For those of us who have "hit the boots" (or the equivalent
system on your favorite bird) a few times in the last few days
(despite my home base in Northern Florida...) due to the
ever-present seasonal 'charms' of in-flight icing, we thought a
series of short tips from Cirrus Design's Scott Winter (yes, that
IS his real name) might help us all to consider some of the
realities of this time of year.
Lightplane manufacturer, Pipistrel, has notified ANN that they
are the latest company to tackle and fly an all-electric powered
aircraft. Based on their flighty two place, side-by-side, Taurus
motor-glider; the Electro Taurus boasts similar performance and
characteristics to their gas-powered Taurus 503.
UAL/ALPA's Captain Mark Bathurst Is NOT Feeling The Holiday
Captain Mark Bathurst, Chairman of the United Master Executive
Council of the Air Line Pilots Association, had a few things to
say, Wednesday, about United Airlines' Christmas holiday flight
Airmen from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Kadena
Air Base recently were kept busy while 'aerovacing' patients on a
KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 18 from Yokota Air Base, Japan. Members of
the 18th AES travel throughout the Pacific picking up critical
patients and transporting them to hospitals that can meet their
But Do YOU Want Them? TSA Seeks Officers at DFW and Love
The TSA tells ANN that it is looking for talented candidates in
the Dallas area to 'work on the front lines of our nation's
airports in an ongoing effort to secure the homeland.'TSA at DFW
International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) are seeking
full- and part-time transportation security officers (TSOs).
NASA has signed a $465.7 million contract modification with
Lockheed Martin, New Orleans, for space shuttle external tanks. The
modification aligns and extends all activities associated with the
production contract for the tanks to the launch schedule for the
space shuttle's retirement date of 2010.
Boeing has been chosen by the Air Force to build another SATCOM
satellite by exercizing an option for a sixth Wideband Global
SATCOM (WGS) satellite. The Commonwealth of Australia is funding
the procurement as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S.
and Australian governments. The satellite is expected to launch in
the fourth quarter of 2012.
Bombardier Learjet has appointed Jason Moir as Learjet's
sales director, for the central United States. Reporting to Ed
Thomas, regional vice-president, Learjet sales, US, Mr. Moir is
responsible for the sale of new Learjet business aircraft in
Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado.
"Even short encounters and small buildups of ice can
drastically affect the performance and handling qualities. The
horizontal stabilizer, which has a smaller radii than the wing,
will accumulate ice at a faster rate than the wing. It is estimated
that ice accumulates 3-4 times faster on the tail than the
Source: Sage advice from Cirrus Design CFI
Scott Winter, in the first of a number of icing-related Aero-Tips
he prepared for us htis chilly holiday season...