China Accounts For Nearly One In Four Additional Passengers
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an industry traffic forecast showing that airlines expect to welcome some 3.6 billion passengers in 2016. That’s about 800 million more than the 2.8 billion passengers carried by airlines in 2011.
Letter Sent By Julius Genachowski To Michael Huerta
The chairman of the FCC has sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the FAA asking that the agency reconsider its ban on the use of some portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wrote that the FAA should "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during commercial flights.
Power Company Will Use The Aircraft For Powerline Inspections, Maintenance
National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc in the U.K has purchased the first Bell 429 to be operated in Great Britain, Bell Helicopter said in a news release Thursday. The aircraft will be used for inspection and maintenance of power lines.
The Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, meeting in person for the first time since the organization’s new governance structure was introduced in August, on Wednesday elected retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Speigel as its chairman and CAP Lt. Col. Ned Lee as vice chairman.
Airplane Initially Delivered To Aviation Capital Group, Will Be Operated By The Canadian Carrier
Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based WestJet has taken delivery of its 100th Next-Generation 737 ... having grown from three 737-200s serving five cities when it first began flying in 1996. With this delivery of a Boeing 737-800, WestJet's fleet now consists of 100 airplanes – all Boeing Next-Generation 737s.
First Of Five Membranes Installed On The Space Telescope Mockup
Engineers got a first-hand look at how the James Webb Space Telescope's sunshield would fold around the observatory while stored in the rocket that would take it to its orbit a million miles from Earth. Engineers at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, CA, installed the first of five template sunshield membranes on a Webb telescope mock-up. The mock-up is a full-scale structural facsimile of the real observatory.
Gifts Intended For Kids At The Children's Hospital Of Alabama
It had all the markings of a well-oiled Christmas machine. Santa Claus arrived by state police helicopter Thursday, the first of 16 aircraft that would arrive on the helipad of the old Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL, while young patients at the new Children's Hospital of Alabama nearby watched from their rooms.
Aircraft Configured For Anti-Surface Warfare Operations
The U.S. Navy announced last week that the Danish government has signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and comprehensive logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program. Valued at US $686 million (Kr 4 billion), the aircraft will be procured via the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales program.
Powerplants For F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers
The U.S. Navy exercised a 2013 contract option for the procurement of 52 GE F414 engines in support of the Navy's planned procurement of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. This contract option follows the Navy's decision to purchase 82 F414 engines earlier this year.
The U.S. airline trade industry organization Airlines for America (A4A) has issued the a statement opposing the United Kingdom's increase to the Air Passenger Duty (APD) by 2.5 percent. The APD is the largest single tax passengers face anywhere in the world, with the increase, amounting to about $107 for economy tickets and $215 on all other cabins for flights to the United States.
Hubertus Strughold Had Reportedly Been A Nazi During WWII, Emigrated To The U.S.
The Strughold Award is a prestigious recognition bestowed each year on a scientist or clinician for outstanding work in aviation medicine. But the man for whom the award is named has a dark past that still divides the aviation medical community.
Pilots of light sport and experimental aircraft will welcome the news that Dynon Avionics is now shipping the SV-ADSB-470 UAT Band Traffic and Weather Receiver for the SkyView system. This remotely mounted receiver module integrates with the SkyView system to provide easy access to weather and traffic information on top of the detailed navigational information SkyView already provides. Italico Aviation USA, a spin-off of the Italian ultralight builder Euroala, is opening an LSA manufacturing facility at Kissimmee Gateway Airport. The US Army's long
Over the skies east of San Jose, CA, a Black Hawk helicopter was seen flying low and slow November 5. There were pilots aboard the aircraft, but all maneuvers during this flight were being conducted autonomously.
Held In Conjunction With Part 23 ARC Meeting In Daytona, FL
ASTM International will hold a meeting of its F44 committee early in January in conjunction with its Part 23 ARC meeting in Daytona Beach, FL. The sessions will be held January 10th and 11th on the campus of Embry-Riddle University.
Ensure The Future Of Ballooning And Get A Tax Deduction
The Ballooning Federation of America (BFA) will be holding two Youth Summer Camps in 2013, one in Dubuque, IA, (June 23-27) and the other in Reno, NV, (Dates TBA). The camps are organized and run by volunteers and volunteer counselors donate their time to the camps. Donations provide the scholarships for campers to attend and goes towards the campers expenses for the week.
Twin NASA probes orbiting the moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. The new map, created by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, is allowing scientists to learn about the moon's internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. Data from the two washing machine-sized spacecraft also will provide a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed and evolved.
The FAA recently approved a new version of the FlyThisSim (FTS) TouchTrainer flight simulator using touch screen technology for many of the controls and avionics. The new version is approved as a Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) for Cessna 172 (RG), 182 (RG), and 206 for six pack and Garmin G1000 aircraft.
Union: No U.S. Carriers Currently Serve The Middle-Eastern City
The Airline Pilots Association Intl. said Thursday that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service should not open a pre-clearance facility in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The union said they oppose the creation of the facility because no U.S. airline operates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, so the center would benefit only foreign carriers.
Decided It Was Easier Than Walking With The Boy In The Cold
After deciding he'd rather not have to walk the 400 yards to the bus stop in December and January with his grade-school-aged son, Paul Wallich used his technical knowledge to build a camera-carrying quadcopter to follow his son to the bus stop.
Hold For Release
Used by ATC to delay an aircraft for traffic management reasons; i.e., weather, traffic volume, etc. Hold for release instructions (including departure delay information) are used to inform a pilot or a controller (either directly or through an authorized relay) that an IFR departure clearance is not valid until a release time or additional instructions have been received.
Aero Linx: B-52 Stratofortress Association
Welcome to the Official Site of the B-52 Stratofortress Association. Here you can find collections of stories and news relating to the history and current operations of the World’s Greatest Warplane: the Boeing B-52. We bring together all those who have been or are associated with the BUF—designers and builders, aircrew, maintainers, enthusiasts — to exchange memories. We try to help old buddies find each other. Anything it takes to keep alive the history of the weapon known in its early days as “America’s Long Rifle.”
"A risk-minimizing algorithm was used to compute and command a safe trajectory continuously throughout 23 miles of rugged terrain at an average speed of 40 knots. No prior knowledge of the terrain was used."
Source: Matthew Whalley, the Autonomous Rotorcraft Project lead, commenting on a November 5th flight over the skies east of San Jose, CA, where a Black Hawk helicopter was flown autonomously. There were pilots aboard the aircraft, but all maneuvers during this flight were being conducted autonomously.