French accident investigators are expected to release a
preliminary report in the crash of Air France Flight 447 Thursday,
and industry analysts say Airbus may face calls to ground it's
entire fleet of long-range airliners as a result.
Lockheed Martin Delivers First Production Unit To The U.S.
Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Target Sight System
(TSS) production unit at a ceremony held at its Orlando, FL,
facility Tuesday. The TSS is the multi-sensor fire control system
for the U.S. Marine Corps' AH-1Z Cobra helicopter.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Airbus signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) at the 2009 International Paris Air Show to
jointly develop and test an environmentally friendly
pilot-controlled towing semi-robotic system.
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) review of
commercial aviation accidents involving in-flight fires during the
period 1983 to 2000 prompted the NTSB to issue a number of safety
recommendations to the FAA, including the development of an AC to
address a number of issues linked to in-flight fires. The FAA
issued AC 120-80, In-Flight Fires,and the FAA Technical Center Fire
Safety Branch has developed a training video to complement the
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Will Push Self-Deployed Spacecraft From Low To High Orbit And
Boeing has received a contract from the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for work on Phase 2 of the Fast
Access Spacecraft Testbed (FAST) program. FAST will form the
foundation for future self-deployed, high-mobility spacecraft to
perform ultra-high-power communications, space radar, satellite
transfer and servicing missions.
Missions To Include Border Patrol, Emergency Response, City
The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has taken delivery of their
second Eurocopter EC120 B patrol helicopter, which will allow for
greater in-air coverage and policing of the growing city of
Edmonton. When combined with other policing resources, the aircraft
will increase operational efficiency and reduce response times to
The Company Recently Leased Several B767 Cargo Aircraft
Amerijet International has announced its acquisition of a
majority interest in Nations Express, a nationwide express trucking
company based in Charlotte, NC. Nations Express operates a fleet of
approximately 200 trucks in an express charter truck service.
The first of the Flight For Life Transport System's two new
EC145s has entered into service. The aircraft was inaugurated on
Tuesday, during a ceremony at Flight For Life's Waukesha, Wisconsin
headquarters, where the helicopter will be based. The aircraft, as
well as the second EC145, was completed by Helicopter Specialties
(HSI) in Janesville, Wisconsin.
We have to wonder if he paid for a business class upgrade. Mark
Malkoff arrived in Atlanta Tuesday greeted by several hundred
curiosity seekers and fans, having just set the Guinness World
Record for most flight segments in a 30-day period. Malkoff kept in
touch with friends, fans and family via Inflight Internet on the
Toronto Airline Reaches 20 Firm Orders For Bombardier Q400
Bombardier Aerospace announced this week that Porter Airlines of
Toronto has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop
airliners. The transaction represents the conversion of the last
two options of 10 Q400 aircraft which were announced in
Union Redoubles Efforts Following Concerns Outlined By
Department of Justice
Flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight
Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA) at United Airlines, are pressing
the DOT to ensure American jobs are protected when considering the
anti-trust immunity filing to join Continental with United Airlines
and the Star Alliance. The flight attendants' efforts take on
extraordinary meaning this week following an announcement by United
Airlines to furlough 2,150 Flight Attendants this fall.
Mark Our Words... The Private Spaceflight Revolution Will Be Won by Companies Like XCOR
I have a number of heroes in the aviation and aerospace business... some of whom I've written about quite a bit and a few that I need to write much more about. Near the top of the list of XCOR Aerospace's Jeff Greason and the oh-so-talented team that supports this uncommon man with a dream AND the chutzpah to make it happen.
Mark Our Words... The Private Spaceflight Revolution Will Be Won by
Companies Like XCOR
I have a number of heroes in the aviation and aerospace
business... some of whom I've written about quite a bit and a few
that I need to write much more about. Near the top of the list of
XCOR Aerospace's Jeff Greason and the oh-so-talented team that
supports this uncommon man with a dream AND the chutzpah to make it
A test fueling of space shuttle Endeavour's external tank
revealed no gaseous hydrogen leaks, verifying recent repairs were
successful, NASA managers confirmed during a Wednesday afternoon
news conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Bell Helicopter has filed a counter suit against rival
Eurocopter in patent infringement battle over the sleigh-type
landing gear on its model 429 aircraft. Eurocopter says Bell is
infringing on a 1999 patent for the skids.
Space Station Can Be Seen As It Orbits On Independence Day
As America celebrates its 233rd birthday this holiday weekend,
there will be an extra light in the sky along with the fireworks.
Across the country, Americans will be treated to spectacular views
of the International Space Station as it orbits 220 miles above
American Airlines Flight 1256 was on approach to LaGuardia just
before 1100 Tuesday when it hit a large bird, the second such
high-profile incident reported in the New York area this year. The
airplane was able to land safely, but while taxiing, the pilot
noticed the nose gear hydraulics were not operating correctly.
Company Says The Program "Won't Be Drained Of Resources
While Boeing contemplates design changes to the composite
fuselage that has again delayed the 787 Dreamliner program, the
company says it is back ahead of schedule on its 747-8 program, and
that further Dreamliner delays won't effect the Intercontinental's
Bradley A. Garner, 51, a Canadian citizen who resides in Palm
Desert, California, was convicted of Wire Fraud and Theft of Honest
Services, Mail Fraud, and Unlawful Monetary Transaction today in
U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington. Garner was convicted of
public corruption charges involving a scheme to misappropriate
expensive federal property such as boats, planes, vehicles and
Florida Gubernatorial candidates Alex Sink (D) and Bill McCollum
(R) have both used state planes for travel between Tallahassee,
which for you non-Floridians is in the northern panhandle, and
their central Florida homes, according to a report in the Miami
Herald. Sink is the state's Chief Financial Officer, and McCollum
is the State Attorney General.
'When I came into office -- before I even stepped foot
on a state plane -- I asked the aircraft service what the rules
were and the guidelines for family members' travel and I have
followed those guidelines,'
Source: Florida CFO Alex Sink defending
her use of State-owned aircraft
Minimum Obstruction Clearance
This one's pretty important to remember, It's the lowest
published altitude in effect between radio fixes on VOR airways,
off-airway routes, or route segments which meets obstacle clearance
requirements for the entire route segment and which assures
acceptable navigational signal coverage only within 25 statute (22
nautical) miles of a VOR.
Aero-Linx: The Klyde Morris
Lord help us... Klyde has a blog... The brain-child of Klyde
Morris Cartoonist and political provocateur, Wes Oleszewski... the
recently announced blog is irreverent, politically incorrect,
mostly aviation related, highly opinionated and either... (1)Really
interesting reading, or (2) Some really unreadable stuff. If you
don't mind the opinions, we think you'll find it entertaining.
Check it out and make up YOUR mind.