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03.16.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News
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ANN Special Feature: Part I - Homebuilt Safety
& Skewed Data - 03.16.10 (ANN Special
Report, withEAA's Earl Lawrence)
Plans Include Fixed-Price Contract And Internal Analysis Of
The Defense Department will require a shift to a fixed-price
contract in its negotiations with Lockheed Martin for the initial
production phase of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, a
defense official said Friday in a briefing at the Pentagon.
A Medical Examiner in Tahlequah, Oklahoma has determined that
26-year-old Mark James Mahaney had taken methamphetamine and the
generic pain medication propoxyphene prior to a flight which went
down about a mile after takeoff from a private residence.
First Program To Work Directly With The Navy's Test Pilot
Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Monday that Helicopter
Support Incorporated (HSI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company,
has been chosen to provide a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS)
program for U.S. Navy Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) at
NAS Patuxent River in Maryland.
Winners Will Receive Cash Scholarships And The Chance To View A
NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is inviting teams
of undergraduate and graduate students throughout the country to
participate in the fourth annual Systems Engineering Paper
North American Jet Charters Operates 10 Eclipse 500 Jets
North American Jet Charter Group (NAJet) announced Monday that
it has received FAA Part 135 charter approval for operation of its
fleet of Eclipse 500 Very Light Jets in a single-pilot charter
configuration, the first company to do so.
Concorde Battery's Skip Koss is one of our favorite experts... and possesses a true treasure trove of aviation knowledge--especially when it comes to batteries and electrical systems. Over the course of many years, Skip has seen it all when it comes to the electrical power that keeps todays's aircraft in the sky.
NASA's Ikhana unmanned science and technology development aircraft is a Predator B unmanned aerial system. It was acquired by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to support Earth science missions and advanced aeronautical technology development. The aircraft, named Ikhana, acts as a testbed to develop capabilities and technologies to improve the utility of unmanned aerial systems. NASA obtained the aircraft from the manufacturer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, in November 2006. Ikhana is a Native American Choctaw word meaning intelligence, conscious or aware. The name is descriptive of the research goals NASA has established for the aircraft and its related systems.
Concorde Battery's Skip Koss is one of our favorite experts...
and possesses a true treasure trove of aviation
knowledge--especially when it comes to batteries and electrical
systems. Over the course of many years, Skip has seen it all when
it comes to the electrical power that keeps todays's aircraft in
NASA's Ikhana unmanned science and technology development
aircraft is a Predator B unmanned aerial system. It was acquired by
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to support Earth science
missions and advanced aeronautical technology development.
Group Discussed Ways To Bolster International Aviation
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Tokyo last week at the
invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,
Transport and Tourism to meet with top officials from the
Asia/Pacific region and the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) to discuss ways to bolster global aviation
Award Recognizes Significant Engineering Contributions
BRS Aerospace ... a manufacturer of aircraft emergency and
military parachute systems ... announced Saturday that Boris Popov,
its founder and Board Director, has been awarded the prestigious
Sperry Award for 2009.
Only Test Aircraft To Include Some Elements Of Passenger
Boeing has added the fourth 787 Dreamliner to its flight-test
fleet with the completion of the first flight of ZA003. The
airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, WA, at 1055 PDT Sunday,
and landed at 1401 at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Airline Has Re-evaluated The Number Of Pilots It Will Need
American Airlines told its pilots on Friday that it would not
need to impose mandatory furloughs in April as it had previously
thought. The airline cited a higher than expected attrition rate as
the reason 175 pilots would not be let go in two weeks.
Problem Arose During Preparations For Fuel Loading
Engineers met at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Monday
to discuss options following an issue that arose while venting
space shuttle Discovery's aft fuel propellant tanks in preparation
for fuel loading during the weekend.
"Personally, I think it will have catastrophic
consequences in our ability to explore space and the spin-offs we
get from space technology. They haven't thought through the
consequences." Source: Apollo 13
Commander Jim Lovell.
Asia-Pacific Joint Declaration
on Aviation Security
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano met last week with her
Asia/Pacific counterparts to discuss aviation security, and the
result of the meeting was a Joint Declaration issued by the
meeting's participants. You can find the complete text of the Joint
Declaration by clicking on today's Aero-Linx.