Two news helicopters, type unknown, collided while covering a
police pursuit in central Phoenix Friday afternoon. Just
before the accident, the helicopters were following a police chase
involving a disabled truck.
While Tuesday was the day Sonex Aircraft unveiled its proof of
concept prototype electrically-powered plane, the company's
E-Flight Initiative involves more than just electric power,
focusing on pioneering alternative energy research and development
for sport aircraft.
The Alphabet Groups Weigh In On User Fees, Part Two
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.27.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.27.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: AirVenture User Fee Forum, Part
Two -- 07.27.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Part Two of
Wednesday's Alphabet-Group Forum on User Fees.)
New Evolution Flight Display Racks Up Impressive Sales
It was, as they say, not a bad first week. Aspen Avionics
announced Friday at EAA AirVenture 2007 it has received over $1.5
million in new orders for its new Evolution Flight Display product
line during the first week it was available for sale.
At a Thursday conference at AirVenture 2007, Rick Adam, founder
and CEO of Adam Aircraft, detailed the redirection of resources for
its piston and jet twins -- from development and certification, to
NASA Watchdogs Reveal Odd Explanations For Missing
Watchdog groups that keep a sharp eye on public spending are
saying the National Aeronautic and Space Administration fails to
exercise "effective control" over $35 billion worth of property
reported in its financial statements.
Morgan Hunter just turned 25. He's an Embry Riddle student
majoring in professional aeronautics -- and since 2001, he earned
his Private ticket, as well as instrument and commercial ratings.
Most people the same age would be really happy with just that.
Rebirth Of Classic Ultralight, But With A New Twist
Back in 1982, Bill Sadler won the Grand Champion Ultralight
award at Oshkosh with his single seat Vampire ultralight.
Reminiscent of its mid-20th century jet-fighter namesake, the
deHavilland Vampire, the ultralight was a mid-wing, twin tailboom
A group of French pilots, flying an array of helicopters, landed
in Oshkosh on Tuesday after an exhaustive trip from Paris.
Heliventure '07, as the event is called, took the helicopters
through several countries and over long expanses of ocean. Several
pilots recounted their memories of the trip, which was delayed
several times due to weather and an issue with US Customs.
On KidVenture -- "They're The Future And We Need To Support
An aircraft doesn’t care who flies her; woman, man, black
or white. Unfortunately, in the not-so-distant past, military and
civilian people did. When World War II started pilots were white
male - period. The military basically said black men lacked the
"qualifications" to fly.
Thursday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Micco Aircraft Company, Inc.
announced several improvements to its 2008 production aircraft,
including the use of a new material for its large bubble canopy
made by LP Aero Plastics, Inc.
After offering the families of those who perished in the Comair
Flight 5191 accident last year, the National Transportation Safety
Board announced its findings on the 11-month investigating into
what went wrong in the early morning hours of August 27, 2006.
Embraer's Phenom 100 Very Light Jet made its first flight
Thursday at the company's main facility in Sao Jose dos Campos,
Brazil. The jet was able to take off in a pocket of clear sky as
weather... has been postponing the flight for the past few
EAA can always find its roots with the homebuilt community. The
skills needed to build your own plane, helicopter, or ultralight
have been passed on from one generation of EAA'ers to the next. The
most basic skills of the homebuilding trade include woodworking,
metalworking, composites, and fabrics.
Daily Shows Planned, Written, And Coordinated By
Wayne “Boss” Boggs is a busy man during
“airshow season,” but he was kind enough to let ANN
trail him for a couple days at AirVenture. A retired FAA official,
Boggs now travels the country directing airshows as an Air Boss. In
this position, he is responsible to produce an airshow that is
safe, timely, and action-packed, no matter the conditions or
Research Aircraft Based On Blended Wing Body Concept
The innovative Boeing Blended Wing Body (BWB) research aircraft
-- designated the X-48B -- flew for the first time last week at the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Dryden Flight
Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in CA.
Midwest Airlines filed a lawsuit in US District Court Tuesday in
conjunction with an incident in 2005 where one of its 717 jets had
a brush with a weed-sprayer truck at Milwaukee's General Mitchell
International Airport that is, essentially, a case of failure to
Replaces Defense Minister In Response To TAM Accident
It's not clear why he chose to go public with this information
one week after the worst airline disaster in Brazil's history...
but just after swearing in a new Minister of Defense
Wednesday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made a
public confession: he's afraid of flying.
On Thursday, National Aeronautic and Space Administration
managers set August 7 as the official launch date for Space Shuttle
Endeavour's STS-118 mission to the International Space Station.
Liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 7:02 p.m.
Soaring Continues To Bring Pilots Closer To Aviation Roots
With the recent buzz about Very Light Jets and new Light Sport
Aircraft debuting one after another in rapid succession, it's easy
to miss a more quiet, more understated -- and much lighter -- form
of flight: Soaring.
On Wednesday at AirVenture 2007, Cirrus took the wraps off a
training service for customers of its new and used aircraft. The
Cirrus Proficiency program intends to train pilots on safety
aspects of the company's entire product line.
As a journalist you can generally get places others
can’t... and other times, it’s just luck. In that vein,
new Aero-TV Video Journalist Peter Riley and I recently scored a
ride in the Goodyear Blimp at Oshkosh 2007. I would like to pay
homage to the television news crew who cancelled to make our ride
The official home of the BD-5 network, providing information about
the Bede Aircraft BD-5. A homebuilt, single-seat high
performance aircraft that first flew more than 30 years ago and
continues to draw crowds wherever one appears.