Issue Caused The Grounding Of The F-22 Raptor Fleet
Air Force officials continue to conduct an Aircraft Oxygen
Generation study, with members of the Air Force Scientific Advisory
Board taking the leading role. Secretary of the Air Force Michael
Donley directed the quick look study in the wake of recent F-22
Raptor incidents. Officials seek to identify a common thread among
the incidents and will report their findings to senior Air Force
leaders to help prevent such incidents from occurring in the
British Airways has launched its biggest pilot recruitment drive
in more than 10 years. The airline plans to take on more than 800
new pilots by 2016, using three combined recruitment programs.
First, there is a new program to help people to train to become
airline pilots for the first time, called the 'Future Pilot
Program'. The airline is also actively recruiting qualified pilots
from other airlines, and has entered into a joint initiative with
the UK Armed Forces to provide military pilots with a planned
career path into commercial aviation.
Departing Cessna VP Praised For Reviving Wichita Aero Club
Many in the industry are reflecting on Friday's resignation of
Bob Stangerone from Cessna, where he served for six years as the
company's VP of Communications. Stangerone won high praise for
leading a revival of the Wichita Aero Club, which he served as a
founding member of the board since 2008.
Qantas, Japan Airlines, and Mitsubishi said Tuesday they plan to
launch a budget airline called Jetstar by the end of 2012. The new
carrier plans to offer short-haul international service to selected
Asian cities. The French news service AFP reports that the new
airline will be owned equally by the three entities, and will begin
service using three new A320 airliners.
FAA Approves STC For Engine Upgrade, Other Modifications
The FAA on Monday granted approval and supplemental type
certification of the Hawker 800XPR powered by the Honeywell
TFE731-50R engines, according to a news release from Hawker
Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS). The upgrade package
offers significant performance and capability improvements by
replacing the aircraft’s original engines with new technology
TFE731-50R powerplants and improved aerodynamics with Hawker
Lawsuit Filed Citing Potential For Bird Strikes If The Facility
A group calling its self "Friends of La Guardia Airport" has
filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to halt construction of a
garbage transfer facility being built 2,200 from the end of the
airport's runway 31.FAA regulations require that any such facility
be built at least 2,500 feet from the end of most runways, but
allows them within 1,700 feet of a runway has limited use in IFR
conditions. The FAA says runway 31 at KLGA falls into that
A citizens' group in Naples, FL, says the local government
should be able to control zoning on airport land that belongs to
the city and is leased by the Naples Airport Authority (NAA). The
FAA and NAA, however, feel differently.
Gulfstream said Monday that the 50th customer has enrolled in
the company’s cost-per-hour maintenance program known as
PlaneParts. The Brazilian customer will operate a Gulfstream G550
upon delivery in September.
Students Will Help Solve Space Exploration Challenges
NASA has launched a competition which will involve university
students in helping to solve space exploration challenges. The
RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage)
contest, sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace
(NIA), seeks engineering ideas that could potentially provide
solutions to issues faced by current NASA projects.
Crew Members Allegedly Got Too Friendly In The Cockpit
An alleged assignation between a Cathay Pacific employees widely
believed to be a pilot and flight attendant has apparently delayed
the release of an advertising campaign designed to depict airline
crews in casual settings. A previous phase of the campaign
reportedly made minor celebrities out of some of the more
attractive FA's, according to the South China Post.
Incident Delayed Blue Angels Performance While Runway Was
A pilot flying a Nanchang CJ-6 Chinese-made trainer at AirSho
Fargo in North Dakota Sunday apparently forgot the "undercarriage"
portion of his "GUMP" checklist, and landed the airplane gear up.
The accident reportedly delayed the start of the Blue Angels
exhibition by about 30 minutes as the runway was cleared.
Upgrades Laying The Ground Work For NextGen Air Traffic
CSC, Computer Sciences Corporation, announced this week it has
successfully implemented a series of upgrades to the FAA's Traffic
Flow Management System (TFMS) in the first half of 2011. The
upgrades include two separate software releases improving the
performance and functionality of TFMS, and a successful transition
of the TFMS equipment to a new command center.
Announces End Of Flight Test Program For Rolls-Royce-Powered
All flight tests required for type certification of the 787-8
Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines were completed this weekend,
according to Boeing. The all-new jetliner is bringing unprecedented
levels of fuel economy, maintenance cost improvements, and
environmental sensitivity to the marketplace through the use of new
technologies including composites, more-electric systems, advanced
aerodynamics and the latest advancements in propulsion.
The Gang That Can't Get Their Facts Straight, Also Can't Fly An
It may rank as one of the weirdest series of stories we've done
in quite the while (though the Cirrus/COPA mess is promising to
beat it by a fair amount... shameful details to come), but the
bizarre saga of the Ultimate Air Race Challenge appears to have
been based on little more than hot air... and quite a lot of people
either did, or should have, known it.
Garmin's Next-Gen Avionics System Picks Up Where
the GNS 430/530 Left Off
The industry has been waiting for years to see the follow-up to
one of the most successful avionics platforms in the history of
general aviation. Greatly anticipated, and buoyed by an aggressive
rumor mill, the Garmin folks spent a considerable period of time
with our Aero-TV teams to explain why the GTN 650 and 750 systems
represent Garmin's best bet for future cockpits.
Protests Being Held At Congressman's District Office
Florida Republican Congressman John Mica, who chairs the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says the union members
staging protests outside his district office over the long-term FAA
reauthorization bill are "being used as pawns" by Congressional
Democrats. The remarks came during an interview on Orlando Public
Radio station WMFE.
Carriers And Analysts Expect Slow Comeback For Business
With the end of the peak summer travel season just three weeks
away, US airlines are staring at volatile fuel costs and declining
consumer confidence, and are likely to make the decision to reduce
their capacity, or at least hold off on expansion of available
seats. Delta and Southwest have already announced plans to do so,
and Hunter Keay, an analyst at New York-based Wolfe Trahan &
Co., tells Bloomberg others will follow the trend toward
With equity markets whipsawing, sovereign debt issues and
overall economic uncertainty, some in the general aviation sector
wonder if it’s a precursor to another 2008-like industry
free-fall. Industry analyst Brian Foley doesn't think so. “I
wasn’t shy in publicly proclaiming the sky was falling back
then," he said, "and I’m now categorically insisting that
same scenario just isn’t plausible today.”
Economic Factors Convince CAAC To Loosen Airspace
More airspace is opening for GA flights in China, according to
the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and
non-government sources in the country. “The initial airspace
reforms in the flight control areas of Changchun and Guangzhou were
completed at the end of 2010,” said Jane Zhang, President of
Silk Wings Aviation, a company whose services include consulting
firm for GA activity in China.
Australian Pilot Was Veteran Of 24 Flights For The Charity
Family and friends in Northwest Victoria, Australia are mourning
a 15-year-old girl lost in the crash of an Angel Flight mission,
and the 69-year-old pilot who died trying to serve her family's
needs. The girl's mother was the only survivor of the crash, and
remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
Says 'Stability Needed' To Protect Trust Fund, NextGen
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President
Greg Principato has joined the chorus urging the bipartisan
congressional leadership of both the Senate Commerce, Science &
Transportation Committee and the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee to pass a long-term extension of the
operating authority of the FAA when they return to Washington next
Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Air Strips At The Remote
A Federal Judge last week ruled in favor of both the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) and the Recreational Aviation Foundation
(RAF) in response to a 2009 lawsuit brought against the agency by
the Montana Wilderness Society and Western Watersheds Project.