On Thursday, the NTSB release its Preliminary Report on last
week's accident in Ludville, GA that claimed the life of famed test
pilot Scott Crossfield. In what is perhaps the report's most
significant finding, the NTSB reports wreckage from the accident --
which occurred in IMC conditions near a Level
6 thunderstorm cell -- is "consistent with a low altitude
Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. announced Thursday the
company has began shipments of its Cockpit/IP(TM) Flat Panel
Display System to its authorized distributors and installers for
the Pilatus PC-12 cockpit upgrade.
Are passengers becoming better educated about what they can and
can't take on a commercial airliner... or is it that security
agents today aren't looking for as many of those "hazardous" items?
The TSA reports that screeners doled out 54 percent fewer fines in
2005 than the year before, when the agency's strict "no tolerance"
policy went into effect.
To quote Charles Schulz's erstwhile but oft-put-upon
protagonist, Charlie Brown: good grief. That may to best sum up the
sentiment at NASA these days, as the agency had to once again delay
the launch of the CloudSat and CALIPSO satellites Thursday
Lockheed Martin CFO Chris Kubasik dropped a bombshell Tuesday,
when he revealed that the company's board would review the business
case for the United Launch Alliance -- the proposed partnership
with aerospace rival Boeing for satellite launch contracts -- and
what's more, they may decide to spike the entire deal.
It can fly high... and it can fly fast. That's the word
from Adam Aircraft, which Aero-News has learned that during a test
flight last week, flew its A700 AdamJet to 41,000 feet and achieved
a true airspeed of 340 knots -- the aircraft's reported top
British Pilot/Veteran Day Outing In Its Seventh Successful
Three pilots walked across the ramp to the Miles Messenger. They
all expected Peter to fly; but Peter said he was tired. "You two
flip for it." John won, and after takeoff Peter handed the plane to
him. John Potter wasn't exactly current. He hadn't flown an
airplane since he mustered out of the RAF at the end of World War
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04.27.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Glasair's Mikael Via on
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After delaying his decision for over a
week, on Wednesday US Bankruptcy Court Judge Adlai
Hardin denied Delta Air Lines regional subsidiary Comair's request
to toss out its contract with its 970 flight attendants so it can
impose harsh pay cuts.
In a question-and-answer period Tuesday before members of the US
Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space, NASA Administrator
Michael Griffin (right) made a somewhat shocking announcement:
that he had accepted an invitation to visit China, and possibly
begin talks on cooperating with the Chinese space program on future
The world's largest airliner continues its globetrotting ways,
with the news the A380 is set to make its debut in the United
Kingdom next month. The 555-seat airliner is due to fly into
Heathrow on May 18, after a stop at the Berlin Air Show.
Calls On Gov't To Remove TFR While UAVs Are Grounded
Stating that an accident Tuesday involving a US Customs and
Border Patrol Predator B reinforces their position that UAVs must
meet manned aircraft safety standards, the Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association is calling on the FAA to revoke TFRs currently
in place along the US-Mexico border while the fleet is grounded as
investigators determine why the unmanned plane crashed.
It wasn't a mechanical problem that brought down a Cessna U206G
Stationair last Thursday near Bloomington, IN, in an accident that claimed the lives of
five University of Illinois graduate music students.
That's the word from the National Transportation Safety Board,
which issued its Preliminary Report on the accident Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Boeing reported a 29 percent improvement in
profits for the first quarter of 2006 -- a better-than expected
sign of the aerospace manufacturer's current success on its
commercial aircraft operation.
Three Planes Isolated As Police Search For Explosives
A bomb threat at a South African airport resulted in little more
than frayed nerves Wednesday morning, when three South African
Airways planes on the ramp at Johannesburg International Airport
were searched after police received word that there were bombs
onboard the airliners.
"The bottom line is we train pilots by throwing missiles at
Source: Buck Buchanan, an unmanned threat
emitter technician who is working with airmen from some 20 Air
Force active duty, Reserve and National Guard units participating
in the Red Flag-Alaska combat exercises currently underway at
Eielson Air Force Base.