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December 12, 2010

SAFE: FAA Provides Guidance On Restricted Areas

Query By SAFE Answered By Office Of Chief Counsel

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently received guidance from the FAA's Office of Chief Counsel concerning VFR operations in Restricted airspace. While reviewing an article for inclusion in its online Library, members of SAFE's Library Editorial Review Committee (LERC) raised a key question: "Is a clearance in fact required to fly through a Restricted Area when that area is not in use?"

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Where Were YOU 40 Years Ago?

And No One Has Returned

Where were you the better part of 40 years ago? Well... some of us have better memories to look back upon then others. NASA has been celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landings since last year as Apollo 11's efforts turned to a ripe old age.

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AFA-CWA: Use Of Child Restraint Devices Should Be Mandatory

Union Says It Has Advocated That Position For 20 Years

Participating on the Aviation Child Passenger Safety panel at the NTSB's forum on child passenger safety Thursday, AFA-CWA International President Pat Friend reiterated the union's longstanding call for separate seats and restraints for passengers less than two years of age.

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Indianapolis Airport CFO Named Indy CFO Of The Year

Marsha Stone Recognized By The Indianapolis Business Journal

Marsha Stone, chief financial officer for the Indianapolis Airport Authority, has been named CFO of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Stone was one of three nominees in the government category.

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STC For Hawker 400XP, Beechjet 400A LPV Nearly Complete

Would Give Airplanes Access To Over 2300 LPV Approaches

A team working towards obtaining an STC upgrade for Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) utilizing Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for the Hawker 400XP and Beechjet 400A for says it expects approval in mid-December.

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UK Hermes UAV Passes 30,000 Flight Hours In Afghanistan

Flexible H450 Can Be Used For A Wide Range Of Tasks

The British Army's Hermes 450 (H450) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have surpassed 30,000 hours of providing support to UK forces on current operations in Afghanistan. The H450 is operated and maintained by 32 Regiment Royal Artillery based at Roberts Barracks, Larkhill, Wiltshire.

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NASA's Spitzer Reveals 1st Carbon-Rich Planet

The Planet, A Gas Giant Named Wasp-12b, Is The First Carbon-Rich World Ever Observed

Astronomers have discovered that a huge, searing-hot planet orbiting another star is loaded with an unusual amount of carbon. The planet, a gas giant named WASP-12b, is the first carbon-rich world ever observed.

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Category A Helipad Flight Manual Supplement Approved For Bell 429

Bell: Move Validates Aircraft's OEI, Other Capabilities

The FAA has completed its review and approval of the Bell 429 Category A Helipad Flight Manual Supplement, following earlier approvals by EASA and Transport Canada.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.10): FANS -- Future Air Navigation System

FANS -- Future Air Navigation System The result of an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) initiative begun in 1983 to evaluate air traffic management systems and procedures and make modernization recommendations, the FANS concept became the plan for revamping air navigation processes for the 21st century, primarily through a shift to using satellite technology instead of depending on ground-based technology.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.10)

NASA Virtual Skies -- Aviation Navigation Navigation is the art and science of getting from point "A" to point "B" in the least possible time without losing your way. In the early days of aviation, navigation was mostly an art. The simplest instruments of flight had not been invented, so pilots flew "by the seat of their pants." Today, navigation is a science with sophisticated equipment being standard on most aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.12.10)

"A clearance is not required to operate VFR through a restricted area when the controlling or using agency, as applicable, has made a determination that the restricted area is 'cold'. [Cold = Not Active]" Source: A response provided to members of SAFE's Library Editorial Review Committee (LERC), who raised a key question: "Is a clearance in fact required to fly through a Restricted Area when that area is not in use?"

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