Atlantis Coming Home, Endeavor Moving To Launch Pad
Space shuttle Endeavour's move from NASA Kennedy Space Center's
Launch Pad 39B to Launch Pad 39A was targeted, as of a few hours
ago, to begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, May 31. The 2-hour delay will allow
engineers and technicians to complete move preparations following
delays due to inclement weather at Kennedy.
Through all the discussion of climate change, alternative fuels
have shared a major portion of the spotlight. Whether ethanol,
which is powering some aircraft flying at air shows today, or more
exotic ideas for all segments of the aviation industry, the search
for an environmentally-friendly fuel has sparked a wave of research
that could one day lead to lower emissions for aircraft from LSA's
to jumbo jets.
For the 8th year in a row, Alaska Airlines has received a
Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the FAA. It
is also the sixth consecutive year Alaska received the award with
the distinction of Special Recognition, an honor given only when
all eligible employees participate in the Aviation Maintenance
Technician Awards (AMT) program.
The memo was delivered to Delta pilots late last
week. Delta pilots union chairman Lee Moak said eligible
pilots who elect to retire could receive up to nine month pay and
benefits as part of an early-exit program.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has formally dedicated its Composite
Technology Inc. (CTI) unit's new "purpose built" helicopter
blade repair and overhaul center at Dallas/Fort Worth International
Airport in Texas.
An airborne transmitter that responds to ground-based
interrogation signals to provide air traffic controllers with more
accurate and reliable position information than would be possible
with "passive" radar; may also provide air traffic control with an
Aero-Linx: B-1B Lancer USAF
Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons
in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone
of America's long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver
massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against
any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.
"I was in Kabul the other night [and was] briefed by the
brigadier general who I appointed to carry out an investigation of
this particular incident, and there is indeed video from a B-1
bomber that very clearly shows bombs hitting individuals who are
the Taliban who are reacting to the movements of the Afghan and
coalition forces on the ground."
Source: Army Gen. David H. Petraeus,
commenting after he recently watched a video recorded by an
aerial bomber involved in the May 4 firefight in Farah province
between a joint U.S.-Afghan force and Taliban insurgents.