Virtually Trouble-Free 11 Day Mission Completes On
Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven astronauts ended an
11-day journey with a 9:44 a.m. EST landing at NASA's Kennedy Space
Center in Florida. Atlantis flew 171 orbits around Earth and
traveled 4,490,138 miles since its Nov. 16 launch.
Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun (Part
See Part One Of This Program
Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know
a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented
in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was
a truly great human being, to boot.
Bombardier 'Adjusts' Its CRJ Aircraft Production Rate, 715 Jobs
It's, literally, a sign of the times.
Bombardier has confirmed that the current economic and airline
industry environments 'continue to make it difficult to gain new
aircraft orders, particularly for the CRJ aircraft family.'
Consequently, it will reduce its CRJ aircraft production
The Hilton Head Town Council last week backed away from a
proposed zoning change that would allow Beaufort County to clear
cut trees that are encroaching on a runway at Hilton Head Island
Airport. Both FAA and county officials say the trees may jeopardize
federal airport grants.
Braking, Steering Systems Tested On Airbus Airlifter
The Airbus Military A400M airlifter has moved under its own
power for the first time as the aircraft began its program of taxi
tests. Aircraft msn 01 completed further engine runs on November
23rd, and was then taxied on the maneuvering area at Airbus
Military's Seville, Spain plant.
Seven members of the 2009 class of NASA astronaut candidates
recently completed water survival, aviation physiology and aviation
indoctrination flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS)
Diesel Aviation Engines Now Available From 33 Distributors
Centurion announced Monday it has further strengthened its
worldwide network of dealers with three new distributors, including
one of Europe's leading Diamond airplane dealers. Centurion now has
a total of thirty-three distributors worldwide.
“There are not enough projected CRJ aircraft sales
to maintain the current production plans.”
Source: Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief
Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace, with and all too
believeable explanation for the latest round of layoffs... this
time due to slow sales for CRJs.
NBAA IFR Fuel
Fuel for go-around at destination airport + climb to 500 ft. and
hold for 5 minutes + fly to and land at alternate airport 200 NMi.
away + fuel to hold at 5000 ft. for 30 minutes.
Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough,
if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows
us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not
that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often
hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts
confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this
is done on the Internet.