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February 14, 2004

Third CJ's The Charm

Cessna's eagerly anticipated first Citation CJ3 (to be manufactured on the production line) rolled out the door Friday at its Wichita, Kansas, production facility. Announced at the 2002 NBAA convention, the CJ3 has remained on schedule and is positioned for type certification in mid-2004.

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Rover's Signal Get A Boost

NASA says it's upped the data exchange rates with the Mars rovers Spirit, allowing for more information to pass between the exploratory robot and its controllers on Earth.

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Washington, Ottawa, Are You Seeing This?

WestJet Friday had something to say about the government of Alberta's decision to eliminate fuel taxes on international and trans-border flights departing from Alberta: Thank you.

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New Aviation and Aeronautics Museum Prepares for Takeoff

The Air Zoo in Kalamazoo (MI) will pay tribute to the history of flight in May with the opening of an interactive aviation museum. The new Air Zoo will feature more than 80 vintage aircraft, character actors in the roles of famous aviators, amusement rides, Smithsonian exhibitions and 4-D theaters, which combine 3-D filmmaking with other special effects.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.14.04)

"I am stumped. I have no idea how they got there." Source: Scientist Wendy Calvin of the University of Nevada in Reno, on a strange new geological formation found by the NASA rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars Friday. It's the stuff that scientists' dreams are made of.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER 2004-03-27 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) model helicopters that requires inspecting the bevel gear for a crack using a borescope. This amendment is prompted by a crack that was detected on a bevel gear during a main gearbox teardown inspection. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent failure of the bevel gear, loss of torque to the main rotor system, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

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TX TFR: 02/13-02/16

That Dwindling Texas Airspace NOTAM: 4/1082 Issued: 02/12/2004 19:35 Effective: 02/13/2004 22:20 - 02/16/2004 16:15 State: TX Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: ARMSTRONG, TEXAS, FEBRUARY 13-16, 2004 LOCAL.

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FL TFR: 02/15 (Daytona 500)

Guess Who's Coming To The Daytona 500? NOTAM: 4/1107 Issued: 02/13/2004 14:58 Effective:02/15/2004 17:10 - 02/15/2004 21:00 State: FL Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: VIP Description: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 LOCAL.

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