Seven Service Members Fatally Injured In The Accident
An AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey utility helicopter collided
Wednesday night during a training exercise over the California
desert, resulting in the fatal injury of seven Marines. Six were
stationed at Camp Pendleton, and one was stationed at Marine Corps
Air Station in Yuma, AZ.
Diamond DA20s First Exposure To USAF Flying For Pilots In the
The Gateway to Air Force aviation launched its 100,000th sortie
earlier this month. That gateway is run by the 1st Flying Training
Squadron at Pueblo Memorial Airport in Pueblo, Colo. The 1st FTS
oversees Initial Flight Screening, for all of the Air Force's
pilot, combat systems officers and remotely piloted aircraft
candidates, It does this by working with Doss Aviation, which
fulfills the $200 million, 10-year Air Force Initial Flight
All-717 Fleet To Be Basis For Low-Cost Carrier Serving Small,
The Boeing 717 will be the foundation for new European low-cost
airline, Volotea, with a long-term lease deal announced today
between The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and the airline's management.
Volotea has taken delivery of its first 717-200 airplane from
Boeing Capital Corporation, the manufacturers' financing and
leasing arm. The operator plans to begin its new European
point-to-point service with an all-717 fleet in time for this
year's Easter travel season.
Scientists Say Moon Is Pulling Apart Forming Small Valleys On
The Lunar Surface
New images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
spacecraft show the moon's crust is being stretched, forming minute
valleys in a few small areas on the lunar surface. Scientists
propose this geologic activity occurred less than 50 million years
ago, which is considered recent compared to the moon's age of more
than 4.5 billion years.
Completed Seven-Month Deployment To The Horn Of Africa
More than 50 Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366
returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Feb. 11, after a
seven-month deployment to the Horn of Africa where the squadron
provided support preventing conflict, promoting regional stability
and protecting coalition interests.
AgustaWestland has announced a contract with Beijing Municipal
Public Security Bureau for two AW139 medium twin helicopters. The
new aircraft, along with one AW109 Power and two CA109 Power light
twins already in service with the agency, will perform law
enforcement, fire fighting and air rescue operations in and around
Seventy Educators Experienced Weightlessness In Johnson Space
More than 70 teachers had an opportunity to experience what it
feels like to float in space as they participated in the Reduced
Gravity Education Flight Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in
Houston last week. The teachers flew aboard an aircraft that flies
parabolic flight paths, which create brief periods of
AgustaWestland has announced the appointment of Arrow Aviation,
based in Broussard, LA, as an authorized service center in the US
for the single-engine AW119 and medium twin AW139 helicopters.
Arrow will provide maintenance and repair and maintain a spare
Announce Orders For The Powerplant Reaching 171 Units
Engine orders for A320neo family aircraft are being announced
this week at the Singapore Air Show. Two of the early announcements
came from Go Airlines and TransAsia Airways, both of which have
selected Pratt & Whitey PurePower PW1100G-JM engines.
Frasca International has contracted with the NATO Maintenance
& Supply Agency (NAMSA) to deliver two new Helicopter Flight
Training Devices (FTDs) to the German Federal Police (BPOL) for the
Eurocopter EC155 and AS332, and to upgrade BPOL’s existing
Frasca-built Eurocopter EC135 FTD to have common technical
standards with the new FTDs.
Infrastructure Improvement Paid For Largely With $1.35 Million
Taxiway B at South Carolina Technology and Aviation
Center’s (SCTAC) Donaldson Field opened for air traffic on
Thursday, February 2, 2012. The completion of this important
infrastructure will significantly impact operations, especially
those of Lockheed Martin, contributing to a $1.4 billion impact to
local and state-wide economy. The completion of this taxiway was
facilitated by a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of
The Israeli military has been developing a drone the size of a
737, and a range which could allow it to reach Iran without
refueling. On Sunday, during what was described as a routine
experimental flight, the Heron TP UAV crashed in central
The first Airbus Military A400M for the French Air Force is
taking shape in Seville (Spain), where its final assembly
line is located. The final assembly process for this aircraft,
known as MSN7, started last November.
New Competition For Rotax... The Viking Gold Line Appears Ready For PrimeTime
One of the banes of existence in the certified airplane game is the fact that we haven't seen much in the way of change among Powerplants in quite the while. Even in the LSA community, most of the airframes are committed to one variant of Rotax or another -- with few deviation form that 'norm.' BUT... there's a new sheriff in town and its ready to make a stand.
New Competition For Rotax... The Viking Gold Line Appears Ready For
One of the banes of existence in the certified airplane game is
the fact that we haven't seen much in the way of change among
Powerplants in quite the while. Even in the LSA community, most of
the airframes are committed to one variant of Rotax or another --
with few deviation from that 'norm.' BUT... there's a new sheriff
in town and its ready to make a stand. While perusing the many
enticing wares at the 2012 Sebring LSA flight fest, we had the
chance to see the latest offering from Viking Aircraft Engines.
Their new gold edition engine is the brainchild of builder Jan
Eggenfellner and shar
Recommends Support For Programs Such As Build-A-Plane, Real
World Design Challenge
The Aerospace States Association (ASA) ... a group comprised of
the Lt. Governors of several states with extensive aerospace
interests or the Governor's desingees ... has written a letter to
President Obama to seek a stronger recognition of the states’
role in the success of national aerospace policies and
Private Sector Leadership Group Was Formed In 1989
The TSA on Tuesday announced the appointment of Carter
Morris and Bill Cason to be the respective Chairman and
Vice-Chairman of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).
ASAC is TSA’s sole federal advisory committee that gives the
agency recommendations for improving civil aviation security
methods, equipment and procedures.
Airline Says Primary Goal Is 'Speedy Resolution' To The Issue
The merger of Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways hit a bump
in what had been a pretty smooth road to finalization Tuesday, as
the members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA)
Local 11, which represents mechanics working for Southwest
Airlines, rejected the seniority integration agreement proposed by
the airline as part of its merger with AirTran.
Pacific Island Group One Of The Most Remote Places On
Matevz Lenarcic, who is flying around the world with a modified
Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo, has just completed the longest flight
on his journey ... 2,300 miles over the Pacific Ocean from
Concepcion, Chile to Easter Island.
Civil Liberties Group Calls For Limits On UAV Use By
Government, Law Enforcement
A civil liberties group in Washington, D.C., wants very strict
regulations on the use of UAVs in U.S. airspace. They're not
concerned so much about the safety of pilots who are flying in the
same areas as unpiloted drones, but rather about having their
SHARK Vows To Press Charges After Disrupting Pigeon Shoot
This may be a new wrinkle in the debate over domestic drone
surveillance and privacy. A Mikrokopter drone being flown by an
animal rights group to document a live pigeon shoot in South
Carolina was reportedly shot down by angry gun enthusiasts after
their event was called off Sunday. The UAV owner has filed a police
report, and vows to press charges.
“Shipments declined in all three industry segments
from the previous year, but the declines reached single digits
which indicate general aviation is reaching the trough in this
cycle.” Source: GAMA Board Chair Caroline Daniels,
presenting the organizations "State of the Industry" report.