Autonomously-Controlled Lear Holds Position Around
Aero-News learned Monday that Boeing's Automated Aerial
Refueling (AAR) program successfully completed flight tests in
August that demonstrated for the first time an unmanned air
vehicle's ability to autonomously maintain a steady refueling
station behind a tanker aircraft.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker
announced Monday that he has named John Clark, formerly Director of
Aviation Safety, as the agency's Chief Scientist for Aeronautical
Engineering. Tom Haueter, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety (AS),
has been named Acting Director of the office.
A Russian Antonov-74 belonging to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary
Guard (IRGC) crashed during takeoff Monday from Mehrabad
International Airport in Tehran, killing at least 30 IRGC members
and six crewmembers.
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A USAF F-16, currently identified as an F-16CG, has gone down
over Iraq, as confirmed by onsite military officials. The aircraft
went down some 20 miles NW of Baghdad, in Anbar Province, and the
condition of the pilot is yet unknown.
Aero-News has learned scientists from AFRL’s Air Vehicles
Aerospace Vehicle Integration and Demonstration Branch, NASA Ames
Research Center, and Naval Research Laboratory met from September
18-20 to perform testing of a Mars Flyer model in AFRL’s
vertical wind tunnel.
As A Matter Of Fact, GA and BizAv Appear To Be Strongly
Over the last few days and weeks, a number of credible and
previously dependable sources have been sending ANN documents and
reports that seem to indicate that FAA's lessened insistence on the
User Fee debate (as some may have perceived) may be the calm before
the storm. If you think that the FAA has given up on wanting User
Fees, we seem to be seeing a LOT of recent evidence to the
Runway 31-C at Chicago's Midway Airport -- the same runway a
Southwest Airlines 737 overran during a snowstorm last December,
striking a car and killing a six-year-old boy -- is the first at
the airport to have a concrete arrestor bed installed at its
If the FAA is supposed to be run like a business, it still has a
long ways to go. That's the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association's take on the most recent audit of the agency's books
by the Department of Transportation's inspector general (IG).
Following the lead of programs such as Delta Connection
Academy, Western Michigan University's College of Aviation
signed a deal with ExpressJet Airlines this month that allows the
school's graduates to interview with the airline.
If you ever owned that icon of the 1960s, a Volkswagen
Microbus... you may find it hard to imagine a vehicle with the VW
logo on the front could tow, well, anything. Especially not
something as big as a 747.
Comes now the happy day when you decide it's been long enough,
and you will finally begin your training to become a pilot. In very
general terms, for you planning before that first discussion with a
flight instructor, what is required of you to learn to fly in the
"This audit report underscores that the user fee debate is
about more than policy. How in the world can they price their
'product' -- air traffic control services -- if they can't track
their assets or their costs?"
Source: Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association, commenting on the results of an
independent audit of the FAA's accounting practices. The audit was
commissioned by the Department of Transportation's Inspector
General -- and, AOPA says, shows the FAA can't properly account for
almost $5 billion in assets and property. Most of that is
attributed to the new Air Traffic Organization (ATO), which runs
the air traffic control system.