In the aftermath of the London bus and subway bombings, US
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff Thursday raised the
terror alert level to "orange" or "high" for rail and mass transit
systems. At this point, however, he has not changed security
restrictions for general aviation or the airlines.
ESA Considers Partnering With Russia On New Space Vehicle
While the world awaits the return to flight of the American
space shuttle Discovery, Europe is considering a new manned
spacecraft. The Kliper project which Russia proposes to build was
one of the hot subjects of the recent Le Bourget airshow.
More than 800 people -- service members and family -- gathered
Thursday for a memorial service at Hunter Army Air Field in
Savannah, GA, remembering the crew of an MH-47 Chinook that went
down in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. It was the deadliest
single attack on American forces since the fighting in that South
Asian country began in 2001.
It wasn't a well-attended bankruptcy court hearing Thursday. It
lasted only 30-minutes or so. But it may have been the most
important to date for US Airways in its effort to forge a new
airline with Phoenix-based America West.
The State Department has allegedly told Boeing that the company
may be fined up to $47 million for selling airliners to China
without an export license for a small computer chip. The sales took
place between 2000 and 2003.
It's been called the best freebie at Oshkosh gets bigger and
better, adding new features to its 2005-2006 edition. This year's
Pilot's Guide to Avionics adds a tear-out Avionics Troubleshooting
Guide, an in-depth Terrain and Traffic buyer's guide, a complete
product manufacturer list, and an updated avionics glossary.
Falcon 7X s/n 02 (registration F-WTDA) flew for the first time
Tuesday from Dassault's facility in Bordeaux-Merignac, France with
test pilots Philippe Deleume and Jean-Louis Dumas at the controls.
The flight took off at 1407 local time in ideal conditions and
lasted 2 hours 15 minutes.
NASA, Tennessee Students Demonstrate Catch Mechanism For Future
A team of university graduate students and faculty from
Tennessee, with the help of NASA engineers, have "launched" a
subscale spacecraft model and caught it in mid-air with a unique
rendezvous or "catch" mechanism.
NASA will hold a briefing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 0900
Friday, July 8th, on the restricted airspace over East Central
Florida for the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. Immediately
following the briefing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), there
will be a dedication ceremony for the new NASA Air Traffic Control
Tower at KSC.
Class III Electronic Flight Bag System for Boeing 777
Global ePoint, Inc. today announced Wednesday an enhanced
version of the AirWorks "Electronic Flight Bag" system. The system
was introduced at the 22nd Annual International Aircraft Cabin
Safety Symposium in Brussels, Belgium recently. AirWorks is a
division of Global ePoint.
Especially After London, GA Is Under The Microscope
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
In the WBT Radio newsroom Thursday morning, I saw it all unfold.
From initial reports that an electrical transient caused explosions
in the London subway to the bus bombing and the final certainty
that our cousins across the pond were under attack, I saw the whole
The US Army paved the way for continued modernization of the
world's most capable multi-role combat helicopter by signing the
first production engineering contract with Boeing for Block
III AH-64D Apache Longbows.
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"We'll look into this kind of stuff. We just want to let people
know that you can get caught for doing that kind of stuff."
Source: Logan City, UT, Police Lt. Rod Peterson to
the Herald-Journal newspaper, after a 21-year old non-pilot
commandeered a plane, flew low over a crowded parking lot and
bombed it with water balloons. At least twice. The unnamed young
man faces no police charges. Instead, he'll be investigated by the