Report Indicates Progress Is Being Made, But Challenges Remain In Implementing The Airline Safety Act
The Department of Transportation Inspector General says that the FAA has implemented many of the measures contained in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act passed by the Congress in 2010, but the Agency and industry have not yet achieved the full measure of the Act’s intended safety enhancements.
Two Face Criminal Charges For False Weight And Takeoff Power Data
A federal grand jury in Medford, OR, has handed up indictments accusing two Oregon men of falsifying weight and takeoff power data given to the U.S. Forest Service about helicopters they provided for firefighting missions. One of those aircraft, a Sikorsky S-61N, went down in northern California in 2008, resulting in the fatal injury of nine people on board.
A large NASA science balloon has broken two flight duration records while flying over Antarctica carrying an instrument that detected 50 million cosmic rays. The Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (Super-TIGER) balloon launched at 1545 EST, Dec. 8 from the Long Duration Balloon site near McMurdo Station.
FMS, HUD, And Up Front Control Panel To Be Installed In Turboprop Training Airplanes
Esterline CMC Electronics' (CMC) has been awarded contracts by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. to supply its latest generation CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS), SparrowHawk Head-Up Display (HUD) sub-system as well as Up Front Control Panel for the fleets of PC-21 turboprop training aircraft selected by two international customers.
Will Fly Three Of The Aircraft In Russia And The Commonwealth Of Independent States (CIS)
Bombardier Aerospace has welcomed Yakutia Airlines to the growing family of Bombardier Q400 aircraft operators. Yakutia Airlines, a domestic passenger carrier based in the northeast region of Russia, will fly three Q400 aircraft, with the first one having arrived this week at Yakutsk Airport.
Primary Goal Is To Accelerate A-CDM Processes At Select European Airports
The EU will support with almost €4 million ($5.41 million) from the TEN-T Program, a project to support and accelerate Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) and Airspace Management (ASM) with a view of optimising resources at European airports and progressing towards an efficient and flexible use of airspace.
Airbus: Repeat Order Great Vote Of Confidence In A330s Efficiency And Reliability
Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for two additional A330-300 passenger aircraft and three options as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. The additional order for the A330 family is taking their total firm order for the type to 38. Turkish Airlines placed their first order with Airbus in 1984, and today operate a total of 104 Airbus aircraft.
North Texas Business Aviation Association Awards $2,500 To Ft. Worth Student
The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) awarded their first 2013 Scholarship to a student and Army Veteran from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Ft. Worth, Texas last month. Dago D. Toruga was awarded $2500 toward his studies at the University.
Maritime surveillance requirements are demanding specific capabilities and performance such as mission endurance, flight profiles, mission equipment and human factors. Until recently, such missions were performed exclusively by aircraft – some dedicated for the maritime surveillance mission, with others using off-the-shelf transport planes modified for the mission.
But Seems To Have Forgotten An Iranian-Born Woman Flew To The ISS In 2006
In a speech to scientists in Tehran recently, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he stands ready to be the country's first astronaut, seemingly forgetting that an Iranian-born woman has already flown in space.
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If Congress fails to do its job and the USA goes over the financial cliff, fans of the Navy's Blue Angels may wind up singing "Bye, Bye, Birdie!" The Blue Angels have scheduled more than 30 events for the second half of 2013, and they may not fly any of them if automatic budget cuts go into effect due to sequestration. Hawker Beechcraft said in a statement Friday that Judge Stuart M. Bernstein has approved its entire Joint Plan of Reorganization, paving the way for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 protection. The National Aeronautic Association has
Has Submitted Applications For Permission To Test Potential Battery Fixes
In what may be the first breakthrough in a return to flight for Boeing's Dreamliners, the planemaker has asked the FAA to allow it to begin conducting test flights with the airplane to evaluate potential fixes for battery issues.
Both Organizations Say Facts, Not Rhetoric, Should Drive The Debate
The White House seems to be at it again. In a press briefing Tuesday in Washington, Press Secretary Jay Carney made a reference to "subsidies to corporate jet owners" as something that could be cut or eliminated as way to reduce the national debt.
Completes First Installation Of Dynon System In CTLSi
Flight Design recently completed the first installation a full ASD-B system in one of its brand-new CTLSi models, which are powered by the fuel injected Rotax 912 iS engine. The newly equipped aircraft made its debut at the 2013 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida.
Possible In-Flight Separation Prompts The Safety Alert
The FAA has released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) directed to owners, operators, repair stations, and mechanics holding Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificates, concerning service difficulties and safety issues associated with the Aero Vodochody L-39C and L-39ZA variants. According to the agency, aircrews have experienced one or both canopies separating from the aircraft, or partially opening, while in-flight.
When Felix Baumgartner stepped off his capsule into the fringe of space, he began a freefall that eventually reached 833.9 miles per hour ... or Mach 1.24. That makes him the first human to break the sound barrier without any kind of mechanical assistance.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Industry And Academic Leaders To Participate
The FAA will hold its 16th annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, D.C. The two-day conference will get underway at 0800 at the National Housing Center. U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood will deliver keynote remarks at 1430 Wednesday afternoon.
"FAA has not provided the level of education, outreach, and guidance needed for air carriers to implement new safety programs, such as mentoring, leadership, and professional development committees. Until FAA takes a more focused approach working with and assisting smaller carriers, the full safety benefits associated with these programs will not be realized." Source: Report from the DOT IG's office.
Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCL) identify the critical design features such as proper wire separation, proper installation of a panel gasket, minimum bonding jumper resistance levels, etc., that must be maintained in exactly the same manner throughout the life of the aircraft.