NASA'S Tropical Cloud Systems And Processes Mission In Costa
NASA's ER-2 achieved a first July 17 when it flew a series
of data-gathering missions above turbulent Hurricane Emily -- the
most powerful storm the weather plane and its pilot, NASA pilot
David Wright, have ever tackled.
Aero-Views by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
Three dozen years ago a spindly spacecraft, built by the best
and the brightest of the world's engineers and supported by a who's
who of defense contractors, touched down on the surface of the Moon
after a four-day flight from Florida in the United States. Two men
were on board, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. A third, Michael
Collins, orbited the moon in another small capsule to wait for them
ESA Transfers Ownership Of European-Built ISS Observation
Module To NASA
Ownership of the European-built cupola observation module for
the International Space Station (ISS) was officially transferred to
NASA earlier this month. The transfer of ownership, which took
place at the Kennedy Space Center July 7th, marks the conclusion of
ESA’s obligations for the Cupola’s development as part
of a bilateral barter agreement between ESA and NASA.
The North American T-6/SNJ fleet is complying with Airworthiness
Directive (AD) 2005-12-51, which requires that paint be removed and
a fluorescent dye penetrant be used to look for defects in the
aircraft's wing attach angles. The FAA has also approved an
alternative means of compliance (AMOC) allowing eddy current
inspection for defects. Each of these methods has its good and bad
Organizations Want Help In Developing Online Sport Pilot Flight
Demand for sport pilot flight instruction is building and
EAA/NAFI need help in getting potential students together with
willing instructors. "The number one question right now on the EAA
Sport Pilot Hotline is where can I get instruction?" said Charlie
Becker, director of EAA Aviation Services. EAA and the National
Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) are responding by
establishing a database of instructors willing to teach sport pilot
Volunteers are the heart of Oshkosh. Without the 4,500 or so
selfless people who give their time to this air show, there
wouldn't even BE an air show. Volunteers comprise about 95 percent
of the air show staff.
NASA continues to target next Tuesday as the earliest possible
date to launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the Return to Flight
mission (STS-114). The determination was made during Monday's
meeting of the Mission Management Team (MMT) at Kennedy.
A trio of families has gone to court in Dallas, TX, suing
American Airlines, its parent company, AMR Corp., and affiliate
Corporate Airlines in the aftermath of an October 2004 mishap in
which 13 people died.
Not at all happy at the prospect, World Trade Organization
officials Wednesday began the daunting task of sifting through a
dispute between the US and EU over subsidies to aircraft
manufacturers Boeing and Airbus.
Boeing and Spanish airline Air Europa have finalized an
agreement for the acquisition of 18 Boeing Next-Generation
737-800s. Air Europa first announced its intention to order the
airplanes, plus purchase rights for an additional 16, last month at
the Paris Air Show.
MXR Technologies has announced that its MX2 achieved a first
place finish at the first ever aerobatic hover off competition at
the 2005 51st Sebring Aerobatic Competition. The firm also revealed
that it is the first ever aerobatic company to sign a full factory
Nationwide Search For Innovative And Visionary Leader
Help Wanted: Aviation
insider needed to lead one of the counry's most innovative aviation
museums. Must be experienced, dynamic and a visionary. Must have
big feet -- candidate will be filling the shoes of retiring
President and CEO Ken Curtis.
by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
AirVenture is almost upon us! And as usual, Aero-News will be
there in great force. Going over some advance press information, I
saw a few disappointments, in that some exciting aircraft aren't
coming after all. That's a bummer. But on the up side, there are a
bunch of awesome things to see here in the beautiful Wisconsin
NASA has authorized two eight-month contracts, each worth
approximately $28 million, one to Lockheed Martin Corp. and the
other to the team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and The Boeing Co. to
support a July 2006 review of the engineering systems for the
agency's new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).
"The fraud and falsification
allegedly committed by these individuals is extremely serious and
adversely affects the public interest in air
Source: Nicholas Sabatini, the FAA's associate
administrator for aviation safety, discussing the pilots indicted
in Operation Safe Pilot.