1114 EDT: SpaceShipOne has landed at the airport in Mojave (CA),
followed by its mothership, White Knight and two chase planes.
ANN Publisher Jim Campbell is aboard one of the chase planes and
will report shortly.
Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne is returning to Earth at this
hour after its 14th test flight -- an attempt at climbing to an
altitude of 62.5 miles. There's no official word from Burt Rutan's
Scaled Composites on whether the vessel actually achieved the
Painkillers, Anti-Depressants, Anti-Seizure Meds Found During
When Robert Monaco's Beechcraft B200 went down in Leominster
(MA) last year, he had traces of morphine, desipramine, imipramine
and carbamazepine in his system. The crash killed five people,
leaving just one survivor.
Scaled Composite's Burt Rutan expects thousands of people to
swarm into the Mojave Desert Monday for his company's test-run at
the Ansari X-Prize. If all goes according to plan, SpaceShipOne
should carry one person to a height of 100 kilometers -- 62 miles
-- in a suborbital rehearsal for the $10 million prize flight.
Five people, two of them skydivers from Australia, are missing
after a resort-owned Cessna 185 went down in Indonesia Sunday. SAR
crews think there's little chance that any on board the jump plane
Aircraft Will Be Built By High School Aeronautics Students
Over the next two years, students at Norwalk High School in
Corona (CA) will be earning credits toward graduation by helping
build a Stolp Starduster. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty is
contributing plans and all the materials needed to build a complete
airframe for the famous aerobatic biplane. The project is under the
direction of Tim Hanna, a CFII, who heads up Norwalk’s
Aeronautics Academy for high school students.
This year’s BE A PILOT TV advertising campaign for new
pilot prospects has already yielded 42% more response compared to
its first seven weeks in 2003. Including 8,191 from TV thus far, BE
A PILOT has generated 13,658 pilot prospects this year through June
13, up 18% over (adjusted) 2003 results -- not including the
Father’s Day promotion now in progress.
"Power has shifted to the staff."
Source: John Goglia, retiring NTSB board member,
who says the board lacks the technical expertise to effectively
rule on transporation accidents. Goglia, the first-ever aviation
mechanic appointed to the NTSB, was the longest-serving member of
the board. He'll be replaced by a 33-year old Democratic staffer
from the Senate Commerce Committee.
TeleType Co. expands its TeleType GPS WorldNavigator aviation
product for both VFR and IFR navigation. Victor Airways support is
a powerful innovation that greatly reduces the effort required to
enter complex flight routes. The Pocket PC based system allows a
pilot to enter a route giving the entry fix on a Victor Airway and
the exit fix for that airway. Multiple Victor Airways can be used
in one flight route. While the software has been updated to be used
in an IFR environment, many of the new features will also help VFR
pilots seeking an easy-to-use Pocket PC based GPS system.
AD NUMBER: 2004-12-08
MANUFACTURER: International Aero
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-12-08
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for IAE AG V2500-A1, V2522-A5,
V2524-A5, V2525-D5, V2527-A5, V2527E -A5, V2527M-A5, V2528-D5,
V2530-A5, and V2533-A5 turbofan engines. That AD currently requires
revisions to the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) and
Maintenance Scheduling Section (MSS) of the Instructions for
Continued Airworthiness (ICA), located in the Time Limits Manual
(Chapter 05-10-00) of the Engine Manuals, to include required
enhanced inspection of selected critical life-limited parts at each
piece-part exposure. This action would add critical life-limited
parts for en
ANN has learned that Burt Rutan has selected long-time friend
Mike Melvill, an accomplished test pilot who's been with Burt since
the days of the Vari-EZE, as SpaceShipOne's test pilot for its
first sub-orbital flight.