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December 19, 2004

Astronaut John Young Says NASA Culture Has Not Changed

Just when Sean O'Keefe thought he would have his parting words and exit stage left, here comes veteran astronaut John Young, fresh from his own retirement announcement, and begs to differ.

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Antonov AN-148 Regional Jet Flies!

The Antonov AN-148 Regional Jet has made its first flight from its home base in Ukraine.

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Blue Angels Honor Fallen Snowbird

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, visited the Canadian Forces jet demonstration team yesterday to pay their last respects to Capt. Miles Selby, the Snowbirds' opposing solo.

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Airbus A380 Busts Development Budget

The project to design and fly the largest airliner in the civil aviation world has so far gone over budget.

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Cassini Documents Weather Patterns on Titan

Cassini's second close flyby of Titan completes a 'before' and 'after' look at the fuzzy moon and provides the first direct evidence of changing weather patterns in the skies over Titan.

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Indian Navy Pilot Trainee Floats Harrier

An inexperienced Indian Navy pilot found out the hard way that the British Sea Harrier is not an amphibious aircraft.

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FAA Web Site Promotes Child Safety

The FAA has a new website to help parents learn more about the use of child safety seats on airplanes.

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NBAA Seeks Speakers For Regional Forums

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is looking for speakers for three Business Aviation Regional Forums.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (12.19.04)

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Miles' family, and the entire Snowbird family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, and being here to render a final salute is the best way we can support the Snowbirds during this emotional time." Source: US Navy Blue Angels CO and Flight Leader, Cmd. Steve Foley, commenting on the untimely passing of Canadian Snowbirds pilot Capt. Miles Selby after a mid-air collision during a practice session. The Blue Angels visited the Snowbirds to pay their respects and show their support for their fellow pilots and performers.

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AD: Great Lakes Aircraft Company LLC

AD NUMBER: 2004-25-22 MANUFACTURER: Great Lakes Aircraft Company LLC SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-22 SUMMARY: The FAA supersedes Airworthiness Directive (AD) 79-20-08, which applies to all Great Lakes Aircraft Company, LLC, (Great Lakes) Models 2T-1A-1 and 2T-1A-2 airplanes with a Lycoming IO-360-B1F6 or AIO-360-B1G6 engine installed.

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AD (CASA): Mooney

AD Number: AD/M20/46 Manufacturer: Mooney Subject: M20 Series Aeroplanes, Radiant Heat Shield, V-Band Clamp and Hydraulic Poly Line Summary: In an incident, a coupling connecting the tail pipe to the turbocharger separated, allowing the hot exhaust gases to impinge on the engine firewall resulting in a fire in the cabin.

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AD (CASA): Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Agusta Bell

AD Number: AD/BELL 206/155 Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Agusta Bell Subject: 206 Series Helicopters, Low Fuel Level Detector Unit Summary: Transport Canada has advised that Bell Helicopter has determined that eight low fuel level detector units, which were sold as spares during the period 19 April 2004 to 26 July 2004, can ‘hang-up’ in the high position and fail to indicate a low fuel condition.

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AD (CASA): Avions Mudry

AD Number: AD/CAP 10/8 Manufacturer: Avions Mudry Subject: Cap Series Aeroplanes, Aileron Bellcrank Bolts Summary: During rapid descent, vibrations were observed in the aileron system of a CAP10C aircraft.

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