The Diamond D-JET Takes Major Step Toward Finishing
Good grief, we hope this is a sign of better things to come, but
a missive from Diamond Aircraft, possibly the only remaining GA
manufacturer engaged in serious product development, tells us that
the D-Jet program is back in the air. Diamond says that their
single-engine jet development program resumed flight testing of
their D-JET prototypes, following their temporary grounding after a
funding shortfall and significant employee furloughs in March,
As the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches, the
world's largest Flight Attendant union, the Association of Flight
Attendants-CWA (AFA), reminds the public that the story of 9/11
cannot be told without recognizing the Flight Attendant heroes and
the role they played as first responders. At the same time, AFA is
focused on providing members with support, resources and a forum
for remembering their flying partners who perished in the line of
duty and for relating their own experiences
If you're looking for a deal on a well-maintained Boeing 717,
you may be in luck. More than half the 717s in the world are
looking for new homes. Southwest Airlines, which is known for its
all-737 fleet, inherited more than 80 of the smaller 717's in its
acquisition of AirTran, and now says they'll be phased out.
Neighbors Near Field Report Homes 'Buzzed,' Symptoms
The FAA and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are both
investigating a crop-dusting flight which may have contaminated a
residential area with the agricultural fungicide Inspire XT. The
spray is specified by its manufacturer, Syngenta Crop Protection,
for use in controlling the damaging sugar beet diseases Cercospora
leaf spot and powdery mildew.
Cargo Flights From Christchurch, New Zealand Are Underway
In the Southern Hemisphere, spring officially begins September
23. That includes Antarctica, and for members of the US Air Force
assigned to Operation Deep Freeze, late winter flights, known as
WINFLY, for Operation Deep Freeze 2011-2012 began August 20. Deep
Freeze is a joint service, interagency activity that supports the
National Science Foundation (NSF), which manages the US Antarctic
Searchers Were Looking For The Lost "Progress" Spacecraft
Russian crews hoping to locate the wreckage of the "Progress 44"
spacecraft which failed to achieve orbit last moth have come across
an accident of a different kind. They have located the wreckage of
an Mi-2 helicopter which went down 25 years ago on a firefighting
Building on its leadership in general aviation oxygen systems,
Alice Baty and Linda Joppien of Mountain High’s aviation
oxygen technology for general aviation and rotorcraft have built
number 3000 (3000) of the two-person MH EDS O2D2 Pulse-Demand FADOC
(Full Authority Digital Oxygen Control) Oxygen Delivery Unit.
A memorandum of understanding for the purchase of 20 AW139
helicopters to be assembled in Russia has been signed by Russian
Helicopters and AgustaWestland. The two entities also recently
announced the establishment of HeliVert, a joint venture
company which will assemble and deliver to UTair a batch of AW139
helicopters from its Tomilino plant in the Moscow region.
Ninth Fixed-Wing Aircraft To Be Utilized By The Company
Geospatial solution firm AeroMetric has taken delivery of a
Piper Navajo Chieftain as part of its continued technology renewal
and expansion strategy to support projects nationwide. This
airplane joins AeroMetric’s existing fleet of eight
fixed-wing aircraft that can be fitted with any of their three
digital mapping cameras, two airborne LiDAR sensors and six film
Early Tuesday Sortie Also Takes Out Command And Control
RAF aircraft put several military targets out of the reach of
pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya Tuesday, including Scud missile
launchers and a military command and control site. In an early
morning sortie on August 30th, RAF Tornado and Typhoon aircraft
used Paveway bombs to destroy a military command and control site
which NATO surveillance had successfully identified near Bani
"Turndown Service" Includes Such Items As Quilts, Slippers, And
If you've been pining away for the "golden age" of air travel,
American Airlines has introduced a new "Turndown Service" for first
class passengers on some of its international routes.The airline
says the product additions are designed with the customer's comfort
and convenience in mind and will roll out on select international
flights in First and Business Class cabins beginning Sept. 1.
Attorney Says He Was "Relieved of Duty for Refusing to Endanger
Lives in Severe Weather"
An Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilot has filed a lawsuit against
codeshare partner Continental Express claiming retaliation against
him and ruin of his professional reputation. The suit claims the
pilot was targeted because he took precautionary action during
severe weather conditions, costing the company money. In the filing
the pilot alleges the airline used his pursuit of treatment for
depression during a divorce years before as reasoning for grounding
The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????
It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems... our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of the need for understanding from the outside world.
A Few Things To Ponder As We Put Together The ATC 2012
The formulation of the
Aviation Transformation Conference is proving
to be the most formidable undertaking I’ve ever
encountered... and it is requiring an extraordinary amount of time
-- most that in consult with persons from all walks of the
aviation life to put together a cohesive picture of what needs to
change if aviation is to survive. I am learning a LOT from these
conversations and consultations. I have found, though, that I learn
more from the inevitable questions... on both sides of the coin...
than I do from any other aspect of these conversations and in order
to prime the
The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The
Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????
It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to
many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems...
our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of
the need for understanding from the outside world. Leaders from
seven aviation industry organizations sat together at the EAA
Welcome Center on midway through Oshkosh 2011 to discuss critical
concerns on the Federal and State legislative fronts that were
consistently referred to as some of the greatest threats the
aviation industry has ever faced.
Ten-Hour Training Rule For Complex Airplanes Remains
In an NPRM published on August 31, 2009, the FAA put out for
public comment 16 proposed changes to the FAA's existing pilot,
flight instructor, and pilot school certification regulations. The
final rule, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, amends
the FAA's regulations concerning pilot, flight instructor, and
pilot school certification.
President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Congress to pass a
bill extending the FAAs spending authority prior to the
agency’s current authority expires on Sept. 16. The FAA was
partially shut down for two weeks earlier this summer because
lawmakers did not agree to another short-term funding extension
until Aug. 5.
Indicates Jensen Recovered From An Inverted Spin Before
Impacting The Ground
The NTSB has released its preliminary report in the accident at
a Kansas City, MO airshow which fatally injured pilot Bryan Jensen.
The preliminary investigation is centering around a video of the
accident captured as he performed at the airshow at Charles B.
Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC).
Order Book Is Open For Aspen’s Newest Product
The TSO approval of Aspen Avionics' Evolution Synthetic Vision
(ESV) for Evolution Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and
Multi-function Flight Displays (MFDs) has been awarded by the FAA.
Evolution Synthetic Vision is enabled by Software Version 2.4.x,
which will be available upon Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
approval. FAA STC approval of ESV is imminent and shipment
availability is expected to be mid-September 2011.
State's Chief Executive Promoting His Plan To Boost Missouri
Job creation is closely tied to export growth, Missouri Governor
Jay Nixon said Wednesday during a visit to kit plane manufacturer
Zenith Aircraft Company, which has more than 30 percent of its
sales in exports, and Zenith is one example of how Missouri's
exports continue to grow, the Governor said.
Senator Boxer, Mayor Villaraigosa Note Impact On LAX
With so many politicians criticizing the partial shutdown of the
FAA in July, it's a wonder they can't all take a long-term FAA
authorization bill seriously. The FAA's latest short-term lease on
life will expire in less than three weeks, and California Democrats
Senator Barbara Boxer and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Tuesday joined the call to avoid another interruption in FAA
funding and the projects and jobs it supports.