The Department of Transportation has issued the world’s
first license for a sub-orbital manned rocket flight.
The license was issued April 1 by the Federal Aviation
Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation to
Scaled Composites of Mojave (CA), headed by aviation record-holder
Burt Rutan, for a sequence of sub-orbital flights spanning a
Boeing has selected two engine types, the General Electric GENX
and Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, for its all-new Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner,
an airplane Boeing says will provide the world's airlines with
exceptional efficiency and environmental performance.
Boeing's decision follows months of collaboration with the leading
manufacturers of large commercial airplane engines.
NASA's extremely successful X-43A hypersonic research aircraft
flight of March 27, 2004, resulted in a treasure trove of the first
actual scramjet flight data ever obtained.
The initial data review of the flight was conducted on March 31,
confirming that high-fidelity flight data was obtained throughout
the vehicle's boost, stage separation and descent to splash down in
the Pacific Ocean.
Witnesses say they knew something was wrong as soon as the Piper
PA-700 broke ground Monday afternoon. As it struggled for altitude
over the runway at Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island
(SC), it began belching smoke.
The aircraft never cleared the trees. It crashed and exploded not
far from the departure end of the runway.
Austria's national carrier, Austrian Airlines Group, says it
will offer passengers drinks, entertainment and a chance to vote in
the April 25th presidential elections -- all while flying at
altitude. Voters simply have to carry their voter registration
cards, which allow them to cast their ballots outside their usual
The FAA has certified Max-Viz's enhanced vision system in a move
the company says is a "milestone for our industry." The FAA
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was awarded for installation of
the Max-Viz EVS-1000 Enhanced Vision System on the Bombardier
Global Express. The FAA STC now complements the Transport Canada
STC received earlier this year.
AOPA Takes It To Congressional Reps In Hopes Of Averting
AOPA President Phil Boyer took member concerns over plans to
close and destroy a general aviation crosswind runway at Eugene,
Oregon's Mahlon Sweet Field to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), local
congressman and the ranking member on the House aviation
subcommittee. In a meeting this week, Boyer told Rep. DeFazio that
pilots regularly use the crosswind runway and that the FAA wind
data used to validate the decision was outdated. Rep. DeFazio has
committed to work with AOPA in finding a resolution that will meet
the needs of local pilots.
But None Involve Manned Missions To Hubble Telescope
NASA is reportedly considering more than 25 ideas on just how it
can extend the useful life of the telescope, as well as what to do
with it when that useful life is over. Even so, it still doesn't
look like there will be a manned mission to service the space
Harlan L. Jost, 85, whose aviation career spanned 63 years, died
March 30, 2004, from a continuing heart condition.
A retired US Air Force colonel, Jost was a maintenance officer in
North Africa and Italy during World War II. He remained in the USAF
Reserve and returned to duty during the Korean War. The Iowa native
retired from the Reserve in 1972 after 31 years of service. Jost
joined American Airlines after receiving a BA in economics from
Grinnell College. He enlisted in the USAF in 1941.
With a full class of twenty students and several more on a
waiting list, EAA's first-ever Canadian SportAir Workshop this past
weekend was a great success. The course-Sheet Metal Basics-was
conducted April 3-4 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Based on the
enthusiastic reaction, Canadian homebuilders can likely look
forward to more offerings in the future, said EAA Director of
Aviation Services Charlie Becker. "There is a very good chance we
will add a full workshop, including sheet metal, composite
construction and fabric covering, in Calgary within the next 12
months," he said. "We're very pleased with the turnout and the
feedback we received."
USAF May Soon Lift Sanctions Against Boeing In Missile
Boeing's aerospace division, which has been collectively
standing in the corner with its face to the wall after a scandal
involving 25,000 documents stolen from arch-rival Lockheed-Martin,
could soon be released from "time out."
"I had some really irate mechanics because they just walked
right up to this airplane."
Source: Bob Rose, president of the Aircraft
Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 5 in Detroit, whose
organization filed a formal grievance against Northwest Airline
after a series of three bomb threats to NWA aircraft March 30th.
The mechanics, along with a flight attendants' union and an
organization representing machinists say Northwest failed to notify
them of the threats, causing them to come really close to a place
they didn't want to be.
AD NUMBER: 2004-07-09
MANUFACTURER: General Electric
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-07-09
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain General Electric Aircraft
Engines (GEAE) CT7 series turboprop engines. That AD currently
requires propeller gearbox (PGB) oil filter impending bypass button
(IBB) inspections, oil filter inspections, replacement of left-
hand and right -hand idler gears at time of PGB overhaul, and
replacement of certain serial number (SN) PGBs before accumulating
2,000 flight hours. This AD requires the same actions, and adds
additional SNs of affected PGBs. This AD results from reports of
PGBs equipped with certain gears that do not meet design
AD NUMBER: 2004-03-27
MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France (Correction)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-03-27
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter)
model helicopters that requires inspecting the bevel gear for a
crack using aborescope. This amendment is prompted by a crack that
was detected on a bevel gear during a main gearbox teardown
inspection. The actions specified by this AD are intended to
prevent failure of the bevel gear, loss of torque to the main rotor
system, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
AD NUMBER: 2004-07-21
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-07-21
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Model Astra SPX and 1125
Westwind Astra series airplanes, that requires detailed inspections
and resistance measurements of the starter generator electrical
cables of both engines to detect damage, and replacement of the
electrical cable and cable support if any damage is found. This
amendment also requires eventual replacement of the cable support.
This action is necessary to prevent chafing of the starter
generator cable, which could result in electrical arcing in the
vicinity of a fuel line, and possible fire or explosion.