A DeHavilland DHC-3T carrying nine people
crashed near Dillingham, Alaska, killing former Alaska Senator
Theodore "Ted" Stevens and four other people on board and injuring
four others, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
reported today. Former National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) Administrator Sean O'Keefe was also on board
the aircraft but survived.
Former Sen. Stevens, Former NASA Admin O'Keefe Reported On
ANN is monitoring fast-changing reports of a downed DeHavilland
floatplane that went down late Sunday night in IFR conditions. On
board were a reported 9 people including retired Republican Senator
Ted Stevens and former NASA Boss Sean O'Keefe (now CEO of EADS
North America). Early media reports suggest that there are at least
5 fatalities but no IDs have been presented. The trip was being
made to transport the party to a fishing lodge.
It's been a tough road for the airlines... and after alienating
God and everybody in search of a few extra shekels, it seems that
its time (again) to turn on their own. ANN has been monitoring
reports concerning Turkish Airlines and their recent efforts to
lighten their load... by asking their cabin crews to do the
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on Mentone 2010 - 08.10.10 (ANN Special
Report, with Tim O'Connor, Vice President of the Popular Rotorcraft
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in
action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned
to his family for burial with full military honors.
Father and Daughter Brave Outback In 4 Week Adventure
Oshkosh AirVenture is full of amazing stories. I had the
pleasure of interviewing Monika Petrillo, the writer, producer and
star of 'Flyabout', an amazing cross between a documentary and a
diary as she discovers herself in the Australian Outback.
Yeah... We Sure Wish This Country Would Hear More Stories Like
With ever-increasing negativity surrounding all
things aviation, we sure are glad to have the Coast Guard to point
to whenever some anti-aviation NIMBY wants to ground us all... Some
of the USCG's finest flyers showed what their wings were made of
this weekend when three South Florida boaters who did not return
from their fishing trip, as expected Thursday, were located 85
miles east of Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday morning.
Air Partner Arranges Dispatch of an Airbus A300 Freighter
Let's add another thumbs-up for the value of aviation for those
in need... Last week, an International Air Freight
operation, Air Partner, put an A300 in the air, carrying
32 tons of emergency aid supplies, to flood-stricken Pakistan. The
charter flight departed within 48 hours of quote confirmation
taking off from Brindisi in Italy, to Islamabad, Pakistan, loaded
with generators, water purification units, water tanks, plastic
sheeting, latrines, jerry cans and high energy biscuits.
It was a site -- and sound to see/hear... Avimech Aircraft's Dragonfly, at first glance, looks like a bare bones single place helicopter. Then you look at the rotor blade tips and realize there is something different. The tips have small rocket nozzles on them! In fact this helicopter has no conventional engine! The tips are propelled by the rotor rocket nozzles, eliminating the need for a gearbox and conventional powerplant. The Dragonfly is lightweight at 220 lbs and can carry payloads of up to 800 lbs. Dragonfly's two fuel tanks are topped H2O2 (Hydrogen peroxide) an environmentally safe chemical that is commonly used to clean printing presses, and is available worldwide. The H2O2 reacts with a catalyst in the rotor nozzles, causing
Sometimes we get dragged kicking and screaming to the game... and some times we arrive rather early... and in the case of the iPad revolution, we can easily boast about being an early adopter... and an unrepentant fan of this 'game-changing' device. My reading habits have changed, my working habits have been modified and my personal and professional life have been aided by this amazing device... and I am assured that we ain't seen nothing yet... and if that future includes truly sublime efforts like ForeFlight's Mobile HD app, then we simply can't wait. We love this thing -- a lot.
Pioneering Turboprop Tries To Adjust To Tough Market
ANN has learned that 60 more people have been laid off, as of
Monday, in the third of a series of layoffs as the company tightens
its belts and works to ride out a tough economy and what has to be
a lackluster order book. Quest's Head of Human Resources confirmed
the layoffs but refused to go into much detail about the company's
state other than to confirm that there are 'still orders on the
books' and the company is doing nothing more than "what it has to
do to last through this all."
Sometimes we get dragged kicking and screaming to the game...
and some times we arrive rather early... and in the case of the
iPad revolution, we can easily boast about being an early
adopter... and an unrepentant fan of this 'game-changing'
It was a sight -- and sound to see/hear... Avimech Aircraft's
Dragonfly, at first glance, looks like a bare bones single place
helicopter. Then you look at the rotor blade tips and realize there
is something different. The tips have small rocket nozzles on them!
In fact this helicopter has no conventional engine! The tips are
propelled by the rotor rocket nozzles, eliminating the need for a
gearbox and conventional powerplant.
ARC Recommendation Is The First Step In The Rulemaking
SUMMARY: The Safety Management Systems Aviation
Rulemaking Committee (ARC) published its final report to the FAA
regarding suggestions for the implementation of SMS in the United
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS: Overall, the ARC believes the
FAA should issue regulations on SMS. However, it was noted that
several SMS concepts already are covered by existing regulations to
The US Space Agency Has Become A Political Football
We're not sure what to make of all of this... especially for
those of us who grew up with a belief in the fundamental abilities
of this country's space program... an agency peopled by folks who
(once upon a time) could do the seemingly impossible and
pushed our frontiers, literally, to other worlds... until
Washington stepped in and took over.
The Popular Rotorcraft Association's convention wrapped up with
an awards banquet Saturday night in Mentone, Indiana, and got a
noteworthy commitment from Dr. Bruce Charnov, a professor emeritus
from Hofstra University who has richly documented the history of
the autogyro dating back to the early development by Juan de la
Cierva in the 1920s.
Departed Runway, Struck A Moving Vehicle, Pilot OK
Things happen fast upon landing but a stuck throttle is one of
those "what the heck" moments that requires fast and immediate
reaction as the end of the runway approaches. 'Mixture/Mags/Master'
is a good place to start, but in this case, whatever measures that
might have been taken apparently occurred too late to keep the bird
on the runway and out of harm's way. DO check throttle response,
for a number of reasons, throughout an approach and landing
provided to aircraft by facilities equipped with direction finding
equipment. These headings, if followed, will lead the aircraft to a
predetermined point such as the DF station or an airport. DF
guidance is given to aircraft in distress or to other aircraft
which request the service. Practice DF guidance is provided when
Aero-Linx: International Radio
Controlled Helicopter Association
The International Radio Controlled Helicopter Association
(IRCHA) was established as an organization by the pilots, for the
pilots. IRCHA works to promote the continued growth of radio
controlled helicopters through education, representation, service,
and special events...
"The ARC recommendation is the first step in the
rulemaking process, and it is clear the FAA has a lot of work to do
before a proposal can be initiated."
Source: Part of the Aircraft Electronics
Association's comments in regards to the Safety Management Systems
Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) having published its final
report to the FAA regarding suggestions for the implementation of
SMS in the United States.