Implementation Deadline Of April 8th Has Been Scrapped
Confusion and uncertainty surrounds the implementation of
EASA-FCL (Flight Crew Licensing) across Europe, with different
countries establishing different timetables for compliance and
minimal coordination between national aviation authorities.
According to AOPA International, the original implementation
deadline of April 8th 2012 has been abandoned, and states are
planning to introduce EASA-FCL any time between July 2012 and April
Latest Additions Include Groups In Iowa, Vermont, And
IMC Club International, Inc., headquartered in Massachusetts, is
opening three new Chapters in the next two weeks. Pilots will
gather at Iowa Flight Training in Cedar Rapids on March 6th; North
Ramp Aviation in South Burlington, VT on March 8th and MotionAir
Aviation in Midlothian, TX; for the official inaugural meeting of
the new IMC Club Chapters.
One Of Canada's Top Engineering Schools Will Host The 2014
The 27th annual Space Studies Program (SSP) session presented by
the International Space University (ISU) will be hosted by the
École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and HEC
Montréal in 2014. The 2014 session will mark the third time
that the ISU has convened an SSP in Canada.
Terrafugia's Street Legal Airplane At New York International
The Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Terrafugia, makes
its auto show debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show
(NYIAS), April 6th through the 15th at the Jacob Javits Convention
Center in New York City. After years of testing and engineering
breakthroughs, Terrafugia has decided it is time to share their
unique product with the legions of fans attracted to the NYIAS.
Ceremony To Be Held March 6th At La Bateen Executive
Next week’s first Abu Dhabi Air Expo will play host to the
inauguration of the newly formed Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association in the United Arab Emirates. The launch of the new
division of the international association will take place during
the show March 6-8.
U.S., Israeli Companies Showcased New Technologies, Discussed
As the Governments of the United States and Israel shift their
policy vision to building robust commercial space industries, the
U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF) is
facilitating the cooperation between U.S. and Israeli industry that
will help make that vision a reality.
In a joint effort by Airmen from the Air Force Research
Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, and Airmen from
the Ohio Air National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing, the F-16 Fight
Falcon is currently undergoing a field service evaluation of
biofuel. As the largest consumer of energy in the Defense
Department and $8 billion spent on fuel in fiscal 2011, Air Force
officials are working toward making the fleet a little "greener" by
researching, testing and ultimately implementing the use of
Addressing The Growing Problem Of Laser Strikes Against
The Tampa PD Aviation Unit has procured new Laser Armor Light
Interference Filters (LIF) from Night Flight Concepts to protect
their NVGs from malicious laser strikes encountered by their pilots
and aircrew members. The aviation unit is one of the first law
enforcement agencies to take advantage of these new technology
Three Dreamliners, Four 767-300ERs Represents Single Largest
Order For Commercial Airplanes In Kazakhstan
Boeing and Air Astana have announced an order for four
767-300ERs and three 787-8s. The order is valued at $1.3 billion at
current list prices, making this the largest single order for
commercial airplanes in Kazakhstan's history.
Virgin Atlantic Hires Whispering Coach For Upper Class Dream
Virgin Atlantic wants to be sure that its passengers who have
paid a premium for first class seats get more than extra legroom
and "free" drinks. They have hired a "whispering coach" to train
flight attendants in its soon-to-be-launched "Upper Class Dream
Suite" service to be sure things are not to noisy in the cabin on
long over night flights.
Friend of 'Aviation Criminal' Webmaster Targeted AGAIN Via Complaints To FAA
The bizarre mythos being built around the actions of a convicted felon who inhabits the aviation sphere has grown again and the details, dare we repeat ourselves, remain truly bizarre. In late January of this year, ANN reported that an airman in California was turned into the FAA some weeks ago, via the FAA Hotline, anonymously. The anonymous tipster told the FAA that "Pilot X" (identified that way in order to allow him some protection from further harassment) had kidney stones -- a malady the FAA Medical folks can consider immediately disqualifying for flight privileges...
Also: Schumer Attacks, XCOR Soars, 300th Phenom, Aero-Innovation, ECi A.D., Aero-Gadgets... and Hoover To The Rescue!
The week was not nearly the downer that last week was (as the GAMA numbers showed how badly GA fared in 2011), and in fact, we discovered we still have friends! The week's big stories started with the announcement of the FAA's long awaited re-write of the regs covering minimum Airline pilot experience levels (and associated issues), and was made even more intriguing as the USAF broke months of silence and killed the LAS deal... as Hawker-Beech had hoped. And best of all, we have clear proof that GA has good friends in high places... and
Bolen Says Organization Will Continue To Advocate Against The
White House Proposal
The NBAA has gone on record supporting a move by 195 members of
the U.S. House of Representatives who sent a letter to President
Obama opposing the $100 per-flight user fee proposed in the
administration's fiscal 2013 budget.
Space Agency IG Reveals The Theft In Congressional Testimony
A laptop which contained command codes for the International Space Station was stolen last year, according to Congressional testimony from the NASA Inspector General. It was one of 48 pilfered from the agency between April 2009 and April 2011.
UAV Will Be Used In Aircraft Configuration Research
The Air Force Research Laboratory was recently awarded an
X-Plane designation for a vehicle that will be used to explore
active control of lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient aircraft
configurations. The X-56A is an innovative, modular, unmanned fight
research vehicle that will allow investigation of active flutter
suppression and gust load alleviation technology.
Embraer EMB-120 Landed Safely After Pitch Excursion
The crew of an Embarer EMB-120 on a cargo flight had a pretty
wild ride on February 16th. On approach to Iliamna, AK, the
airplane suddenly pitched down 20 degrees .... twice. Fortunately
the pilot was able to recover and land the airplane safely, but
what they found on a post-flight inspection will likely surprise
Race officials for the 2012 EAA AirVenture Cup race have
finalized the race course for this year’s cross-country race,
scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 22, 2012. This year’s
race will commence in Mitchell, SD (KMHE) and end in West Bend, WI
(KETB), with checkpoints in Sheldon, IA (KSHL) and Pocahontas, IA
(KPOH), totaling 450 miles.
The Winston-Salem Air Show returns to Smith Reynolds Airport
(KINT) on August 25 & 26, 2012. Organizers say that the show
offers a host of activities, vendors and demonstrations that will
delight the entire family, from kids to seniors.
Aero Linx: Air Navigation -- On
The old-timer sat in the pilot's lounge with his coffee,
listening to the student pilots discussing their navigation
assignment. Like dolphins bounding to the water's surface, keywords
occasionally reached his ears: "Waypoints," "VORs," "GPS,"
"Radials" "OBS," "Compass locators," "DME," "Victor-Airways."
A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on
the runway opposite to the traffic flow. The aircraft may be
instructed to back-taxi to the beginning of the runway or at some
point before reaching the runway end for the purpose of departure
or to exit the runway.
“(t)he March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station. Other lost or stolen notebooks contained Social Security numbers and sensitive data on NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs.”
Source: IG Paul K. Martin, as part of his written testimony presented to a House committee looking into NASA security (or lack thereof).