Well known for its aeronautically oriented program and
outstanding visuals, the Discovery Wings Channel is about to be
taken out of service. In its place, "The Military Channel" will
emerge, replacing a favorite of the aviation community with
programming that will be singly dedicated to all things military...
including military aviation.
What is reported to be the first flight of China's "AC500 Air
Sedan" was conducted Tuesday. The five seat fixed wing, trike
geared aircraft is expected to have a 620 mile range, a 180 mph
cruise and cost a little over $430K.
December is going to be a good month for aviation movies. Due to
the intense hoopla surrounding the Leonardo DeCaprio portrayal of
Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," yet another "buzz-worthy"
aero-picture is coming to theaters a few days early. 20th Century
Fox has moved up the release of The Flight Of The Phoenix to
Friday, December 17--five days earlier than originally
Grand Opening/Ground Breaking Scheduled For Wichita And
Cessna Aircraft Company has announced that it will hold two
major ceremonies this month in support of its expanding customer
services. The first ceremony on December 9, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. will
celebrate the grand opening of Cessna's Wichita Citation Service
Safe Aircraft Maintenance of Altamonte Springs, Florida
introduces an aircraft owner preventive maintenance program that
provides the fact’s and dispels the myths of owner performed
preventive maintenance of their aircraft.
Thousands of Boeing employees celebrated the ceremonial rollout
of the 500th Boeing 777 commercial airplane Friday, Dec. 3. The
777, the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane ever, will reach 500
airplanes delivered faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in
Helo Pilot's Family Says Faulty Equipment May Have Contributed
To His Death
The NTSB reports Michael Russell, an "accomplished" Augusta
A109C pilot, was killed on January 28, 2003, when his helicopter
impacted terrain about 1.7 NM from Chicago's DuPage Airport.
The pilot's failure to maintain control of the helicopter (file
photo of type, above) while maneuvering, resulting in the excessive
descent rate and impact with terrain. Factors to the accident
included the dark night, low ceiling and reduced visibility at the
time of the accident.
Air Force officials have announced investigation findings of a
May 19 F-16 Fighting Falcon crash on the Tohono O’odham
Nation in Arizona. The pilot, Singaporean air force 2nd Lt. Kwang
Han Loo, was killed in the crash. He was assigned to the 425th
Fighter Squadron, a foreign military training squadron, at Luke Air
Force Base, Ariz.
Randy Ball feels honored to be considered for program that
displays USAF air power evolution
According to the USAF's Air Combat Command website, the Heritage
Flight program was established in 1997 in support of the Air
Force's 50th anniversary, and it features state of the art fighters
flying in close formation with World War II and Korean War
Forecast1 Says Moscow Is Leveragine Helo Sales To Break Further
Into The Market
Convinced that the highly competitive Latin American defense
market is one area of the world in which it can be truly
competitive, Russia is moving to dominate the market. Helicopter
sales have proved to be the wedge, and Russia is working
energetically to further increase its share, with particular
emphasis on aircraft and weapons. Russia’s sales strength
lies in its willingness to engage in barter deals to finance arms
"Our viewers have a deep interest in military topics and
Source: David Karp, Senior Vice President
and General Manager of Discovery's new Military Channel--which
replaces the Discovery Wings Channel on January 10th, 2005. Karp,
however, did not mention the interests of the non-military aviation
community, whose programming will no longer be represented...