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March 12, 2016

AAIB Report Makes 14 Recommendations For U.K. Air Display Safety

Publishes Special Bulletin Concerning Hawker Hunter Accident At Shoreham

The U.K. Air Accident Investigation Branch has published a special report that offers 14 specific recommendations for improving safety at air shows in the U.K.

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DOT Secretary Weighs In On Part 23 NPRM

Foxx Says Proposed Rule Streamlines Approval Of New Safety Technologies In Small Airplanes

Writing on the official blog for the Department of Transportation, Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the agency knows that the U.S. aviation industry is on the leading edge of generating many of these new technologies and products. In recent years, manufacturers have developed robust and increasingly affordable products that can offer pilots sophisticated weather information and increased situational awareness, along with other safety devices such as seatbelts with built-in airbags.

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Smithsonian TV Show Follows NTSB Investigators Around Alaska

But Many Feel The Program Will Be Damaging To Tourism, Difficult For Families

A six-part television show set to debut Sunday night on The Smithsonian Channel has drawn criticism from tourism officials in Alaska, the state's Congressional delegation, and families of people injured or killed in aircraft accidents.

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SpaceX Says It May Launch A Reusable Booster In 2016

Shotwell Says The Company Would Like To Reuse A Booster This Year

SpaceX could launch a spacecraft using a previously-flown booster later this year, if all goes according to plan.

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Like Crowds? United Will Configure Some 777s With 10-Abreast Economy Seating

Will Be Shifted To Domestic Routes, Largely To And From Hawaii

As United Airlines places Dreamliners in service on long-haul international routes, the airline plans to convert 19 of its Boeing 777 airliners to 10-abreast seating in coach.

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Airbus Helicopters Foundation Supports Fiji Following Tropical Cyclone Winston

First Supplies Arrived Just 48 Hours After The Storm Passed

Airbus Helicopters Foundation provided support to humanitarian relief efforts following the tropical cyclone Winston that hit the Fiji Islands on 21 February  2016, killing at least 43 people and affecting 350,000 others. The disaster has left large areas of the Fiji archipelago without power, water supplies and communication and heavy rains have brought flash‎ flooding, landslides and coastal inundation.

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OV-10 Broncos Support Ground Troops In Fight Against ISIS

Recently Flew Top Cover Missions For Three Months In The Middle East

The U.S. military has reportedly been flying top cover missions with OV-10 Bronco aircraft as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in what is described as an "experiment" with aircraft that are less expensive to operate.

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Area 6: An Enigma In The Desert

Could Be A Drone Base In The Nevada Wilderness

In the remote Nevada desert there is a mile-long landing strip about which less is known than Area 51.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.12.16)

"The FAA is proposing streamlining the way it approves new technologies for aircraft ranging in size from small, piston-engine airplanes all the way to complex high-performance executive jets." Source: DOT secretary Anthony Foxx, writing on the official DOT blog.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.12.16): Interrogator

The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.12.16)

Grissom Air Museum

Billed as one of the nation's fastest growing aviation museums, visitors can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting exhibits, and enjoy a modern, hands-on facility.  

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