Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract Worth $24 Million
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $24 million
contract to upgrade weapons systems trainers used in the C-130
Aircrew Training System (ATS) II. The program provides a
comprehensive academic and simulation training program for C-130
aircrews worldwide. The visual system and imagery databases in the
weapons systems simulators will be updated to provide the most
advanced and realistic training.
Named Group Vice President Responsible For Parts And Component
Timothy T. Archer, Group CEO, Superior Aviation Beijing, CO.
Ltd., announced Monday that Jeff Lochridge has been promoted to
Group Vice President of Supply Chain Management responsible for
parts and component procurement for all subsidiary companies of
Superior Aviation Beijing.
Impending cuts to the defense budget will stifle the ability of
the defense industry to deliver innovation and urgent wartime
capabilities according to a report released by the Defense
Industrial Base Task Force Friday. The Task Force, composed of
companies from AIA, NDIA and PSC, was formed last October as a
result of Defense Secretary Panetta's meeting with representatives
of AIA's Executive Committee in September.
The Chinese government has cleared the way for Hong Kong
Airlines to complete its purchase of ten A380 airliners in a deal
worth about $3.8 billion. The deal had been up in the air because
of the European Union's imposition of its Emissions Trading Scheme
But Study Shows UAVs face Limits To Further Deployment
It's becoming harder and harder to be surprised by statistics on
the growing use of unmanned aircraft in warfare. Israel recently
announced that its UAVs now fly more flight hours than its manned
aircraft. Now, wired.com reports a Congressional study finds 31
percent of all military aircraft are drones.
Canadair Water Bombers To Get Enhanced Vision Systems
Those who watched the reality TV show "Ice Pilots" on NatGeo
last year may remember the delivery of two CL-215 water bombers
purchased from a Canadian aviation company by the government of
Turkey. Now, those two airplanes are to be fitted with Enhanced
Vision systems through a cooperative agreement between Max-Viz and
Rocky Mountain Aircraft of Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Injured Man Restrained, Transferred To Ground Ambulance
Air ambulance work involves difficult missions, but a crew
taking an injured man to a South Carolina hospital had an unusual
added issue when the patient reportedly tried to jump from their
helicopter in flight.
Upper And Lower Shell Of The Center Fuselage Section Fabricated
By Spirit AeroSystems
The first composite center fuselage section for the Airbus A350
XWB program has been delivered to the European planemaker by Spirit
AeroSystems. The upper and forward lower shell (Section 15)
composite fuselage panels were joined in Spirit's Saint-Nazaire,
France, facility before being delivered to Airbus.
Deployable Solar Arrays Provide Spacecraft's Primary Power
For its first mission to the International Space Station,
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will use deployable solar arrays
as its primary power source for running sensors, driving heating
and cooling systems, and communicating with SpaceX’s Mission
Control Center and the Space Station.
Metro Aviation Approved For The Installation Of Specialized
The FAA has granted an STC (SR09591RC) to Metro Aviation for a
complete Emergency Medical System kit and associated options for
the Eurocopter EC155B1. This is the first EC155B1 to be equipped
with an EMS package in the United States. Metro Aviation, Inc.
received approval late December after five months of completing the
Spacecraft Spent Sixteen Years Peering Into The Cosmos' Most
After 16 years in space, NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer
(RXTE) has made its last observation. The satellite provided
unprecedented views into the extreme environments around white
dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. RXTE sent data from its last
science observation to the ground early on Jan. 4.
Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation (Part 4)
ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob continues his discussion about his life in aviation, in a segment entitled, 'What's Your Most Exciting Memory?' Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professionalism exhibited by Robert A. "Bob" Hoover -- a man whom many have no hesitation calling the best they
Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation
ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public
conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011...
where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this
program, Bob continues his discussion about his life in aviation,
in a segment entitled, 'What's Your Most Exciting Memory?' Ask any
pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending
on how long they've been in the business, the answers might
surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to
see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and
Long-Time Avemco Boss Will Play Active Role Over Next 18
ANN has had the chance to follow up on Monday's somewhat
surprising news that Jim Lauerman was giving up the top seat as
President of Avemco -- with former AOPA staffer JJ Greenway taking
over. During a Tuesday afternoon chat, Lauerman noted that the
transition has been under consideration "for some time" and will
allow him to remain at Avemco for the next 6 months in order to
give Greenway every possible assistance in taking over the aviation
insurance juggernaut. In addition to the time he has committed to
staying at Avemco, Lauerman will remain available to Avemco for
another 12 months in a consulting role, after he which he admits he
'might really retire.'
Decision Reflects Expectations For Winding Down Of V-22
For about the last 20 years, Bell Helicopter has built all its
new commercial helicopters in Canada. But an internal company
e-mail Monday announced a break from that trend, saying that a new
helicopter code-named Magellan will be built in Amarillo,
Company Delivers First 737 Built At The New Rate Of 35
Airplanes A Month
As of Tuesday, Boeing successfully achieved a production rate of
35 airplanes a month for the Next-Generation 737, with the delivery
of the first airplane produced at the new rate to AWAS Aviation
Services, Inc. Norwegian Air Shuttle will lease the airplane from
Company Hopes To Demonstrate Potential For Climate Studies
When Burt Rutan's Voyager became the first aircraft to
circumnavigate the globe without refueling in 1986, the feat was
being called, "the last first" in aviation. (Until the late Steve
Fossett did it solo in GlobalFlyer in 2005.) While that mark is no
longer available to be claimed, aircraft developers have found a
new incentive for pursuing higher-efficiencies - the Green
Complicated Litigation Involves At Least Nine Parties
The insurance industry is watching as two Idaho Department of
Fish and Game biologists litigate over injuries they suffered in a
helicopter crash which occurred during a project to put tracking
collars on wildlife. The Insurance Journal reports the lawsuit
seeks compensation for the loss of the helicopter, loss of
reputation, investigation costs, loss of earnings and business
Screeners Have Discretion Concerning What To Allow On A
Around the holidays, a story about a woman who had a cupcake
confiscated in an airport security line in Las Vegas caught the
attention of the national media, including those of us here at ANN.
The cupcake had been a gift from a student to a teacher, who had
taken it with her on her holiday travels.