The Federal Aviation Administration granted type certification
to Cessna's model 680 Citation Sovereign. The FAA
Central Region Aircraft Certification Manager presented the type
certificate to Cessna officials at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Environmental Tectonics Corporation has confirmed the successful
factory acceptance testing of the first G-FET II equipped as an
Authentic Tactical Flight Simulator (Model ATFS-400).
Over the past two years ETC has developed and produced the G-FET II
for a Southeast Asian customer, a project that has produced the
world's most advanced tactical flight simulator. The G-FET II is
the only human rated centrifuge in service today that is capable of
providing the precise variable G cues (forces caused by maneuvering
the aircraft) needed for realistic air combat training for fighter
NTSB investigators now think a tail-rotor problem forced a
Hughes A269A to crash in Franklin County (NC), killing a deputy
last month. But worse, county officials say it's possible the
aircraft never should have been flying in the first place.
Caravan That Went Down In Lake Erie Was Overweight
The Canadian Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday a
Cessna 208B Caravan that went down in Lake Erie last January,
killing 10 people, was about 15-percent over its maximum weight.
Although the C-TSB says weight was probably a factor in the
accident, it has not been ruled as the cause.
by Dr. Erwin Samuelson, AME and Jon Thornburgh, CFI
This is the second in a series of articles about aviation
medicine. The first article discussed the precautions a pilot
should take after using Viagra. This article will discuss the
ramifications of laser eye surgery.
D-Day Vets Plan To Jump Over Normandy -- Without US
An Ohio veteran who wants to re-enact the D-Day airborne jump
into Nazi-occupied France is fed up with waiting for permission.
Howard Greenberg of Bay Village, along with ten other WWII vets are
jumping -- with or without permission from the US military.
Two American Airlines flights -- one from Philadelphia and one
from Boston -- were grounded and searched Wednesday. In each
instance, passengers were removed from the aircraft before the
flight was allowed to continue. In one case, the flight didn't
continue -- but was cancelled.
"The Army still wants no part of it," said Richard Mandich,
Return To Normandy Association president. "But the French
government gave us the OK to jump on June 7, so that’s what
we are going to do. I have to admit it makes us feel like
second-class citizens. It’s our last chance to make this
statement. I don’t think we’ll be doing this jump on
the 70th anniversary of D-Day."
Source: Richard Mandich, Return To Normandy
Association president, who, along with some ten other WWII vets,
had hoped to parachute into Ste. Mere Eglise to mark the 60th
anniversary of the D-Day invasion later this week. The Army,
however, worried that the oldsters are too fragile for such a feat,
has refused to grant them permission for the drop. So, they went
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Kevin Connell, a 25-year aerospace industry veteran has been
named H-1 Program Director for Bell Helicopter. Connell, most
recently Bell's Executive Director, Commercial Programs replaces
Chris Becker, who has decided to leave Bell for another position in
the aerospace industry.
Petroleum Helicopters announced that its Chief Executive Officer
and President, Lance F. Bospflug, has resigned as CEO and President
at the end of May. A back-dated news release to ANN said Bospflug
resigned for "personal reasons."
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It's nothing short of grand history. Scaled Composites'
privately-developed rocket plane will launch into history on June
21 on a mission to become the world’s first commercial manned
space vehicle. Investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and
aviation legend Burt Rutan have teamed to create the program, which
will attempt the first non-governmental flight to leave the