Faltering Airlines May Be Allowed To Dodge Domestic Fuel
India's civil aviation ministry is asking another government
bureau, the petroleum ministry, to do something to stop jet fuel
suppliers from refusing deliveries on short notice to airlines
which are struggling financially. The practice has disrupted
flights and stranded passengers when planes couldn't refuel.
Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) will resume
flight testing in March on its newly redesigned composite MD 530F
main rotor blades in anticipation of FAA certification by the end
of 2012. Following a series of successful ground and flight tests
in April 2011, VHA engineers redesigned the main rotor blade to
address control load and manufacturing issues.
The Agency Slashed The Planetary Sciences Program, Effectively
Killing Joint Mars Mission With ESA
President Obama's proposed $300 million cut to the planetary
sciences program in the FY 2013 NASA budget was what pushed Ed
Weiler to resign from the agency last September, and that's the
word directly from the former Associate Administrator for the
Science Mission Directorate.
Association Says Measure Will Improve Safety In Medical
The Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) said in a Thursday
news release it commends Congress for passing aviation
reauthorization legislation that includes strong provisions to
advance the safety of air medical transportation. The "FAA
Modernization and Reform Act of 2012" (H.R. 658) includes a series
of provisions directing the FAA to further improve and update the
regulation of the industry.
Custom Android App Allows In-Aircraft Communication Over
A portable Bluetooth device that enables hands-free Iridium
phone calls and two-way messaging on users’ smartphones in an
aircraft or helicopter has been introduced by Blue Sky Network.
After downloading the custom BSN app, HawkeyeLink uses Bluetooth
technology to connect to an Android smartphone.
Maintenance Tracking Provider Adds Helicopter-Specific
Maintenance tracking program provider Avtrak says it has added
new system features exclusively for the helicopter industry to
address low cycle fatigue concerns and the new OEM requirements
associated with these issues.
Enhanced Vision To Be Installed For Gulf Of Mexico ONG
Max-Viz and Auric Avionics & Instruments of New Orleans,
Louisiana, said Thursday that Max-Viz EVS-1500 systems will be
installed in a Sikorsky S-76 and three Bell 407 helicopters for use
in the Oil and Natural Gas (ONG) industry in the Gulf of
Contract Spans Entire Process From Engineering To
Melbourne Florida-based Southeast Aerospace (SEA) has been
contracted by Auburn University through its Aviation
Management/Professional Flight Education Program to develop a
complete ADS-B solution including an AML STC. Through the
development of this ADS-B project, SEA plans to support the GA
market with an STC with AML approval for a 978MHz UAT solution.
MSP Aero Obtains FAA Supplemental Type Certificate For
Appareo’s Vision 1000 On AW109/AW119 Helicopters
The FAA has recently granted a Supplemental Type Certificate to
MSP Aero for the Appareo Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)
device on AgustaWestland AW109/119 series rotorcraft. The Vision
1000 is a part of Appareo Systems’ ALERTS family of FDM
iOS Software Available Now, Android Coming In The Next Few
NASA has released a new educational game with an air traffic
control theme for Apple iPhone and iPad devices. The Sector 33
application is designed to challenge students in middle school and
above to use basic math and problem-solving skills. An Android
version of the app is in development and will be made available in
the Android Marketplace in the coming months.
Aero Linx: USMC/Combat
This organization, previously known as the USMC/Vietnam
Helicopter Association, is now known as the USMC/Combat Helicopter
Association with REGULAR or ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIPs available.
Through our organization's newsletter "POPASMOKE", and the
popasmoke.com website, we are establishing and maintaining contact
with all former and current Marine helicopter/tilt-rotor crews,
including pilots, crew-chiefs, gunners, air observers, maintenance,
corpsmen (USN), flight surgeons (USN), chaplains (USN) and all
other support personnel.
The control which changes the pitch of the rotor blades
individually during a cycle of revolution to control the tilt of
the rotor disc, and therefore, the direction and velocity of
"This is a significant step forward in improving
safety. But, there is no stopping point in this effort. We
work continually to advance the level of technology, training, and
Source: AMOA President Christopher Eastlee, in
remarks associated with the organization's commendation
of Congress for passing aviation reauthorization legislation
that includes strong provisions to advance the safety of air