The long awaited successor to the race-winning nemesis is well
into the beginnings of its flight test program. The first flight
was accomplished on July 10 at the tender hour of 0700 at MHV. Jon
Sharp's first reports says that, "It flies wonderful... better than
the original Nemesis! And I loved how that one flew!"
On Monday,air traffic controllers from all three major New York
airports, the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) --
the nation's second-busiest -- and New York Air Route Traffic
Control Center -- the nation's fourth-busiest - - will meet with
reporters to talk about both the serious controller shortages
facing their facilities and the potential travel and safety
concerns associated with having too few eyes handling planes.
When Tom Ridge was asked Wednesday if the government's
controversial air passenger screening system, CAPPS II, was dead,
he made a gesture as if he were pounding a stake through its heart.
"Yes," the Homeland Security Secretary replied, effectively sealing
the fate of the program.
Aura, a mission dedicated to the health of Earth's atmosphere,
successfully launched today at 0301:59 Pacific Time from the
Western Range of Vandenberg Air Force Base (CA) aboard a Boeing
Delta II rocket. Spacecraft separation occurred at 4:06 a.m.
Pacific Time, inserting Aura into a 705-kilometer (438-mile)
Fresh from her induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame
in Dayton (OH), world-renowned aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff will
perform at the Farnborough International Air Show in Raytheon
Aircraft’s T-6 primary trainer.
Fifty years ago Thursday, Boeing pilots Tex Johnston and Richard
L. Loesch helped propel commercial aviation into the jet age by
completing the first flight of the Boeing 367-80, the precursor for
all jet-powered commercial airplanes developed since.
Boeing is offering airlines more range on its longer-range 777
passenger airplanes, and enhanced performance overall, thanks to
engine efficiency improvements and design changes that reduce wind
drag and the airplane's weight.
"We're not lepers."
Source: Ron Taylor, president of PATCO, who
promises to file injunctions asking a court to prohibit the FAA
from hiring any controllers until the agency has offered each of
the 3,500 fired controllers a chance to come back.