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March 12, 2008

Small Plane Flies Too Close To Capitol

Alert Given, But No Mandatory Evacuations

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.12.08 1605 EDT: For the second time in seven days, news of a small aircraft entering restricted airspace over Washington, DC is making headlines.

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Gone West: George B. Litchford Sr.

Inventor Of TCAS Was 89

If you've ever been alerted by the urgent warnings from your cockpit-mounted collision avoidance system, calling your attention to nearby traffic you hadn't seen... you have George B. Litchford Sr. to thank. The prolific inventor, who worked on aircraft navigation and surveillance systems for some 60 years, passed away February 28 at the age of 89.

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Families Of Lost Skydivers Allege C208's Deicing System Was Faulty

October 2007 Downing Near White Pass, WA Claimed 10

 The attorney representing the families of nine skydivers killed when their Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashed near White Pass, WA in October 2007 says the plane performs poorly in icing conditions... and moreover, that both Cessna and Goodrich, maker of the deicing system, know it.

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Rockwell Collins Donates $150,000 To Nat'l Center For Aviation Training

To Be Used Towards New Technical Campus In Wichita

Aero-News learned this week aviation and communications electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins is donating $150,000 to the National Center for Aviation Training at Colonel James Jabara Airport in Wichita. The donation will help provide equipment for the new technical education campus, managed by Wichita Area Technical College.

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Concorde's RG-131 Aircraft Battery Earns FAA TSO-C173

Joins Eight Other Part Numbers Recently Authorized

Concorde Battery Corporation aircraft battery part number RG-131 recently earned Technical Standard Order C173 (TSO-C173) authorization, making Concorde the sole aircraft battery company with parts TSO-C173 authorized by the FAA.

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