United Launch Alliance (ULA) says it has completed two key
milestones leading toward the certification of the Atlas V launch
vehicle for human spaceflight. ULA has successfully completed the
third and fourth milestones of its Commercial Crew Development
(CCDev) Unfunded Space Act Agreement (SAA).
An Aircraft Engine Testing, Research And Development Center In
GE Aviation and StandardAero have cut the ribbon on a new $50
million aircraft engine testing, research and development center
(TRDC) in Winnipeg. The announcement caps off a 12-month
developmental partnership launched in February 2011 between the two
The investigation of an accident involving a Yak 52 which went
down near Feilding, New Zealand is focusing on a screwdriver found
in the wreckage. Investigators are trying to determine if the tool
could have jammed the controls of the Russian-built aircraft.
SAR And Utility Aircraft Based On The CN235 Airlifter
The 13th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft has been
delivered by Airbus Military to the U.S. Coast Guard from its final
assembly line in Seville, Spain. The handover came two months ahead
of the contractual delivery date. The HC-144A is based on the
Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 250 of which
are operated by 27 countries.
Stephen Colbert, host of the nightly "The Colbert Report," said
in a new NASA public service announcement released Thursday that
he's always been a huge fan of space. The talk show host tells his
Colbert Nation -- and the world -- that he now likes space even
more "because NASA is doing great things on the International Space
Genesee Country Village & Museum Constructing One-of-a-Kind
Replica ... Flights Expected to Begin This July In Western New
In late 1861, Virginia residents were shocked to see a manned
balloon rise on the horizon, directing Union Army artillery against
Confederate positions. One hundred and fifty years later, the
Intrepid -- the first type of aerial vehicle used for combat in the
United States -- will take flight once again beginning this
Jacksonville Aviation Authority's Cecil Airport has been awarded
the FAA Southern Region's 2011 General Aviation Airport Safety
Award for its efforts in safety. This award was based on the
development and implementation of specific airport safety programs,
and other accomplishments, that resulted in improved safety.
Secures Over $860 Million For Remaining Freighter
Atlas Air has entered into an $865 million term-loan facility
with Apple Bank for Savings, guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank
of the United States, to finance the company’s six remaining
B747-8F aircraft deliveries. The aircraft are expected to be placed
in Atlas Air’s international ACMI (aircraft, crew,
maintenance and insurance) service.
Equipment Lowered From A Helicopter Lands On Neighbor's
A bad of seismic equipment that was intended to be used to
measure siesmic activity in York county, PA, wound up on the deck
of a house near the survey site, but it was all a misunderstanding,
according to the company placeing the equipment and the FAA.
Concepts Are Downsized Versions Of Existing, Unproven
Moller International, which has for years been working on the
development of a roadable VTOL aircraft, said in a news release
Monday that it has completed the initial design phase for two new
Skycars which may qualify under the FAA's LSA category.
Plans To Feature An Aviation-Tailored Customer Relationship
JETNET says it's plans for Heli-Expo later this month include
introduction of a new complement to their comprehensive global
database of piston and turbine helicopters: an aviation-tailored
customer relationship management system, JETNET CRM. They will also
be demonstrating new graphical Views and add-ons to their Evolution
software at the show.
GE Aviation subsidiary Dowty Propellers has opened a repair
facility in Australia to support operators of Bombardier Q400
aircraft in the region. Located at the existing GE facility in
Brisbane, the Q400 aircraft propeller repair operations opened on
3rd January 2012. This marks a long- term investment to support the
growing fleet in the region. Initial capability will be to repair
blades and spinners.
Also: Upgraded Bell 47s, LaHood
Optimistic, 'Aero-Integrity', Darkside of the Moon, Flying People,
400th Mustang and SO Much More!
Airborne 02.03.12 is chock full of info about the week ending
Friday, February 3rd, 2012... Presented by Aero-TV veteran
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The FAA Closes In On Long-Term
Labor Unions Oppose FAA Bill Compromise
LaHood Optimistic for L
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems has achieved a
major Dream Chaser milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew
Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program. Successful completion
of this milestone required the assembly and delivery of the primary
structure of the first Dream Chaser flight test vehicle. SNC has
now completed all of its 11 scheduled CCDev milestones.
Company Won't Break Ground For New Facility Until April
Even though there's no building in which to build airplanes,
Kestrel Aircraft Company says it has already recieved a great deal
of interest in employment at the plant. Kestrel spokeswoman Kate
Dougherty says that actual jobs with Kestrel in Superior, WI, are
about two years away.
Spirit Airlines has finalized its firm order for 75 Airbus
single-aisles including 45 A320neo aircraft. The original
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced at the 2011 Dubai
air show. The airline has not yet announced its engine selection.
Spirit's order for 45 A320 neo aircraft was booked in December
If it's cold where you are, here's a warm thought. The Third
Annual Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism and Aviation Bahamas Day
aviation and cultural event will take place February 25th at Miami
Executive Aviation, Opa Locka Executive Airport, Opa Locka Florida,
from 1000-1500. The event offers general information on The Bahamas
as well as information on charter flights and accommodations.
Will Team With Florida Cargo Company To Establish Caribbean,
Latin American Presence
AvWorks Aviation is planning a strategic alliance with a
Florida-based Specialized Air Cargo company. Details of the terms
of the alliance will be disclosed in the Management Advisory
Agreement the Company intends to enter into with the Air Cargo
Aero Linx: FAI --
All FAI Aeromodelling international championships, competitions
and record activities are conducted under the direction of the FAI
Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM). CIAM stands for "Comité
International d'Aéromodelisme". The FAI Aeromodelling
Commission establishes and maintains rules and criteria for FAI
Aeromodelling competitions and records, FAI badges, security at
world sporting events, and technical standards.
A law that describes any quantity, such as gravitational force,
that decreases with the square of the distance between two objects.
For example, if the distance between two objects is doubled, then
the gravitational force exerted between them is one-fourth as
strong. Likewise, if the distance to a star is doubled, then its
apparent brightness is only one-fourth as great.
“SNC is proud to have met its schedule and cost
targets in the delivery of our first flight structure as we
continue to make preparations for our vehicle’s first
full-scale flight. The Dream Chaser Program is making great strides
towards developing a safe and cost-effective space system that will
provide our country with the capability to safely transport crew
and critical cargo to and from the International Space
Source: Mark Sirangelo, head of SNC’s Space Systems,
commenting as they achieved a major Dream Chaser milestone
under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2)