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June 19, 2005

Finally: Progress

And Oxygen

International Space Station Astronauts are breathing easier now that their supply ship has arrived. The ISS Progress 18 spacecraft docked at 2042 EDT to the aft port of the Station's Zvezda Service Module.

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Airbus Geht Kaput? - German Mag Beats On Airbus

The Hits Just Keep On Coming In Five-Part "Handful of Dilemmas"

Aero-News Analysis by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien The news from the Paris Air Show seemed to be good for both of the airliner giants, didn't it? Everybody was impressed by the A380, the A350 drew what seemed like a suitable level of attention, and the European consortium seemed to shrug off Boeing's spate of Dreamliner announcements.

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Viperjet MKII Takes Flight

Up, Up, And Away

Viper Aircraft Corporation announced that their new Viperjet MKII took flight Sunday June 12, 2005. Test Pilot Len Fox was at the controls for the 25 minute flight which began and ended at the Pasco Airport in Washington State.

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Airlines Report Record Pilot Hiring

Troubles Abound, But Hiring Continues

Air Inc. has just released its May Hiring Summary, showing the largest pilot-hiring month since September 11th of 2001. Despite the industry challenges, the airlines still need to feed pilots into their system.

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Fossett Arrives In Newfoundland

Prepares For Crossing

The Vimy Atlantic Project announced the arrival of Steve Fossett in St. John's Newfoundland where he joined Mark Rebholtz to prepare for their historic attempt at crossing the Atlantic.

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Zenith Aircraft Company Invades Canada

Expands Canadian Representation

Missouri based kit aircraft manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company announced Thursday that Can-Zac Aviation will be representing Zenith's aircraft kits in Canada. Can-Zac will be the exclusive Canadian distributor for Zenith Kits.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.19.05)

"This (breaking Mu-1) has been our goal since we first began flight-testing in 1998. To prove our technology we needed to do something that no one else had ever done. We have had several setbacks, but no one on the team has ever lost faith. This is amazing!"

Source: Jay Carter, JR, after CarterCopter broke the Mu-1 Barrier at 0740 Friday, June 17th, 2005. The flight test began at the Olney Airport in Texas. This is the first time in history that any rotorcraft has exceeded Mu-1. Unfortunately, another setback occured that afternoon when the aircraft suffered a mechanical failure and was damaged in a hard landing.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-17 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-18 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-18 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 757 series airplanes.

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