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June 26, 2011

Sikorsky Assembling CH-53K Helicopter Ground Test Vehicle

First Of Five Prototypes Used To Develop Next Marine Corps Heavy-Lift Helicopter

Sikorsky has begun assembly of the CH-53K Helicopter Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) at Sikorsky’s Florida Assembly and Flight Operations (FAFO) facility in West Palm Beach, marking progress toward the system validation test phase of the Heavy Lift Replacement Program.

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'Green' Taxiing System Under Development

Honeywell, Safran Create Joint Venture Targeting Fuel Consumption And Emissions During Ground Ops

A U.S. and a French company have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a joint venture company to deliver an innovative new electric green taxiing system for new and existing aircraft. 

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ATR Bests Its Previous Paris Air Show Record

88 Firm Orders And 42 Options For A Total Of 130 Aircraft

It's not just Airbus and Boeing getting orders at the Paris Air Show. ATR keeps says it has increased its order book at as well. With Wednesday's signature with the leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), ATR says it has 88 total firm orders, plus 42 options since the beginning of the year.

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F-35 Sensor Testing Conducted At Northern Edge 2011 Joint Exercise

Northrop Grumman Reports A Successful Demonstration Of Sensor Capabilities

Key sensor capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have reportedly been successfully demonstrated during the 2011 Northern Edge joint military exercise, defense contractor Northrop Grumman said in a statement Tuesday.

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Moon Dust Nearly Auctioned In St. Louis

Woman Reportedly Obtained Dust From Her Late Husband

A sample of lunar dust was nearly auctioned by Regency-Superior Auctions in St. Louis last week, but the sale was stopped by the federal government and the material was returned to NASA in Houston.

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FAA Grants Extended Part 145 Approval To Fokker Aircraft Services

Move Allows Maintenance On "N" Registered A320, B737 Aircraft

The FAA informed Fokker Aircraft Services on Wednesday that its Part 145 approval has been broadened to cover A320 family and 737 NG series.

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Family Says Government Improperly Seized Property

Accused Of Defrauding The Federal Government With Knockoff Helicopter Parts

Members of the Bettencourt family of Coos Bay, OR, have filed a series of lawsuits for the recovery of assets that were seized in an investigation of the alleged delivery of fraudulent helicopter parts. The family members have consistently claimed their innocence in the matter.

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NASA Mission Suggests Sun And Planets Constructed Differently

Genesis Mission Suggests Science May Need To Be Adjusted

Analysis of samples returned by NASA's Genesis mission indicates our sun and its inner planets may have formed differently than scientists previously thought. The data revealed slight differences in the types of oxygen and nitrogen present on the sun and planets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.26.11): Retrogression

Retrogression In meteorology, it is the movement of a weather system in a direction opposite to the direction of the basic flow in which it is embedded. Often used in reference to a long wave trough or other macroscale feature. For example, a long wave trough that may move slightly westward when the "normal" movement and flow is eastward.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.26.11)

Aero-Linx: FAA/Light Sport Aircraft The FAA's directory to a number of LSA resources... covering Certification, Designees, Registration, Standards, Safety and Related Information, under the supervision of the Light Sport Aviation Branch. The Branch manages and provides oversight of the sport pilot examiner and the light sport aircraft repairman-training programs. The branch also provides subject matter experts for FAA and the aviation industry concerning the sport pilot/light sport aircraft safety initiatives.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.26.11)

"The implication is that we did not form out of the same solar nebula materials that created the sun -- just how and why remains to be discovered..."  Source: Kevin McKeegan, a Genesis co-investigator from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the lead author of one of two Science papers published this week.

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