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June 17, 2007

DoD Identifies Pilot Lost In Iraq F-16 Mishap

Second Loss In Six Months For 332nd Wing

A US Air Force F-16 went down Friday in Iraq, the Air Force reported, while supporting a ground forces operation. It is the first such loss of a fighter aircraft in more than six months.

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Not Again... DHS Says Small Planes, Recreational Boats Pose Terrorist Threat

Gov't Looking At Plan To Identify Operators, Passengers

In what may be perceived as the old "trial balloon" method of seeing how the winds blow, Department of Homeland Security personnel are crisscrossing the country, meeting with trade groups and elected officials to gauge reaction to proposed changes for the operators and passengers of and in millions of small planes and recreational boats, the New York Times reported Saturday.

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Cockpit Voice Recorder Found In Kenya Airways Crash

Recorder Being Taken To Canada For Analysis

Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni confirmed Friday the cockpit voice recorder of Flight 507 that crashed in Cameroon May 5 killing all 114 aboard was uncovered by a joint investigation team at the crash site in Douala.

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No Surprise: New York Airports First In Flight Delays

I "Heart" New York?

"So what else is new?" may be the response from jaded passengers who fly into, out of, or over any of New York's three major airports to the findings that the Big Apple leads the nation in terms of flight delays or cancellations.

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Eclipse Aviation Celebrates Opening Of Gainesville Service Center

GNV Facility Boasts 45,000 Square Feet Of Hangar Space

Aero-News was on hand Friday as Eclipse Aviation held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the the official opening of its Southeast Eclipse Service Center (ESC) at Florida's Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport (GNV).

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New Mexico To US Airways: No License, No Liquor Sales

State Refuses To Extend 90-Day Temporary License To Serve

 The State of New Mexico has drawn its line in the Albuquerque sand, refusing to extend a 90-day temporary liquor license to US Airways following several incidents of serving alcohol onboard to intoxicated individuals, reported the Associated Press.

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ISS Computers Back On Line

Russian Cosmonauts Bypass Power Switch

Russian space engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov revived the computers onboard the International Space Station Friday, bringing what must have been great sighs of relief to those onboard, and controllers at Johnson Space Center and in Russia.

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Even NASCAR Racers Need ID To Board Plane

Busch Series Point Leader Unable To Board Charter Flight Friday

Even with NASCAR racing considered the number one spectator sport in the country with an estimated 75 million fans (sorry football and baseball fans), NASCAR racers still need an ID to board a plane, as several teammates found out last week.

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India, Russia Revise Aviation Pact

June 14 Agreements Enhances Frequency, Continues Over-Fly

In an update to the 2006 aviation pact between India and Russia, last week's talks allow India unrestricted use of Russia's airspace for Indian flights to Europe, while Moscow will be permitted to increase the frequency of its flights to Indian cities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.17.07)

Aero-Linx!

DreamSpace is creating a line of successively larger spacecraft capable of providing personal spaceflights to an ever-increasing tourism base. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.17.07): Variable-Geometry Aircraft

Aero-Terms!

An aircraft whose wings can be moved in flight, to change the amount of sweep. When flying at high speed, the wings are swept back. For low speed flying, such as takeoff or landing, the wings are much straighter to maximize lift. Examples are the F-14 Tomcat, F-111 Aardvark, and B-1 Bomber.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.17.07)

"We know which pilots own which aircraft. The next step would be to know who is on the runway in that aircraft."

Source: Kip Hawley, assistant secretary of the Transportation Security Administration. This Orwellian quote comes as personnel with the Department of Homeland Security are crisscrossing the country, meeting with trade groups and elected officials to gauge reaction to proposed changes for the operators and passengers of and in millions of small planes and recreational boats.

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