Using the shuttle's robotic arm STS-125 Mission Specialist Megan
McArthur grappled the Hubble Space Telescope at 12:14 p.m. CDT
Wednesday. McArthur then maneuvered the telescope onto a Flight
Support System maintenance platform in Atlantis’ payload bay.
The stage is set for five spacewalks in as many days to repair and
update instruments, extending Hubble's lifespan through 2014.
In-flight Break Ups Continue To Draw International
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority,
Thursday, issued an updated AWB on the Zenair CH 601XL, in
response to the number of accidents reported over the past few
years as well as the increased scrutiny brought to the
aircraft by the NTSB.
In this month’s issue of the Aircraft
Electronics Association’s monthly magazine, Avionics News,
columnist Ric Peri, who is the vice president of government and
industry affairs for AEA, weighs in with his thoughts about the use
of general aviation aircraft to conduct business.
AIA has just finished weighing in on the
current hearings surrounding a next-generatuion Air Trafic Control
System. 'The administration's commitment to recapitalize our
nation's transportation infrastructure and FAA reauthorization is
an opportunity to accelerate the Next Generation Air Transportation
System,' AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said Wednesday.
Honeywell Has Launched Zing Condition-Based Maintenance For
"The Honeywell Zing portfolio offers comprehensive and
'intelligent' health monitoring, that provides operators with
up-to-date information to perform condition-based maintenance
rather than interval-based or run-to-failure maintenance," said
Mike Cuff, Honeywell Vice President, Helicopter and Surface
The upcoming Memorial Day Holiday Weekend in the US marks the
start of the official summer vacation travel season. While the
economy has the airlines projecting even lower demand for their
seats, the American Automobile Association says overall vacation
travel for the holiday weekend will be up this year by 1-point-5
percent, and the vast majority of vacationers will choose to go by
One of the more intriguing upgrades we saw on our last visit to Piper Aircraft was the availability of the G1000 avionics suite for the PA-46-500TP Meridian six-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft. Initial deliveries of Meridians equipped with the G1000 are already underway.
Repeat After me... ARE YOU REALLY SURE YOU WANT TO DO
OK, if one remembers a certain Air Force One exercise over NYC,
this may not go well... but at the very least, it may provide some
interesting moments for those of us in the the media. The North
American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component,
the Continental United States NORAD Region, will conduct exercise
Falcon Virgo 09-07, on May 15 and 19 between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
in the National Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C.
Someday (Soon, We Hope) This Kind of Thing Won't Be
Newsworthy... Just Normal
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, has joined
the 21st century and announced that a female pilot is one of two
candidates selected to join the world-famous 'Diamond Nine' for the
2010 display season.
One of the more intriguing upgrades we saw on our last visit to
Piper Aircraft was the availability of the G1000 avionics suite for
the PA-46-500TP Meridian six-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft.
Initial deliveries of Meridians equipped with the G1000 are already
The European General Aviation Manufacturers Group (EGAMA) has
issued (for the first time) a set of Key Facts & Figures
(2004-2008) for the European General Aviation Manufacturers. EGAMA
is an active grouping of ASD (AeroSpace & Defence Industries
Association of Europe).
TSA Can Now Screw This Process Up Without Airline
The TSA thinks this is progress... but those of us who know the
TSA all too well, REALLY wonder. The TSA's Secure Flight passenger
vetting program will begin asking passengers to enter their full
name, as of May 15th, as it appears on the government issued
identification they will be traveling with -- when making airline
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.14.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Dee Whittington, VA Regional Festival of
Flight - 05.14.09
(ANN Special Report, with Dee Whittington)
DARPA has kicked off the Vulcan program with awards to four
contractors. The four contractors participating in the eight-month
first phase are: Alliant TechSystems, General Electric, Rolls Royce
and United Technologies.
NASA Jet Propulsion
In total, JPL has 18 spacecraft and eight instruments conducting
active missions. All of these are part of NASA's program of
exploration of Earth and space with plans to send robots and humans
to explore the moon, Mars and beyond.
"We're still serious about tackling aviation congestion
in the New York region... I'll be talking with airline,
airport and consumer stakeholders, as well as elected officials,
over the summer about the best ways to move forward."
Source: Secretary LaHood, in New York
City in remarks to the Association for a Better New York.