News has come in to ANN that Betty Skelton Erde, known as one of
the pioneer women in aviation, passed away in Florida Wednesday.
She was 86 years old. Erde, a resident of Winter Park,
Florida, was born in Pensacola, FL in 1926. According to Wikipedia,
she set 17 aviation and automobile records and was credited with
opening doors for women in aviation and the automotive world, as
well as astronautics and advertising.
A Sign Of Things To Come? FAA's AIR-200 Grounds A Mfr's Ability
To Produce E-LSAs and S-LSAs
ANN is monitoring reports and documentation received in the last
few hours that signals the possible beginning of a serious
crackdown on manufacturers of Light Sport Aircraft. Originating
with the FAA's AIR-200 office, this is the second time in a month
that the Feds, (and this office in particular) seem to be flexing
their muscles and letting the aviation business know who's
boss. In mid-August, AIR-200 was responsible for 'draconian'
processes that severely affected a number of heavier warbirds
(operating under Exhibition certificates) and now, we find out that
one of the first of a series of "LSA Super-Audits" has resulted in
the FAA's taking away the manufacturer's abili
The recent test of an unmanned spacecraft funded by Internet
billionaire Jeff Bezos ended with the the vehicle being destroyed
shortly after launch.U.S. Government and industry officials said
the sub-orbital vertical launch vehicle being tested by Blue Origin
LLC went out of control at about 45,000 feet and was destroyed as a
Preflight And Inflight Situational Awareness Tool To Join Join
The CP Club
Digital Sectional said Thursday it is committed to
interoperability with Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel.
Digital Sectional EFB, a preflight and inflight situational
awareness tool for the iPad and iPhone, will include full support
for interfacing with Connected Panel when it becomes available.
Close Vote, But Flight Crew Licensing Changes Pass
IAOPA is reporting in its newsletter that the European
Parliament has approved EASA-FCL (Flight Crew Licensing) 22-16
despite a last-minute attempt to have it sent back to EASA for
redrafting because of unresolved issues surrounding third-country
licences. IAOPA says the vote was something of a surprise, as
Parliament's Transport Committee chairman Brian Simpson and his
socialist group voted in EASA's favour.
Enables iPad To Tune Radios, Submit Flight Plans To Panel
Aspen Avionics and ForeFlight announced Wednesday that
ForeFlight Mobile 4.1 currently includes support for Aspen’s
Connected Panel technology, which is scheduled for release by the
end of the year. Users will be able to wirelessly tune radios and
submit and retrieve flight plans utilizing the Aspen Connected
Panel communication network.
President Obama And Youngest Daughter Motorcade To Camp
President Obama and his daughter Sasha started out on a fairly
routine 30 minute flight to Camp David Friday afternoon, but were
unexpectedly diverted to an undisclosed LZ near Frederick Maryland
because of "bad weather." White House press secretary Jay Carney
said the weather determination was made before the President and
his daughter boarded the aircraft in Washington.
Dollars Allocated To Improve Safety, Facilities At 18
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on Thursday announced a $4
million state investment that will upgrade facilities and improve
safety at 18 Pennsylvania airports. "Aviation provides nearly 5
percent of Pennsylvania's jobs," Governor Corbett said. "Investing
in these improvements and safety measures helps those thousands of
people do their jobs better, and will improve airport
Prestigious University Allegedly Shipped Devices With Lithium
Batteries Which Caught Fire
The FAA is proposing a $175,000 civil penalty against the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for alleged violations
of Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The FAA alleges that MIT offered a fiberboard box containing 33
electronic devices to FedEx for transportation by air from
Cambridge to Seattle on Aug. 25, 2009. Each electronic device
consisted of a lithium battery attached to a circuit board and
British Airways Provides East Africa Relief Flight
British Airways is thanking its customers and volunteers for
making it possible to deliver relief supplies to drought-stricken
East Africa, where over a half-million people are directly at risk
of starvation. BA flew a Boeing 747 freighter full of emergency
supplies and equipment to Ethiopia on Friday, August 12, carrying
aid from Oxfam and UNICEF. The two charities are among those
working in the region.
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"Being able to bring back part of the team allowed us to
resume flight operations and we are looking forward to finishing
the campaign with 002 and 003, while in parallel finalizing detail
design work and starting the production of conforming aircraft
004.” Source: Diamond Aircraft president Peter