The Golden Palace.com Space Program, Powered by the da Vinci
Project, announced that it has revised its October 2nd planned
flight to space in pursuit of the Ansari X PRIZE. Contributing
factors to this revision were availability of a few key components
and their integration into the overall space flight program. The
Project will provide public notice of its intended flights as soon
In response to questions put forth by ANN, New Piper Aircraft
has updated us as to the status of their return to full
production... interrupted by the "charms" of Mother Nature's
production of a series of hurricanes that have been plaguing the
New Piper's Mark Miller noted that, "We have been working
diligently to restore our business operations in the wake of
Hurricane Frances. To date, we have resumed delivery of aircraft
and parts shipments and brought back half of our workforce - all in
just a little over two weeks."
Acknowledged as the greatest German ace of World War I, Baron
Manfred von Richthofen died April 21, 1918 -- shot down by allied
ground fire. But new research indicates it was the baron's
bullheaded determination to fly that may have actually killed
The Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday approved and sent to the
full Senate a bill that would give the FAA six months to issue new
pilot certificates that include photo identification. AOPA has long
advocated for such a move but believes that the six-month time
frame for implementation is unrealistic.
Controllers Union Blames "FAA'S Short-Sighted Budget Cuts"
Turning a blind eye to one of its very own performance goals,
the Federal Aviation Administration is dramatically slowing the
deployment of a key piece of equipment designed to reduce the
threat of runway accidents, providing more proof that the agency's
haphazard cuts to its modernization budget are affecting aviation
The captive carry flight of NASA's X-43A hypersonic research
aircraft originally scheduled earlier this month has been reset for
Sept. 27. Should weather or other concerns force a postponement,
the captive carry mission could be flown the following day, Sept.
"It's just an unbelievable miracle. You look at that crash site,
that wreckage, you'd never believe anyone could have
Source: Flathead County (MT) Sheriff Jim Dupont,
after learning that two Forest Service workers thought to have died
in the mountainside crash of a Cessna 206 Monday night had walked
down from the mountain and were hitchiking along a nearby road.
Jodee Hogg, 23, of Billings (MT), and Matthew Ramige, 29, of
Jackson Hole (WY), were both hospitalized after they were found,
both burned. The other three people aboard the Cessna were killed
in the accident.
Precision-guided munitions have successfully pinpointed aerial
bombings for years. Now, the same idea is being researched for
airdropping supplies and equipment. One system identified and
tested by the Airdrop Technology Team at the US Army Soldier
Systems Center here could soon vastly improve the way the military
drops extra-light loads of supplies.
Agusta Aerospace Corporation says Seacor Holdings Inc., an
international provider of marine transportation services to the
offshore oil and gas industry and parent of Tex-Air Helicopters,
has placed an order for three Agusta Grand helicopters, becoming
the launch customer in its sector in the USA.
AirTV has signed a launch services agreement with Arianespace to
orbit its first broadband spacecraft, which will deliver a new
level of in-flight entertainment and connectivity for airlines
worldwide. The AirTV system will provide 60+ channels of live
television (in multiple languages) and 40Mbps of Internet, e-mail
and data services to aircraft.