The FAA on Monday proposed to substantially raise the
qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S.
passenger and cargo airlines. consistent with a mandate in the
Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of
2010, the proposed rule would require first officers to hold
an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours
of pilot flight time.
Talks P-51 Pilot Through A Landing Gear Issue To A Safe
When flying a vintage P-51D Mustang, one of the things a pilot
certainly doesn't want to see is no green lights indicating the
plane's landing gear are down and locked before landing. But that's
what happened to pilot Chuck Gardner and his passenger Bill Barton
Sunday afternoon as they approached Mobile Downtown Airport. And it
was 90-year-old WWII P-51 veteran Bob Hoover to the rescue.
The Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA) has received approval
to grant WINGS continuing education credits to pilots attending a
March 1 webinar, Radio Use in the Traffic Pattern by Pilots of
Light Sport Aircraft. This webinar, which starts at 1900 EST,
will be of value to pilots of low-mass, high drag aircraft as well
as pilots of larger, faster aircraft wanting a better understanding
of what to expect when flying with these slower aircraft in the
Cause Of PA-28 Crash Which Claimed Four Lives Still
A medical examiner has told the Associated Press that the
82-year-old pilot of a Piper PA-28 that went down for unknown
reasons last year in Arkansas had no medical conditions which could
explain the accident. The flight, which killed CFI Olin
Branstetter, his wife and co-pilot Paula, Oklahoma State University
women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda
Serna, may prompt a reevaluation of the use of small GA aircraft on
Her Journey To The Cockpit Began In The Fourth Grade
By the time she was in fourth grade, young Shawna Rochelle
Kimbrell knew she wanted to be a fighter pilot. What the now-Air
Force major didn't know, however, was that she would knock down a
racial barrier by becoming the first black female fighter
Supports Sense-and-Avoid Architecture, Sets Stage for Unmanned
UAS and radar system manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical
Systems has successfully demonstrated an early prototype of its Due
Regard Radar on a manned aircraft. The Due Regard Radar is a
company-funded system that supports GA-ASI’s overall
radar-based airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its Predator
Growth In Test Point Estimate Is Anticipated This Year
The F-35 program continues to build on its 2011 flight test
success, according to prime contractor Lockheed Martin. For 2012,
the baseline F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) flight
test plan calls for the accumulation of 1,001 test flights and
7,873 test points. However, growth in test point requirements
throughout the year is anticipated, and the plan will be adjusted
'Wildcat' Helo Completes 20 Days Of Sea Trials Aboard The
The Royal Navy's next generation helicopter "Wildcat" has
completed 20 days of demanding trials aboard HMS Iron Duke, laying
the groundwork for future operations. Wildcat landed nearly 400
times on the frigate's flight deck by day and night in various
weather conditions as the ship sailed off the coasts of southern
England and northern Scotland.
Patent Based On Company's Argus One Lighter-Than-Air UAV
A patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty ("PCT")
for an airship design and a method of controlling the airship has
been filed by lighter-than-air ("LTA") UAV developer World
Surveillance Group. The patent, based on the company's Argus One
UAV, was filed to protect its intellectual property in the unique
airship design that is the foundation of the Company's UAV research
and development program.
John P. Jumper To Succeed Walter P. Havenstein At The Defense
The Board of Directors for Fortune 500 consulting company SAIC
have named John P. Jumper to succeed Walter P. Havenstein as chief
executive officer on March 1, 2012. Jumper joined SAIC's board as
Director in June, 2007. From September 2001 to November 2005,
Jumper was the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
Videos Are Now Posted On The Space Needle's Space Race Tab On
As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Seattle's
Space Needle, the attractions' management company came up with a
novel idea. Why not hold a contest to sent one lucky person on a
sub-orbital flight with a space tourism company?
Aircraft Manufacturers To Be Offered To Private Investors
The State Privatization Program for 2012-2014 in Ukraine
stipulates the decrease of the share of the state-owned sector in
Ukrainian economy until it reaches 25-30 percent of the GDP.
Ukrainian law on the respective Program has recently gone into
effect and the estimated income from the sale of national companies
to domestic and foreign investors over three years is estimated at
$5 to $7.5 billion (U.S.).
'Connected Talker' Can Be Downloaded At The App Store
VoiceFlight Systems announced today that it has released a free
"Connected Talker" iPad App that allows pilots to quickly transfer
flight plans from their iPad into VoiceFlight enabled Garmin 430W
or 530W GPS units.
Also: Wichita Loses Skycatchers, NextGen, AeroNav's First Kill,
Quiet Jets, Obama At Boeing, Onex Approved, TFR Bust Goes to Pot...
and SO MUCH MORE!
Is the worst of the recession over... at least as far as the
aviation world is concerned? Hard to say... and though GAMA
pronounced that 2011 was to be the turn-around year, we were sadly
disappointed. Hopefully, though, the current doldrums may be the
worst of it... Watching the trends in 2012, especially with
trouble afoot for so much of GA, is going to be interesting. Hey --
remember that F-16 that went off the runway at Oshkosh this year...
we now know what happened and fog INSIDE the cockpit is being named
Analysis/Commentary by Jim Campbell, ANN
Editor-In-Chief/Aero-Radical, First Class
Hi folks... long time, no editorialize. We’ve had our
hands full dealing with the fact that we are, indisputably, the
victims of a series of criminal actions from an entity that is
shaming the world of aviation with each passing day… but we
do survive and we are going to get past all this. In the meantime,
though, I have to admit, that many of the good things I had hoped
to accomplish by now have been slowed or headed off by the
inexplicable greed of a few truly dishonest creeps who are doing us
ALL no good (a story that is growing more ponderous by the day).
I’ll update you all on that at some point, but in the
Total Investment By The State Amounts To $10 Million
A $10 million state investment will fund important projects at
nine airports across Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett said
Thursday. "Thousands of people rely on the aviation industry for
jobs," Governor Corbett said. "These funds will help ensure that
the airports continue to run safely and can meet the demands of
their regional economies."
Boeing has swapped leadership on its 777 and 787 programs, but
is not offering much explanation as to why.In an internal
announcement Friday morning, Larry Loftis was announced as the GM
of the 787 program, and Scott Francher moved over to the 777
program. The two simply traded jobs.
In a scene vaguely reminiscent of one of those comedy movie
classics where a car falls apart just after arriving at its
destination or finishing the car chase ... a dramatic video out of
Brazil shows a rescue helicopter literally shaking its self apart
Part Two Of Fantasy Of Flight's 'Legends & Legacies Series'
Features Rare Appearances By Women Who Broke Boundaries
In 1942, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said "This is not a time
when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight
it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in
this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used."
Bins Separated From The Airplane Ceiling Causing Additional
Injuries, Board Says
The NTSB has issued a series of safety recommendations following
several survivable accidents that have occurred in the last 3 years
in which overhead bins and passenger service units (PSU) on Boeing
737 airplanes became separated from their attachments during the
Aero Linx: E-6B Airborne
Command Post (ABNCP)
A mark of America's strategic excellence is its preeminent
ability to command, control, and communicate with its nuclear
forces. An essential element of that ability is U.S. Strategic
Command's Airborne Command Post, also called "Looking Glass." Its
highly-trained crew and staff ensure there is always an aircraft
ready to direct bombers and missiles from the air should
ground-based command centers become inoperable. Looking Glass
guarantees that U.S. strategic forces will act only in the precise
manner dictated by the president.
A middle cloud with vertical development that forms from
altocumulus clouds. It is composed primarily of ice crystals in its
higher portions and characterized by its turrets, protuberances, or
crenelated tops. Its formation indicates instability and turbulence
at the altitudes of occurrence.
"...You're like, 'Oh, what the hell was I afraid
Source: New Pilot Tyler perry... who admitted
that he was afraid to fly... Realizing that the boat option
would probably take too long for quick getaway trips, Perry
determined that the best way to get over his fear of flying so he
could enjoy his island home was to learn to do it ... so he did.
Reports in numerous entertainment media outlets indicate that he
recently earned his pilot certificate so that he could fly himself
and his friends to the island. He said it was all a matter of