Historic Spacecraft, Launch Plane In Only Public Showing
The cast and crew of the Mojave Aerospace Ventures
X-Prize-winning entry were center stage at AirVenture on Monday.
Pilot/astronaut Mike Melvill flew several overhead passes before
guiding the hybrid aircraft/spacecraft combination to a perfect
landing at about ten minutes past three PM.
By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey
Chances are, if you have been a regular at AirVenture through
the years, one of the things you most remember is something you
never saw. It's a voice, and the person behind it. The voice of Air
Show Announcer Bill Bordeleau.
The New Piper Aircraft, Inc., has announced that it will add
CMax Electronic Approach Chart display and Avidyne's Fully
Integrated MultiLink™ services - featuring XM WX satellite
weather capabilities, text messaging and flight tracking - as part
of its optional equipment package offered on all Piper entry level
and mid-range aircraft.
It looks like Airwolf. It's a kit helicopter. It uses a
certified Lycoming 160 or 180 horsepower engine and its mechanicals
are already flight-proven. It's built by a company that's been
building kit helicopters since 1978, nonstop. What is it?
Upturn In US-India Relations Seen As Opportunity
After signs that the chill is finally thawing in relations
between the US and India, one Boeing executive is on the
subcontinent, hoping to strike a joint production deal with the New
Even the day before the show opens, the airfield gets busy. How
busy? So busy that listening to the drumfire of ATC instructions is
almost alarming, even when you are sitting safely on the ground,
gripping a handheld radio. Here are some impressions from five
minutes of monitoring.
Peschges Variometer Introduces New VFR Glass Cockpit
Peschges Variometer GmbH, maker of general aviation avionics,
will introduce its new glass cockpit systems: VP-EFIS and VP-EMS.
Both are based on a ten inch transflective TFT display, which the
company says provides great readability in bright sunshine, beneath
dark clouds or at night.
It may have been a faulty indicator -- a fire warning light in
the cockpit of a JAL 747-300 en route from Manila to Tokyo's Narita
Airport that forced the aircraft back to the Philippines capital
for an emergency landing.
Two gleaming Citations sit on the ramp, waiting for tugs to
bring them to Cessna's display. Next in line, a Bonanza sits,
baking on the tarmac. Behind them, the extreme far end of general
aviation: an Extra 300LP. This is a popular arrival time at
Oshkosh, and for pilots and planes that can only mean two things:
hurry up, and wait.
Attempts to recover the wreckage of a Piper PA-28 from the
slopes of Mount Shasta in California have been called off because
of high winds at 11,000 feet, where the aircraft and pilot who died
in the accident now lie.
Superior Air Parts, the newest manufacturer of FAA Certified
piston engines for general aviation aircraft, says the Vantage
Engine-powered "High Country Explorer" from American Champion
Aircraft (ACA), has received its FAA approvals.
NASA's ER-2 high-altitude weather research plane and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) P3-Orion
research aircraft flew several missions July 14, 15 and 16 into the
turbulent tropical atmosphere over the eastern Pacific.
"No doubt there is some degree of finger crossing. But the other
side of the coin is that we have really performed a very thorough
troubleshooting analysis to a great degree, an excruciating degree
of detail with all the shuttle program experts and the contractors
that we can get."
Source: "No doubt there is some degree of finger
crossing. But the other side of the coin is that we have really
performed a very thorough troubleshooting analysis to a great
degree, an excruciating degree of detail with all the shuttle
program experts and the contractors that we can get."