With the annual excitement of the Reno Air races not quite
underway, a tragic accident has taken the life of a pilot in the
process of final preparation for her race efforts. Formula One
air-racer Erica Simpson, 32, of Phillipsburg, N.J., flying a
Cassutt IIIM racer, was killed when her aircraft experienced a
structural failure during an evaluation flight.
The FAA claims that modernization of a computer system
responsible for the processing of essential flight data is near
completion. An outage in the National Airspace Data Interchange
Network (NADIN) last week caused hundreds of air traffic delays.
However, the FAA claims that important upgrades to the system are
just months from being finished.
This couldn't have been a lot of fun, but
thankfully, the injuries were minor. A somewhat uncommon Rallye
Minerva (file photo, below) experienced an engine failure
after its engine pretty much destroyed itself from the inside
Eleven C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Charleston Air Force Base,
SC, evacuated Sept. 4 due to the possibility of severe weather
caused by Tropical Storm Hanna. The evacuation of the C-17s began
midmorning and continued until about 2:15 p.m.
Air Force leaders halted plans to perform a global wing
restructure which was designed to realign fighter, bomber and
rescue airlift maintenance units into flying squadrons. Maintenance
and flying squadrons will remain separate and will continue doing
business "as they have for the past four or five years," said Lt.
Gen. Kevin Sullivan, deputy chief of staff for logistics,
installations and mission support here at the Pentagon.
A veteran space shuttle astronaut, Joe Tanner, has left NASA to
accept a position in the private sector. Tanner flew on four space
shuttle missions and performed seven spacewalks. "Joe has played an
extremely important role for both our office and the agency as a
whole throughout his many years with NASA," said Steve Lindsey,
astronaut office chief.
Boeing's commercial launch business has successfully launched
the GeoEye-1 satellite today aboard a Delta II rocket procured from
United Launch Alliance (ULA). Liftoff occurred, Saturday, at 11:50
a.m. Pacific time from launch pad SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force
Base, Calif. The ULA Delta II rocket deployed the spacecraft
approximately 58 minutes after liftoff.
CIT Group Inc. has signed a firm contract with Airbus for a
further ten A320 Family aircraft. With this order, the total number
of aircraft in the Airbus order book for the CIT Group now stands
at 199 aircraft, comprising 157 A320 Family aircraft, 30 A330s,
seven A350s and five A319s for executive & private use.
The enclosed compartment in which an engine is mounted.
Propeller-driven aircraft have nacelles mounted on the leading edge
of the wings, at a distance far enough outboard that the propellers
clear the fuselage.
"Joe has played an extremely important role for both our
office and the agency as a whole throughout his many years with
NASA... Not only has he performed critical roles in each of
his four shuttle missions, from servicing the Hubble Telescope to
assembly work on the International Space Station, but his
leadership and expertise have been invaluable resources to us on
the ground as well. He will be missed."
Source: Steve Lindsey, NASA's Astronaut office
chief, commenting on the departure of Astronaut Joe Tanner, for a
job in private industry.