FAA Spokesperson Can't Quite Grasp The Concept of Parody
Under the heading of "we can't make stuff up that's this crazy,"
ANN finds itself in the midst of a genuine 'WTF' moment (to use
colloquial Internet parlance). Shortly after noon this day
(Monday), ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell got a phone call from a
person claiming to be calling on behalf of the Administrator of the
FAA. The initial tone was serious and somewhat stern... and the
caller claimed to be Sasha Johnson, currently the FAA Assistant
Administrator for Communications.
We're Gonna Swim Across That River And Strangle Jules
Thirty years ago I was a young college student trying to work my
way through Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, and being a life-long
space-buff I had seen every US manned spaceflight launch on TV. As
such, I was determined to be down at "The Cape" to witness,
first-hand, the launch of the first Space Shuttle.
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ANN Special Feature: Pilot Training Reform -
04.11.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob
Industry Veteran To Lead The Company's Expanded Initiative
EADS North America announced Thursday that it has further
integrated and expanded the company's Space and related product
activities in the U.S., supporting government agencies, private
sector customers and academia.
Declared Emergency But Passed Up Smaller Airport For One With
Better MX Options
Second-guessing any pilot's decision making process is a tough
gig... but this is a case where a pilot may have not have been
quite cautious enough in selecting a location for an emergency
landing. According to the NTSB, the pilot of a Malbu Mirage was
being vectored to a small airport by ATC after declaring an
emergency due to power issues, but thereafter decided to divert to
a larger field with better facilities and the availability of a
mechanic. The subsequent landing at Greenwood Le-Fore Airport did
not go so well and the aircraft was significantly damaged though
both occupants were uninjured.
Planes To Be Permanently Assigned To Virgina Pending
Following a successful test run in March 2010 and approval by
Air Combat Command officials, the first of several T-38 Talons from
Holloman Air Force Base, NM, arrived at Langley AFB, VA, April
1 for the beginning of the 1st Operations Group's T-38 Adversary
Cathay Pacific Orders 15 Of The Wide-Body Airliners
Airbus’ A330-300 has surpassed the 500-order mark with
Cathay Pacific Airways’ firm order last month for 15
additional A330-300s. The new airplanes will join the
carrier’s existing A330 fleet for services across the
ATR's Presence In Russia And The CIS Countries Growing
The Russian carrier UTair and regional turboprop manufacturer
ATR announced the signature of a contract for the purchase of 20
ATR 72-500s. The announcement of the deal, valued at US $ 426
million, took place in Kiev on Thursday.
A Novel Attempt To Improve The Flight Training Experience
Many people have been putting some serious brain power to work in order to conceive of ideas that might help to improve, even revolutionize, the flight training experience. One of the resulting efforts is called Flyvie. Using video recording technology, in concert with specialized software and GPS positioning, Flyvie offers some intriguing possibilities to make the flight training experience more valuable... in retrospect.
Iridium-Based Flight Tracker Offers Added Safety And
It's a novel and intriguing program... Nearly real-time tracking
for your aircraft... available 24/7 to those who need to know where
you are... in good times and bad. Spidertracks sends your
location in real-time from the spider in your aircraft through the
Iridium satellite network, and displays the track of your flight on
the Aviator website. Should the worst happen and you have an
accident, Spidertracks will automatically send out SOS alerts to
the people you have allowed/selected.
A Novel Attempt To Improve The Flight Training Experience
Many people have been putting some serious brain power to work
in order to conceive of ideas that might help to improve, even
revolutionize, the flight training experience. One of the resulting
efforts is called Flyvie. Using video recording technology, in
concert with specialized software and GPS positioning, Flyvie
offers some intriguing possibilities to make the flight training
experience more valuable... in retrospect.
Aero-TV's "Three Hours of Non-Stop Aero-Geekery" at AEA 2011
Turned Out GREAT
The INTENSE programming involved in documenting 32 separate New
Product Introductions at each year's AEA Convention and Tradeshow
are one of the most trying times in our year... but also the most
fun. Working in concert, once again, with the talented staff of the
Aircraft electronics Association, ANN and Aero-TV documented over
30 rapid-fire new product presentation for live webcast and has now
broken each of them down into the shorter, separate segments so
that viewers with specific interest can get to the product that
most interests them... right away.
Helicopter Responds To Distress Message Written In The
A group of Navy pilots and air crewmen who were training at
Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii
responded to a call for help and rescued two women on Kauai's
Kalalau Beach in Na Pali Coast Park, April 7.
Columbia Helicopters Expands Facilities In Aurora, OR
Columbia Helicopters (CHI), which for 26-years has operated the
Model 234 aircraft (the civilian version of the CH47 Chinook), has
broken ground for the expansion of its T55 engine maintenance
capabilities to include a T55-714 engine test cell.
A marker beacon
used with an ILS (CAT II) precision approach located between the
middle marker and the end of the ILS runway, transmitting a
radiation pattern keyed at six dots per second and indicating to
the pilot, both aurally and visually, that he/she is at the
designated decision height (DH), normally 100 feet above the
touchdown zone elevation, on the ILS CAT II approach. It also marks
progress during a CAT III approach.
Aero-Linx: Evolution Cockpit
Most corporate blogs are a little lacking in terms of real info
and impact... but here's one that we have enjoyed a great deal.
This is the blog started by retired AOPA Boss, Phil Boyer, to chat
up his experience with the Aspen Evolution system retrofitted into
his Beech A36. With some interesting insights, it is recommended
reading for those looking to check into the Aspen glass panel
retrofit program from a guy with an extensive GA background.
"We are pleased to join Sikorsky's team to develop the
S-97 Raider prototype... Our demonstrated success in rapid
prototyping and our experience in transitioning prototype programs
into production were key factors in Sikorsky's decision to select
Aurora for this high priority development program."
Source: John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences'
President, on the announcment that AFS will build prototype
airframes for the Sikorsky S-97 Raider.