Kansas State Gets Authorization To Fly UAVs From KSLN
The idea of unmanned aerial vehicles sharing airspace with
manned aircraft is rapidly moving from controversial to ho-hum.
Kansas State University Salina's UAS program office reports
receiving authorization from the FAA for student teams to operate
an Aerosonde Mk 4.7 from Salina Municipal Airport and in the
National Airspace System.
Prosecutor Says Helo Pilot Tried To Use Downwash To Stop
A US Department of Homeland Security pilot is accused of flying
low over the Rio Grande River in an attempt to use the downwash
from his helicopter to push two would-be illegal immigrants back
toward Mexico on December 14, 2005. One of the men in the water, a
Mexican national, lost his grip on his inner tube and drowned.
Resumes Being Accepted For Positions At Briscoe Field In
Gwinnett County, GA
One of the companies hoping to secure a contract to manage
Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County, GA says if it is awarded the
deal, it will concentrate its hiring efforts in the local
community. In a news release Monday, Airport investment
company Propeller Airports said that it is committed to hiring
as many local employees as possible for its proposed operation at
Aviation Groups Warn $100 Annual Cost May Impact Safety
In the US, the federal government subcontracted weather
briefings to Lockheed Martin a few years ago, but kept them free to
pilots. In New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority has pulled its
funding for the briefings, and pilots now have to pay $100/year to
get them. Since the change took place on August 1, the number of
pilots subscribing to the service, called Metflight, has dropped
from 5,000 to 277.
Texas Company Looks To Expand Into Growing Chinese Market
The Civil Aviation Administration of
China (CAAC) has granted validation of Superior Air Part's FAA Type
Certificate for its Vantage Engine. “The CAAC approval now
clears the way for our engine build facility here in Coppell,
Texas, to manufacturer Vantage Engines for sale in emerging Chinese
markets,” explained Timothy T. Archer, Group CEO, Superior
Air Force Transfers Final Sector Of Northern Iraq's Airspace To
Iraq Civil Aviation Authority
The U.S. Air Force transferred the final sector of northern
Iraq's airspace to the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority here on Aug.
25. With the assumption of this sector, the ICAA received control
of airspace in Kirkuk from ground level to 15,000 feet.
Eagle Creek Delivers First of Two Colombian Grand Renaissance
The first of two Grand Renaissance Twin Commanders has been
delivered to the Colombian Army by Eagle Creek Aviation Services,
which performed the Grand Renaissance conversions on the
Colombian-owned airplanes. The two Grand Renaissance Twin
Commanders—a Jetprop 980 (model 695) and 1000 (695A)--will
serve dual roles in the Colombian Army as military executive
transports and medevac aircraft.
Garry Ridge, President & CEO of The WD 40 Company and
co-author of the book Helping People Win at Work, will address
attendees Oct. 18 at the Airports Council International-North
America’s (ACI-NA) 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition in
San Diego. Ridge, leader of a successful publicly-traded
corporation, will provide airport officials insight on how to build
organizational capability to address current and future
Jet Charter Company Participates In Joint Training
A Challenger 604 was crossing the Bering Sea sometime in August
when the aircraft stopped responding to communications. As a
result, the FAA and TSA notified the U.S. military, and fighter
jets were scrambled to intercept the plane. Russia also launched
aircraft, and the two governments coordinated together to prevent a
potential terrorist attack. Fortunately, the hijacking was a
Quasar Aerospace Industries said in a news release Tuesday that
their wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantic Aviation, Inc. has entered
into a letter of intent to acquire a flight school that is a VA
qualified FAA 141 air agency. The target acquisition is an
operating business with assets which will be included in the
UK Royal To Train In El Centro, Gila Bend During US Visit
When Britain's Prince William and new bride Kate Middleton
visited California briefly in July, they followed a
carefully-planned itinerary which included polo in Santa Barbara
and charity fundraisers. But when younger brother Prince Harry
arrives in California for helicopter training in October, his
itinerary, while just as carefully planned, will be decidedly less
The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????
It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems... our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of the need for understanding from the outside world.
The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The
Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????
It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to
many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems...
our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of
the need for understanding from the outside world. Leaders from
seven aviation industry organizations sat together at the EAA
Welcome Center on midway through Oshkosh 2011 to discuss critical
concerns on the Federal and State legislative fronts that were
consistently referred to as some of the greatest threats the
aviation industry has ever faced.
Air Force officials said the unveiling of the F-35A Lightning II
joint strike fighter August 26th was an "historic occasion" during
a rollout ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The F-35A,
on display during the ceremony, was delivered to Eglin in July by
Lt. Col. Eric Smith, the Air Force's first F-35 pilot.
Company Secures Required Authorization To Conduct Launch To ISS
After Extensive Technical And Management Review
The FAA has granted a Commercial Space Transportation Launch
License to Orbital Sciences Corporation to conduct the Commercial
Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program demonstration
mission in early 2012. An expanded license covering the test flight
of the company’s Taurus II rocket in late 2011 is expected to
be granted in the near future.
Sets Standards, Offers Mobility For Controllers In Europe
EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, is noting the entry
into force Wednesday of new rules for the licensing and medical
certification of Air Traffic Controllers, or ATCO for short. The
comprehensive agreement was adopted by member states August 10, but
did not take effect until 20 days after publication in the Official
Journal of the European Union.
GAMA Joins With Other Aviation "Letter" Groups To Show Support
For The Industry
Over a hundred workers, state and local officials and aviation
enthusiasts gathered Wednesday in Pierre, South Dakota for a
general aviation (GA) rally organized by GAMA, with support from
the AOPA, EAA, NATA, and the NBAA.
Blue Angels To Perform On Biofuel Blend At Labor Day Show
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivered the keynote
address at the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0 in Las Vegas
Tuesday. The summit brought together leaders of industry,
government, and those specializing in research and development to
chart the course for the future of energy in America. Secretary
Mabus told attendees that "changing the way the United States uses,
produces, and acquires energy is one of the central policy
challenges that confront us as a nation."
Aviation Minister Calls For Cuts, End To Unprofitable
India's federal Civil Aviation Minister, Vayalar Ravi, called
Friday on Air India, which is operated by the national government,
to stop flying unprofitable routes and improve its cash flow. The
company has lost money since 2007, when it acquired the former
Inert Ordinance Apparently Fell From A Marine Helicopter
Of all the things you might expect to find in your back
yard, an inert training missile is probably not high on the list.
But that's exactly what Parker Radcliffe found last Thursday
morning as he was getting ready for Hurricane Irene.
"While this celebration is taking place in the Air Force
hangar with the Air Force variant of the F-35, this is really a
story about the fully integrated team of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen,
Marines, industry and community partners who have been working
years to make this day possible." Source: Col. Andrew
Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander.