Over the past 10 months, I've had the opportunity to spend some
seat time in three emerging players in the light sport aircraft
segment. As a former Cessna 172 jockey, I must admit I wasn't
expecting much when I first took to the skies on demo flights in
three significantly smaller aircraft, lower-powered aircraft... but
wow, was I wrong.
Redenbaugh Resignation Signals Textron Unhappy With Production
Michael Redenbaugh led something of a revitalization during his
time at Bell Helicopters -- overseeing the company during almost
four years of strong sales and new product development. So why did
he suddenly leave the rotorcraft manufacturer this week?
In the entire 2006 fiscal year, the Charleston (SC) Air Traffic
Control Tower had no operational errors or deviations. But so far,
in the first three-and-a-half months of the current fiscal year,
there have been six errors, including one committed by a Federal
Aviation Administration supervisor.
Says Staffing Levels Less Than Half Than Federal
For all the talk about staffing levels at federal air traffic
control towers... don't forget the fact 233 smaller FAA contract
towers at airports throughout the country are hurting, as well.
That's the message in a letter sent by Ron Taylor (right),
president of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization
(PATCO), to Florida Congressman Tim Mahoney this week.
It's a flat-out cool helicopter, for a very important job. Kaman
Aerospace Corp. told Aero-News Friday Central Copters, Inc. of
Belgrade, MT has purchased a K-Max "aerial truck" helicopter for
oil and gas exploration.
The gang at Cessna Aircraft Company tells ANN they're
celebrating more than 10 years of Team X (as in '10'), the support
network established to provide Cessna Citation X business jet
customers with the highest caliber of service and support for the
Citation Xs flying out in the field. And as one team marks an
important milestone, another is ready in the wings... so to
Musk Advises "Don't Hold Your Breath" For A Firm Date
While discouraged by the failure of the company's first-ever
launch of the Falcon 1 rocket last March, SpaceX vowed to press
on... and the company is nearing its second launch from the balmy
Kwajalein Atoll. Alas, the original January 22 scheduled launch
date has been moved off to sometime in February, due to an anomaly
with a second stage engine component.
"We have generated a lot of customer enthusiasm for our
products, which has resulted in increased sales and contracts that
bode well for our future. What this means, however, is that we
absolutely must step up our capabilities to meet our commitments to
our customers in critical areas such as quality, delivery and
Source: Textron Chairman Lewis Campbell, in an
email to Bell Helicopter employees following the resignation of
former CEO Michael Redenbaugh this week.