Space Florida And The FAA See 'Great Promise' In The Sunshine State
Space Florida – the State of Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace economic development agency – and the FAA's Office of Commercial Space (FAA-AST) – partnered in November 2011 to commission a study prepared by The Tauri Group, on the forecast 10-year demand for suborbital reusable vehicles. The research and analysis-focused process is considered a conservative first analysis of the suborbital flight segments for personal spaceflight and science missions.
Says Transfer For Industrial Development Inappropriate
The FAA has sent a report to city officials in Woodard, OK, saying a land swap deal "inappropriately transferred title to airport land to the municipal authority for industrial development purposes." The city is reportedly looking into the questionable deal.
Space Agency Is Well Positioned To Promote U.S. Success And Provide Technological Benefits For Many Sectors
Maintaining and advancing an international leadership role in space is an essential component of national security for the United States, according to a new report published by TASC, Inc. The report details ways in which NASA can strengthen the country's national space security posture, foster international collaboration and benefit the economy, even during times of budget austerity.
The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women licensed pilots, recently installed 71-year-old Martha Phillips of Newbury Park, CA as its latest International President. The 5,000 member organization in headquartered in Oklahoma City. Its first president was Amelia Earhart.
State-Of-The-Art Airplane Training For Less Than Legacy Airplane Training
Who the heck is Tecnam? This relatively unknown airplane manufacturer in the United States is an Italian company with its headquarters in Capua, Italy, a city north of Naples, and has its North American headquarters in Richmond, VA. It is the largest GA manufacture outside of the United States and is one of the few airplane manufactures, other than Boeing and Airbus that has a backlog of orders.
Concerned About Government Responsibility For Third Party Losses
A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that the U.S. provides less commercial space launch indemnification for third party losses than China, France, and Russia, according to recent studies. These countries put no limit on the amount of government indemnification coverage, which in the United States is limited by the Commercial Space Launch Act Amendments of 1988 (CSLAA).
Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that the conditional order placed by WestJet, an Alberta partnership on June 28, 2012, has been converted to a firm purchase agreement for up to 45 Q400 NextGen airliners. The transaction includes 20 firm-ordered Q400 NextGen aircraft and options on an additional 25 of the aircraft.
First Pacific Rim Exercise For The P-3C Replacement Aircraft
The P-8A Poseidon jet, a replacement maritime patrol aircraft for the P-3C Orion, made its Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise debut this year, flown by two air crews from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, during the 23rd edition of the biennial exercise.
Unmanned Cargo Re-Supply Helicopter To Be Kept In Theater For Second Deployment Extension
For the second time this year, the U.S. Marine Corps has approved the deployment extension of K-MAX Cargo UAS, the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo and resupply troops in a combat zone. By supplying forward operating bases with K-MAX instead of ground convoy or manned aircraft, the Marine Corps has reduced the threat posed to personnel by improvised explosive devices by thousands of hours.
A variety of advanced stabilized imaging platforms and payloads for small unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aircraft, manned and unmanned land vehicles, ground systems, stationary mounts, and marine systems will be displayed by Hood Technology at the upcoming Unmanned Systems North America (AUVSI) show at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV, next week.
Awarded $358 Million Contract To Produce Fleet Of 45 Aircraft
AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems has received a $358 million award from the U.S. Army’s Program Manager – Unmanned Aircraft Systems for engineering support and system upgrades that will create a fleet of 45 upgraded RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS). Deliveries of 43 systems for the Army and two for the Marine Corps are expected to begin in late 2013.
Oshkosh Day Four Coverage -- Part Four Of Five Part Hightower Interview, Part 145 Chat With AEA's Ric Peri
Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first official appearance in the top job on Thursday, making a speech at Forum Pavillion 7 and answering questions from the audience. While the administrator was well received, the forum was not particularly well attended, with only about a third of the seats in the pavillion filled. Huerta’s speech sounded familiar themes of safety and the promise of NextGen and ADS-B. Many of his answers to questions were short on specifics, though questions that were deferred to staffers who had traveled wi
Says Bill Would Deal With Privacy And Transparency Concerns In Licensing The Aircraft
With the Secretary of Transportation scheduled to develop a comprehensive plan for non-government drones as soon as November 2012, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA) on Wednesday released a discussion draft of legislation that would ensure that privacy considerations are included in the rulemaking process for licenses for “unmanned aircraft systems”, commonly known as drones.
Three LSAs To Join Other Cessna Aircraft At The School
Pilot Academy of Sandefjord, Norway placed orders for three Cessna 162 Skycatchers last week during AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. Company executives noted that the effort to facilitate EASA certification by moving the Skycatcher into the primary category with the FAA played a large role in the decision.
Piedmont Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), began casting Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike at the carrier after unproductive negotiations. Strike vote ballots have been sent to the over 200 flight attendants and a vote count is scheduled for August 17.
Call For Independent Chairman Of The Board Receives 48 Percent Support
In a vote held Wednesday, 48 percent of the shareholders in Republic Airways Holdings cast ballots backing the appointment of an independent chairman of the board. The Teamsters unions says that the vote indicates current CEO and Chairman Bryan Bedford faces growing investor concerns about what they say is the company’s mismanagement and weak governance structure as "worker unrest spreads through the airline."
Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It: What Is Old Is New
A gnawing question that keeps many in GA up at night is whether there will be fuel in the future for their airplanes. As ANN has reported, there are several companies working on the problem (see previous articles on GAMI and Swift Fuels).Unfortunately it is not just those who fly high compression engines that need to be concerned.
“Drones are already flying in U.S. airspace – with thousands more to come – but with no privacy protections or transparency measures in place. This discussion draft will help ensure that pilotless aircraft isn’t privacy-less aircraft and the strongest safeguards are put into place for Americans.” Source: Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA).
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