It's official. Guinness World Records has recognized the world
speed record set by NASA's hypersonic X-43A aircraft earlier this
year in an experimental flight over the Pacific Ocean. Using a
scramjet engine, the unpiloted, 12 foot-long aircraft achieved Mach
6.83 -- almost seven times the speed of sound - - or nearly 5,000
mph, in a flight on March 27th.
EAA Airventure Museum To Celebrate Aviation's Golden Age This
The EAA AirVenture Museum and Pioneer Airport revisits the
excitement of the Roaring Twenties on September 4-5 with the annual
"Good Ol’ Days" celebration of what’s known by many as
the "Golden Age of Aviation." Activities include barnstorming
flying events like "pants racing" and "aerial golf"; learning Morse
Code with Pioneer Airport’s telegram system; flying in
vintage airplanes such as the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air
E-4000 or the 1927 Spirit of St. Louis replica; creating a piece of
air mail and have it flown in a vintage aircraft; or riding in a
variety of vintage automobiles from the 1920s-1940s.
It's got to be tough running an aerial touring company with a
hurricane bearing down on you... and for the second time in a
month. A long-awaited trip to the Bahamas was a casualty of Mother
Nature as Air Journey's Thierry Pouille elected to steer clear of
Hurricane Francis and cancel the trip.
Overweight Passenger Sues SWA For "Humiliating" Her
Like more than a third of all Americans, 26-year old
Trina Blake has a weight problem. But Trina says she was humiliated
in May, 2003, when she was boarding a Southwest Airlines flight
from Orlando (FL) to Seattle (WA). The reason? She says a gate
agent grilled her about whether she could fit in the seat. She also
says the gate agent told flight attendants to make sure she didn't
need more than one seat.
See, We'll Give You Chickens And You Give Us Fighters
Thailand has a problem -- two problems, actually. First,
officials there are sitting on 60,000 tons of frozen chicken that
it can't sell to Russia because of an import ban related to fears
over bird flu. Thailand also needs fighter aircraft.
Navy Names Training Facility For Fallen Astronauts
Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute (NAMI) dedicated and named
its new Aerospace Medicine Academic Center Aug. 13 in honor of
fallen Navy physician-astronauts from the space shuttle Columbia,
Capt. Laurel B. Clark and Capt. David M. Brown.
The NBAA has informed ANN that the FAA's New York TRACON has
published a Letter to Airmen (LTA) 04-01, entitled "Climb and
Descent Performance and Transponder Usage." Recently, there have
been several incidents where less-than-standard separation between
aircraft occurred as a result of an aircraft's non-standard
climb/descent rate performance, non-activation of transponder
equipment or incorrect beacon code selected on departure.
From the NTSB...
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the
Federal Aviation Administration:
Require Boeing 777 operators to replace halogen light bulbs in the
cargo compartment with incandescent light bulbs on an expedited
Issue to all Boeing 777 operators an immediate restriction on
placing baggage or other material near cargo compartment light
fixtures with halogen light bulbs until the halogen bulbs are
replaced with incandescent light bulbs. (A-04-54)
This photo was taken by ANN Contributor Rose Dorcey at the
Children's Miracle Network Balloon Rally in Wisconsin Rapids (WI)
on Saturday morning, August 28, 2004. The event raises funds for
the Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated
to helping kids by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals
across North America. Organized by balloon pilot, skydiver, and
Wisconsin Rapids lawyer, John Symonds, the event has raised over
$20,000 for use in Central Wisconsin.
Forecast International Sees Dynamic Growth for RJ
In its latest study, "The World Market for Regional/Commuter
Transport Aircraft," Forecast International projects that a total
of 3,728 regional aircraft will be produced in the 10-year period
2004 to 2013. The value of this production, in constant 2004 U.S.
dollars, is estimated at $84.4 billion. The forecast production
total includes both regional jets and regional turboprops;
specifically, 3,041 regional jets are forecast, plus 687
"I'm a bigger girl but I'm not that big."
Source: Trina Blake, who's suing Southwest
Airlines because she says a gate agent humiliated her over her
weight. The agent wanted to charge Blake for another seat because
Trina is, well, like she said, a bigger girl. Trina says it wasn't
that the gate agent brought up the subject -- it was how the gate
agent brought up the subject. She says she was humiliated and
insulted and can never fly again.