FAA And EASA Set To Clear The New Airliner For Service
The buzz around the Puget Sound region is that the FAA and EASA
will announce Friday that the Boeing Dreamliner is a
certified airplane, clearing the way for entry into service with
ANA later this year. The first airplane is expected to be delivered
to the Japanese customer in September.
Online Interface For Owners And Mechanics Focused On Specific
As part of an effort to increase safety in general aviation
aircraft, the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at
Wichita State University is making it possible for type clubs to
create their own service information sharing systems to catch and
correct service and maintenance issues before they begin to impact
VDI ShadowHawk Mini Helicopters To Be Tested For Homeland
Vanguard Defense Industries is promoting its ShadowHawk unmanned
aerial system as an aviation asset good not only for surveillance,
but also for carrying weapons. Now, ubergizmo.com reports the state
of Texas has been awarded a grant by the Department of Homeland
Security for a squadron of ShadowHawks.
Plane Was Used To Test Efficiency Improvements In Flight
Boeing says the Next-Generation 737 that served as a flying test
bed for a series of efficiency improvements has now been delivered
to United Airlines. Boeing began performance improvement testing in
November 2010 with the goal of reducing fuel consumption by up to
two percent. For customers, that would mean saving an average of
$120,000 per airplane, per year, based on current fuel prices.
Private Jet Charter Companies Check In At 296 And 420 On The
2011 Inc. 500/5000 List
It seems to be a good time to be in the Jet Charter business.
Inc. magazine has ranked two such companies on its list of the
nation's fastest-growing businesses. The list represents the most
comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy --
America's independent entrepreneurs.
Two Austrian Eurofighters conducted a QRA training interception
of Austrian Airlines new A380 on its flight through Austrian
airspace on Monday, August 22nd. After Vienna's Mayor Dr. Haupl
christened the new Lufthansa A380 "Wien" at the hub of Austrian
Airlines, the Eurofighters, scrambling from their base in
Zeltweg/Styria, intercepted and flew in formation with the
Administrator Charles Bolden Will Open The Session
NASA officials will meet with aeronautics industry, academia,
and government leaders August 25 to kick off a series of roundtable
discussions about future directions for aeronautics research and
technology. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will address the
participants. The roundtable is sponsored by NASA and organized by
the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences
and National Academy of Engineering.
UK Online Hosting Service Helped With Implementation Of
In the United States, if you're not getting up-to-date
information on an airline flight from the airlines, you can get it
from third-party services such as FlightAware. Sensing a big
opportunity for a similar service in Europe, FlightAware went
looking to provide it. But as a US-based company, FlightAware
needed a competent online hosting partner on the other side of the
Royal Air Force To Receive Helicopters Starting In 2013
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a $1.64 billion
contract to Boeing to provide 14 new CH-47 Chinook helicopters and
associated support for the first five years to the Royal Air Force
(RAF). The new-build CH-47 Mark (Mk)-6 Chinooks are part of the
MOD's Strategic Helicopter Vision to modernize its helicopter force
structure, and will expand the RAF fleet to 60 Chinooks.
Flight Demonstrates Functionality Of CONECT Interphone
A successful evaluation flight of the B-52 Combat Network
Communications Technology (CONECT) interphone system was recently
completed by Boeing. The six-hour flight from Edwards Air Force
Base, CA, evaluated the interphone system's readiness for formal
flight tests and accomplished formal flight tests of other CONECT
Some Black Hawk Helos Now Equipped With Electronic
In use in other Defense Department aircraft for years,
fly-by-wire has replaced the conventional manual flight controls in
some Black Hawk helicopters. The electronic interface technology
can automatically perform functions without input from the pilot,
such as systems that automatically stabilize the aircraft.
In the 2011 Corporate Aircraft Product Support Survey of
business aircraft operators, conducted annually by Professional
Pilot magazine, Pilatus reports it again earned the top ranking in
the turboprop division, for the tenth year in a row.
FAA Certification Allows Firm To Service Majority Of General
Castleberry Instruments and Avionics announced that its repair
station has earned FAA full Class 1, 2, and 3 Radio, Class 1, 2, 3,
and 4 Instrument and Limited Airframe ratings. These upgrades
enable Castleberry to add all avionics, all instruments, as well as
installations and certain aircraft certifications to its current
Hanging By The Single, Weak Thread That Is The Russian
At 9:00 EDT on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, 2011 the
Progress M-12M vehicle lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan on an unmanned supply mission to the International Space
Station (ISS). Boosted atop the Soyuz version of the basic R-7
rocket that has been flying from Baikonur since the late 1950s and
has lofted such spacecraft as Sputnik, Vostok and most recently the
manned Soyuz, the launch looked good- at least for the visible
There Are Good And Affordable Times to Be Had
Under A Free-Wheeling Rotor!!!
Everyone in aviation loves the concept of flight... even more so
when that concept doesn't mean having to mortgage your house. Some
of the most affordable flying, mind you, can be had if you care to
partake of the delights inherent in the latest generation of sport
gyroplanes... a breed of aircraft that evolved very nicely since
the esteemed Dr. Igor Bensen popularized the critters with the
original Bensen Gyrocopter. ANN is ALWAYS on the lookout for a
cool new flying machine... and few places paid off, in that regard,
as well as our visit to the annual PRA Fly-I
Groundbreaking Held For New Permanent Campus At Museum Of
Flight In Seattle
Aviation High School has launched its next era as they
celebrated their planned new, $43.5 million campus at The Museum of
Flight near Boeing Field in Seattle, WA. The groundbreaking
ceremony Tuesday included five planes piloted by Aviation
High School alumni, a student-built robot assisting with the first
shovel of dirt and a symbolic, student-designed rocket launch.
Consumer Protections Welcomed, But Some Are Being Delayed
Kate Hanni, founder and executive director of FlyersRights.org,
praised Tuesday's implementation of new Department of
Transportation airline passenger protections. International flights
will now be subject to the DOT's three-hour tarmac stranding law,
certain passenger compensations have increased, and airlines will
have to refund you the fee they charged for your checked bag if
they lose it.
United Continental Holdings announced Tuesday that it is
converting to paperless flight decks and deploying 11,000 iPads to
all United and Continental pilots. The electronic flight bags (EFB)
replace paper flight manuals, and as a first for major network
carriers, provide pilots with paperless aeronautical navigational
charts through an iPad app.
Cessna now has type certification for the Citation CJ4 from the
Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, and expects
to make first deliveries of the newest and largest member of the
popular CJ family of business jets in Brazil by year's end.
Multi-Faceted Entrepreneur Will Discuss The Future Of Human
Elon Musk, CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX),
will discuss the future of human spaceflight in advance of his
company's planned Nov. 30 flight to the International Space
Station, the first private mission to ISS for NASA, at a National
Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 29.
Tries To Draw Attention To His Case With An Aerial Display
An inmate facing deportation on charges he stole credit card
numbers is said to have hired a plane Tuesday to fly a banner of a
jail complex in New York City. The banner reportedly read "V.
Vassilenko jailed 5+ yrs - no trial - is this legal?"