NASA has confirmed that the first of two NASA spacecraft to
study the moon in unprecedented detail has entered lunar orbit.
NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)-A
spacecraft successfully completed its planned main engine burn at 2
p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) today. As of 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST), GRAIL-A
is in an orbit of 56 miles by 5,197 miles around the moon that
takes approximately 11.5 hours to complete.
Aircraft Impacted Residential Area, Pilot Survived With Serious
OK... it did not take long to read into this prelim before I got
a severe case of the willies. I don't care what you're flying...
ice is nothing to mess with and even a high-performance turbine
twin with FIKI capabilities means having to be very CAREFUL when it
comes to icing conditions... even more so during the VERY
vulnerable issues that take place during an IFR approach. The pilot
is lucky to be alive... but another 'airplane crashes into house'
story is the last thing this business needs.
The recently announced trade of takeoff and landing slots at New
York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National Airports by US
Airways and Delta has reduced the number of US Airways flights
operating at LaGuardia. As might be expected, the airline says it
will trim employment there to match.
Union Input Facilitated in 'New Relationship' With Company
New details are emerging in the new relationship between Boeing
and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers. The Seattle Times reports that under the terms of the new
contract, representatives from Boeing and IAM have agreed to
participate in a council which will hold monthly meetings.
Division Of L-3 Accused Of False Placement Promises
Thirteen plaintiffs have filed suit against the Link
Simulation & Training Air Traffic Control Academy, based in
Dennison, TX, claiming they were charged $41,000 each for training
which promised the first 100 graduates would be hired by the FAA as
controllers. At one time, given the publicity surrounding the
controller shortage, that may have been a plausible claim.
Threats To GPS, Resignation Of FAA Administrator Among Top
It has been a topsy-turvey year for GA, with a few signs
of economic recovery but ongoing questions about sustainable
growth. It all occurred against a backdrop of ongoing bickering in
Congress over long-term funding for the FAA, and the resignation of
the agency's administrator following a DUI arrest. Meanwhile, a
company called LightSquared is fighting to deploy a system which
could affect nearly every GPS receiver in use today.
F-35, A New Tanker, And UAVs Top The Year For The Armed
The year in military aviation was highlighted by significant
milestones for the 5th generation Joint Strike Fighter and the
announcement that a U.S.-based company would build the replacement
for the aging KC-135 tanker. But there were also significant
experiments in hypersonic aircraft, and a stealthy military
spacecraft is, as far as we know, still in orbit. Here are the top
stories in military aviation for 2011.
The FAA has issued an SAIB affecting the Diamond DA20 series of
fixed wing aircraft. The issue surrounds the Nose Gear,
specifically the DA20 Nose Landing Fork Assembly. According to the
FAA SAIB, "This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is
issued to inform owners and maintainers of Diamond DA20 series
aircraft of a potential unsafe condition regarding the cracking of
the nose landing gear (NLG) fork assembly. At this time, this
airworthiness concern has not been determined to be an unsafe
condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action
under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
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The layer of loose rock resting on bedrock (sometimes called
mantle rock), found on the Earth, the Moon, or a planet. Regolith
is made up of soils, sediments, weathered rock, and hard,
near-surface crusts. On the surface of the Moon, regolith is a fine
rocky layer of fragmentary debris (or dust) produced mainly by
resolution for the new year is to unlock lunar mysteries and
understand how the moon, Earth and other rocky planets
evolved. Now, with GRAIL-A successfully placed in orbit around
the moon, we are one step closer to achieving that
Source: Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal
investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in
Cambridge, discussing her thoughts as NASA's GRAIL-A reached lunar