A simple rule... one made very clear in all the training pilots
receive here and around the world is that if you can not proceed
under Visual Flight Rules, and are not IFR-rated and current, then
one should should not proceed into IFR conditions. Many unwary
pilots break these rules - those that do are thereupon sorted
into two categories... lucky to be alive and unlucky to be
dead. It's simple basic judgment... or so we once
The FAA is moving forward with a controversial proposal that
would shutter 20 weather offices at regional air traffic control
centers, and serve up weather information from two centrally
located facilities in Maryland and Missouri. The move immediately
drew fire from unions representing both Weather Service employees
and air traffic controllers.
Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan have been together since 2002, but
even before they met, they shared a dream of space travel. As
children, both wanted to be astronauts: Erin attended space camp in
Michigan, while Noah volunteered at his local planetarium. Although
they are currently living relatively earth-bound lives, the idea of
space came up again following their engagement in 2008.
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In a letter to employees posted publicly Thursday in "The
Wichita Eagle," Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said more layoffs were
inevitable, but did not say how many employees of the company would
lose their jobs. Cessna Aircraft Company is the nation's largest
manufacturer of corporate jets. Cessna has laid off 44 percent
of its workforce since November of last year.
NASA has selected four proposals for research to help understand
space radiation's effects on humans living in space. NASA selected
proposals from the New York University School of Medicine in New
York, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Houston, Loma Linda
University in California and Georgetown University in
Last year was a tough one for the US Postal Service. With the
nation's largest fleet of over a quarter-million vehicles, those
weeks of 4-dollar gasoline generated losses in the billions. One of
the budget cuts the service considered to save money was elminating
the contract for delivery of mail by air in a rugged, remote area
along the Salmon River in Idaho.
Hailed as a "new era" of aircraft manufacturing technology, the
Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) flew for the first time
June 2nd at Palmdale, California. The aircraft is the product of
the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Lockheed Martins'
A WWII era Dauntless Dive Bomber (file photo, below) will be
recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan June 19th, and
eventually restored for display at the Pacific Aviation Museum on
Ford Island in Hawaii, its original home.
Hoping to jump-start aircraft sales in the Midwest, several
aircraft manufacturers' representatives have banded together to
host aircraft shows in the region. The first, called the Show
Me Air Expo, will be held at Midwest Aviation Center at Spirit of
St. Louis Airport June 11 and 12.
CBP's P-3 AEW Crews -- These Folks 'Have Our Back'
Day and night, there are a number of heroic people and aviation assets prowling the skies for signs of those that would threaten America in one of many forms. One of those heroic groups is employed by US Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, for short.
NBAA is welcoming the passage of a Congressional proposal to
allow the aviation industry to review and provide input toward TSA
proposals, while bringing consistency to the use of "security
directives" in TSA regulation.
There is intense public interest in all of what occurred when a
US Airways A-320 ditched in New York's Hudson River. That being the
case, the National Transportation Safety Board is releasing
additional information about the Board's scheduled public hearing
on the January 2009 ditching of the US Airways A-320 into the
CBP's P-3 AEW Crews -- These Folks 'Have Our Back'
Day and night, there are a number of heroic people and aviation
assets prowling the skies for signs of those that would threaten
America in one of many forms. One of those heroic groups is
employed by US Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, for
Space Adventures, Ltd., announced Thursday that Guy
Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil and the ONE DROP
Foundation, has begun training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Center in Star City in preparation for his poetic social
mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
United Airlines will negotiate with Boeing and Airbus for an
aircraft order that one industry insider said may call for 150
planes. Both companies were asked this week to submit bids. UAL
Corp., United's parent company, said it may place an order by the
end of the year.
After the recent incident in Charlotte, we thought it would be a
good time to give you the definition of a "runway
incursion." A runway incursion is any unauthorized intrusion
onto a runway, regardless of whether or not an aircraft presents a
potential conflict. This is the international standard, adopted by
the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Aero-Linx: National Test Pilot School
We've seen several stories this week about test flights for a
number of different kinds of aircraft, from military cargo jets to
a "Flying Car." So what does it take to become one of those people
who has the fun of flying an airplane for the first time? Those
questions can be answered in today's Aero-Linx… the National
Test Pilot School ...
"Security is a top priority for the business aviation
community, and NBAA Members have a long-standing record of
effectively partnering with the government on measures to help
ensure the security of our airports, aircraft, flight crews and
Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen,
reacting to the passage of the Mica Amendment... which will
(thankfully) reign in TSA's heavy-handed