As Hurricane Rita, the season's fifth major tropical storm, grew
stronger and continued pushing west across the Gulf of Mexico
Wednesday, NASA was doing what it could to make the Johnson Space
Center ready for rough weather.
A Mexican government VIP helicopter is missing in mountainous
country west of Mexico City, and a search is underway. Aboard the
aircraft is Mexico's Public Safety Secretary, Ramon Martin Huerta,
who is in charge of the famous "Policia Federale Preventiva" or
"Federales," Mexico's national police, as well as the country's
sprawling prison system.
ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 2117 EDT -- Everyone on board
appears safe after a JetBlue Airbus A320 made an emergency landing
televised around the world Wednesday night -- a landing prompted
when its nosegear became cocked at a 90-degree angle to the
aircraft. Everyone on board appeared to be safe after the skillfull
Now If Boeing Could Just Get Its Mechanics Back To Work
Four years after the bottom almost completely fell out of the
commercial airplane market, both Boeing and Airbus are poised to
write a record number of sales contracts this year -- assuming that
Boeing can get its striking mechanics back on the job and Airbus
can somehow get its corporate hands on the money it says it needs
to develop its 787 rival, the A350.
Fare Wars, Oil Prices Cause Major Concern For Carriers,
Faced with structural growth in air traffic, increased
competition, price pressure, and the rise in oil prices, the
airline industry is facing new challenges that are hurting carriers
and subcontractors, according to a study by global trade credit
insurer Euler Hermes. However, the effects are widely varied
between aircraft manufacturers and the airlines themselves.
Next 20 Years Should Be Watershed For Manufacturers
Boeing Tuesday detailed its 2005 Current Market Outlook (CMO)
for the People's Republic of China, forecasting a requirement in
China for just over 2,600 new airplanes worth $213 billion over the
next 20 years. Over the forecast period, China is and will remain
the largest market outside the United States for new commercial
airplanes, the Chicago-based manufacturer said.
US government officials Tuesday warned their closest allies --
the British -- that loaning Airbus $680 million to launch the A350
could raise transatlantic tensions in the midst of a huge World
Trade Organization dispute over government help for aircraft
Raytheon Aircraft Company says it's received commuter category
certification of a heavy-weight Beechcraft King Air 350. This new
aircraft has been modified to incorporate heavy-weight landing
gear, as well as several other airframe modifications, permitting
it to operate at a maximum gross takeoff weight of 16,500 pounds,
an increase of 1,500 pounds over a standard Beechcraft King Air
What's That Tell You About Pentagon Confidence In The
It would look a lot like the V-22 -- only there would be so much
more of it. Just days before the Pentagon is expected to approve
full production of the Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, the US Army has
awarded the Bell/Boeing tiltrotor team a $3.45 million contract to
develop a bigger, more powerful version of the hybrid vehicle. It
will have four wings and four engines, be able to carry a 40,000
pound vehicle 250 miles in temperatures of 95F and has to be
developed within 18-months.
Some passengers are all for it. Others sardonically figure it's
just what they need -- a fat passenger next to them, a caterwauling
child behind them, and someone in front shouting into a cell phone.
In Europe, at least, air travel is about to get a lot noisier.
Russian Pilot Crashes, Is Briefly Jailed in Lithuania
By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. O'Brien
Think you've ever had a bad flying day? Put yourself in Valery
Troyanov's flying boots. He started September 15th briefing-in for
a routine training flight in one of the world's most advanced
fighter planes. But the exhilarating takeoff was the last thing
that went really right for him that day (well, his ejection seat
didn't malfunction -- that's good news, I suppose). At the end of
the day, he was in a foreign jail.
Company Teams Up With Army To Reach Delivery Milestone
Sikorsky Aircraft says it's delivered the 26th Black Hawk Recap
aircraft to the Army -- two weeks ahead of schedule on August 26,
2005. The Recap or A-to-A program, is recapitalization of the
UH-60A model aircraft to a like-new A model condition.
Wings Of Blue Demo Team Set For Several Major Skydiving
Most college students are still sleeping at 5 a.m. Some might be
getting up to cram for an exam. At the same time, some students at
the nearby US Air Force Academy are preparing for an adrenaline
rush only a few people can ever dream about.
Thales Navigation, its professional products and Magellan(R)
consumer business, provided hundreds of GPS units to search and
rescue teams, government agencies, and local authorities in the
Gulf Coast region. In addition, Thales donated $50,000 to the
American Red Cross.
Bain Appointed Vice-President, Marketing and Sales; Dorvan To
Lead Quality Assurance
CMC Electronics Inc. has named Cathy Bain vice-president,
marketing and sales and has appointed Francois Dorval to the
newly-created position of vice-president, quality assurance and
continuous Improvement. Together, they'll lead the company's
efforts to build better products... and sell them.
New gullies that did not exist three years ago have appeared on
a Martian sand dune.That's just one of the surprising discoveries
that have resulted from the extended life of NASA's Mars Global
Surveyor, which this month began its ninth year in orbit around
Mars. Boulders tumbling down a Martian slope left tracks that
weren't there two years ago. New impact craters formed since the
1970s suggest changes to age-estimating models. And for three Mars
summers in a row, deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near Mars'
south pole have shrunk from the previous year's size, suggesting a
climate change in progress.
"It would be a step in the wrong direction. Negotiations will
become much harder if the UK, or any other EU member state, commits
subsidies to the A350."
Source: Neena Moorjani, a spokeswoman for the US
Trade Representative in Washington. She was quoted by Bloomberg
News as the UK seemed likely to approve a $680 million loan to
Airbus to develop the A350. The issue of aircraft subsidies for
both Airbus and Boeing is the subject of a huge WTO lawsuit that
could take decades to decide.