QASAR Goes To Risk Assessment Leader For Commercial Crew
NASA has presented its Quality and Safety Achievement
Recognition, or QASAR, award for 2011 to Teri L. Hamlin of Manvel,
Texas. The QASAR award recognizes individual government and
contractor employees who have demonstrated exemplary performance in
contributing to the quality and/or safety of products, services,
processes, or management programs and activities.
Global Near Space Services (GNSS) of Colorado Springs, CO, and
Bye Aerospace of Denver, CO, jointly announced continued progress
in the development of a unique solar-electric-powered airship named
StarLight. Engineers project this cost-effective, unmanned high
altitude airship will remain on-station in the stratosphere for a
minimum of four months at a time.
Flexibility Is US Air Force Bomber’s Greatest Asset
The Boeing B-1 bomber aircraft has completed its 10,000th combat
mission. The heavy bomber entered service with the U.S. Air Force
on June 29, 1985, and has been in nearly continuous combat for the
past 10 years. The milestone mission took off from a base in
Southwest Asia and was flown in support of operations over
Afghanistan before returning to base.
Primary Topic Is ISS Role In Sending Humans Beyond Low Earth
In partnership with the International Space University (ISU),
Explore Mars, Inc. is presenting the International Space Station
and Mars Conference at the Boeing Auditorium at the ISU Central
Campus in Strasbourg, France on April 12-13, 2012. This conference
will discuss how ISS can be utilized to advance the goal of sending
humans beyond Low Earth Orbit - specifically to Mars.
Total Number Of SKYe SH09 Helicopters On The Books Stands At
After being introduced last year, Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd.
confirms that it took 23 orders for its SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo held
in Houston. The company says it now has firm orders for 34 aircraft
on the books.
Scandals Have Officials Afraid To Take Responsibility For
Sometimes US military procurement is strangled by Congressional
gridlock, or special interests fighting through their lawmakers to
win contracts. But in India, new reports say procurement
investigations over the last 30 years have so tainted the process
that government officials are afraid to take responsibility for
approving contracts, for fear they'll spend the rest of their
careers under suspicion.
Adds Premium Features Including Sunlight Readability, Automated
Adventure Pilot has started shipping its new premium GPS
navigation device for GA pilots. The new iFly 720 builds on popular
features from its little brother, the iFly 700. New features
include sunlight readability, simple automated Wi-Fi Updating and
iFly Streets, plus premium hardware enhancements like a faster
processor, more efficient memory and internal power capacitor
position the iFly 720 for future developments and enhancement
Offers New Consulting Service To Airport Operators
A new specialised consulting service offered by Airbus will help
improve the safety of landing operations at airports around the
world, leveraging the capabilities of its advanced ELISE (Exact
Landing Interference Simulation Environment) software.
Iridium-Based Tracking To Be Used Across Support And Serivces
A handheld, Iridium-based tracking and messaging solution called
HawkEye-PT developed by Blue Sky Network has been selected by Bell
Helicopter to track all aircraft en route from Bell's service
center in Piney Flats, TN, to destinations across the globe.
Toxicology Shows Levels Ten Times Those Of 'Normal Users'
There's an update on the case of a Cessna 172 stolen by a
non-pilot from the Concord Airport in California earlier this
month, then crashed into the bank of a canal after an apparent wire
strike. The toxicology report reveals the thief had methamphetamine
in his bloodstream at a concentration ten times that of a normal
user, indicative of long-term use.
Work To Be Performed by Computer Sciences Corporation For Over
NASA has awarded a three-month extension with two three-month
options, for a total of nine months, on a contract with Computer
Sciences Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft
maintenance and modification support. The extension, including all
options, is valued at $46.6 million.
To reverse an old saying, "Even people with real enemies can
still be paranoid." The hair-trigger security environment which now
characterizes airline travel may have a few people on edge. On
Southwest Flight 155 from Baltimore to Long Island Friday, a
friendly acknowledgment by the pilot over the PA system of the
birthday of a "mom on board" was misheard by some passengers as
"bomb on board," causing a brief panic.
From WAI2011: A Fascinating Look At The World Of NextGen and Our Future Cockpits
One of the high points of our year is our annual trek to the Women in Aviation gathering. Unfortunately; due to commitments overseas, we're going to miss most of the event this year but for those of you with the ability, we can't recommend a visit highly enough... no matter what gender you represent.
From WAI2011: A Fascinating Look At The World Of NextGen and Our
One of the high points of our year is our annual trek to the
Women in Aviation gathering. Unfortunately; due to commitments
overseas, we're going to miss most of the event this year but for
those of you with the ability, we can't recommend a visit highly
enough... no matter what gender you represent. This year's
rendition takes place in Dallas (which we visited a few days ago
for the 2012 HeliExpo). The 23rd Annual International Women in
Aviation Conference will be held from Thursday, March 8 through
Saturday, March 10, 2012. This year's Conference will take place at
the Hilton Anatol
Says Questions About Documentation Caused The Abrupt
The Air Force has cancelled its $355 million contract with
Embraer for 20 Super Tucano aircraft that it had awarded December
31st effective Friday. The contract award, which is still being
litigated, will be investigated.
NBAA Has Prepared A Letter Members Can Send To Representatives
In the two weeks since President Obama called for a $100
per-flight user fee in his latest federal budget proposal,
Congressional opposition to the idea has been building, including
from four members of the U.S. House of Representatives who are
urging their colleagues to sign a letter of protest to the White
Should Fund The Company Through Production Of Lynx Suborbital
XCOR Aerospace announced Monday that it recently closed a $5
million round of equity funding. The round, combined with cash on
hand plus anticipated and existing contracts, should fund the
company through production of its Lynx Mark I Suborbital
Most commentary linking rising oil prices with suppression of an
economic recovery relies on vague generalizations. But Southwest
Airlines is blaming the upward march of fuel costs for a change in
expansion plans which could delay the deployment of hundreds of
additional planes, citing the need to reach a target of a 15
percent return on investment.
Fire Warning Light Did Not Activate During Function Test
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia has issued an
"urgent" AD for AS 350 B2 helicopters, all serial numbers, if
equipped with a Turbomeca ARRIEL 1D1 engine and incorporating
Eurocopter modification (mod) 073273, except helicopters that
incorporate mod 074346. The AD was first published by EASA.
Cessna Re-Ups, Redbird Comes On Board At 'Gold' Level
SAFE, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, recently
announced the addition of Redbird Flight Simulations as a
Gold-Level Corporate Member. Simultaneously, Cessna has renewed its
exclusive sponsorship of the SAFE website.
“This fee would have a devastating impact on
commercial and general aviation, as well as the aviation
manufacturing industry.” Source: Letter from House
GA Caucus and Transportation Committee leaders to President