New York Senator Charles Shumer (D) said over the weekend that
Spirit Airline's decision to charge passengers for carry-on bags is
"a slap in the face to travelers," and he wants the Treasury
Department to exempt luggage carried onto an airliner from
The Airplane Had Pulled Banners Referring To Tiger Woods
The FAA grounded an airplane which had towed a banner near the
Augusta National golf course during an early round of The Masters
tournament last week. One banner read "Tiger: Did you mean
Bootyism?" Another said "Sex addict? Sure, me too." Four other
messages were waiting to be displayed.
First Air Force Accident With Fatalities For The Tilt-Rotor
An Air Force CV-22 Osprey went down in Afghanistan on Thursday,
killing three military crewmen and a civilian contractor. Several
others were injured It was the first such fatal accident involving
the aircraft since it became operational with the Air Force in
LiDAR VNS System Should Make Docking Spacecraft At ISS
For the past two years, NASA engineers and contractors have
worked together to develop a technology that would make it easier
for future space vehicles to dock to the International Space
Station. Their solution, the Vision Navigation Sensor (VNS) will be
tested on the STS-134 mission scheduled for July.
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First Lockheed Martin Mission Systems-Equipped Airplane Begins
The first F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter with a full avionics
suite made its first flight Thursday, ushering in what will be the
most powerful and comprehensive sensor package ever to fly in a
The Predator-series UAS has reached a historic milestone, with
combat missions over the past weekend pushing the aircraft family
over the one million flight hours mark, General Atomics
Aeronautical announced last week.
Garmin has confirmed that it will soon be including synthetic
vision in the G300 and G3X. The G300 and G3X’s synthetic
vision, SVX, is specifically for experimental and light sport
aircraft. SVX will be included with newly purchased G300 and G3X
systems, and will be available for download for those who are
already flying with the avionics.
The FAA has proposed to assess a $380,000 civil penalty against
Frontier Airlines of Denver for operating several aircraft on
approximately 900 flights when they were not in compliance with
Federal Aviation Regulations.
Gras Began His Career With EADS Predecessor Aerospatiale
Christian Gras has been named within the Eurocopter Group as
Executive Vice President, Customers and will be reporting directly
to Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling. In this position, he will be a
member of the Eurocopter Executive Committee.
That "ol' debbil" (the tax man), is at it again... even
after we thought we might see the last of him on this one
particular issue. NBAA has issued a Call To Action expressing
concern over the on-going pocketbook peril that might be incurred
by pilots operating recently acquired aircraft in the so-called
Organization’s Annual Fly-In Makes
‘Golden Age’ Come Alive for
Founded in August of 1953 by Robert L. Taylor, the Antique
Aircraft Association is the world’s oldest organization
specifically devoted to antique and classic aircraft. Committed to
“keep the antiques flying,” the AAA has dedicated its
fifty-six years to the preservation of this “Golden Age of
AIA tells ANN that the nation's top 100 student rocketry teams
will compete in the final round of the Team America Rocketry
Challenge (TARC). The finalists include teams from 30 states and
the U.S. Virgin Islands who qualified after months of preparation
from a field of 669 squads and thousands of students.
Boeing Confirms Success On 787 Wing, Fuselage Ultimate Load
They're stresses higher than the airplane should ever experience
in flight, and the Dreamliner static airframe proved it was up to
the challenge. Boeing announced Thursday that all test requirements
were successfully met during the 787 Dreamliner's ultimate load
wing and fuselage bending test.
It's one of those airplanes that nearly everyone can pick out on
the ramp at the airport, and there's a pretty good reason for that.
Cessna is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Caravan
NASA's Global Hawk Completes First Scientific Flight
The first of five scientific flights by NASA's Global Hawk
autonomous UAV scheduled this month was completed successfully on
Wednesday. The aircraft flew just over 14 hours high above the
Pacific Ocean on an atmospheric study mission ... dubbed
A point on the
runway beyond which a landing aircraft with a LAHSO clearance is
not authorized to proceed. This point may be located prior to an
intersecting runway, taxiway, predetermined point, or
approach/departure flight path.
It was quite a start. This past week, the Aero-News
Network innovated, yet again, with the addition of
professional live web streaming to the growing ANN/Aero-TV suite of
programming options. The world's first Real-Time, 24/7 Aviation and
Aerospace news and information service, ANN selected the ever
intensive Aircraft Electronics Association Annual Convention &
Trade Show for the debut of this exciting new programming
"Under current Florida law, operators of aircraft
landing in the state that were purchased within the six months
prior to their visit can be forced to pay up to a 6% tax on the
aircraft's sales price. This tax policy forces aircraft operators
out of Florida and drives aviation related services such as
maintenance, repair, and overhaul to other states."
Source: From an NTSB 'Call To Action'
published this week, warning aircraft operators of potential
hazards to their pocketbooks until FL lawmakers change their
tune on current Sales/Use tax law.