Shake Rattle And Roll -- And Reshape And Shift And Change The
NASA scientists using data from the Indonesian earthquake
calculated it affected Earth's rotation, decreased the length of
day, slightly changed the planet's shape, and shifted the North
Pole by centimeters. The earthquake that created the huge tsunami
also changed the Earth's rotation.
MAF is on site in Medan on the island of Sumatra responding to
the overwhelming disaster. Hardest hit by the earthquake and
tsunami, most of the northern province of Aceh has been leveled.
Most bridges and roads have been obliterated; communications are
wiped out in the affected area.
All flight instructors must complete TSA-mandated security
awareness training by next Tuesday, January 18. To help CFIs
comply, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation is adding the training at no
additional cost to each of its Flight Instructor Refresher Courses
nationwide, starting this weekend.
Authorities in and around the nation's capital continued
searching Tuesday for the body of a crewmember lost when a medical
helicopter went down in the Potomac River, near the Woodrow Wilson
Bridge. The aircraft, crashed late Monday night after a witness
said the EC-135 was flying unusually low and may have hit something
just before going down.
FlightSim Developers, more popularly known within the simulation
community as FSD, may be the premier producer of high quality
add-on aircraft for the latest version of Microsoft's Flight
Simulator. All aircraft are faithfully modeled to be accurate to
the real-world counterpart, with months of research going into each
Says Developers Would Be Destroying "Valuable Community
Developers in Georgia want to close Pine Mountain's Callaway
Gardens-Harris County Airport (PIM) to build a five-story hotel
addition to the existing Callaway Gardens resort. But AOPA has told
county commissioners that they would be in legal trouble with the
federal government and would be destroying a valuable community
asset if they cave in to the request.
Researchers Unlock Index To 550,000 Secret Documents
How many secrets does the US Air Force have? OK, let's steer
away from current, operational secrets like missile targeting data,
or the cost of the coffee maker on the C-17. How many old, possibly
out-of-date, possibly declassifiable secrets? According the
researchers at The Memory Hole, more than half a million.
Bankrupt Carrier Says It Has To Axe Pensions To Keep
United Airlines and its unionized workers came to terms on yet
another round of pay and benefit concessions, staving off at the
last minute a federal court trial scheduled for this week. But UAL
Corp., United's parent, says it'll still have to axe all employee
pension funds if the airline is to survive.
Raytheon Systems Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb (PGB), which
is being acquired by the UK Ministry of Defence, has successfully
passed another project milestone. As part of a risk reduction
program, a representative weapon has been subjected to a trial to
determine the penetration and survivability of the warhead.
Cirrus Design Corporation has appointed a new sales center in
Russia. Officially named Cirrus Russia, the new sales center is
based in Moscow and is charged with the primary responsibility of
bolstering Cirrus' sales activity in Russia and The Ukraine.
Directing that activity will be aviation veteran Alexey
Contract valued As High As $330 Million Over 10 Years
Lockheed Martin says its team was selected by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather
Service (NWS) to compete in the next phase of the Advanced Weather
Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). The AWIPS contract award is
expected in July 2005 and will be worth an estimated $330 million
over a 10-year period.
Recently, astronomers reported the surprising discovery of a
very large diameter Kuiper Belt planetoid -- (90377) Sedna -- on a
distant, 12,500-year-long, eccentric orbit centered approximately
500 astronomical units from the Sun. Sedna's estimated diameter is
about 1,600 km, two-thirds that of Pluto. Initial studies of
Sedna's origin have speculated that it might have been ejected from
the giant planets region of our solar system far inside the orbit
of Pluto, or perhaps was captured from a passing star's Kuiper
"We still believe we need to terminate all our (pension)
Source: United Airlines Chief Financial Officer
Jake Brace said in the hallway of the US Bankruptcy Court in
Chicago, IL, Monday. He was quoted in the Denver Post. Over the
weekend, United came to terms with some of its unions over the
issue of terminating pension plans. But on Friday, the bankruptcy
judge turned down a pension-pulling deal between United and its
AD NUMBER: 2005-01-14
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-14
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for Bombardier-Rotax GmbHType 912 F,
912 S, and 914 F series reciprocating engines. That AD currently
requires venting of the lubrication system and inspection of the
valve train on all engines. That AD also requires venting of the
lubrication system of all engines on which the lubrication system
has been opened, and any engine on which the propeller has been
rotated one full turn in the wrong direction.