Four People Aboard A Cessna 180B Floatplane Fatally
Two floatplanes operating in VFR conditions collided over a lake
in Alaska July 30th, resulting in the fatal injure to all four
people aboard one of the aircraft. The pilot of the larger Cessna
206 who survived the accident told NTSB investigators he simply did
not see the Cessna 180 until it was too late to avoid the
Florida Man Uninjured, Helicopter Substantially Damaged At
The FAA has issued a preliminary report on the forced landing of
a Helicycle experimental helicopter on Saturday, August 6, the
final day of the Popular Rotorcraft Association's (PRA) annual
convention and fly-in at the PRA Mentone Airport in Indiana.
Program Strengthens Aviation Security, Expedites Passenger
ALPA, the Air Line Pilots Association, International, and ATA,
the Air Transport Association of America, which represents major
airlines, began operating the first test site for the Known
Crewmember program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on
Tuesday. The new program positively verifies pilot identity and
employment status, allowing them to bypass screening lines for
Process Hangs A Turboprop Engine On A Caravan, Makes Other
An agreement has been signed between Winner Aviation and Aero
Twin of Anchorage, Alaska to designate Winner the first authorized
conversion center for Aero Twin’s modification STC that
converts Cessna 208 aircraft to Honeywell powered TPE-331 engines
at either 850 or 950 shaft horsepower.
Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced a $162.9 million
investment in product development as it reported a strong year of
trading and a return to profit. Despite the winter closure of
London Heathrow and the Ash Cloud crisis costing the business a
combined $65.2 million, strong growth in business traffic and solid
load factors across all cabins delivered a good recovery.
Meteorites Deliver Diverse Genetic Material To Earth
NASA-funded researchers have found more evidence meteorites can
carry DNA components created in space. Scientists have detected the
building blocks of DNA in meteorites since the 1960s, but were
unsure whether they were created in space or resulted from
contamination by terrestrial life. The latest research indicates
certain nucleobases -- the building blocks of our genetic material
-- reach the Earth on meteorites in greater diversity and quantity
than previously thought.
Sometimes, it's just good to know that perhaps you've done some
good. We received this e-mail earlier this week from a company who
had read David Juwel's piece about being in the business of
aviation, but not in the business of business.
CIT Aerospace has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for
the 50 A320neo family aircraft it had committed to at the 49th Le
Bourget airshow on June 21st. This deal brings the total number of
Airbus aircraft ordered by CIT since 1999 to 237, made up of 191
A320 Family aircraft (including the 50 A320neo aircraft), 41 A330s,
five A350 XWBs.
Human Factors Testing Complete; Function And Reliability
Testing Well Under Way
The first production Gulfstream G280 recently arrived at the
Gulfstream Mid-Cabin Completions Center of Excellence in Dallas,
where it is being outfitted and painted for delivery later this
year. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) experimental test pilots
flew the super midsized aircraft, Serial Number 2004, from IAI in
Tel Aviv, where the airframe is manufactured, to the Gulfstream
facility in Dallas, where Gulfstream mid-cabin aircraft undergo
final phase manufacturing.
Cessna said Wednesday it has completed the delivery of the 32nd
Model 208/208B Caravan aircraft to Força Aérea
Brasileira, the air branch of the Brazilian armed forces. This
delivery completes a contract for nine new Caravans.
Aviation Manager Tells CO Lawmakers Airport Is On Cutting
The deployment of the FAA's NextGen Air Traffic Control system
may be years down the road, even further if the alphabet groups and
airlines have their way. But the new system has a fan in Aviation
Manager Kim Day at Denver International Airport, where elements of
NextGen are being phased in.
Babbitt Takes Only A Few Questions... And Pretty Much Repeats The Party Line
The 'Meet The Boss' event at Oshkosh, where pilots of all types can actually face down the FAA Administrator and ask questions, has been a staple of this annual gathering. This year, though, was a bit of a non-starter in that the time for questions was cut short by EAA President Rod Hightower's own questions and when we finally got the chance to confront the Administrator, there were scant minutes left to question him and the few answers we received were very much like those we had heard in the past.
Pipistrel Flies The First 4-Seat Electric Aircraft In The
The Tarus G4 ... the first 4-seat electric aircraft in the world
... took off Thursday morning at 0700 local time from Wittman Field
in Oshkosh, WI. Pipistrel, the developer of the G4, said the flight
was the result of long and demanding work nearly of a nearly
30-member team of developers and constructors.
Unprecedented Sales Raise over $28,000 For EAA Young
ICON Aircraft announced that it received 143 deposits for its A5
amphibious Light Sport Aircraft during the weeklong 2011 EAA
AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The new orders take
ICON’s order book to position #694, and represent record
levels of interest for sport flying and the ICON A5
In a letter to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, a bipartisan group of
U.S. Representatives have suggested that the federal government
should intervene in an intended lawsuit against fixed base
operators (FBOs) and fuel distributors for supplying and using
leaded aviation gasoline (avgas) in the state of California.
DARPA’s second flight test of the Falcon Hypersonic
Technology Vehicle 2 launched aboard an Air Force Minotaur IV
rocket at 0745 PDT Thursday. DARPA updates indicated that the
launch appeared to go well, but monitoring stations lost contact
with the Falcon during the glide phase of the flight.
Coast Guard crews rescued two Marines after their F/A-18 Hornet
jet went down into the Pacific Ocean approximately 85 miles
southwest of San Diego, Aug. 10, 2011. Both Marines are reported to
be in stable condition.
Babbitt Takes Only A Few Questions... And Pretty Much Repeats The
The 'Meet The Boss' event at Oshkosh, where pilots of all types
can actually face down the FAA Administrator and ask questions, has
been a staple of this annual gathering. This year, though, was a
bit of a non-starter in that the time for questions was cut short
by EAA President Rod Hightower's own questions and when we finally
got the chance to confront the Administrator, there were scant
minutes left to question him while the few answers we received were
very much like those we had heard in the past.
The F-35 Joint Program Office authorized a return to ground
operations for the F-35 developmental test (DT) aircraft today.
This is the first step in returning the F-35 fleet to full flight
operations. A precautionary suspension of both ground and flight
operations for the program was issued Aug. 3.
A leading Indian business daily,
Business Standard, is reporting Air India has been told by Boeing
the delivery of its first Dreamliner has been pushed back another
two months, from this October to December. This time, Boeing is
said to be blaming not labor unrest or supply chain issues, but the
"The Prop 65 lawsuit will disrupt ongoing efforts by the
FAA and EPA, who are working with industry groups to identify an
alternative to leaded fuel that can be safely and reliably used by
piston-powered airplanes.” Source: Letter sent by
some members of the U.S. Congress to the DOT, FAA, and EPA.
An alteration not listed in the aircraft, aircraft engine, or
propeller specifications that might appreciably affect weight,
balance, structural strength, performance, powerplant operation,
flight characteristics, or is not done according to accepted
practices or cannot be done by elementary operations.
Faster, higher, further ... with emphasis on the "faster." As
DARPA tests another Mach 20 aircraft, we looked at some of the
history and mechanics of hypersonic flight. This explanation is
from the Centennial of Flight website.