A Cirrus Design SR20 has gone down about 1 mile North of
Lancaster, CA's Fox Field. N526CD, an aircraft known to be used for
flight instruction through Gene Hudson Flight Training, went down
just before 1400 PST while reportedly conducting takeoffs and
landings at Fox.
Catching many by surprise with their announcement of a new
bizjet at NBAA 2005 was one thing, but the news just keeps on
coming as ANN has confirmed that the first flight of the Spectrum
33 took place on Saturday. It was a short hop to reposition the
aircraft for test operations off of a longer runway in Provo,
but a first flight none-the-less -- and a decidedly successful one
After getting slightly banged up in a ground incident last week,
the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer is expected to fly to Kennedy Space
Center, FL on Thursday, January 12 -- six days later than
ANN has received a copy of an internal FAA letter in which FAA
Administrator Marion Blakey announces the appointment of their new
CIO. As FAA's new CIO, David Bowen will be in
charge of the FAA's IT strategy and the whopping $2
billion budget that this requires.
Second Accident In Five Weeks Claims Guard Commander
There are conflicting reports coming from Northern Iran
regarding the nature of an accident involving a Dassault Falcon 20
twinjet Monday near the Turkish border. It is believed that as many
as 13 died in the accident, including the commander of Iran's
Revolutionary Guards ground forces.
Claim Improper Maintenance, Faulty Design Led To Mishap
It's something you might not think about very much, but lawsuits
involving the families of aircraft that go down during wartime are
not unheard of. Now, the widows of three servicemen killed when
their MH-53 Pave Low went down in Afghanistan two years ago are
suing defense contractors.
Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: Transitioning To A New
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The US Department of Defense has given its conditional approval
to a proposed merger of two struggling rocket launch programs,
according to an unnamed defense insider, to the chagrin of other
DoD suppliers such as Northrop Grumman and others wary of a
"I believe that there is something intrinsically wrong with this
plane." So said Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo to a Denver
television station last week... and frequent Aero-News readers know
what aircraft he's talking about.
Swooped Into The Line Of Fire Between Troops, Civilians At
Aero-News is saddened to report the loss last week of someone
whose name probably wouldn't ring a bell with many of our readers
-- or, to the untold people saved by his act of courage on one of
the darkest days of the Vietnam War.
It hasn't come down to a recount -- yet -- but representatives
from Airbus Industrie report a surge of aircraft orders in December
have brought it much closer to matching Boeing's record 1,002 net
orders for 2005.
It could have been a very real emergency, with a very disastrous
outcome: an aircraft attempting an emergency landing Friday in
Solapur, India had to circle the runway -- twice -- to wave off as
many as 500 spectators and athletes gathered on the field for a
game of cricket.
IFR, you drone through the drizzle and fog near your
destination. There are only two approaches into your destination
airport, and either one requires you maneuver quite a way past the
field before lining up on the final approach course. Do you have
other options? Yes—you can ask for the contact approach and
fly directly to the airport.
Aviation videos proclaims itself the world's largest database of
aviation videos! Search for videos by country, type airplane, even
by most popular video. Enough to hold your attention for a while.
Might want to put your earplugs in, some are a bit loud, almost
like being there.
Aerobatic Competency Evaluators are responsible for certifying
approximately 90% of today’s aerobatic pilots. The remainder
is certified through the EAA Warbird ACE program or Formation
Flying, Inc. (FFI). Endorsements from more than one association are
possible. So you’ll need an A.C.E. to be an
"It was the ability to do the right thing even at the
risk of their personal safety that guided these soldiers to do what
they did. [They] set the standard for all soldiers to
Source: Army Maj. Gen. Michael Ackerman, in a
1998 ceremony honoring US Army pilot Hugh Thompson, Jr., Lawrence
Colburn and Glenn Andreotta with the Soldier's Medal, the highest
award for bravery not involving conflict with an enemy. The men
were awarded the honor for their heroic efforts to stop the 1968 My
Lai Massacre. Thompson -- who passed away last week --
landed their helicopter between attacking US soldiers and
Vietnamese civilians, as Colburn and Andreotta trained their door
guns on the troops to prevent further attack.