Fourteen mobility Airmen teamed together to fly a C-5M Super
Galaxy on a direct, non-stop mission from Dover Air Force Base,
Del., to Bagram, Afghanistan, June 5 and 6, 2011 -- and they called
this a 'shortcut.' The flight was reportedly the first time a US
Air Force plane flew this northern route from the U.S., over Canada
and into the Arctic Circle, then back down through Russian and
Kazakhstan airspace to Afghanistan.
Following a few tribulations along the way, Quest Aircraft says
that it is now moving forward on several fronts, including
increased production rates for the KODIAK. Earlier this year, a
recapitalization along with new funding from investors enabled the
company to expand and invest in a few key areas, including
production increases at its Sandpoint facility.
It's getting kinda cozy up in orbit... at least as far as the
International Space station is concerned. The Expedition 28 crew of
the International Space Station enjoyed a day off Friday to catch
up on some much-needed rest following the arrival of three new
flight engineers Thursday evening aboard a Russian Soyuz
If At First You Don't Succeed.. Launch, Launch Again
It took a few tries, but the launch of a NASA Terrier-Improved
Orion suborbital rocket was successfully conducted at 7:16 a.m.
EDT, Friday, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The launch was to test several new rocket and spacecraft
technologies including the Small Rocket/Spacecraft Technology
(SMART) platform, Autonomous Flight Safety System, Low Cost
Telemetry Transmitter, and an electro hydrodynamic-based thermal
SPEEA Executive Director Proposes A New Way To Negotiate Union
At a time when union influence in Washington is causing more
than a few headaches for Boeing, the Society of Professional
Engineering Employees in Aerospace has put forth a proposal that
would change upcoming contract negotiations.
The Aerospace Industries Association tells ANN that it has
'extended its record growth with the enrollment of eight new full
members and nine associate members at its May Board of Governors
meeting.' Full membership has increased almost 50 percent since
January 2010 to 147 companies.
Makes Recommendation To AOPA -- But Will They Listen?
Here's something a little on the different side of things,
NTSB-Wise... the NTSB is seeking to increase passenger
comprehension as to the location and availability of various
survival and emergency communications equipment... through
Pronounced 'Zoose' -- Very singular to aircraft, a patented
slotted screw that binds to a wire for fast release and securing of
cowlings and inspection plates, requiring no special tool other
than a quarter coin.
Aero-Linx: Aviation Survival
ASTs function operationally as helicopter rescue swimmers and
emergency medical technicians basic. ASTs may find themselves being
deployed into a myriad of challenging rescues ranging from
hurricanes and cliff rescues, to emergency medical evacuations from
ships at sea. ASTs also provide all survival training to aviators
such as swim tests, survival lectures and shallow-water egress
training. Other aircrew positions include HC-130H dropmaster,
loadmaster, sensor systems operator, HU-25A dropmaster, and basic
"This route used by the C-5M may also be useful for
swap-outs of deployed tankers and crews and for redeploying troops.
The benefit might also allow for quicker trips saving days at home
for deploying Airmen as well as requiring less stops for
Source: Maj. John Rozsnyai, a planner in
USTRANSCOM operations at Scott AFB, in comments connected to a
recent and historic flight from Dover AFB to Bagram, Afghanistan
via C-5M Super Galaxy... over the North Pole -- the first time such
a flight has taken place with a USAF bird.