Have you ever wondered what it would be like to float weightless
in space… looking down at the big blue marble from high
above the Earth? Not since NASA's Apollo missions have Americans
had space so much on their minds… thanks to the X-Prize. A
few weeks ago, Burt Rutan's company won that $10 million award by
becoming the first to fly to the very edge of space twice inside a
week. It's proof that governments' monopoly on space travel has
been broken. Now, a lot of companies are springing up…
hoping to cash in on this new fascination with space. One of them
is based in Fort Lauderdale.
Think of what you could do with $10 Million bucks...
The $10 million ANSARI X PRIZE will be awarded to Scaled
Composites, LLC, creators of SpaceShipOne, during a special
ceremony and public rally Sat., Nov. 6, 2004, 10-11:30 am, at St.
Louis University High School's athletic field next to the St. Louis
Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO. Burt Rutan,
Scaled Composite's team leader, will accept the check from Peter
Diamandis, MD, chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation.
GAMA has announced that the general aviation industry continued
a strong recovery through the third quarter of 2004. Industry
billings were up 15.9 percent to $7.8 billion for the first nine
months of 2004, while total units rose 7.7 percent to 1,928.
Delta Air Lines says it's reached a tentative agreement with its
pilot union on pay and benefit concessions -- a deal designed to
deliver $1 billion in long-term, annual savings. In a statement to
ANN, Delta said it would achieve those savings through a
combination of changes to wages, pension and other benefits and
work rules. Pilots have until Nov. 11, 2004, to vote on the
agreement through an expedited electronic ratification process.
It's not like Ellen Simonetti was posing naked. But after she
posed for pictures published on her blog site, the Queen of Sky was
told by Delta Airlines to get thee out -- suspended indefinitely
What happens if you cross a gyrocopter with a car and a
The PALV. The engineering and design firm that came up with this
hybrid concept calls it a personal air and land vehicle -- a
solution to increasing congestion in our cities, highways and
Halloween weather has tricked, not treated, airport
meteorologists the past two years in Denver. Heavy freezing drizzle
-- appearing to be harmless light drizzle -- has cost airlines as
much as $2 million in engine damage in a single storm as jets have
waited for takeoff. Now, Roy Rasmussen of the National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has developed a new system to identify
the drizzle accurately.
Pilot: Flight Was "Uneventful" (Oh, Yeah... He's Going To Fit
Two months after taking delivery of his brand-new Cessna
Skyhawk, Sporty's 2004 Sweepstakes winner A.C. "Doug" Douglass has
successfully soloed at Tallahassee Regional Airport. Douglass
described the flight as "uneventful."
Those tiny fuselage cracks -- they look like scratches, really
-- in older commercial aircraft could be a sign of much worse
problems to come. That's why the FAA and Boeing are conducting a
detailed study on scribe marks to see if they're an indication of
structural weakness on the aircraft's skin.
"The proposed pilot savings, as difficult and painful as they
are, will make a meaningful contribution to a massive company-wide
effort underway to help transform Delta into a formidable and
viable competitor. I am extremely grateful to all of Delta's
employees who are making enormous sacrifices to help our company
restructure on its own terms and avoid bankruptcy."
Source: Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein, after union
pilots tentatively agreed to a compensation give-back of up to $1
billion a year. The deal still must be ratified by the rank and