A Year Later, The American Space Program Seeks Definition After The Shuttle Era
It was just a year ago... and the dream was nearly over. After decades of watching American ingenuity and perseverance launch hundreds of people into space, we were about to relegate our last manned launch system to the scrap heap of history... with no real way to know when that capability might someday be restored -- if ever.
It was STS-134... the last flight of Endeavour.
The STS-134 mission was crewed by Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.
During the 14-day mission, Endeavour delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), a particle physics detector designed to operate from the station and search for various types of unusual matter. Also onboard for delivery were station spare parts on the ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 3 (ELC3), including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank, an ammonia tank assembly, circuit breaker boxes, a Canadarm2 computer and a spare arm for the Dextre robot. The ELC3 also houses a suite of Department of Defense (DoD) experiments that will test systems and materials concepts for long duration spaceflight in low Earth orbit. STS-134 included four spacewalks that focused on station maintenance, experiment swap out and transferring Endeavour’s orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) to the station. The crew left the boom as a permanent fixture to aid future station spacewalk work, if needed.
This mission featured four spacewalks and utilized and orbital inclination of 51.6 degrees at an altitude of 22 nautical miles. It was the 36th shuttle mission to the International Space Station and the 134th shuttle flight.
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Airborne 12.10.13: TBirds To Oshkosh 2014!, Brad Pitt's Spitfire, Fake Pilot In 737 Crash?
Also: Bell 47 Update, USSC Aero-Legal Decision Coming, Evergreen Kaput, Blue Angels Full Sked
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team is on the airshow circuit again. Even better, it looks like they may show up at EAA AirVenture 2014. Russian authorities say the pilot of a Russian airliner that went down near Kazan on November 17th may have held an invalid pilot certificate. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of all 44 passengers and six crew members onboard the airplane. Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt, has reportedly dropped $3.3 million on an original Spitfire after landing his role in the World War II movie 'Fury' which is currently being filmed. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Also: Mohr Retires-Quietly, iFly on iOS, Record Female Skydive, China Goes To The Moon, SAFE Resources
EAA Counsel Alan Farkas has filed a 48 page Petition for Review of FAA Action and Other Relief with United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of EAA's attempt to overturn last spring's surprise FAA decision to bill the organization for the annual AirVenture Fly-In. The Farkas brief, again, seems very well-constructed and takes the FAA to task on several key points. Shell has reportedly become the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for aviation leaded gasoline, and will now begin a strict regulatory approvals process. The Screamin’ Sasquatch presented by John Klatt Airshows was unveiled Monday night at the International Council of Air Shows in Las Vegas. The airplane, a Taperwing Waco made famous by barnstormers of the 1920s and 30s, adds the modern twist of a jet engine bolted to its belly. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Power Flow Systems - An Altogether Different Tune
It's Not Enough To Simply Get More Power... You Have To Do It Right
ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell meets with Jim Shafer of Power Flow Exhaust Systems at EAA AirVenture 2013. Power Flow Systems specializes in producing tuned exhaust system for a variety of engine and airplane installation combinations. Shafer points out that most exhaust systems are designed to get rid of the exhaust gas, and that’s about all they do. Power Flow changes that by tuning the exhaust system which increases efficiency and horsepower.
Aero-TV: Michael Goulian -- Moving Airshows Forward In 2014
The Best Thing To Say About The 2013 Airshow Season Is That It Is Behind Us
Michael Goulian of Goulian Aero Sports is an airshow pilot. While at the Redbird Migration 2013, ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to spend a few minutes talking with Mike about the airshow business. Jim asked Mike how the 2013 airshow season was going. Goulian admitted that 2013 has been a tough airshow season because a number of airshows canceled and he had to push hard as the season came to an end.
Airborne 12.03.13: SARA Is Law, GEnx AD Coming?, Tecnam's New Panel
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Legislation designed to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business in the general aviation world is now law... but it will take some time to determine if the benefits of the law will be lost in a government bureaucratic sinkhole. The legislation requires the FAA to implement the recommendations of the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by December 31, 2015. Recommendations focus on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light general aviation airplanes. According to a new study a second phase in the development of the very light jet market is about to get underway. The FAA is expected to issue an airworthiness directive this week which will warn airlines flying certain Dreamliner models that are powered by GEnx engines as well as all 747-8 airplanes, to avoid flying near towering thunderstorms. There have been several reports of ice building up behind the first compressor fan of the engines in such conditions, and the ingested ice has led to a temporary reduction of power in the engines. Well, that may change. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Krafting' The Future -- Lycoming's Boss Offers a Progress Report
Lycoming Continues To Power Much Of GA Via Innovation and Perseverance
ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell sits down with Lycoming’s Michael Craft at EAA AirVenture 2013 to get an update on what’s going on in the world of general aviation engines. Topics about new products include the new Lycoming iE2 engine. With its electronic ignition, throttle, mixture, and prop control operated through an integrated system, it’s a state of the art one-lever controls everything powerplant.
Aero-TV: Sandel And APG Aid The UN -- Enhancing Int’l Terrain Avoidance for Demanding Helo Ops
Impressive International Deal Provides Much-Needed Protection For Int'l Helicopter Operations
ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell meets with Jerry Henry of Sandel Avionics at the 2013 NBAA convention. Jim starts the interview with his standard question which is, “What’s going on at Sandel?” The response to this question is, “quite a bit,” and it’s significant in the international market. Sandel avionics has joined with a company named Aviation Partners Group, also known as APG. An APG representative explained that there is a large international market for helicopter terrain avoidance electronics, and Sandel is the product of choice.
In The Air With The AuRacle CRM 2120 and An Extraordinary Baron
This time ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell shows how to get an interview done the right way. When Jim wanted to know how Russ Demaray decided to purchase the Ultra Electronics AuRacle CRM 2120 twin-engine management system for his Baron, he started off by taking a ride with Demaray in his beautiful B55.
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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on the airline industry to work together to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to further improve training across the industry. The German company e-volo, together with a network of partners is pressing ahead with the development of the technology for the Volocopter during the next few years. The Volocopter is an electric-powered multi-rotor vertical takeoff or landing aircraft. Think of it as being like a quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle on steroids ... with the ability to carry a pilot and a passenger. Last month we reported that the Proud Bird restaurant, a fixture for decades at Los Angeles International Airport, was due to close its doors after failing to come to terms with airport managers for a lease. Well, that may change. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Also: B777X Launch Record, Deadstick Landing Bill, B737 Down, Super Legend, Boeing To Hunt For New Plane Building Site?
The Aircraft Electronics Association announced its third quarter Avionics Market Report for this year. In the months of July, August and September 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to more than $1.72 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report. The FAA, which many industry insiders claim is out of control already due to other issues, is preparing new guidelines for its medical examiners that could disqualify many pilots because of their Body Mass Index, also known as BMI. Neck size is an indicator that the body mass index may exceed FAA limits. Ralph Acs, VP and General Manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft said, “We are delighted to have received FAA certification for the first Learjet 75 business jet. This jet is clearly a leader among its peers.” All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Big, Bright and Beautiful -– MGL’s iEFIS Challenger 10.4” Display System
MGL's Stunning Glass Panel Displays Keep Evolving
EAA AirVenture 2013 had lots to look at, and ANN’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell couldn’t pass up the MGL display. He talked with MGL’s Matt Liknaitzky to learn more about the MGL line of electronic instrumentation. The big deal this year is the new 10.4 inch iEFIS that features “push screen” functions, not to be confused with “touch screen.” You’ll have to watch the video to see what this is all about.
Aero-TV: 26,000 Pounds of Heli-Beast -- The Cold War Air Museum’s Mi-24
Ugly To Many, But Incredibly Beautiful To Hard-Core Helo Fans
ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell visited the Cold War Air Museum's Mi-24 Russian helicopter at HAI a little over a year ago and just couldn’t pass it up. Jim linked up with retired Col. Pete Coz of the United States Marine Corps and asked him to explain this flying exhibit.
Airborne 12.13.13: Scorpion First Flight, GA Pilot Protection Act, ICAS Amicus Brief
Also: Pilot Shortage, 777X Hopefuls, Volcano Warning, F/A-18 Anniversary, Pearl Harbor Vet Mistreated by Airline
It flies... and apparently does so fairly well. The joint venture between Textron AirLand and AirLand Enterprises has produced a flying prototype of the Scorpion Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft. The bird completed its first flight at 10:30 AM Central Time. The aircraft took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas and conducted a range of handling maneuvers for approximately 1.4 hours of flight. Today’s flight marks one of the fastest developments of a U.S.-built tactical jet, progressing from initial design to first flight in less than 24 months. A group of lawmakers has decided to try and force the FAA to do what it clearly did not want to do... namely, free many (but not all) Private Pilots of being required to hold a Third Class medical certificate. The International Council of Airshows, also known as ICAS, has filed an Amicus Brief to support EAA in its suit brought against the FAA. The suit filed by EAA against the FAA was made to recover charges incurred for FAA air traffic control participation at EAA AirVenture 2013. ICAS claims their organization may be materially affected by a decision in this case. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Jack Pelton -- Is It Time For The FAA To Revamp LSA?
Finally! Someone (Besides ANN) Is Ready To Face LSA Reality
At the Redbird Migration 2013 meeting, EAA Chairman of the Board, Jack Pelton took questions from many of the attendees during his forum presentation. One question asked was (yes, by ANN); is it time for the FAA to revamp the light sport aircraft certification regulations? Pelton’s short answer to that question was yes; changes need to be made.
Aero-TV: Perfecting The Heli-Sim - Redbird Redefines The State Of The Art
An Amazing Melding Of Motion, Visual And Aerodynamic Response In An Affordable Training Device
While at the Redbird Migration 2013 meeting, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell talked with Redbird Flight Simulations CEO, Todd Willinger about their prototype helicopter simulator. Willinger said they started looking at a helicopter simulator designed a couple of years ago. Within the last few months a prototype has been developed to test their design concepts.