In the wake of an amazing week in which somewhat controversial
safety systems such as the BRS manufactured Cirrus Airplane
Parachute System (CAPS) was credited with saving the lives of 5
people (and one alleged feline) in two aircraft in serious trouble,
tragedy has struck the Cirrus community. At approximately 1400,
Monday afternoon, a Cirrus SR20 (file photo, below) departed the
Greenwood County airport in South Carolina, with four adults on
board and went down about a mile from the 5000 foot runway, in
trees and unimproved terrain.
The man with a plan to turn Buchanan Field into a housing tract
wants a report on the crash-landing of a single-engine GA aircraft
last week in which a young girl's leg was severely injured by the
Software Question Delays Launch Of Gravity B Probe
Einstein was right. Gravity works. NASA's Gravity Probe B is
still stuck firmly to terra firma.
Well, it wasn't all Einstein's fault. Seems the probe, one of the
most precise scientific instruments ever designed, didn't launch
Monday because someone forgot to load high altitude wind data
aboard the launch vehicle. Or maybe they did. The point is, nobody
knows. With time running short on a critical one-second launch
window, NASA engineers decided they'd rather be safe than
Sitting in a service bureau in Monterey, California, I was
watching a graphic designer put together the poster for the
California International Air Show in Salinas. Everything looked
great, each performer and air show participant was being recognized
in a profound way except for Mike Goulian scheduled to fly at
Salinas on October 2 & 3rd. Something just didn't look
right…he had a new sponsor, Air BP, better known to us folks
as Castrol. Eeek, we gotta fix this!
When the inert bomb slammed into the ground within inches of the
truck it targeted, it might have seemed at first glance like just
another UCAV test. But consider: No one was actually flying the
Boeing X-45A. It was on its own.
And now the award for Miss Congeniality...
Jayne Thorne, a 43-year old resident of Long Beach (NY), won't be
flying Delta Song anymore -- not after the way the airline says she
behaved at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FL)
earlier this month. And it all has to do with her little dog,
Gus Grissom took a packet of dimes. Alan Shephard took his
When Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers launches for the International
Space Station this week, he'll take with him a comic book and a
lump of cheese. Specifically, he's taking a lump of "mature" Dutch
cheese (phew!) and a sci-fi comic.
All GPS-equipped 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and
marine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRBs) are not
created equal. In a finding of a recent test of PLBs and EPIRBs
from three manufacturers, the GPS location function of one
manufacturer's products routinely failed to acquire a GPS location
when tested under other than ideal conditions. An equally important
test finding was that the international standards to certify the
GPS-enabled 406 MHz beacons fail to take into account the
real-world conditions that often exist when beacons are
You can imagine Vincenzo Fusco and Paolo Zacchetti feel terrible
already. Ditto for Sandro Gualano and Francesco Federico. They were
all involved to one degree or another in the worst aviation
accident to hit Italy in more than 30 years.
But to compound their misery, an Italian court has sentenced all
four men to prison.
Almost two years behind schedule, plagued by 9/11 and its effect
on Boeing customers, Connexion is finally ready for launch. The
Boeing subsidiary will make its maiden flights aboard Lufthansa
starting later this month, on aircraft scheduled to spend more than
eight hours in the air.
Here's a story you don't see that often... One of the aviation
industry's most well-known companies is cutting it's
prices... AVEMCO Insurance Company has announced that it has
reduced its premium rates for several categories of its popular
Aviator Series Non-Owned (Renter's) insurance. Decreases of 7-8%
have been made in the Gold and Platinum levels of the Aviator
Series packages without any changes in coverages.
Pittsburgh International could well become the first major
airport where federal security officials drop the rule that
prohibits non-flyers from the gate concourses. And if Pittsburgh
does it right, the airport could serve as a model for the rest of
"Once you get inside four minutes and you're headed to T-0, if
you have a problem you don't have time to discuss it. With a
one-second window there was no opportunity to try to resolve
Source: NASA Spokesman George Diller, after the
launch of the Gravity Probe B experiment was scrubbed Monday. No
one was sure if they had loaded high altitude wind information into
the rocket's computer. Since time was of the essence, NASA decided
to err on the side of caution and try again Tuesday afternoon.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully applied a
specially formulated coating developed to help improve the B-2
stealth bomber's combat readiness to an operational aircraft for
the first time. The coating was applied at the company's Antelope
Valley Manufacturing Center using a robotic paint system.
In its only California presentation, the acclaimed exhibition
"September 11: Bearing Witness to History" opens at the Japanese
American National Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, on July 1, 2004.
Originally organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of
American History, the traveling exhibition evokes the memories and
experiences of September 11 through images, 45 carefully selected
objects, and poignant stories from the World Trade Center, the
Pentagon, and Shanksville (PA).
AD NUMBER: 2004-08-08
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-08-08
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Gulfstream Model G-IV series
airplanes. For certain airplanes, this AD requires installation of
an additional indicator located on the pilot's instrument panel in
primary view of the flightcrew. The indicator willinform the
flightcrew that the airplane main batteries are powering the direct
current (DC) essential bus, which supplies power to vital
communication and navigation equipment. For certain other
airplanes, this AD will require the EICAS (Engine
Instruments/Caution Advisory System) to be used for this
indication. This action is necess