Requires Immediate Replacement Of Gearbox Filter Bowl Mounting
As expected, on Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration
issued an emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) grounding all
Sikorsky S-92 medium-lift transport helicopters, until titanium
mounting studs on the gearbox filter bowl assembly can be swapped
out with steel components.
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket successfully launched
the Air Force's Global Positioning Satellite IIR-20(M) into orbit
from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17A at 4:34 am EDT. This
was the 47th successful GPS launch for the Delta II in its storied
Aero-News has learned Earl Wood, M.D., Ph.D., the Mayo Clinic
investigator credited with inventing the high-altitude pressure
suit worn by pilots and astronauts, died March 18 in Rochester, MN.
He was 97.
The B-1 Lancer, one of the most versatile aircraft in the Air
Force arsenal, is now even more lethal. This lethality is not due
to bigger bombs in its bomb bay, but to a small torpedo-shaped pod
stuck to the plane's underbelly.
Mission Is Contingent On Budget Cuts At Both Agencies
NASA and the European Space Agency have selected 10 proposals
for science instruments to fly aboard a spacecraft that will study
the sun from a unique vantage point in space. The European-led
mission, called the Solar Orbiter, will be positioned about
one-fourth the distance Earth is from the sun. The location
ultimately will enhance the ability for scientists worldwide to
forecast space weather.
Alaska Airlines canceled passenger flights in and out of the
Alaska cities of Fairbanks, Bethel, Prudhoe Bay, Nome, Kotzebue and
Barrow on Monday, due to continued volcanic ash caused by Sunday night's eruption of Mt.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.24.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.24.09
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ANN Special Feature -- Lessons Of Flight 1549:
03.24.09 (ANN Special Report, with congressional
testimony from Robert Zumwalt III, member of the National
Miss Muffet may seem like an unlikely name for a proud biplane, but if you listen to the MacMahans a bit, the name makes perfect sense. The owners of a beautiful blue and red 1941 Boeing A75N1 (PT17) Stearman, the two seat trainer bipe is powered by a Lycoming R680-4P-B4 and has received lavish care over the years from the MacMahan family. Back for its second year since a complete restoration, the proud Boeing Stearman drew admiring glances from thousands of pilots who came upon it... and devoutly wished for one just like it.
Calls For Replacement Of Titanium Oil Bowl Studs With Steel
As the threat of a worldwide grounding of all S-92 helicopters
looms, Sikorsky Aircraft noted Monday the majority of the global
S-92 helicopter fleet already has complied with the company's
notice to retrofit the aircraft's gearbox oil bowl with steel
mounting studs... and expects "close to 100 percent compliance by
the end of this week."
Gusting Winds, Possible Wind Shear May Have Been Factors
Global cargo giant FedEx mourned the loss of two of its own
Monday, one day after the fatal landing accident of a company
MD-11F at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Captain Kevin Kyle
Mosley, 54, and First Officer Anthony Stephen Pino, 49, were killed
when their trijet landed hard on runway 34L at NRT early Monday
Miss Muffet may seem like an unlikely name for a proud biplane,
but if you listen to the MacMahans a bit, the name makes perfect
sense. The owners of a beautiful blue and red 1941 Boeing A75N1
(PT17) Stearman, the two seat trainer bipe is powered by a Lycoming
R680-4P-B4 and has received lavish care over the years from the
State Department Appointee Expresses Misgivings About
Statements recently made by President Barack Obama, as well as a
California congresswoman leaving her job for a position in the US
State Department, have left officials in Poland at something of a
Includes New Approach Routes, Inclement Weather Procedure
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it has
implemented new airspace procedures in Houston designed to move
aircraft in and out of the busy area more smoothly, helping
alleviate air traffic congestion.
24 Aircraft To Be Used In Border Patrol, Training Missions
Embraer confirmed Monday signing the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE)
for the sale of 24 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft, through a
contract that was finalized last year. The single-turboprop,
tandem-seat airplanes will be used on border patrol missions and
for pilot training. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late
Aircraft cabin interior supplier B/E Aerospace announced
recently it has received a Federal Aviation Administration
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of its
Overhead Flight Crew Rest (OFCR) on British Airways' Boeing
777-200ER aircraft. The FAA STC is also validated by the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The OFCR STC was obtained by B/E
Aerospace's integration and reconfiguration business unit (FSI)
based in Marysville, WA.
The Skyhawk Association is an affiliation of individuals who
have flown, maintained, (or who simply love) the "A-4 Skyhawk"; and
who are dedicated to the perpetuation of the legend, history,
traditions, and camaraderie associated with the greatest attack
aircraft ever built.
Baily's beads (often spelled Bailey's beads) are bead-like
bursts of light that appear about 15 seconds before and after
totality during a solar eclipse. Baily's beads are caused by light
shining through valleys on the edge of the moon. They were named
for the British astronomer Francis Baily (1774-1844), one of the
founders of the Royal Astronomical Society.
"When I hear the constant vilification of corporate
America, I personally don’t understand it. I would ask a lot
of our folks in government to stop doing it because I think it's
hurting our country."
Source: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. With
business aviation interest groups pushing back against this year's
bizjet-bashing craze in Washington, it looks as though a big
corporation is joining the movement. ABC News reports JPMorgan
Chase is considering spending $138 million to buy new corporate
jets and a hangar to house them, and keeping Washington's nose out
of things by returning $25 billion in government bailout funds.