Team Performing at the Thunder Over The Blueridge Open House
And Airshow In Martinsburg, WV
ANN RealTime Update, 09.17.11, 1821ET:
While no official word has been released as to the identity of a
pilot killed at the Thunder Over the Blueridge Open House And
Airshow, the aircraft involved is registered to Jack "Flash" Mangan
-- an alternate wing team member of the Trojan Horsemen. Mangan has
an impressive bio, he is a graduate of the United States Air Force
Academy and spent 13 years on active duty, flying more than 2,500
hours in F15s and F4s. He was awarded three Meritorious Service
Medals and the Tactical Air Command's Instructor Pilot of the Year
award and is reported to have logged more than 4,000 flight hours
and holds Airline Transport Pilot and s
Horrific Accident Puts Mustang Down In Occupied Ramp Area
ANN RealTime Update, 09.17.11, 1802ET: I
haven't hated my job this much for a little over two years... but
Reno officials have confirmed that the total death toll now stands
at nine people, including race Pilot Jimmy Leeward. Seven were
reported dead at the scene (with Leeward), and two more apparently
died after being transported for emergency medical attention. The
scene at Reno is quiet, with our people there telling us that
things are sad, quiet and orderly, and with access to the facility
still being severely limited... and with some GA departures only
recently being allowed as the NTSB and other authorities scour the
area for every bit of evidence possible.
Reno Air racing organization off
Blakey: Plan Is A "Ray Of Hope For A Better Future"
Aerospace Industries Association president Marion Blakey issued
a statement Thursday welcoming NASA's announcement of its Space
Launch System development plan, which it is hoped will provide the
foundation for a return to human-rated launch capabilities
following the retirement of the space shuttle.
AliphaJet Says New Technology Uses Catalysts Instead Of
AliphaJet, Inc. says it has developed and successfully
demonstrated a highly cost-effective catalytic method for making
jet biofuel from renewable products such as plant and animal
triglycerides and/or fatty acids.
New FAA Crew Rest Rules Tied Up In Administrative Review
One of the outcomes of the 2009 crash of Colgan Air 3407 near
Buffalo was tighter regulations covering crew rest for airlines.
Congress ordered the FAA to make the update, and the FAA complied.
But the new rules are mired in review at the Office of Management
To Celebrate, First Test Airplane Re-Created Its First
On Sept. 15, Boeing celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first
flight of the C-17 airlifter. On that date in, 1991, test aircraft
T-1 took off from the Boeing Long Beach site on a two-hour flight
that proved the engineering and design concepts of the aircraft and
marked the beginning of the program.
US News & World Report Rankings Make It 12 In A Row
For the 12th year in a row, the “Best Colleges”
guidebook published by US News & World Report ranks
Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program #1
in the nation and has named Embry-Riddle to the top tier of
universities granting mainly bachelor’s and master’s
Agency Selects Contractors For Solar Propulsion Spacecraft
NASA has selected five long-time aerospace contractors to
develop concepts for demonstrating solar electric propulsion in
space. NASA says these capabilities are important for the agency's
future human exploration missions to deep space.
MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has
become a new operator of the A330-200F, following the delivery of
the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline.
The aircraft was handed over at a ceremony in Toulouse Thursday
attended by MASkargo Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman.
Aero Linx: Trojan Horsemen
Formation Demonstration Team
In memory of Pilot Jack Mangan, we direct you to the very
interesting website for Trojan Horsemen Formation Demonstration
Team. The team's repertoire includes both 4-ship and 6-ship
formation demonstrations including formation aerobatics by the 2
solo pilots. The routine is a patriotic tribute to the United
States Armed Forces with music and narration, and can also include
a very stirring Missing Man tribute.
Air Traffic Service (ATS)
The term "ATS Route" is a generic term that includes "VOR
Federal airways," "colored Federal airways," "jet routes," and
"RNAV routes." The term "ATS route" does not replace these more
familiar route names, but serves only as an overall title when
listing the types of routes that comprise the United States route
"We were fortunate that the safety measures put in place
by the Federal Aviation Administration ensured the safety of those
on the ground... Right now our thoughts and prayers are with the
family members of the deceased."
Source: Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general
of the West Virginia National Guard, following the tragic loss of a
member of the Trojan Horsemen Warbird Formation Acrobatic Teamat
the Saturday airshow.