Airline FTEs
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.6 percent more
workers in November 2011 than they did in November 2010, the U.S.
Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics
(BTS) reported today. This is the 12th consecutive increase in
full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled
passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year.
Helicopter Substantially Damaged, But No One Was Injured
Cold weather flight testing on a Polish-registered PZL Swidnik
SW-4 helicopter resulted in an accident but fortunately no
injuries. The testing proceeded to plan, but developed problems
with the controls after the hydraulic system was shut off. The
pilot was not able to overcome the control problems, and the
helicopter impacted the ground.
But 2012 Guidance On Pension Costs Surprises Analysts
Boeing released 2011 Q4 financials Wednesday, and the news was
mixed. Despite a long, deep recession, the company's order backlog
allowed fourth-quarter net income to rise to $1.4 billion, or $1.84
per share, on revenue of $19.6 billion. But the company also warned
that pensions costs higher than anticipated by analysts will create
a headwind for 2012.
Nationwide Robotics Competition Brings Together Young Aerospace
Engineers On Earth
Twenty seven teams of high school students from across the
United States competed in the Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge which
took place at MIT in Cambridge, MA and aboard the International
Space Station (ISS) this week. "Team Rocket" from River Hill High
School, Maryland, "Storming Robots" from Storming Robots LLC, of
New Jersey and "SPHEREZ of Influence" from Rockledge High School,
Florida posted the best cumulative score out of 9 multi team
'alliances' seeing their code tested in space by real
Will Serve As Base For "GoTeam" For Mobile Response
Dassault Falcon's newest Satellite Service Station recently
opened, one month ahead of schedule, at West Palm Beach Airport
(KPBI) in Florida. DAS - West Palm Beach is authorized by the FAA
to perform "A" inspections up to the "4A+" inspection on the Falcon
50, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 family of aircraft as well as the
Falcon 7X. EASA approval is expected within the next 30 days.
Operators can contact our DAS - Wilmington facility to schedule
their aircraft for maintenance.
Early Start Predicted For The 2012 Wildland Fire Season
Neptune Aviation is gearing up for the 2012 fire season through
an accelerated maintenance and training program, given predictions
of earlier than normal wildland fire out-breaks--particularly in
portions of the US Southwest. "The US Forest Service approached us
last fall, and asked that we have our aircraft available early,"
said Dan Snyder, President of the Missoula-based company.
Parts And Systems From A Lear Jet 24 Will Find New Life
No one likes to think about where old jets go to die, but even
airplanes sometimes need to be ... recycled ... for lack of a
better term. Such a process was recenly completed by Fort
Lauderdale-based AvWorks Aviation Corp, which successfully
dismantled and reclaimed parts of a Lear Jet 24 at Fort Lauderdale
The additional lift obtained through airspeed because of
increased efficiency of the rotor system, whether it be when
transitioning from a hover into horizontal flight or when hovering
in a wind.
Aero Linx: History of the
Helicopter -- Igor Sikorsky And Other Early
During the mid 1500's, Italian inventor Leonardo Da Vinci made
drawings of an ornithopter flying machine that some experts say
inspired the modern day helicopter. In 1784, French inventor,
Launoy and Bienvenue created a toy with a rotary-wing that could
lift and fly and proved the principle of helicopter flight.
"Valuable parts and components were identified, removed
and tagged for our inventory; the client was happy, the job site
was clean, and our relationship with Precision
solidified... We expect to generate more business from Fort
Lauderdale Executive Airport as the administrators, aircraft owners
and managers all stopped by to experience firsthand our unique
Source: Joel Young, AvWorks CEO, which
successfully dismantled and reclaimed parts of a Lear Jet 24 at
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.