FAA Approves Production Of The 787, EASA Simultaneously Grants
The folks at Boeing are beaming, and perhaps heaving a huge sigh
of relief. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Friday that
the agency has approved production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at
an event at Boeing’s facility in Everett, Washington.
John Cornyn Tells Presumptive SecDef To Do A Better Job
Defending The Program
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn has sent a letter to the
person who will likely be confirmed as the next Secretary of
Defence expressing "concern" that the department is not strongly
enough behind what's been called the most expensive weapons
program in history.
Germany And Other EU Members Consider Strategic Needs
Much attention has been focused of late on changes in NASA's
approach to space exploration, but the European Union has been
working on a revised approach to its member-nations' space efforts
since 2007. That work has now produced a paper on European Space
Policy that highlights the necessity of cross-institutional and
departmental cooperation, focused on national security and defense
policy of sovereign countries.
Company Says Finding His Replacement Will Be "Challenging"
Bombardier said Wednesday that Gary Scott, its
commercial-aviation division president, will retire Oct. 1, a
decision made for personal reasons unrelated to the highly
anticipated CSeries mainline aircraft. Guy Hachey, president and
chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace, will serve as
interim head until a replacement is named, the Montreal-based
transportation giant said in a statement.
Boeing announced Thursday that Brewster H. Shaw, vice president
and general manager of the Space Exploration division, effective
Aug. 26. Shaw has contributed to aeronautics and astronautics with
significant accomplishments as a combat pilot, flight instructor,
test pilot, shuttle pilot and commander, as well as in senior
leadership roles in the Space Shuttle and International Space
Station (ISS) programs with NASA and Boeing.
Pilot Reported "Engine Out" And Was Attempting An Emergency
The estate of Tina M. Stallings has filed a wrongful death suit
against the estate of a pilot and several aviation companies as a
result of an accident which occurred in October, 2009. Stallings
and her daughter Cami Copland, age 7, were the passengers on board
the PA-46 when it went down. All three were fatally
injured when the plane impacted the ground and caught fire.
NTSB Reports Both Pilots Operating In VFR Conditions When
Two NTSB preliminary reports issued this week chronicle two
similar accidents in which the airplanes struck suspended wires and
then impacted the ground. The accidents fatally injured two pilots
and one passenger. One was the first test flight of Jack Morrison's
experimental E-Racer aircraft after he had received paperwork for
the plane making it legal to fly.
In what may have been one on the industry's worst-kept secrets,
Boeing and Delta Air Lines announced an order for 100
Next-Generation 737-900ER (extended range) airplanes Wednesday. The
order, with a list-price value of more than $8.5 billion, is part
of Delta's fleet renewal effort to replace its less efficient
'Rise Above' Exhibit Seen At Oshkosh Comes To Cleveland
The Cleveland National Air Show will feature many amazing
American aircraft ranging from the modern era back to WWII war
birds. But a rare P-51C Mustang will stand out from the others for
two reasons: it has a bright red tail and it is a key part of an
educational initiative to help people, particularly young people,
understand and appreciate the history and legacy of the Tuskegee
Red Bull Air Race Pilot Flies At Tannkosh Burning
On Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, Matthias Dolderer, Red Bull Air
Race pilot and co-organizer of the "Tannkosh" airshow, presented a
full aerobatics display completely neutral in terms of CO2
emissions, his aircraft engine running on the new SwiftFuel 100SF
– a first in aviation history. This was also the European
debut of a single engine aircraft running on biofuel.
Fleet-Wide Upgrades To Cabins Includes Flat-Bed Seats, Onboard
United Continental Holdings says it plans to invest more than a
half-billion dollars in its onboard product. The company said
in a news release that these and other planned product changes come
in addition to the 25 new aircraft – including the Boeing 787
Dreamliner – that the airline will introduce to its fleet
Aspen Avionics Announces The Revolutionary Connected Panel Program
Uniform standards? Seamless integration? Interoperability? Increase the value of (and the ability to operate) our GA fleet? Ridiculous! GA has never been able to get its act together THAT much... so far... but maybe, just maybe, its time that changed -- at least, if Aspen Avionics and their partners have something to say about it.
Aspen Avionics Announces The Revolutionary Connected Panel
Uniform standards? Seamless integration? Interoperability?
Increase the value of (and the ability to operate) our GA fleet?
Ridiculous! GA has never been able to get its act together THAT
much... so far... but maybe, just maybe, its time that
changed -- at least, if Aspen Avionics and their partners have
something to say about it. It happened at Oshkosh... like most neat
things that involve aviation... Aspen Avionics announced a
(patent-pending) line of Connected Panel products that integrate
aviation application data from personal handheld devices with
certified avionics mounted in an aircraft&rs
Says Obama Administration Is Dragging Its Feet On Manned
Following the failure of the Russian Progress resupply mission
to reach orbit, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Ranking Member
of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee,
and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) renewed their call for a quick
decision and announcement of the design of the next U.S.
human-rated launch vehicle.
Organization Mobilizing Pilots To Respond In Wake Of The
Bahamas Habitat is mobilizing pilots to conduct relief flights
to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The
organization’s Disaster Relief Coordinators will be flying to
the Bahamas as soon as practical to assess damage and needs. Once
the needs are determined the group will direct its volunteer pilots
and planes to the greatest points of need.
Christopher Hart was sworn in today for his second two-year term
as NTSB vice chairman. He became a board member for the second time
on August 12, 2009, and six days later was designated as vice
chairman by President Obama. Vice Chairman Hart had previously
served as an NTSB board member from 1990 to 1993.
Witnesses In Another Airplane Said They Saw The Attempted
The pilot of a J3C Cub which went down in Lake Winnebago during
Oshkosh resulting in two fatal injuries was attempting a hammerhead
stall, according to another pilot who witnessed the maneuver. The
NTSB's investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Claims Machinists Used Intimidation, Deceptive Tracking
Practice To Influence Outcome
The Teamsters have filed objections to the recent
Continental-United fleet service elections with the National
Mediation Board, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
announced Wednesday. The objections come on the heels of a vote
count between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
over representation of the fleet service work group at the newly
merged United and Continental Airlines.
Doubled Profits And Suppressed Share Price Prompt
Officials at Qantas Airlines admit that their record-low share
price, despite news that full-year profits have just doubled to
$250 million (AUS), has made the airline a desirable takeover
target. But they insist that despite rumors to that effect, there
have been no such offers so far.
"We strongly encourage NASA to immediately announce this
week - not next month - the design for their next launch vehicle."
Source: Excerpt from a statement by U.S.
Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Richard Shelby following the loss
of a Russian Progress cargo vessel.
The website Thunderstreaks.com is dedicated to what its
administrators refer to as their “Golden Years of
Spotting”: the period between 1961 and 1979, when lots of
time, effort and money was spent to see as many military aircraft