Twelfth ULA Mission Of 2007; Another Scheduled December 20
Aero-News learned this week a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
rocket successfully launched a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
payload at 1705 EST Monday from Space Launch Complex 41. This
launch marks the fourth Atlas V EELV mission this year and the 12th
ULA mission in 2007.
A small Boeing unmanned helicopter crashed Monday afternoon
during a test flight at the planemaker's Advanced Systems test
facility in Victorville, CA, burning about 1,600 square feet of
ground but causing no injuries.
It looks like Boeing may not have to delay its eagerly-awaited
787 program a second time. On Tuesday, the American planemaker
assured customers and investors the composite-bodied aircraft
remains on track for a first flight in early 2008, and entry into
service by the end of 2008.
Well, so much for that idea. A proposal hatched by the Bush
administration three months ago to fine airlines for using runways
during peak hours -- thus, in theory, more evenly spreading out
departures and arrivals at New York-area airports -- appears headed
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Electronic Boarding Passes "Print" To Wireless Devices
Passengers may soon no longer have to dig for a paper ticket, or
worry about where they put their boarding passes before checking in
for a flight. Continental Airlines and the Transportation Security
Administration launched a program recently to test the use of
electronic boarding passes on PDAs or cell phones.
County Of Los Angeles Fire Department Serves With
Helicopter Association International announced Monday the
recipient of this year's Igor I. Sikorsky Humanitarian Award -- the
County of Los Angeles Fire Department, Air Operations Section,
based in Pacoima, CA.
As the ANN staff works diligently to ready our End-Of-Year
coverage, one category of citizen has risen to the very top of our
"Aero-Twerps" list for 2007: bozos who shine laser pointers at
flying aircraft. And lo and behold, we have another one to tell you
The International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM)
recently introduced a collectible deck of playing cards celebrating
the achievements of women in aviation and space. Many of the photos
used to create the deck are from the IWASM archives.
The point of a threaded fastener cut in the form of a cylinder. The
length of the dog point is about one half of the diameter of the
bolt, and its diameter is slightly less than the diameter of the
bolt at the bottom of the threads.
"Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska is deeply saddened by
the announcement made this afternoon by the ARCC and the Alaska
State Troopers that they are suspending their search efforts. Along
with everyone else in the community, we had hoped and prayed for a
more positive outcome."
Source: From a release by Evergreen
Helicopters, following the halt of the official search for its
missing Eurocopter BK117. The helo went missing with four onboard
December 3, and debris and the body of one of the persons onboard
was recovered Saturday. Drift patterns based on winds, tides and
waves in Passage Canal make it a strong possibility the helo
crashed there, and that the body and the debris drifted west;
Alaska State Troopers announced the search efforts were