Gus McLeod took off from Ushuaia, Argentina Friday morning,
determined to cross the South Pole. According to Dr. Barbara
Ganson, from Florida Atlantic University, Gus' departure looked
terrific from the tower. "From the tower we had direct
communication with Gus for about a half hour until he reached his
first check in point at the end of the Beagle Canal."
However; ice did force him down enroute to the Pole. McLeod made an
unplanned landing at Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island
after icing up. A spokesman, Josh Brooks, noted that it was "very
uncertain" as to whether Gus was going to be able to continue his
flight due to an expected blizzard. The Rothera landing came after
McLeod made the decision to turn around, enroute, to affect the
landing at the station.
Late on Saturday, the memory of Duane cole will be celebrated
among the many who loved and respected him. Sunday, he will be laid
Since ANN's announcement of his passing, we have been notified of
the founding of a Duane Cole Memorial Fund. Those wishing to
contribute are requested to do so in lieu of flowers. The
Duane Cole Memorial Fund is located at 731 NW Tarrant,
Burleson, TX 76028.
The visitation will occur Saturday, February 7, from 7-9 p.m.
at the Mountain Valley Funeral Home, 3407 SW Wilshire Blvd., 76097,
in Burleson, which the Funeral services are scheduled
for 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8.
Avidyne has done it again. One of the first GA manufacturers to
come out of the gate with a certified EFIS application for a
production GA airframe has added another aircraft to the list.
Diamond's DA40-180 DiamondStar is now certified with Avidyne's
FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck, including Avidyne's new
primary engine instrument (EMax) capability.
The FlightMax Entegra system for the DiamondStar consists of two
10.4-inch diagonal, high-resolution, sunlight-readable displays; a
FlightMax Entegra EXP5000 primary flight display (PFD) with an
integrated solid-state air data and attitude/heading reference
system (ADAHRS), and the EX5000 multi-function display (MFD).
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered five completed Bombardier
Learjet 40 light business jets to operators in North America and
Two Bombardier Learjet 40 aircraft were delivered to U.S.-based
traditional operators, two entered service with Bombardier’s
Flexjet fractional ownership program, and one aircraft was
delivered to a traditional operator based in Germany. All five jets
were delivered in January, reported to be the first of a new
aircraft type "purposely designed to continue Learjet’s
40-year tradition of leadership in light corporate jets."
Conklin & de Decker has released the 2004 State Tax Guide
for General Aviation. The guide comes on a CD ROM covering taxes on
general aviation in the fifty United States. The guide shows how
sales and use taxes apply to aircraft sales, ownership, leases,
parts and labor. Also, common exemptions from the state sales
and/or use taxes are explored. Information on aircraft registration
fees, personal property taxes, jet fuel and aviation gasoline taxes
are included. In addition to tax information contact information
for each state's Departments of Revenue and Aviation is
Honeywell has been selected by Boeing to supply two systems to
the 7E7 Dreamliner. The two systems are the Navigation (NAV)
package, and the Crew Information System/Management System
(CIS/MS). Together, the systems represent a potential total program
value of $1.5 billion for Honeywell over the life of the 7E7
“We are excited about continuing our long relationship with
Boeing and being a part of this next generation of passenger jet
aircraft,” said Robert D. Johnson, President and CEO of
Honeywell Aerospace. “
After extensive air and ground testing, Air Force Reserve
Command and the Air National Guard will begin modernizing their
fleets of C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft with new avionics.
C-130H-2s from AFRC's 908th Airlift Wing, along with C-130E models
from the Idaho Air National Guard's 124th Wing in Boise, will lead
the Air Force's plan to upgrade the avionics on all C-130
"It was only a matter of time until
integrated 'glass cockpits' would make it from jets into GA piston
powered aircraft and that time has finally
Source: Diamond Aircraft's John Gauch,
commenting on the certification of the Avidyne Flightmax Entegra
for the Diamond Star DA40.