Study Recommends More Extensive Collection, Analysis Of Data On Pilots, Aircraft
While accident rates have been going down over the past 12 years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a recently-released study that the FAA could do more to get to the root cause of the disproportionately high number of accidents involving GA airplanes.
European Commission Studying The Concept Of An Overarching Organization For Aviation
The European Union has launched a consultation process that could lead to the establishment of a European Aviation Agency styled after the FAA. The organization would have broad powers over all aspects of aviation, many of which are currently under the auspices of civil aviation authorities of individual countries.
Embraer has reached a significant milestone with the delivery of its 900th E-Jet, an Embraer 190, to Kenya Airways in a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil Wednesday.
RANGR-G Is Available Now For All Airports Seeking Practical NextGen Ground Ops Solution
The first ADS-B Out system approved by the FAA for monitoring airport surface vehicle movements has been introduced by FreeFlight Systems. Designed for easy installation in ground vehicles, the RANGR-G is based on the company's airborne RANGR ADS-B datalink radio, the first rule-compliant 978 MHz ADS-B Out system certified by the FAA.
Aircraft Selected In Part For Low Noise Profile In Flight
After receiving permission from the FAA to fly over Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Eurocopter’s EC130 B4 .. said to be one of the quietest helicopters in its class ... made its debut Wednesday on Reunion Island, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010.
Awards Open To Graduate Students Worth Up To $68,000 Per Year
NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master's or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The fellowship awards, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the fall 2013 term.
Early Testing Shows A 10 Percent Jump In Fuel Economy
Migrating birds, NASCAR drivers and Tour de France bicyclists already get it. And now the Air Force is thinking about flying gas-guzzling cargo aircraft in formation -- 'dragging' off one another -- on long-haul flights across the oceans. Flight tests with C-17s "vortex surfing" at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, Sept. 6 and Oct. 2, have demonstrated potentially large savings of fuel and money by doing what geese do naturally.
Includes Broad Policy Against Conflict Of Interest
EASA has updated the Code of Conduct for its staff, including an overarching policy on the Prevention and Mitigation of Conflict of Interest. A similar policy is also being adopted by the Members of EASA’s Management Board. The objective of the Code of Conduct is to maintain and further guarantee the high level of independence and impartiality of EASA opinions and decisions.
A contract for two additional AW139 medium twin helicopters has been inked between Mitsui Bussan Aerospace and AgustaWestland. The AW139s will be operated by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to perform multi-role law enforcement missions in the Toyama and Osaka Prefectures.
Aviation Legend’s Pioneering Aircraft Fitted With Company’s Electronic Flight Instrument System
The Boomerang twin-engine, asymmetric airplane conceived and built by Burt Rutan was recently equipped with an Electronic Flight Instrument System (“EFIS”) from UAV Navigation. The EFIS runs on the installed AP04OEM2 Attitude and Heading Reference System (“AHRS”) / Inertial Navigation System (“INS”).
Flight From Los Angeles Was Diverted, Then Cancelled After Shoving Incident On Board
It takes a heck of a lot to cause the pilot of an airliner to make an unscheduled landing. The expense in time and fuel alone make it a very unattractive proposition. But the pilot of a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London did just that on Thursday when an intoxicated passenger became unruly in the main cabin, allegedly pushing other passengers and a crew member.
The NTSB met Wednesday and determined that the probable cause of the crash of an experimental Gulfstream G650 on April 2, 2011, in Roswell, NM, was the result of an aerodynamic stall and uncommanded roll during a planned takeoff test flight conducted with only one of the airplane’s two engines operating. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft was berthed to the International Space Station at 0803 CDT Wednesday, a key milestone in a new era of commercial spaceflight.
Report Requested By Republican Congressmen Jason Chaffetz, John Mica
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has released the results of its investigation of a baggage screening situation at Honolulu International Airport in 2010 that involved 48 TSA employees who failed to properly screen checked baggage. The IG found that the shortcomings in the agency's procedures, standards and oversight that likely contributed to the security failure in Hawaii are system-wide, not isolated to one airport or incident.
Represents The Largest Order In The Airline's History
A firm order for 20 737 MAX 8s, 17 737 MAX 9s and 13 Next-Generation 737-900ERs was announced Wednesday by Alaska Airlines and Boeing. The order, valued at more than $5 billion at current list prices, is the largest in Alaska Airlines' history.
Members Say They Are Determined To Achieve A 'Meaningful' Contract
Flight attendant leaders for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing US Airways flight attendants, have called for a strike vote to back up their demands for a single contract in the US Airways/America West merger. The strike vote will open on October 31 and close November 20.
Airplane Was Suspected Of Carrying Weapons To Damascus
A Syrian Airbus A320 on a flight from Moscow to Damascus Wednesday was intercepted by Turkish fighter jets and escorted to Enseboga International Airport in Ankara, where it was searched for weapons suspected to be on board.
Shortly after the five teams in the 2012 America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race has launched last Sunday evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, race officials predicted a flight to the east coast was not out of the question. Wednesday that prediction came true – 3 fold.
“This report and one TSA fiasco after another have demonstrated that this isn’t the problem of a few bad apples. There are system-wide problems with this massive bureaucracy." Source: Congressman John Mica, Chair of the House Transportation Committee.