NY Attorney Jonathan Reiter Speculates on Bell 206 Crash
A New York City attorney has placed an ad through an online PR
firm, exploiting the fatal October 4 helicopter crash of a Bell 206
in the East River to solicit clients for his liability practice.
The ad is an egregious example of how to use speculation to imply
blame before any facts are in.
A new unofficial world speed record was set Tuesday by Windsor,
Ontario, Canada racing pilot Will Whiteside in a Yak 3U. The flight
took place at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Whiteside flew his
modified Yak to an unofficial speed of 416 MPH.
Will Collect Data To Improve Accuracy Of Weather Forecasts
NASA is planning an Oct. 27 launch of the first Earth-observing
satellite to measure both key weather variables and global climate
changes. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental
Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) is the first mission
designed to collect critical data to improve weather forecasts in
the short-term and increase understanding of long-term climate
Group Seeks To Regain Over $600 Million In Pension Benefits It
Says Was Lost During Delta Bankruptcy
The Delta Pilot's Pension Preservation Organization (DP3, Inc.),
a group representing the interests of over 6,000 retired Delta
pilots, is preparing to file an administrative appeal with the
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) aimed at recovering
approximately $600 million in lost qualified pension
Safe Flight AutoPower Throttle System Nears Certification
Cessna said this week at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that
the Honeywell Primus Elite avionics platform has been certified for
retrofit on Citation X business jets and the upgrade is available
through the Cessna Citation Service Center network. Furthermore,
pilots from Cessna and Safe Flight Instrument Corp. have completed
automatic throttle system developmental flight testing on the
The EAA will recognize the contributions made to the world of
flight by five aviators on Thursday, Oct. 27, as it inducts them
into the EAA Hall of Fame during a banquet at the EAA Aviation
Center in Oshkosh, WI.
The NBAA and the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) Wednesday
applauded the $220,000 raised Tuesday through an industry benefit
held to support CAN’s life-saving flights for cancer
patients. “The business aviation community has long
understood the need to ‘give back,’ and that was
clearly in evidence in this show of support for CAN’s
work,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
Denver Facility Presented With Award For International
The Denver location of the Pan Am International Flight Academy
was recently awarded the Export Achievement Certificate by the
Denver office of the U.S. Commercial Services Division, a branch of
the U.S. Department of Commerce. Pan Am joined the ranks of an
elite group of Export Achievement Certificate recipients. This
prestigious award is presented to Denver enterprises that
successfully enter the international marketplace.
Ground And Flight Testing Submitted To Certifying Agency
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft has successfully
completed additional certification trials in expanded operational
conditions for high altitude airports. The tests were conducted
with SSJ100 flight prototype MSN95004, and took place at the
airport of Toluca, Mexico, from September 14-30. The airport
elevation is 8,464 feet (2,580 meters).
Work Continuing On The Company's Future Two-Shaft Engine
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has made
significant progress in its E3E (efficiency, environment, economy)
research program, having completed testing of the company’s
latest two-shaft engine core, known as Core 3/2c. Technology
developed as part of the E3E program forms the basis of the
Rolls-Royce Advance2 - future two-shaft engine program.
Marine Corps To Start Operations With VTOL UAS Next Month
The Marine Corps says it plans to deploy the unmanned K-MAX VTOL
UAS to Afghanistan next month. The decision follows the successful
completion of a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment for the U.S.
Navy's Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. A formal
report, released last week by Commander Operational Test and
Evaluation Force, confirmed that the unmanned K-MAX exceeded the
Navy and Marines' requirement to deliver 6,000 pounds of cargo per
New Aircraft Delivers Greater Payload Capacity And
The Shadow M2 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) was
unveiled Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) 2011
Annual Meeting & Exposition by AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems
(UAS). The Shadow M2 is the next generation of AAI UAS' renowned,
battle-proven Shadow 200 TUAS, which has amassed nearly 700,000
flight hours with customers including the U.S. Army and Marine
Touch-Screen Functionality Comes To ProLine Avionics
When flying complex airplanes in instrument or other challenging conditions, anything that makes it easier for the flight crew to concentrate on flying the airplane is a good thing. Rockwell Collins was out of the gate early at Oshkosh this summer, introducing its touch-screen interface for the Pro Line Fusion Primary Flight Display.
Touch-Screen Functionality Comes To Pro Line Avionics
When flying complex airplanes in instrument or other challenging
conditions, anything that makes it easier for the flight crew to
concentrate on flying the airplane is a good thing. Rockwell
Collins was out of the gate early at Oshkosh this summer,
introducing its touch-screen interface for the Pro Line Fusion
Primary Flight Display. "The theory is 'touch what you want to
change'," says Rockwell Collins' Adam Evanschwartz. He says that
the system is unique in the marketplace because of its HUD
capability which allows pilots to increase their situational
awareness while interacting with the PFD and MFD.
FreeFlight Systems CEO Tells Members 'LightSquared Needs To
Work Side-By-Side With The FAA And RTCA To Ensure
House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) held a
full committee hearing Wednesday to examine the impact on small
businesses that may result from LightSquared’s use of its
spectrum to provide broadband service near the Global Positioning
System (GPS). Small businesses, including farmers, construction
contractors, surveyors, and the general aviation industry, rely on
the accuracy of GPS.
As the final day of NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting &
Convention (NBAA2011) drew to a close, National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked Exhibitors
and Attendees for what he called “a highly successful
Airplane Went Quietly, Rather Than In A Grand Ceremony
From the "Better Late Than Never" department ... Boeing and
Cargolux Airlines have resolved their differences and completed
delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Freighter. Following delivery at
the Boeing Delivery Center at the company's Everett site Wednesday,
the airplane departed for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport,
where the new freighter will receive its first cargo load, destined
for Cargolux headquarters in Luxembourg.
Roll Out New Partnership To Develop Next Generation Engines For
Two of the major players in the powerplant industry have
announced a restructuring of their participation in IAE
International Aero Engines AG (IAE), which produces the V2500
engine for the A320 family of aircraft. Under the terms of the
agreement, Rolls-Royce will sell its equity and program shares in
IAE to Pratt & Whitney for $1.5 billion.
Official Report Indicates No Fault On Part Of The Aircrew
The official investigation into the downing of a CH-47 Chinook
helicopter in Afghanistan on August 6th indicates that the aircrew
was not at fault for the accident. The aircraft was brought down by
a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) fired by Taliban militants with 38
people fatally injured.
The US National Transportation Safety Board is on the case of an
aviation accident that snarled midday highway traffic on the
Florida Turnpike Wednesday afternoon about 1300. The Broward County
Aviation Department reports the craft was a Socata TBM 700
“Increasing broadband to underserved and rural
areas is a noble goal and only makes sense in this rapidly
advancing technological world. However, we must find a solution to
increase wireless broadband without jeopardizing currently
established GPS systems and further burdening small businesses."
Source: U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO).