First Time Plane Flew With Forced Induction Device Engaged
Below is the unedited text of the National Transportation Safety
Board's preliminary report on last week's fatal crash of a Velocity
173RG in North Las Vegas, NV. Of note is the fact the accident
flight was to be the first with the engine's supercharger
It's one incredibly cool -- and equally unusual -- flying
machine... and, it works! Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced
Wednesday it successfully completed the first flight of its X2
Technology Demonstrator, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through
hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that
lasted approximately 30 minutes.
New Entertainment Sports League To Fly With New Rocket Engine
The Rocket Racing League announced Wednesday the successful
results of the first three test flights of the Bridenstine DKNY
Rocket Racer now equipped with liquid oxygen (LOX)-alcohol engines
manufactured by Armadillo Aerospace, a leading developer of
reusable rocket powered vehicles based in Mesquite, TX.
Hampton, GA Facility Suffered Similar Glitch On August 21
"One more example of America's deteriorating air travel system."
That's how the Travel Industry Association summarized Tuesday's
massive breakdown in the nation's air traffic control network,
after a software glitch essentially closed one of two FAA centers
that process instrument flight plan information.
Boeing was recently awarded a five-year US Army contract valued
at $4.3 billion for 181 CH-47F Chinooks and 10 additional Chinooks
under Fiscal Year 2008 supplemental funding. There are options in
the award for an additional 24 aircraft over the course of the
System Protects Aircraft Against Surface-To-Air Missiles
Alliant Techsystems announced Tuesdat it will host an AAR-47
Users Conference January 21 and 22, 2009 at its Clearwater, FL
facility. The purpose of this conference is to provide AN/AAR-47
international users with a forum for discussion of issues
concerning the purchase, operation, maintenance and repair of the
AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System.
Southwest Airlines, which has talked recently of a four percent
expansion in capacity this year, now says a slumping economy and
expectation of falling demand this winter has prompted a decision
to cut its winter schedule.
An Update On The "Passengers Bill Of Rights," With Kate
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.27.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.27.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- An Update On The "Passengers Bill
Of Rights": 08.27.08 (ANN Special Report, with
Kate Hanni of FlyersRights.org.)
Aero Republica, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. announced this
week the delivery of its eighth Embraer 190 Aircraft directly from
the manufacturer. The airline currently operates a fleet of 13
aircraft, consisting of five MD-80 aircraft and eight Embraer
Engine-maker Lycoming showed everyone at Oshkosh that while they
may have been a mite quiet of late, they sure haven't been idle.
NOT by a long shot...One of the first, of several announcements,
was a "powerful" one... something that they described as a
'new standard' for piston engine controls in its IE2 Series
Citing a recent spate of investigations identifying several
accidents that appear to at least partly attributable to in-flight
encounters with severe weather, the National Transportation Safety
Board has posted a "Safety Alert" telling pilots to be extra
cautious about their surroundings, especially when they see
The Tropical Storm that refuses to go away is making life
difficult for many in the southeastern United States. After
wrecking havoc throughout Florida last week, the remnants of T.S.
Fay pushed through Mississippi and into Georgia and South Carolina
Monday evening... threatening the start of the US National Hot Air
Attention, anyone who may have written off NASA's Mars
Exploration rover Opportunity -- designed to last a mere 90 days on
the Martian surface -- at anytime over the past... sheesh,
54 months. The Little Rover That Could has shaken off everything
from Martian dust storms, to power spikes and balky arms -- even an
extremely ill-considered NASA budget
cutback proposal -- and is now heading back out to the
Red Planet's surrounding plains nearly a year after descending into
a large crater to examine exposed ancient rock layers.
Orbital Telescope Remained In Honor Of Enrico Fermi
NASA's newest observatory, the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space
Telescope, or GLAST, has begun its mission of exploring the
universe in high-energy gamma rays. The spacecraft and its
revolutionary instruments passed their orbital checkout with flying
colors. NASA announced Tuesday GLAST has been renamed the Fermi
Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The new name honors Prof. Enrico Fermi
(1901 - 1954), a pioneer in high-energy physics.
There's gold in them thar' cabins... at least, that's the hope
of Wi-Fi TV, a growing provider of Internet television. The company
announced Tuesday the availability of over 500 Internet TV
stations, including an increasing number of proprietary stations,
to a new viewing frontier.
The Golden Age of Aviation (1927 thru 1946) has sometimes been
called the "Forgotten Years" of aviation. This is the only time in
history that the restoration and completion of a propeller
collection from this era and to this extent and rarity has even
been achieved. A collection like this does not exist anywhere else
and will never exist like this. Of the 84 propellers that comprise
the entire collection, twenty-six are rare, one of a kind and
New-Old Stock (NOS) propellers.
"One must learn by doing the thing; for though you
think you know it, you have no certainty until you
Source: Sophocles (circa 496 BC-405 BC.) While
it's unlikely the ancient Greek philosopher had aviation on his
mind when he uttered this sentence, Sophocles' statement is
appropriate for a program to be launched soon by the Department of
Energy in collaboration with Cessna and Build A Plane, under the
DOE's "Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists" office.
The "Real World Design Challenge" will offer students and teachers
the opportunity to work alongside engineers and scientists at all
of DOE's National Labs with support from industry mentors, and gain
real-world experience by using the latest CAD/CAM design software,