It flies... and apparently does so fairly well. The joint venture between Textron AirLand and AirLand Enterprises has produced a flying prototype of the Scorpion Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft. The bird completed its first flight at 10:30 AM Central Time. The aircraft took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas and conducted a range of handling maneuvers for approximately 1.4 hours of flight. Today’s flight marks one of the fastest developments of a U.S.-built tactical jet, progressing from initial design to first flight in less than 24 months.
Was Involved In A Mid-Air Collision During A Night Strike Mission
The remains of an Airman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO.
One Of The Last Airworthy Examples Of The Aircraft Acquired By The Collings Foundation
The Collings Foundation has acquired one of the last flyable examples of the P-40B Warhawk from a museum in the U.K. and plans to bring the airplane back to the U.S. to participate in air shows and other events.
Initial Order Placed By Germany’s Baden Württemberg Police
Germany’s Landespolizei Baden Württemberg has ordered six Eurocopter EC145 T2 helicopters, becoming the first law enforcement customer for this evolved version of the EC145 twin-engine rotorcraft. When delivered in 2015-2016, these EC145 T2s will provide the southwestern German state’s police force with a highly capable multi-role fleet to replace a mixed fleet of two other helicopter types.
Nearly One In Four PT6A Engines Delivered Last Year Went To New Ag Airplanes
As the aviation community powers up for the next National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) convention in Reno, Nevada, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is also busy writing the next chapter of its storied relationship with one of its long-standing partners. Air Tractor and Pratt & Whitney Canada have signed a long-term commercial agreement covering the sale of PT6A-15AG, -34AG, -60AG, -65AG, -67AG and -67F engines.
Bombardier Aerospace has officially welcomed Delta Air Lines’ subsidiary Endeavor Air to the family of CRJ900 NextGen aircraft operators following the delivery commencement of the aircraft ordered by Delta Air Lines in December 2012. Delta has previously announced that the 40 firm-ordered aircraft will be operated by Endeavor Air under the Delta Connection brand.
A partnership between the Anne Arundel County Public School System (AACPS) and aerospace company ARINC will lead to the development of a class on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for students participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) magnet program. The course is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation for high school students.
NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial life, taken the first readings of radiation on the surface, and shown how natural erosion could reveal the building blocks of life.
Says He Wants To Preserve His Dream To Fly In Space
A Colorado first-grader has dreams of being an astronaut, as do likely many youngsters in the nation. But six-year-old Connor Johnson of Denver, under the advisement of his parents, is doing more than dreaming.
Authors Say The Three Most Pressing Barriers To Continuing U.S. Leadership Are Globalization, Talent Shortfalls And Innovation Challenges
While all signs point to a second golden age for the U.S. commercial aircraft industry, there are several headwinds that may impact this resurgent trajectory, according to a new report launched Tuesday by PwC US in conjunction with The Manufacturing Institute titled "Aviation's Second Golden Age: Can the US aircraft industry maintain leadership?"
Named Director of Flight Crew Operations For The Near-Space Tourism Company
Former astronaut Mark Kelly has been named Director of Flight Crew Operations at World View Enterprises. A retired U.S. Navy test pilot and Space Shuttle Commander, Kelly will play a central role in the start-up commercial space business, which began taking reservations Monday for its "accessible, affordable" trips to the edge of space via high-altitude balloon.
Finally! Someone (Besides ANN) Is Ready To Face LSA Reality
At the Redbird Migration 2013 meeting, EAA Chairman of the Board, Jack Pelton took questions from many of the attendees during his forum presentation. One question asked was (yes, by ANN); is it time for the FAA to revamp the light sport aircraft certification regulations? Pelton’s short answer to that question was yes; changes need to be made.
Finally! Someone (Besides ANN) Is Ready To Face LSA Reality
At the Redbird Migration 2013 meeting, EAA Chairman of the Board, Jack Pelton took questions from many of the attendees during his forum presentation. One question asked was (yes, by ANN); is it time for the FAA to revamp the light sport aircraft certification regulations? Pelton’s short answer to that question was yes; changes need to be made. Pelton addressed three areas that he thinks need attention. One of these areas related directly to the way equipment changes can be made to an aircraft that is certified as a special- light sport.
Flights With Up To Five Passengers In VFR Conditions Would Not Require A Third-Class Medical
GA pilots have for years been asking the FAA to look at rules for third-class medical certificates in an effort to see those rules relaxed. Wednesday, two Republican Congressman turned up the heat on the process by introducing a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would substantively change medical requirements for thousands of GA pilots.
Instructor Pilot Said He Was 'Stressed' By KSFO Approach
At a meeting called to discuss cockpit automation procedures and other safety issues in the wake of the accident in San Francisco involving an Asiana Boeing 777-200, the NTSB released a 45-page report based in part on interviews with the pilots on board the airplane.
Company Will Create 115 Jobs And Invest $11.4 Million In Equipment And Tooling
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison on Tuesday announced the company will build its new SLS helicopter line at Lafayette Regional Airport, leading to the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility in Louisiana history. The project will create 115 new direct jobs averaging more than $55,000 per year, plus benefits.
Move Follows Objections By The Civil Aviation Medical Association
The FAA has sent a memo to Aviation Medical Examiners saying that its Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) policy introduced last month in a medical bulletin had not been implemented and physicians should not include body mass index calculations as part of the airman medical examinations. The agency also noted that a formal notice would be issued prior to the policy's implementation.
Strong Global Demand, New Fuel Efficiency Drive Expected $112 Billion In Deliveries
Boeing has released its seventh annual aircraft finance market forecast, projecting that investors and financiers in the major aircraft finance markets will deliver balanced liquidity to fund what is expected to be another record global jetliner production year in 2014.
Findings Published Tuesday At American Geophysical Union Meeting
After a year of observations, scientists waited with bated breath on Nov. 28, 2013, as Comet ISON made its closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. Would the comet disintegrate in the fierce heat and gravity of the sun? Or survive intact to appear as a bright comet in the pre-dawn sky?
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"Today's announcement signals that Louisiana is ready to further expand its presence and leadership in the aerospace industry, creating quality career opportunities for our people for generations to come." Source: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, on the announcement that Bell will manufacture its new SLS helicopter in the state.
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