Testifies Thursday, Before the Senate -- From Orbit
As Atlantis’ crew prepares for landing Friday, mission
managers are closely monitoring a low pressure system that has
brought 16 inches of rain in three days to the Shuttle Landing
Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Randy Babbitt's Senate hearings for confirmation as
Administrator of the FAA started yesterday in Washington DC. It
quickly became apparent that the February 12th crash of Continental
Connections Flight 3407 will be a major issue in the process.
There have been of these lately... those "intriguing" little
moments where you hear something said and are the pretty much
forced to ponder whether those speaking have truly considered the
import of their words.
What a drag... but in a goodd way! NASA and industry engineers
successfully completed the first test of the Ares I rocket's three
main parachutes Wednesday. The parachutes -- the largest rocket
parachutes ever manufactured -- are designed to slow the rapid
descent of the rocket's spent first-stage motor, permitting its
recovery for use on future flights.
L-3 Avionics Systems has appointed Jay LaFoy as
President of the company, which is part of L-3
Communication’s Aviation Products business area. In this
role, Mr. LaFoy will oversee all aspects of the L-3 Avionics
Systems business, which is a leading supplier of avionics products
for the general aviation, business jet, military and commercial air
Union Claims 'New TSA Administrator Is Crucial To Agency
A Union posturing for more of the action that
may come with Pro-Union bargaining changes for TSA workers notes
that the TSA's ranking as the worst place to work within the
Department of Homeland Security 'should come as no surprise.'
Dallas Airmotive and fractional ownership provider, Avantair,
have signed a five year engine maintenance agreement. Dallas
Airmotive will provide repair, hot section inspection, overhaul and
field service on the PT6A-66 engines that power Avantair's fleet of
Piaggio Avanti turboprop aircraft.
We live in amazing times... and with our recent acquisition of a Cirrus G3 Turbo, crammed to its composite rafters with electronic wonders, we are starting to get up close and personal with the realities of a (largely) paperless cockpit. Its an amazing process. However, when it comes to charting of any type, paper, electronic, you name it, its hard to even discuss the topic without the name 'Jeppesen" coming into the picture.
We live in amazing times... and with our recent acquisition of a
Cirrus G3 Turbo, crammed to its composite rafters with
electronic wonders, we are starting to get up close and personal
with the realities of a (largely) paperless cockpit. It's an
amazing process. However, when it comes to charting of any type,
paper, electronic, you name it, its hard to even discuss the topic
without the name 'Jeppesen' coming into the picture.
A Controversial But None-The-Less Interesting Take On
The CC3407 Disaster
Arthur Alan Wolk is a 'love him' or 'hate him' kinda
guy... and many in aviation will pretty much adopt the latter
criteria when his name comes up. An opponent to a number of
aviation interests over the years, Wolk has sued for (and won)
millions of dollars in judgments that have either (depending on
your viewpoint) penalized parties who were liable for the
damage their products caused... OR driven a number of aviation
firms to the brink of insolvency with expensive and controversial
ATA's James May seems to think that increased PFCs are not in
the air travel industry's best interests. While ATA has been all
for levying a number of additional charges on the rest of the
industry, at various times, ATA seems to think that additional
Passenger Facility Charges are not a good thing.
It Helps If You Don't Think About Where Its Been...
Its probably more of a psychological exercise than a
scientific one... after all, we've had the technology to filter and
purify water from a number of not-so-palatable sources for a great
number of years -- though it sure hasn't been used THIS way.
Still... it has to be one of those "how much did you want this job,
again?" moments as you take your first sip of recycled H2O...
The Peace-Loving People Of Iran Want The Capability To Kill At
Iran is claiming a successful test of a new medium-range missile
capable of hitting targets in Europe.
Media reports reveal that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
made the announcement in Semnan, near the missile's launch site in
northern Iran ...
Electronic Flight Bag
The EFB is an electronic information management device that
helps flight crews perform flight management tasks more easily and
efficiently with less paper. It is a general purpose computing
platform intended to reduce, or replace, paper-based reference
material often found in the Pilot's carry-on Flight Bag, including
the Aircraft Operating Manual, Aircrew Operating Manual, and
Navigational Charts (including moving map for air and ground
The HH-60H Armed Helicopter is a variant of the SH-60F,
specifically designed for combat search and rescue and naval
special warfare support. It can operate from aircraft carriers, and
a variety of other naval and merchant vessels, as well as land
"The flight crew was blameless for this crash and
everyone investigating the crash knows it. It’s just easier
to blame the dead crew than to blame the manufacturer who failed to
equip this airliner with modern anti-ice equipment. The airplane
suffered a tail stall as soon as the flaps 15 setting was selected
and the crew did what they were taught – they reversed the
procedure and retracted the flaps. The captain, in spite of the
hideous criticism for having nonessential conversations below
10,000 feet, was otherwise professional and all required briefings
were carried out."
Source: Controversial Aviation Attorney
Arthur Alan Wolk, who has made a living litigating the
aviation community over a number of perc