Most Attributed To Severe Weather In Chicago On A Single Day
After several months of no serious tarmac delays, airlines reported 18 tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights and one tarmac delay of more than four hours on international flights in July, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released Monday.
Aircraft Went Down Last Monday In Lansing MI, One Fatally Injured
The NTSB has issued a preliminary report in an accident involving an Wiggins Air Boss gyroplane in which the only person on board was fatally injured. The pilot had recently finished building his aircraft, and was conducting flight tests when the accident occurred.
A Boeing business jet set a new world record for "Speed Over a Recognized Course" when it flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand for installation of its VIP interiors. The BBJ, a 737-700 modified for VIP use, made the 5,658 nm trip in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds.
Nothing Habitable Yet, But The Night Sky Would Be Spectacular
NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth.
Will Serve Citation Owners In Western Europe, Northern Africa
Cessna Aircraft Company is celebrating the grand opening of its new regional Citation Service Center in Valencia, Spain. The 100,400-square foot, state-of-the-art facility is located at Valencia Airport (ICAO: LEVC) in eastern Spain, convenient for Citation customers across Western Europe and North Africa.
Adam Eidinger was contacted by the FAA on September 14th regarding his “quadcopter” that he lost the week earlier in a Washington D.C neighborhood, just 1.5 miles north of the White House. Seems he had been making numerous flights with his flying camera mount through airspace that has been restricted from these types of flights.
Even with all the news about Curiosity ... NASA's new kid on the Martian bock ... making the headlines, the agency's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers.
Company Awarded $21 Million From Boeing For The Program
Rockwell Collins has been awarded a $21 million initial production contract from The Boeing Company to provide high resolution 6-by-8-inch color displays for the fleet of U.S. Air Force B-1 aircraft. The contract is part of the Air Force’s Integrated Battle Station Program.
Baltic Pizza Chain Sends A Pie To The Fringe Of Space
Well ... pizza can now be added to the list of things that have been sent to the upper fringes of the Earth's atmosphere. Cili, one of the oldest pizza chains in the Baltic, has sent a pizza to over 108,000 feet ... into the upper levels of the atmosphere ... using a special balloon.
Also: AvGas, NTSB, Dreamliner, EAA Members Speak Up, Innocent ParaGlider Stirs 9/11 Hysteria
ANN, with the help of Aviation Criminal's Kristy Graham, has uncovered what appears to be an enormous and ongoing scam offering aerial combat "Top Gun" type flight experiences to the public for highly discounted rates in the $300 to $400 price range. These offers are being promoted through a variety of "Daily Deals" marketing sites like Groupon, Living Social, Member Deals US, even Amazon and others. Three members of the Expedition 32 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth on Sunday, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four months. An emotional ceremony before a crowd of tens of thousands on Sunday paid tribute to a pilot a
Huerta's Inaugural 'Meet The Boss' Outing Leaves Much To Be Desired
Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first appearance at AirVenture in the top job Thursday, July 26th, but the crowd that gathered only filled about a third of Forum Pavilion 7. It was not an auspicious beginning, but as the session wore on, it became obvious that the no-shows were missing little.
Huerta's Inaugural 'Meet The Boss' Outing Leaves Much To Be Desired
Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first appearance at AirVenture in the top job Thursday, July 26th, but the crowd that gathered only filled about a third of Forum Pavilion 7. It was not an auspicious beginning, but as the session wore on, it became obvious that the no-shows were missing little. After a rambling speech that was long on boilerplate and short on detail, Huerta got around to the annual Q&A that has become one of the hallmark political events of any Oshkosh. During the question and answer session, which was not moderated by EAA as had been anticipa
Move Follows Pre-Delivery Engine Failure On A Boeing Dreamliner
The NTSB has issued two urgent safety recommendations to the FAA regarding two recent occurrences in which the fan midshaft on General Electric GEnx-1B engines fractured or exhibited crack indications; and a GEnx -2B incident that appears similar in nature.
We all remember the shock we felt last year when we learned that Jimmy Leeward's modified P-51 "Galloping Ghost" went down at the Reno air races last year, resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot and 10 spectators on the ground. The accident was remembered with a moment of silence Sunday, the final day of racing at Reno-Stead Airport for the 2012 edition of the Reno Air Races.
Pilot Tested Positive For Ethanol In His Blood And Urine
The NTSB indicates that the pilot of a Polaris Polar Star flying boat which went down on July 20, 2011 had been consuming alcohol prior to his flight. The accident resulted in the fatal injury to the pilot, identified as Lucas McDowell Smith, 40, and Cara Lee Donohue, 27, a passenger on board the aircraft.
Death Ruled Accidental, Heart Condition A Contributing Factor
The widow of the captain of United Flight 93 … which went down in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11 as passengers fought to regain control of the airplane … died in May of an accidental overdose of prescription medications complicated by a heart condition and alcohol use.
Overturns A Decision By Zoning Administrator That Allowed Flights To Continue
The helicopter tour operator that has generated so much controversy in Myrtle Beach, SC, may finally be grounded after a vote last week by the Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals. The board voted last Monday to overturn the decision by a county zoning administrator that allowed the flights to continue.
Pilot Was Attempting To Land At French Valley, CA, Airport
The pilot of a Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee apparently was unable to correct for a crosswind while landing at French Valley, CA, Airport (F70) on Friday afternoon. The pilot reportedly lost control of his airplane, struck an airplane that was taxiing for takeoff from the airport, and then slid across the tarmac, damaging seven others along the way.
"We are issuing this recommendation today because of the potential for multiple engine failures on a single aircraft and the urgent need for the FAA to act immediately." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman.
National Business Center Aviation Management Directorate
The Directorate's primary goals are "...to raise the safety standards, increase the efficiency, and promote the economical operation of aircraft activities in the Department of the Interior." and "...to be the preferred Center of Excellence..."