McDonnell-Douglas Subsidiary to Develop Navy's Multi-Mission
The Department of Defense announced Monday that McDonnell
Douglas, a Boeing subsidiary, has been awarded a $3,889,979,744
cost-plus-award-fee contract to develop the US Navy’s
Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA).
Piper Finds, Repairs 49 Aircraft Grounded By Bad Steel
New Piper Aircraft says it's completed a Herculean task in what
has to be a record amount of time -- finding 49 airplanes built
with faulty steel and replacing the bad parts.
The aircraft, representing a large portion of the
Piper line, were all grounded last month when the company disclosed
it had built them with a load of "raw sheet steel from which
critical parts are fabricated, [that] may not have been properly
normalized prior to shipment to Piper. In this state, the steel may
not possess the appropriate strength
Seems just days before Atlantic Coast's spin-off, Independence Air,
was to climb into the skies from its hub in Washington (DC), the
FAA slapped it with a $1.5 million fine for safety violations.
(Monday, we introduced you to a new homebuilt aircraft, the
LH-10 Ellipse from LH Aviation. This two-place aircraft is a dream
to look at and promises a top speed of 200 knots. We asked 20
questions of company co-founder Frederic Hubschwerlen. In this
first of a two-part series, here are the first ten. --
First images from the Cassini flyby of Saturn's moon, Phoebe,
reveal it to be a scarred, cratered outpost with a very old surface
and a mysterious past, and a great deal of variation in surface
brightness across its surface.
Former Co-Owner Says Flight Contract Illegally Terminated
You almost need a program to follow this one...
Seems Sacramento (CA)-based charter carrier Sky King is suing
the NBA Kings. The airline, owned by former basketball team
co-owner Greg Lukenbill, wants $8.2 million because the Kings --
the basketball team, that is -- wrongfully terminated its agreement
to use Sky King -- the airline, not the team -- to fly the players
from game to game.
Different Groups Battle For Control Of Reliever Airport
What do Will County (IL) and an organization led by Congressman
Jesse Jackson, Jr., have in common? They both want to run a
single-runway reliever airport in Peotone (IL). One of them is
going to lose.
Utah Professor Invents Wings That Change Shape To Reduce
Is this timely or what? Just as soaring fuel costs threaten to
harsh the recovery buzz within the airline industry, Utah State
University has applied for a patent on an invention that may save
the aviation hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs each
Company's Propeller Field Services Receives FAA Award
Cessna Aircraft Company's Propeller Aircraft Field Services has
received the Certificate of Excellence, Phase V, Diamond Award for
having 100 percent employee participation in the Aviation
Maintenance Technicians (AMT) awards program. In recognition of
this outstanding achievement, Cessna's Propeller Aircraft Field
Services received a plaque by Felix Lococo, the Wichita Flight
Standards District Officer (FSDO) Manager, on behalf of FAA
Administrator Marion Blakely.
"If we can reduce drag on an airplane by even as little as 1
percent, it would create a tremendous amount of savings in fuel for
the airline industry and the US economy."
Source: Utah State University Professor Warren F.
Phillips, who, after 30 years in the mechanical and aerospace
engineering department at Utah State and plenty of experience as a
hang glider pilot, invented a technology called Twisteron to
minimize drag on airplanes as they fly. The idea is to bend the
entire wing to achieve minimum drag, a move Phillips claims will
save hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fuel costs
Will Allow Charitable Sightseeing Flights To Continue "As
FAA Exemption 7111C, which allows EAA chapters to conduct
charitable sightseeing flights without having to comply with the
full FAR 135 and 121 drug-testing requirements, has been renewed by
the FAA. The exemption permits EAA Chapters to conduct local
sightseeing flights during daylight hours within 25 statute miles
radius of the event airport.
Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC), AAI
Corporation and Textron Systems Corporation have reached an
agreement in principle to form the Core Team for TEAM EAGLE EYE to
develop, produce and market the Eagle Eye Vertical Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle (VUAV) System.
French Use Israeli UAV To Patrol The Skies Over Normandy
As leaders from throughout Europe and North America converged on
Normandy, France, for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion,
an Israeli drone buzzed high in the sky, on the alert for terror
attacks. Flown by the French Army, the Israeli Aircraft Industries
Hunter drone was an integral part of the tightest security Europe
has seen since the end of the war in 1945.
There's a new sister to AOPA's website. The GA advocate has
completely redesigned its Flight Training Web site to make it more
user friendly, easier to navigate, and more logical and relevant to
both the student pilot and the certificated flight instructor
(CFI). And for current pilots, there is no better place on the
Internet to send someone you know who is interested in learning to
fly or who has started their flight training.