Article: Pilots Question Testing Of Combat Capabilities
The V-22 may have risen like the Phoenix from the ashes of two
fatal crashes four years ago, but can it do the job it was built to
do? That question, posed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, comes
after the Pentagon admitted the Osprey wasn't tested in the "most
severe maneuvers." The reason: executives at Bell's plant in
Arlington (TX) and Boeing's helicopter facility in Pennsylvania
feared such maneuvers would damage the aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Board will meet in Washington
on Tuesday, October 26, 2004, to consider a final report on its
investigation into the crash of American Airlines Flight 587. The
meeting will begin at 9:30 and is expected to last most of the
AOPA Asks Questions, Gets Answers From Presidential
(In a continuing effort to get the presidential candidates
on record about issues important to general aviation, AOPA asked
both President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry for some
specific answers. This is the first of a two-part story on where
both men stand --ed.)
NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, starting its third mission
extension this week after seven years of orbiting Mars, is using an
innovative technique to capture pictures even sharper than most of
the more than 170,000 it has already produced.
President Bush visited Eclipse.
Vice President Cheney went to Adam Aircraft.
Now, the Bush campaign is sending Cheney and his wife, Lynne, to
Duluth (MN) Wednesday for a town hall meeting at Cirrus Design.
By ANN Contributor Rose Dorcey
Free airplane rides for kids, aviation education projects for
youth and adults, scholarship programs, and offering support and
assistance to members who build and restore aircraft. These are
just a few items from an impressive list of goals of a new
organization based at the Middleton Municipal/Morey Field Airport
(C29) - Middleton EAA Chapter #1389.
Blue Thunder Air Racing congratulates Darryl Greenamyer, his
crew chief Andy Chiavetta, and the rest of their team on winning
the Sport Class Gold Race at the 41st Annual National Championship
Air Races in REno (NV). And what a Reno it was. The Reno Air Racing
Association put on perhaps the greatest air races of all time this
year; their efforts are appreciated.
RCAT Telemetry Watchdogs Top Three Finishers In Formula One
Gold at Reno
RCAT Systems is pleased to announce that its RCATSTM airborne
telemetry systems were used by experimental aircraft that placed in
the top 3 spots of the Formula One Gold class trophy race at the
41st annual Reno National Championship Air Races. RCATS custom
tailored telemetry units were used by Formula One pilots Gary
Hubler (1st place), Scotty Crandlemire (2nd place) and Jason Somes
The Navy says a team led by Lockheed Martin has won the
competition to build the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a
next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system
that will provide significantly improved and assured communications
for the mobile warfighter.
Bombardier Challenger Full Flight Simulator Gets FAA
Rockwell Collins' NLX subsidiary has received Federal Aviation
Administration Level D qualification on its Bombardier Challenger
300 Full Flight Simulator. This represents the first NLX commercial
aircraft flight simulator for Bombardier.
Named VP Of Air Force Command & Control Strategic
Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Timothy J. McMahon as
vice president of Air Force and Command & Control Strategic
Programs and the corporate lead executive for the company's
business in the Colorado Springs region.
ACROHELIPRO Global Services Inc. (ACRO), a subsidiary of Vector
Aerospace Corporation, has been awarded a contract to perform
Repair and Overhaul services for US Navy H-3 Helicopter Main Rotor
Heads. ACRO has held US Navy contracts for other H-3 dynamic
components since 2000.
"As excited as we are to have the second-most powerful man in
the world visiting, at the end of the day, we're still a business
and our business is to build airplanes. We can't stop production
when we have eager customers waiting."
Source: Cirrus Design spokeswoman Kate Andrews,
who says, when Vice President Cheney comes to host a town hall
meeting at the company's facility in Duluth (MN) Wednesday, he'll
have to speak above the noise of a plant in full production.
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SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-10
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
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AD NUMBER: 2004-19-06
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-06
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
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-300F series airplanes, that requires inspections to detect
cracking or corrosion of the fail-safe straps between the side
fitting of the rear spar bulkhead at body station 955 and the skin;
and follow-on/corrective actions.
It's Mission: Draw Tourists Into Space (For A Hefty Sum)
Call it the galactic dream team: Sir Richard Branson and his
Virgin Group have teamed up with Paul Allen's Mojave Aerospace
Ventures to create the world's first privately funded spaceships
dedicated to carrying commercial passengers on space flights. The
licensing deal with M.A.V. could be worth up to $21.5 million over
the next fifteen years, depending on the number of spaceships built