Two Congressmen have taken the Department of Defense to task for
its decision to purchase 10 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters next
year as it helps to create an Afghanistani Air Force. The Pentagon
has reportedly already paid $648 million to buy or refurbish 31 of
Aircraft's First Flight With New Flight Control System
The Sky-Y, Alenia Aeronautica's UAS technological
demonstrator, has successfully accomplished its first flight with a
Flight Control System wholly developed by Alenia Aeronautica in
collaboration with Alenia SIA (Alenia Aeronautica's owned
C-27J Super Spartan Shifted From Army To Air Force
More than 20 Airmen from Scott Air Force Base continued
production qualification testing on the C-27J Spartan at Scott AFB
in Illinois June 8 and 9. The C-27J was originally an Army
development program until April 2009 when Defense Secretary Robert
Gates shifted the program to the Air Force.
Flight tests for a B-1 Lancer bomber upgraded with new digital
avionics for the aft cockpit, including a line-of-sight Link 16
data link, are underway according to a Monday news release from
Boeing. The B-1 Fully Integrated Data Link (FIDL) made its first
flight test on June 4 at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
NAR's TARC Mentors Are Providing Valuable Guidance
There were many great role models at the recently conducted 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge... and many of them are NAR members, mentoring the hundreds of kids that took part in TARC2010 -- NAR members like John Hochheimer. The National Association of Rocketry is a nonprofit educational organization for consumers that advances the hobby of sport rocketry through organized events, local clubs, technical certification, research and development, and government and corporate partnerships to ensure that rocketry continues to be safe, educational, and fun.