Aspen Avionics just put a call into ANN HQ to do some
well-deserved bragging. It seems that on September 18, 2009 the FAA
granted Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization for the EFD500
Multi-Function Display (MFD); the EFD1000 MFD; and the EWR50
Evolution Weather Receiver. With certification and production
authority in hand, Aspen will begin shipping its newest products to
P-51 Mustang Owner Bob Baker Describes His Journey to the Pattillo Brothers
Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the Pattillo brothers, to EAA AirVenture 2009.
P-51 Mustang Owner Bob Baker Describes His Journey to the Pattillo
Rarely do a group of Warbird restoration enthusiasts get a
chance to honor the brave sacrifice of the veteran pilots for which
their planes represent; yet, that is precisely the extraordinary
opportunity that became a reality for Bob Baker and his
hard-working crew when they brought two legendary WWII pilots, the
Pattillo brothers, to EAA AirVenture 2009.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has announced a 'new' focus on
improving the agency’s response to public safety complaints
and whistleblower contributions, as well as renewing efforts to
ensure consistent interpretation of agency regulations and
policies. He also outlined ongoing actions to ensure that air
carriers comply with safety directives while minimizing disruptions
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.18.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: EAA's Tom Poberezny Rebuts USA Today -
09.18.09 (ANN Special Report, with EAA's Tom
The Ares I-X team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has
reached a significant milestone with the first electrical power-up
of the test rocket on Sept. 11. Ares I-X and its simulated crew
module and launch abort system are assembled on a mobile launcher
platform at Kennedy in preparation for its targeted Oct. 31 flight
Machinists union president Tom Buffenbarger said he planned to
invite President Barack Obama to come to Wichita and see first hand
what business aviation contributes to the U.S. economy when they
met on Tuesday. Obama's appeared at the annual AFL-CIO meeting this
week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Aircraft Was Ferrying Firefighters In Northern California
The cockpit voice recorder transcript from a helicopter that
crashed while ferrying firefighters in Northern California has been
released, and the device clearly caught the copilot asking his
aircraft to fly.
Pilot Lost Control Of The Airplane After Hand-Starting The
It must have been like a scene from a "B" movie, but it was the
real thing. Don Poppino told authorities he had started his Cessna
152 with a hand crank about 0830 Tuesday morning, and the airplane
took on a life of its own.
Pilots, Medics, Ground Crews Receive Praise From Gates
Airmen around the world are making a life-and-death difference
for U.S. military ground forces, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
said Wednesday. The secretary praised airmen’s efforts and
their sacrifices while addressing an audience at the Air Force
Association’s Air and Space Convention.
Student Pilot Killed When He Walked Into A Spinning Prop
The NTSB has concluded that 26-year-old Wei Jin did not see a
spinning propeller into which he walked, killing him on November
15th 2008. Jin was a student pilot at the Sierra Academy of
Aeronautics, and had ridden with his roommate, Jia Li , also a
student at SAA, on a cross-country flight.
Flat Panel System Can Replace Some Simulator Functions
Aerosim Technologies, a provider of low cost, hi-fidelity
simulation software training products within the aviation industry,
announced Thursday the placement of a B757-200 Enhanced Virtual
Procedure Trainer at a leading commercial pilot type training
center in Miami, Florida.
Toward the end of September, the sun will turn a spotlight on
the asteroid Juno, giving that bulky lump of rock a rare featured
cameo in the night sky. Those who get out to a dark, unpolluted sky
will be able to spot the asteroid's silvery glint near the planet
Uranus with a pair of binoculars.
Passengers Will Spend 4 Hours Over The Antarctic Ice
A Qantas Airbus A380 super jumbo will undertake a unique
sightseeing flight to Antarctica - the first commercial flight by
an A380 over the south polar region, and the only aircraft
permitted to do so on New Year's Eve.
ATA-Oriented/One-Sided Story Contains Numerous
A Thursday morning USA Today/MSNBC story on funding for GA
airports has ignited a firestorm of reactive indignation from GA
persons, GA business industry leaders, and GA associations.
Factually inaccurate/incomplete, at best, the poorly documented
story seems deliberately aligned with ATA Uber-Boss James May's
continuing attacks on the General Aviation industry...
GAMA Counters Misleading Article On The Role Of GA
GAMA has countered a USA Today feature article
on federal support for general aviation (GA) airports. In a letter
to the paper's editor, GAMA expressed their disappointment
regarding the mischaracterization of the role GA airports play in
the nation's transportation system.
Ed Bolen Tells USA Today Their Story Presents A "Gross
Misperception" Of GA
As big news outlets and the big airlines took a gratuitous and
uninformed slap at general aviation today, The National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA) issued a statement underscoring the
value of all general aviation - including business aviation - to
the nation's citizens, companies and communities.
EAA Refutes 'Inaccurate Claims That Small Airports Receive
Disproportionate Amount Of Federal Money'
General aviation again came under attack in the media today, as
USA Today and NBC ran stories that claim the nation's smaller
airports are receiving a disproportionate amount of federal funding
to upgrade those facilities.
Draft RFP Is "Close To Release", Air Force Officials Say
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the return of the
KC-X program to the Air Force during the 2009 Air Force Association
Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition at the
National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Wednesday.
Over 1000 Ordered Since Its Introduction At AirVenture
The first production Skycatcher is off the ground. Cessna
announced Thursday that the first Model 162 Skycatcher fabricated
and assembled on production tooling flew Thursday at the factory in
Shenyang in northeast China. The aircraft performed a number of
handling quality tests during the flight.
"Your recent, one-sided story about small community
airports lacks any sense of balance, and presents a gross
misperception of the value of general aviation, public-use
airports, federal funding of the air transportation system, and the
needs of millions of Americans in communities
Source: NBAA President and CEO Ed
Yes, it looks like too much fun and yes, we've been waiting
since the 1960's for a jetpack So have a look, and see if it
fulfills the promise of those long-ago Disney movies and magazine
articles. Regardless, we know very few pilots who wouldn't
relish an opportunity to strap one on and go