Whitson, Tani Repair Problem To Power Generation System
Let there be light... onboard the International Space Station,
that is. Early Wednesday afternoon, Expedition 16 Commander Peggy
Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani finished a seven hour, 10
minute spacewalk outside the ISS, to make repairs on the starboard
side of the truss structure.
In an updated factual report posted recently, the National
Transportation Safety Board says poorly-coordinated maintenance
practices by overworked maintenance personnel may have contributed
to the fatal March 27, 2007 downing of a Robinson R44 near
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AIAA Will Mark 50th Anniversary Of Explorer I Launch
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
will designate Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) as a
Historic Aerospace Site during a ceremony Thursday, celebrating the
50th anniversary of the launch of America’s first satellite,
Record Earnings, Order Backlog Overshadow 787 Concerns
Despite record sales and a years-long production backlog, Boeing
has seen its stock price drop 20 percent in New York Stock Exchange
composite trading since its original October 10
announcement the 787 Dreamliner would be delayed. It
probably comes as little consolation that Airbus is down 23 percent
in the same period, or that stock markets in general have
American's ASAP May Fall Victim To Contract Bickering
A program called ASAP, for "aviation safety action partnership,"
has since 1994 provided American Airlines pilots amnesty from
company and FAA discipline when they voluntarily report
safety-related incidents for investigation. The program's success
has inspired other airlines to initiate similar plans, and
American's mechanics and dispatchers now have similar programs.
Will Spend $500 Million Converting Former USAF Base To Reliever
While the US Department of Transportation mulls alternatives for
reducing the growing delays at the major New York airports, the
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has a bold plan of its
own. The port says it will spend $500 million over the next decade
to turn Stewart International Airport (SWF), a former Air Force
Base west of Newburgh, NY into a state-of-the-art reliever airport
handling millions of passengers each year.
While there's been precious little in the way of actual news
over the past week regarding a said-to-be-imminent merger between
Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, a third carrier is watching
for signs of progress with bated breath.
MIT May Have The Answer To The Question About What Tomorrow's Space Travelers May Be Wearing
During the 2007 World Space Expo, ANN's Aero-TV teams came upon something that would have looked like a space suit... if only there had been more of it -- or so we thought. Upon close examination, though, we found out that this suit -- the Bio-Suit, was indeed a space suit and that in years hence (and not so many as one might imagine), this will be "unform of the day" for spacefarers.
MIT May Have The Answer To The Question About What Tomorrow's
Space Travelers May Be Wearing
During the 2007 World Space Expo, ANN's Aero-TV teams came upon
something that would have looked like a space suit... if only there
had been more of it -- or so we thought. Upon close examination,
though, we found out that this suit -- the Bio-Suit, was indeed a
space suit and that in years hence (and not so many as one might
imagine), this will be "unform of the day" for spacefarers.
Provision Bars Retired Pilots From Returning With
When Congress last year finally got around to addressing the
plight of healthy, qualified pilots being forced to retire at age
60, the so-called Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots
Act made it past both Houses and President Bush in
just three days. Now, 3,000 older pilots who are still without jobs
say the word "fair" has no place in the name of the law.
Eclipse Aviation announced Tuesday the FAA has awarded the
planemaker's training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA),
authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA's Part
142 Training Certificate.
Exhibit Will Display Models Of New Spacecraft; 'More Details To
Last week's unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and
WhiteKnightTwo brought the world's attention back to the potential
of space tourism... and one of the first places where the public
will be able to discover more about the possibilities will be at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, coming July 28 through August 3 at Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.
Boeing mechanics began major assembly of the new 777 Freighter
at the company's Everett, WA facility Tuesday, as workers loaded
the plane's 97-foot-long wing spar into a tool that automatically
drills, measures and installs more than 5,000 fasteners into the
Seatbelt Airbags, New Landing Lights Available On Legend
Don't be surprised if you see a plane at your local airport soon
that looks like a Cub... and even sounds like a Cub... but is
outfitted with equipment more commonly seen in the most modern
general aviation aircraft out there.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes
pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the
part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were
all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional
aviation education association.
Despite Personnel And Tech, Contraband Still Sneaks
Airline travel has become a huge hassle, in part because of
security restrictions imposed on the industry after the 9/11
terrorist attacks. While many airline passengers welcome the added
precautions in the interest of safety... are all the lines,
expensive high-tech equipment and shampoo confiscations really
making us safer?
Aero-News learned this week Field Aviation of Toronto was
recently awarded a contract to convert two additional Bombardier/de
Havilland Dash 8-300 turboprops as Maritime Patrol (MPA)/Search and
Rescue (SAR) platforms for the Japan Coast Guard. This follows an
initial contract for three Japanese Dash 8-300 MPAs signed in
January 2007, and currently under completion.
The idea behind QuestMasters was formed during a recovery trip in
Europe. After a long truck ride they realized that they were not
only recovering and restoring World War Two memorabilia, but also
going to the ends of the earth to do it. Hence - this is their
"Using a simulator for a customer's entire type rating
means we no longer have to schedule training around aircraft
availability or weather conditions. We also will bring two
additional Level D simulators online very soon and all will be
operated about 20 hours per day, seven days a week. This additional
simulator capacity will enable us to move customers through our
type rating program faster, and also allow the start of recurrent
flight training for our customers who have been operating their
Eclipse 500s for a year."
Source: Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern
Raburn. Eclipse announced Tuesday the FAA has awarded the
planemaker's training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA),
authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA