As the second Me262 nears flight test in Germany, the third of
five flying reproduction Me262 fighter jets has made a major step
towards completion. The wing has now been joined to the fuselage as
steady work continues on the cockpits of the historic
Midafternoon Thursday, a public service/law enforcement flight
came to an abrupt and tragic end when a Robinson R-22 Beta
helicopter, N887BC "dropped out of the sky" and crashed in
Washtenaw County, Michigan, near Zeeb Road and I-94 in Scio
Township, about five miles west of Ann Arbor.
Airbus Claims Newly Certified A340-600 Brings 18% Higher
Airbus has achieved certification for the latest version of the
long range A340-600 -- a 380 tonne variant -- from EASA. The new
aircraft has concluded a successful four month test campaign
following the aircraft’s first flight in November 2005.
ISS Status Report #18, 1 p.m. CDT – Friday, April 14,
The 13th crew of the International Space Station is wrapping up
its first week flying solo in its new orbiting home. The crew's
work has included station maintenance, medical and other
experiments and standard daily exercise.
FAA Administrator Blakey, and FAA Air Traffic Organization Chief
Operating Officer Russ Chew have announced the appointment of
Wilson N. Felder, Ph.D., as the new director of the FAA’s
William J. Hughes Technical Center.
OnBoard Images has joined EVQ's eXtreme Airshow Challenge
"The partnership with EVQ will allow us to grow in ways we only
imagined," said Mark Magin, President of OnBoard Images, "We will
continue to provide state-of-the-art video systems for all of our
clients as well as gaining the personnel and resources to expand
There are times when an aircraft mechanical issue prompts the
Federal Aviation Administration to issue an Airworthiness Directive
-- but there are also times when the Feds want to get the word
out about an aircraft issue without jumping through all the hoops
required by the AD process. One option FAA has to recommend change
is the SAIB, or Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin.
Here is the NTSB report about the accident that killed John F.
Kennedy, Jr, his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette.
Written straight, dry and to the point as any typical government
report, the short synopsis gives a link to a detailed report of the
"Now we must wait and see if the FAA understands how
this will help the community... It makes sense."
Source: ASC's Jim Stephenson, speaking
about a petition filed to allow amateur built experimental aircraft
which have retractable landing gear to be flown by Sport Pilots,
via an exemption from the FAA.
The Aero-Sports Connection notes that, "The FAA failed to allow
Experimental or Special Light Sport Aircraft to have retractable
gear even for amphibious applications. As a result an Amateur Built
amphibian cannot be flown by a Sport Pilot or a Private pilot
flying under the limitations of Sport Pilot..."