NTSB Says Amount Of Ice On The Airplane May Never Be Known
The pilot of a Socata TMB700 which went down in the median of an
Interstate highway in New Jersey reported icing conditions prior to
the accident, but the NTSB says how much ice had accumulated on the
airplane may never be known.
Filing Say GPS Receivers "Not Entitled To Interference
LightSquared's latest tack in attempting to obtain a license to
build a 4G broadband data network which has been proven to
interfere with millions of deployed GPS receivers is to assert that
those receivers have no right to protection from interference.
NASA successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew
vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert Tuesday in
preparation for its orbital flight test in 2014. Orion will carry
astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency
abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a
safe re-entry and landing.
NASA has named physicist and former astronaut John Grunsfeld as
the new associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate
at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Grunsfeld will take the
reins of the office effective Jan. 4, 2012. He succeeds Ed Weiler,
who retired from NASA on Sept. 30.
Those skeptical of the potential for commercial space flight to
become a major industry certainly have their counterparts among
state and local governments. Colorado is the latest state to apply
to the FAA for status as a "spaceport state."
CASA Certifies Deployment Of Integrated Maneuvering And
Approach Surveillance System Along With Ground Monitoring
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia has granted
operational certification to Saab Sensis Corporation for deployment
of its Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) and Precision Runway
Monitoring (PRM) at Sydney Airport, Australia.
Bahamas Habitat says it has received the very generous gift of a
terrific Piper Aztec aircraft in excellent airworthy
condition,” announced Steve Merritt, Chief Pilot and
Treasurer of Bahamas Habitat. He went on to say, “This gift
of an aircraft by a supporter in Minnesota reflects the gratitude
that we all feel for the blessing of being involved in this
NASA Discovers First Earth-Size Planets Beyond Our Solar
System, But Not In Habitable Zone
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size
planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The
planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their
star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could
exist on a planet's surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets
ever confirmed around a star like our sun.
Japanese Government To Purchase 42 F135-Powered JSFs
The announcement by the Japanese government to purchase 42 F-35
Lightning II aircraft as the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s
(JASDF) next-generation fighter has Pratt & Whitney basking in
the glow of the Rising Sun. The company is the sole source for
engines for the JSF.
It's 737 MAX Vs A320neo In An All-Out Cage Grudge Match
We realize that neo Vs MAX sounds like it could be another
Matrix movie sequel, but in the aviation world it represents Boeing
and Airbus locked in a head-to-head competition for sales of their
re-engined narrowbody jetliners, with neither side seeming to claim
a clear advantage.
Tough duty... let's face it, having anything to do with either the F-15 or F-18 is a high point for any aviator... and the folks at Sandel are getting a chance to live part of the dream through the products that they have provided to NASA under a research program. And best of all, they're working with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB -- the agency's premier installation for atmospheric flight research and operations.
Tough duty... let's face it, having anything to do with either
the F-15 or F-18 is a high point for any aviator... and the folks
at Sandel are getting their chance to live part of the dream
through the products that they have provided to NASA under a
research program. And best of all, they're working with NASA's
Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB -- the agency's
premier installation for atmospheric flight research and
operations. Sandel tells ANN that their ST3400 Terrain Avoidance
Warning System (TAWS) was chosen by the NASA Dryden Flight Research
Center (DFRC), Edwards, CA, to equip F-18 and F-15 suppor
Hilton Goldstein Sees Broad Implications For Innovation In
I started Hilton Software several years ago sitting on my living
room floor typing with one hand and feeding my newborn with the
other. I have worked incredibly long hours to achieve success in
the aviation market. Our flagship product, WingX Pro7, has for
several months been the #1 Top Grossing Navigation iPad app on
Apple's App Store beating out the big guns such as Tom Tom and
Reaction has begun to come in from the release Wednesday of
pilot fatigue rules from the FAA. And while the rules are, in
the words of NTSB chair Deborah Hersman "not perfect," the reviews
are generally favorable.
Seeks Comments On Shift To RNAV And RNP Navigation, LPV
The FAA has posted a plan to shift away from VOR navigation to a
system using RNAV and RNP in the Federal Register, and is asking
for public comments. The proposed transition of the U.S. National
Airspace System (NAS) navigation infrastructure will enable
performance-based navigation (PBN) as part of NextGen.
U.S. Aviation Interests Continue To Strongly Oppose The
In a decision announced Wednesday, the European Court of Justice
(ECJ) said European authorities are authorized to obligate all
operators, including the airlines and general aviation, to comply
with the program, known as the European Union Emissions Trading
Scheme (EU-ETS). The court's ruling was made in response to a legal
challenge questioning the applicability of EU-ETS to owners and
operators of aircraft based in the U.S.
Agency Will Not Approve And Publish Repair Station Rule For
The U.S. aviation industry received notification Wednesday from
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the final rule for
aircraft repair station security will not be approved and published
until the fourth quarter of 2012.
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Bob Withington Also Built 1941 Wind Tunnel, Served As Boeing
In April, it will be time to commemorate the 60th anniversary of
the first flight of the US Air Force's B-52 bomber. More
remarkable, the venerable design is expected to remain in service
another 20 years. The last of the original Boeing design team,
whose proposal and balsa scale model won Air Force approval to
build the plane, has passed away at age 94.