NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Russian Soyuz Commander Oleg
Kononenko and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers
of the Netherlands launched to the International Space Station
aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M craft at 0716 CST Wednesday from
Sets Limits For Flight Duty Period, Flight Time Limits, Fitness
The final rule overhauling commercial passenger airline pilot
scheduling has been posted to the Federal Register. U.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Acting Administrator
Michael Huerta said the new rules in the 314-page
document will ensure pilots have a longer opportunity for rest
before they enter the cockpit.
Forum Resulted In Several Initiatives For Improved
Following the FAA’s well-attended Diversion Management
Forum on November 30, the agency is moving forward with several
initiatives to improve communication between air traffic
controllers, airport operators and airlines during severe weather
Two Out of Five Air Passengers Wish for Other Form of
A new survey by the U.S. Travel Association shows frustrations
remain high this travel season, so high that two out of every five
air passengers would rather not fly. The U.S. Travel Association
says travelers should ask for two gifts from the airlines and TSA.
First, TSA should expand its PreCheck trusted traveler program to
allow more travelers an efficient and swifter screening process.
Second, to remedy the carry-on chaos that's clogging
Simulates System Interface To Allow Ground-Based Training
Learning how to operate a new piece of equipment can sometimes
be challenging. To help pilots get acquainted with its new GTN 750
interface, Garmin said Tuesday a trainer app for the device is
available for the iPad 2. This trainer, downloadable from the
iTunes Store, simulates the behavior of the GTN 750 system
interface and provides pilots with a safe, on-the-ground
environment to learn the basic operation of the system.
Capping a 14-year production run, the last Gulfstream G200
business jet – the 250th – has rolled off the
production line in Dallas. It will be replaced in the Gulfstream
fleet by the Gulfstream G280, which is scheduled to enter service
in the first part of 2012.
The East Hampton, New York town board has snubbed NIMBYs and
unanimously decided to seek an FAA grant to build a deer fence
around the airport's perimeter. The fence is expected to cost as
much as $800,000. Some residents are against it, not because the
fence isn't needed, but because they fear the grant will give the
FAA too much power to override local noise and safety concerns.
Pilots Allegedly Refused To Fly With Muslims On Board
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and United Firm
of Carolina Law (UFC Law) announced the filing of a lawsuit against
Delta Air Lines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines for removing two
Islamic religious leaders, or imams, from a flight to a conference
on Islamophobia in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this year. The suit
alleges that the pilot refused to fly with them on board.
Most Of Probe's 14 Ton Mass Is Fuel, Will Burn Up On
Russia's Fobos-Grunt probe was launched November 9, headed for
one of the moons of Mars. But the mission encountered
communications troubles early, and the spacecraft has been stuck in
Earth orbit. Now, Russia admits it will fall into the atmosphere in
early January, but stresses there is not a serious risk to anyone
on the ground.
Pilots Had To Become Fluent In English Before Flying The
Three Afghan air force lieutenants will soon be returning to
Afghanistan with silver wings after graduating from Specialized
Undergraduate Pilot Training Friday at Laughlin Air Force Base in
Texas. After competing against more than 350 Afghan pilot
candidates, these three are the first from their country to attend
and graduate SUPT at Laughlin.
A photographer working on a documentary focusing on Willamette
Falls in Oregon has lost a UAV he was using to shoot aerial photos
earlier this month, and some residents are taking s dim view of his
search for the aircraft.
Efficient, Silent, and Revolutionary... e-Genius Paves The Way For GA's Future
The e-Genius evolved from the Hydrogenius fuel-cell powered airplane project which won the Berblinger Prize 2006. The prize-winning concept was optimized by the University of Stuttgart’s aircraft design specialists under the leadership of Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann, head of the Institute of Airplane design at University Stuttgart. A long standing working relationship and exchange of experience between the solar flight pioneer Eric Raymond and Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann led to a variant of the aircraft's participation in the Green Flight Challenge 2011.
Efficient, Silent, and Revolutionary... e-Genius Paves The Way For
The e-Genius evolved from the Hydrogenius fuel-cell powered
airplane project which won the Berblinger Prize 2006. The
prize-winning concept was optimized by the University of
Stuttgart’s aircraft design specialists under the leadership
of Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann, head of the Institute of Airplane
design at University Stuttgart. A long standing working
relationship and exchange of experience between the solar flight
pioneer Eric Raymond and Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann led to a
variant of the aircraft's participation in the Green Flight
Meeting Is Open To The Public, Concerns And Comments May
Be Sent Via E-Mail
The NTSB has announced the preliminary agenda for a one-day
hearing 'Air Race and Air Show Safety Hearing' .The hearing, which
is open to all and free to attend (there is no registration), will
be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, and will begin at 0930
Marks One-Year Anniversary Of First Flight For First Conforming
Honda Aircraft Company announced on the one-year anniversary of
flight testing of its first FAA design-conforming HondaJet
aircraft, that its third conforming aircraft, referred to as
“F2,” joined flight test and has been conducting
extensive flight testing since its first flight on November 18,
2011. The company says this milestone marks important
progress toward the HondaJet’s certification.
Chides Speaker Boehner For Not Appointing Conferees On FAA
Senate Commerce Committee Chair John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV)
and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) agree on one thing ...
conference committees are at least sometimes a useful tool. But
apparently not always.
Industry Organization Says Changes Compromise Maintenance
The AEA has offered several comments in response to the FAA
proposal to amend the maintenance regulations by removing from the
preventive maintenance category the task of updating databases used
in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation
equipment. This change would allow pilots who operate certificated
aircraft to update the specified databases and eliminate the
requirement for certificated mechanics or repair stations to
perform the update.
Witnesses Saw Smoke And Flames Trailing From The Airplane's
The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a accident which
occurred December 9th involving a Cessna 421 departing from Joe
Foss Field Airport (KFSD), in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The report
indicates that witnesses on the ground saw smoke trailing from the
left engine of the airplane on takeoff, as well as flames on the
inboard portion of the engine. All four of the people on board the
airplane were fatally injured when it went down attempting to
return to the airport.
The Japan Ministry of Defense has announced its selection of the
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the Japan Air Self Defense
Force's (JASDF) next generation fighter aircraft, following the F-X
competitive bid process. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing
variant (CTOL) was offered by the United States government with
participation from Lockheed Martin.
"If the House leadership believes that conference
committees are now appropriate, I hope they will move toward a
conference on FAA as well, since the current extension expires next
month." Source: U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).
The term "taildragger" has been firmly rooted in the aviation
lexicon for decades and is affectionately used as a positive
nickname by pilots and non-pilots alike to describe airplanes with
a tailwheel. Here you'll find information about taildraggers, a
memberm forum, info for CFI's and much more.