Ends String Of 23 Continuing Resolution Funding The Agency
The final piece of the long-term FAA funding puzzle fell into
place Tuesday, as President Barack Obama signed the $63.4 billion
long-term FAA funding measure hammered out by Congress. The signing
brings to an end a string of 23 short-term continuing resolutions
which have funded the agency since 2007.
Lessor Strengthens Portfolio With World’s Fastest Selling
Kuwait-based aircraft leasing company ALAFCO Aviation Lease And
Finance Company has finalized a purchase order for 35 A320neo
Family aircraft, bringing its total backlog for the type to 85. The
firm contract is an increase of the previous agreement signed at
the 2011 Dubai Airshow for 50 A320neo aircraft.
Will Facilitate Flights By Teachers, Students, Researchers, And
As the commercial spaceflight industry prepares for its first
commercial launches, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation is
announcing the creation of a new coalition to bring suborbital
spaceflight to students, teachers, researchers, and companies
across the country. The passage of legislation to ensure a stable
regulatory climate for commercial spaceflight was the starting gun,
and regular commercial service is expected within two years.
EVS Compatible With Video-Enabled Proline 21 Flight Decks
EASA has granted an STC to Max-Viz for the installation of
Max-Viz-EVS-1500 Infra-red Enhanced Vision Systems on European
Registered Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 Series aircraft
as well as the King Air C90GT and GTi.
Planemaker Says Re-Engined Airplane On Track For 2017 Entry
The final phase of wind tunnel testing is scheduled to
begin on the 737 MAX program this week. "Wind tunnel testing is on
the critical design path of the program," said Michael Teal, chief
project engineer and deputy program manager, 737 MAX program.
"Based on previous work in the wind tunnel, we are confident this
final phase of testing will substantiate our predictions of the
aerodynamic performance of the airplane."
Two Organizations Announce Agreement During Heli-Expo
The EAA and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) have
renewed an agreement that assures the return of the popular
Heli-Center on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh flightline in 2012 and
includes other support for this year’s 60th annual EAA fly-in
gathering, which will take place July 23-29.
Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International
Meeting Held At Heli-Expo In Dallas
The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International
(PHPA), a council of the Office and Professional Employees
International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, elected Steven Rush to serve
as president at its board meeting in Dallas, Texas on February 12,
2012. OPEIU represents approximately 3,000 helicopter pilots
throughout the United States and Canada.
AF CoS Gen. Norman Schwartz Said Design Should Not Be
As the Air Force looks for its next bomber aircraft, the design
should not be "extravagant," and the aircraft should be affordable.
Those parameters were laid out in a speech by Air Force Chief of
Staff Norton Schwartz last week.
Female Screeners Home, So Pat-Down Couldn't Be Done
An odd case in Rock Springs, Wyoming suggests we may need to
plan further ahead when flying out of small commercial airports. A
woman says the TSA did not allow her to board her flight from Rock
Springs to Denver because all the female screeners had been sent
home for the day by TSA, leaving nobody who could legally perform a
pat-down at the checkpoint.
A cabin crew making final checks of a Virgin Australia 737
before takeoff Friday reported found a stun gun. It's believed to
have fallen out of a passenger's bag as a flight attendant
rearranged items in an overhead bin.
Only Person On Board Fatally Injured In The Accident
A Cessna 172 reported stolen from Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR)
in Contra Costa County, CA, was found crashed into the bank of a
canal west of Fresno, CA last week. The sole occupant of the
aircraft was fatally injured in the accident.
One Of The More Unpleasant (And Often Pointless) Tasks In Flying
IFR Has Never Been Simpler
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at
the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass
panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few
more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned,
than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the
chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a
few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most
usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so
with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
Says Companies Are Already Starting To Downsize Anticipating
In a statement released shortly after the President rolled out
his FY2013 budget outline, AIA president Marion Blakey released a
statement calling the budget a "direct hit" on American aerospace
and defense workers. She says the result of the approximately $487
billion, ten-year cut to the defense budget alone, buying power to
procure technologies that fuel U.S. military strength will be
reduced in 2013 by approximately $20 billion.
Airline Association Says FY2013 Budget Proposal Seeks To Raise
Billions Of Aviation Dollars, Will Cost Thousands Of Jobs, Impact
Fares, Affect Service
Airlines for America (A4A) said Monday following the release of
President Obama's budget that the White House budget proposal seeks
to offset the deficit on the backs of airline customers by adding
even more tax increases. The group says the budget as it is written
would impact demand for air travel and ultimately cost jobs and
service to communities.
Airline Orders 201 737 MAXs, 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs ...
Largest Ever Commercial Airplane Order For Boeing
Jakarta-based Lion Air finalized a deal with Boeing Monday for a
firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs
(extended range). The agreement, first announced last November in
Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150
Includes $4 Billion For Human Exploration Operations
As President Obama was releasing his proposed budget for FY2013,
NASA was rolling out its budget request for the fiscal year which
will begin October 1. The agency says in a news release that,
despite a "constrained" fiscal environment, the NASA FY13 budget
"continues to implement the space science and exploration program
agreed to by President Obama and a bipartisan majority in
Deal Covers Purchase Of Multiple AW139, AW169, AW189
A deal has been inked between AgustaWestland and Lease
Corporation International (LCI) covering the purchase of a fleet of
AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters. The related contract, which
also includes options, is valued in excess of $395 million U.S.
Building on its successful growth in the narrow and wide-body
fixed-wing leasing market, LCI’s new helicopter division
plans to offer helicopter operators an attractive alternative to
buying and financing the purchase of the helicopters.
Sikorsky Aircraft today announced that Bond Aviation Group, the
British helicopter operator and subsidiary company of the World
Helicopters Group, has signed a contract to buy 16 S-92
helicopters. The purchase is the largest one-time acquisition of
S-92 aircraft ever received by Sikorsky Aircraft.
ALPA Calls For Approval By ICAO Air Navigation Commission And
Recommendations made by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel that the
organization apply dangerous goods safety standards in the areas of
labeling, training, inspection, and pilot notification to shipments
of lithium batteries by air are being applauded by the Air Line
"It makes absolutely no sense at a time when we should
be encouraging economic and business development enabled by travel
and tourism that we would discourage flying by trying to balance
the budget on the backs of airline customers with yet another tax."
Source: A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.
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