Masten Space Systems tells ANN that they have completed their
first vertical take-off, vertical-landing (VTVL) rocket flight
demonstration. The demonstration proved out the design and controls
of the 730lb rocket-powered vehicle, known as XA-0.1B-750 or
“Xombie”, its internal nickname.
First EASA-Certified Pistons To Enter Service In Poland And
Lest you think that EBACE is all jet fuel and turbines, we might
note that Hawker Beechcraft is delivering some piston equipment
during this year's event -- in thise case, the delivery of three
new Beechcraft Bonanza G36 aircraft to a customer in the United
Kingdom and one Beechcraft Baron G58 to a customer in Poland.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.13.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.13.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Mayors vs. Obama on GA, Part II -
05.13.09 (ANN Special Report, with Mayors Carl
Brewer, of Wichita, Kansas; Steve Van Oort, of Ankeny, Iowa;
Rick Fernau of Show Low, Arizona; and Fred Bott of Devils
Lake, North Dako
Enhancements Include New Displays And Next-Gen FMS That
Delivers RNP, FANS And WAAS-LPV
Honeywell is developing new avionics capabilities that will
include NextGen features like, Future Air Navigation System (FANS
1/A), Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with
Vertical guidance (WAAS-LPV) Required Navigation Procedures (RNP)
and new Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) for certain Challenger 601
and Global Express aircraft.
Experimental LEDs Serve As Nav/Strobe/Position Lights
Necessity may be the Mother of Invention... and
aviation can use all of that it can get. Hence, a unique idea from
AeroLEDs -- the Pulsar ExP, an all LED Nav/Strobe/Position that
does NOT require an external power supply.
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced that 27-year CAF
member James C. "Woody" Woodford will be joining its Headquarters
as Director of Maintenance, reporting to Bob Stenevik, VP of
Operations and Maintenance.
Bizarre Story May Finally Have Come To End... We Hope
The last few days have been busy for NTSB personnel...
and while far more serious issues were being addressed in public
hearings over the CO 3407 crash, another part of the NTSB was
putting the last nail in a pilot's career that certainly
tarnished the image of aviation and aviators everywhere.
We've had a ball showing you various aspects of how and why the Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s became some of the most popular aircraft in recent GA history. But the build process is nearly as fascinating as the airplanes themselves... especially in light of the changes the G3 version of the SR series has undergone in the last two years.
The hearings conducted by the NTSB, Tuesday,
are proving to be as nearly as painful as the accident itself -- to
those left behind. The transcript of the cockpit voice recorder
aboard Continental Connection Flight 3407, leaves little question
that the pilots of the Bombardier Q400 violated anyone's definition
of "sterile cockpit" while on approach to Buffalo Niagara
International Airport the night of February 12th.
Cessna's increasingly outspoken (and rightfully so)
Chairman/President/CEO, Jack Pelton continues to make great sense
in talking about and dealing with aviation's global malaise. Pelton
advises that, 'today the current meltdown in business aviation
activity, while the most profound in many years, is best kept in
perspective when discussing the global role of business aviation
and of Cessna.'
We've had a ball showing you various aspects of how and why the
Cirrus Aircraft SR20s and SR22s became some of the most popular
aircraft in recent GA history. But the build process is nearly as
fascinating as the airplanes themselves... especially in light of
the changes the G3 version of the SR series has undergone in the
last two years.
Avidyne has extended their partnership with WSI of Andover, MA
to deliver worldwide datalink graphical weather using Avidyne's
MLX770/MLX780 Iridium-based datalink transceivers and WSI's
Inflight Weather Service via a wide variety of industry-standard
Electronic Flight Bags.
Alaskan Firm Already Holds IO-360 Installation STC for Cessna
This oughta kick-start that lovely ol' Cessna 175 in a few
hangars... Stoots Aviation of Fairbanks, Alaska, an STC OEM for
Lycoming, is in the process of gaining its second Lycoming-related
STC -- for the aforementioned classic Cessna.
Slow going... that's what's been happening as the five wheels
that still rotate on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit have been
slipping severely in soft soil during recent attempts to drive. The
result is the sinking of the wheels -- about halfway into the
The point on the earth's orbit that is farthest from the sun.
Although the position is part of a 21,000 year cycle, currently it
occurs around July, when the earth is about 3 million miles farther
from the sun than at perihelion. This term can be applied to any
other celestial body in orbit around the sun. It is the opposite of
Aero-Linx: The 2009
International Space Development Conference (ISDC)
The National Space Society (NSS) is hosting the 28th annual
International Space Development Conference (ISDC). The conference
provides a unique opportunity for students, space enthusiasts, and
the general public to engage aerospace entrepreneurs and
executives, NASA officials, academics and key decision and policy
makers in an open and positive discussion about space exploration,
research, and development.
“We will spend about the same percentage of
revenue in 2009 on new product and new feature development, and we
will spend it on satisfying customer requirements for existing
products in existing markets. We will continue to improve our
global customer service network – already second to none in
the industry – and make it even more responsive to the
Source: Cessna CEO Pelton in yet another
poignant and on-target "Jack Attack" addressing the issues that
seem so ponderous right now as the BizAv and GA industries make
their way through the world-wide economic morass -- and how Cessna
is dealing with it, themselves.