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Aviation News Top Headliners     October 2011

Qantas Airways Ordered To Resume Flights After Shutting Down Operations

October 31, 2011 - On Saturday, Australia’s largest airline, Qantas Airways also known as "The Flying Kangaroo", shut down its flight operations indefinitely and locked out all union workers in an effort to shut down its unions. All flights were canceled except flights that were already in the air. Aircraft that were taxing out for takeoff were called back to there gates  Read More

Mechanical Problems Forces China Southern Airlines To Cancel Airbus A380 Flight

October 31, 2011 - On Saturday, twelve days after China Southern Airlines put its first Airbus A380 into operations the company was forced to cancel a Beijing to Shanghai flight due to mechanical problems. Passengers were able to get a later flight on a Airbus A330. China Southern Airlines spokesmen stated "we need to transport air materials from abroad. “We  Read More


NOAA Newest Satellite To Offer Enhanced Weather Information

October 31, 2011 - America’s newest polar-orbiting satellite roared into orbit on Friday, setting the stage for enhanced weather data NOAA scientists will use to develop life-saving severe weather forecasts days in advance. The NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force, Calif., at 2:48 a.m. PDT aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket Read More


Air China And Industry Partners Conduct 1st Sustainable Biofuel Flight

October 31, 2011 - Air China, Boeing and Chinese and U.S. aviation energy partners on Friday conducted China's first sustainable biofuel flight. The two-hour mainland flight from Beijing Capital International Airport was witnessed by officials from both countries and highlights the viability of using sustainable aviation biofuel sourced in China. "Through our collaborative efforts with China we have found an incredible partner and place where national capability Read More


Federal Appeals Court Overturns FAA Ruling On Cape Wind's Turbines

October 30, 2011 - On Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the FAA May 17, 2010 ruling that Cape Wind's turbines would present no hazard to local air traffic control and aircraft. The court ruled that the FAA misread its own rules when the agency came to its decision. The Cape Wind Project, which was Read More


The Possibilities - Heatable Paint That Prevents Ice Buildup On Airplanes

October 30, 2011 - When it comes to developing new ways to combat icing on airplanes, there are many existing methods. But, as Thomas Jefferson once famously said, "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Battelle experts have been hard at work on an innovative future for reducing or preventing icing on airplanes Read More


LAN And TAM Airlines Form Corporate Structure For Merger

October 30, 2011 - LAN and TAM airlines have started the technical and preliminary processes for their integration into LATAM Airlines Group (LATAM). With the advisory of international consultants, such processes aim at preparing both companies for the merger, becoming the leading airline in the region. “We are very pleased with the integration process between both companies and we Read More


Gulfstream International Airlines To Purchase Six Saab 340Bplus Aircraft

October 30, 2011 - Gulfstream International Airlines (“Gulfstream”) has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to purchase six, 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft. The Fort Lauderdale-based airline, which serves more destinations in The Bahamas than any other U.S. carrier, will deploy all six Saab’s along its Florida/Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. “This  Read More


Bronze C-130 Memorial To Be Unveiled At Air Station Sacramento

October 28, 2011 - The United States Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento will hold a remembrance ceremony where a bronze C-130 will be dedicated to honor nine aviators lost during a tragic mid-air collision off the coast of San Diego two years ago. The crews being memorialized were from Sacramento-based Coast Guard  Read More


Jeppesen Receives FAA Acceptance For Aviation Navigation Obstacle Database

October 28, 2011 - Jeppesen, recently received the aviation industry's first Type 1 Letter of Acceptance endorsement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), supporting Jeppesen's processing of navigation obstacle data. The endorsement letter notes that Jeppesen complies with FAA Advisory Circular 20-153A acceptance of aeronautical data processes Read More


American Aerospace And Texas A&M Test The RS-16 Recon Unmanned Aircraft

October 28, 2011 - American Aerospace and Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi have successfully completed their first airborne science mission using unmanned aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico. Under a Certificate of Authorization (COA) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a Recon System 16 Unmanned Aircraft System completed six flights originating on a remote  Read More


FAA Launches Website In Ongoing Fight To End Laser Strikes On Aircraft

October 27, 2011 - In the past 11 months, Randy Babbitt, Administrator for the FAA and Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation have worked to raise public awareness about the dangers of shining a laser at an airplane or helicopter.  Unfortunately, however, these dangerous incidents are still on the rise. As part of our ongoing effort to stop these threats to pilot, crew, and  Read More


WACO Classic Great Lakes 2T-1A Series Aircraft Receives Type Certificate

October 27, 2011 - WACO Classic Aircraft has received Type Certificate by the FAA for the Great Lakes 2T-1A series aircraft. Now, with the Type Certificate in hand, WACO Classic is able to better work with the FAA to return the Great Lakes to the air. The Great Lakes by Waco Classic the new airplane is the Great Lakes Model   Read More


DOT Proposes Air Travel Accessibility Requirements

October 27, 2011 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) introduces additional consumer protection requirements for airline passengers in an effort to make flying more convenient and hassle-free for everyone. DOT is proposing a requirement for airlines to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities and ensure that their ticket  Read More


Ronald Reagan Statue To Be Unveiled At Reagan National Airport

October 27, 2011 - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced that a statue of Ronald Reagan will be unveiled at Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The statue is one of several statues worldwide that are being unveiled in 2011 as part of the historic year-long celebration commemorating 100 years since the birth of our nation's 40th President. Ronald  Read More


Baltimore Police Department Orders Four Eurocopter EC120

October 27, 2011 - The Baltimore Police Department has ordered four Eurocopter EC120 helicopters to replace its current fleet. The department is one of the leading law enforcement operators of the EC120 in the world. The new helicopters will be part of a fleet renewal program and are scheduled to start delivering in summer 2012. “The Baltimore Police Department’s commitment to the EC120 showcases Read More


Aerospace Industries Study - A Million Jobs At Risk

October 26, 2011 - An economic impact analysis projects more than one million American jobs could be lost as a result of defense budget cuts if the deficit reduction select committee fails to reach agreement on alternative balanced budget solutions and total cuts to defense reach $1 trillion. Dr. Stephen S. Fuller, Dwight Schar Faculty Chair, University Professor and Director  Read More


Cirrus Aircraft Expands Full Motion Flight Simulator Training In Europe

October 26, 2011 - Cirrus Aircraft expands flight training globally, on Tuesday the company opened its first full motion flight simulator in Poznan, Poland. Cirrus' first European SIM Center will offer state-of-the-art simulation training for the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft with Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics. The company's flight simulator expansion now provides pilots throughout Europe  Read More


DOT Fines South African Airways For Violating Price Advertising Rules

October 26, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined South African Airways and ticket agent Destination Southern Africa for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. South African Airways was fined $55,000 while Destination Southern Africa, which promotes air travel packages for South  Read More


U.S. House Rejects EU Emissions Trading Scheme On U.S. Aircraft

October 25, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2594, which prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme. This costly EU scheme would impose new taxes, emissions cap and trade requirements on U.S. air carriers flying into and out of the EU airspace. The legislation, entitled "The European Emissions Trading  Read More


The GAO Raises Safety Concerns Over The Boeings 787

October 25, 2011 - Composite materials are made by combining materials such as carbon fibers with epoxy, they have been used in airplane components for decades. Although composites are lighter and stronger than most metals, their increasing use in commercial airplane structures such as the fuselage and wings has raised safety concerns  Read More


Piper Suspends Light Jet Development And Makes Personnel Cuts

October 25, 2011 - Piper Aircraft is indefinitely suspending further development of the Piper Altaire business jet following a review to align the company’s business goals with the light jet market outlook, investment strategies and overall economic forecasts. “Following an evaluation of Altaire development and light jet forecasts  Read More


PSA Pilots Meet With Federal Mediators To Jumpstart Contract Negotiations

October 25, 2011 - The pilots of PSA Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), on Monday took the next step toward reaching a new contract with senior management by meeting with a federal mediator from the National Mediation Board (NMB). PSA pilots, who fly regional aircraft under the US Airways Express brand, have been in direct contract  Read More


FAA Fines Pinnacle Airlines $1 Million, Crew Members Performed Maintenance Work

October 25, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing $1,042,500 in civil penalties against Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., of Memphis, Tenn., for allegedly operating two aircraft on a combined 63 flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Pinnacle operated a Canadair Regional Jet on 23 flights between April 30 and May 4, 2009 on which flight crew   Read More


Pratt & Whitney's PW210S Engine Receives Transport Canada Certification

October 24, 2011 - Pratt & Whitney has received Transport Canada type certification for its PW210S engine, selected by Sikorsky for the S-76D medium-sized helicopter targeting corporate, offshore oil, medical, airline and government operators around the world. "This is a terrific milestone for this exciting and   Read More


Miami International Airport Top Airport For Airline Passenger Growth

October 24, 2011 - Passenger growth at Miami International Airport continued to surge in the third quarter of 2011 with an increase of 9.6 percent in September, keeping the airport on track to surpass its best year ever in 2010. International passengers jumped 12.7 percent while domestic passengers also improved by 6.8 percent. Through  Read More


Virgin America Flight Attendants Seek Union Representation

October 24, 2011 - While Virgin tries to create “wow” for Passengers its policies for flight attendants more often meet with “say what?!” An overwhelming majority of flight attendants at Virgin America, a low-cost carrier known for high quality service and innovative onboard amenities, has filed a petition at the National Mediation Board (NMB) seeking union representation  Read More


Space Observatory Finds Star 175 Light-Years From Earth Containing Water

October 24, 2011 - Using data from the Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have detected for the first time cold water vapor enveloping a dusty disk around a young star. The findings suggest that this disk, which is poised to develop into a solar system, contains great quantities of water, suggesting that water-covered planets like Earth may be common in the universe. Herschel is a European  Read More


TSA Agrees To Re-Assess Policies For Job Applicants With HIV

October 23, 2011 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agreed this week to review its medical guidelines for applicants with compromised immune systems, including people with HIV. The agreement is part of a settlement between the TSA, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida. In August 2009, the  Read More


Bipartisan U.S. Delegation Works To Halt EU Air Tax

October 23, 2011 - A bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation conferred in Montreal on Friday with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) leaders regarding U.S. opposition to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS). This costly EU scheme would impose new taxes and emissions cap and trade requirements on U.S. and Read More


FAA Northeast Airspace Improvements To Benefit Airlines And Passengers

October 23, 2011 - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, commended the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for implementing the next phase of the U.S. Northeast airspace redesign project, which will bring immediate benefits to airline passengers. Most of the  Read More


Significant Ozone Hole Remains Over Antarctica

October 23, 2011 - The Antarctic ozone hole, which yawns wide every Southern Hemisphere spring, reached its annual peak on September 12, stretching 10.05 million square miles, the ninth largest on record. Above the South Pole, the ozone hole reached its deepest point of the season on October 9 when total ozone readings dropped to 102 Dobson units, tied for the 10th lowest in the 26-year record Read More


Memory Cards Yield No Information On Last Month's Air Race Crash

October 22, 2011 - Last month an experimental a vintage P-51D Mustang, N79111 crashed following a loss of control while maneuvering at Reno Stead Airport, Reno, Nevada, air race. The NTSB has reported they had removed a memory card from the on-board telemetry unit of the accident aircraft and were unable to retrieve any Read More


San Diego International Airport Receives $2 Million Grant From The FAA

October 22, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $2 million grant to San Diego International Airport to reduce the use of conventional fuels at the airport to improve air quality. “We are committed to helping airports around the country make the necessary infrastructure investments that will reduce fuel costs and help protect the  Read More


Atlas Air And Polar Air Cargo Finalize Labor Agreement With Pilots

October 22, 2011 - Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. a global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, announced that it has completed a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement with pilots and flight engineers of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. (Polar). The agreement, which is effective from September 2011, completes the  Read More


FAA Dedicated New Tower And Radar Approach Control At Memphis Intern. Airport

October 22, 2011 - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt on Thursday dedicated the new $72.6 million air traffic control tower and radar approach control at Memphis International Airport. The new tower enables air traffic controllers to continue to provide the safest, most efficient service to both passenger and cargo flights. “We must invest in rebuilding and expanding our  Read More


Jeppesen’s Runway Analysis Service Assist Pilots With Takeoff Performance

October 19, 2011 - Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services, introduces a new Web-based Runway Analysis service that provides aviation operators with flight critical airport, runway and aircraft performance information. The Jeppesen Runway Analysis service helps commercial, military and corporate operators reduce costs  Read More


Boeing Increases Production On The B-737 To Thirty-Five Airplanes A Month

October 19, 2011 - Boeing began building the first Next-Generation 737 at the program's new production rate of 35 airplanes a month. The rate is increasing from 31.5 airplanes a month to meet worldwide market demand for the best-selling single-aisle airplane. Employees loaded chords and webs manufactured by the Boeing Fabrication  Read More


ACI-NA Commissioners Award Scholarships To Aviation Students

October 19, 2011 - Airports Council International - North America’s (ACI-NA) Commissioners’ Committee accepted the Scholarship Review Committee's recommendation to award scholarships of $2,500 each to two aviation students, at the ACI-NA Commissioners’ Committee meeting in San Diego, California. Recipients   Read More


NASA, Japan Release Improved Topographic Map Of Earth

October 19, 2011 - NASA and Japan released a significantly improved version of the most complete digital topographic map of Earth on Monday, produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft. The map, known as a global digital elevation model, was created from images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne  Read More


Airbus A350 XWB’s Trent Engine Rolls Out For Initial Flight Tests

October 18, 2011 - Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight-test engine on the A380 “flying-testbed” aircraft (MSN 001). The aircraft is depicted here at Airbus’ Jean-Luc Lagardère site in Toulouse where the engine was mounted. The aircraft and engine will now be prepared for the flight-test   Read More


New ATC Tower At Cleveland Hopkins International Airport To Create Jobs

October 18, 2011 - To a transportation secretary, visiting Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is like visiting hallowed ground. This airport was the United States’ first municipal airfield, opened in 1925, and was home to the world’s first air traffic control tower and airfield lighting system. More recently, it was home to the world’s first direct link  Read More


New Report Finds More Hate Than Love For US Airlines On Social Media

October 18, 2011 - Social media users were more negative than positive about US airlines on social media in the last 12 months, with intense hatred for a handful of carriers accounting for most of the negativity, according to a new social media analytics report from Amplicate. The report found that 57% of all opinions on social media about US airlines were negative over the last 12 months  Read More


Boeing Delivers 737 Airborne Early Warning And Control Aircraft To South Korea

October 18, 2011 - When the first Boeing Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft was delivered last month to the Republic of Korea Air Force, it included a key radar sensor designed and developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation. An airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) (or more commonly and historically an AWAC) system is an airborne  Read More


AEA Testifies Over GPS Interference By Lightsquared High Speed Wireless Network

October 17, 2011 - Tim Taylor, president and CEO of FreeFlight Systems, testified on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Aircraft Electronics Association to a national television audience carried live by C-SPAN3. FreeFlight Systems, is an AEA member. Located in Waco, Texas, FreeFlight Systems is a manufacturer of  Read More


IATA, Global Standards Must Be Cornerstone For Euro-Russia Aviation

October 17, 2011 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged Russian and European officials meeting at the Euro-Russia Aviation Summit in St. Petersburg to make global standards the cornerstone of their discussions on the development of aviation in these two important markets. “Re-emphasizing Russian and European  Read More


Qantas Pilots Launch Website In Protest Of Shipping Jobs To Southeast Asia

October 17, 2011 - The Australian and International Pilots Association launch a new website, qantasshareholders.com, to provide information to disgruntled Qantas shareholders on how to make their voice heard at the Qantas Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 28. Since launching the popular campaign site, AIPA has been inundated with inquiries from Qantas  Read More


ICAO Promotes Aviation Safety By Endorsing English Language Testing

October 17, 2011 - Test service providers around the world can now apply for, and receive, an endorsement for tests that rate proficiency in English used in aviation according to ICAO requirements. ICAO will endorse tests, not the test providers and the program does not cover general English proficiency. “In response to fatal accidents in which the lack of proficiency in English was identified  Read More


Report By The GAO Raises Concerns About Aviation Runway Safety

October 16, 2011 - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that raises concerns about the increasing number of runway safety incidents at U.S. airports. According to the GAO, the rate of runway incursions and operational errors in the terminal environment (within roughly 30 miles of an airport) Read More


The Department Of Transportation (DOT) Celebrates Its 45th Birthday

October 16, 2011 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) celebrates its 45th anniversary. The DOT is a federal Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transportation. It was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and began operation on April 1, 1967. It is administered by the United  Read More


Joint Venture To Develop Next Generation Of Aircraft Engines

October 16, 2011 - Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announce a restructure of their participation in IAE International Aero Engines AG (IAE), which produces the V2500 engine for the A320 family of aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, Rolls-Royce will sell its equity and program shares in IAE to  Read More


Civil Air Patrol Provides Simulated "Threat" For NORAD Pilots

October 16, 2011 - Pilots assigned to Aerospace Control Alert units have a unique mission to defend the U.S. and Canadian homelands by controlling that airspace and being prepared to respond to threats. Because of that enormous responsibility, these units routinely train for this mission. And since the aircraft they would be charged with  Read More


Job Cuts At Alpine Air Express If US Postal Service Close Processing Facilities

October 14, 2011 - Alpine Air Express recently received notice that the U.S. Postal Service could be closing its processing facilities in Missoula and Kalispell, MT and terminating air-mail service to these cities. The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a study to determine the costs and benefits of trucking the mail for all of  Read More


Boeing Makes First Delivery Of The 747-8 Frieghter To Cargolux

October 14, 2011 - Boeing and Cargolux Airlines shared another milestone in the history of the iconic 747, as the airline took delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Freighter on Thursday. Following delivery at the Boeing Delivery Center at the company's Everett site, the airplane departed for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where the new freighter  Read More


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab The 'Underwear Bomber' Pleads Guilty

October 14, 2011 - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 25, of Kaduna, Nigeria, the so-called "underwear bomber," pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court to eight counts of terrorism-related charges. Abdulmutallab faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Abdulmutallab, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, attempted murder Read More


Hurricane Irene Put Coast Guard Search And Rescue Air Crews To The Test

October 14, 2011 - In 1786, a group of visionaries gathered at a Boston tavern with the shared goal of reducing the loss of life at sea. America's first maritime lifesaving service was born of their initiative, called the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The practices of this agency were used in the creation of the federalized U.S. Life Saving Service, which merged with  Read More


California Science Center Receives Endeavour Title From NASA

October 13, 2011 - NASA transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center (CSC) during a ceremony Tuesday at the center in Los Angeles. The transfer is the first step toward CSC receiving Endeavour in the latter half of 2012. "NASA is pleased to share this wonderful orbiter with the California Science Center to help inspire a new  Read More


Piper Aircraft Improves M-Class Aircraft For 2012

October 13, 2011 - Piper Aircraft has enhanced both pilot and passenger comfort for its signature series of 2012 model year M-Class single engine business aircraft the turboprop Meridian, pressurized piston Mirage and unpressurized piston Matrix. 2012 Piper M-Class aircraft are available today. The biggest design changes have enhanced pilot comfort and cockpit access through incorporation Read More


Sikorsky Improves Distribution On Civil Helicopter Operator Technical Documents

October 13, 2011 - Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced that it signed an agreement with Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) to collaborate on an advanced technical documentation distribution solution supporting operators of Sikorsky civil helicopters worldwide. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. The technical documentation distribution solution  Read More


Smyrna Air Center Begins Testing GE H80 Engine On The King Air 90 Aircraft

October 13, 2011 - Smyrna Air Center, based in Nashville announced the start of its flight test data recording program with the new GE H80, 800 SHP engine on the King Air 90 series aircraft. The 800 SHP GE H80 engine is the next step up in performance for the Power90 Conversion. The GE H80, with new 3D aero design and advanced materials integrated into the compressor and turbine  Read More


Layoffs At Qantas Airways While Executives Receive Considerably High Pay Raises

October 12, 2011 - Executive greed needs to be brought under control at Qantas so that the company can better focus and deliver on delivering a quality to airline to Australia and the world, the Australian and International Pilots Association. New revelations published about the astronomic salaries paid to Qantas executives, including  Read More


Honda Aircraft To Build Aircraft Maintenance Facility In Greensboro, NC

October 12, 2011 - Honda Aircraft Company, along with senior officials from the State of North Carolina and the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, announced Honda’s selection of Greensboro, North Carolina, as the location for its new HondaJet Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility. The company will invest an additional $20 Read More


At Last Eclipse Is Now Taking Orders On The Eclipse 550 Twin Engine Jet

October 12, 2011 - Eclipse Aerospace announced it is now taking orders for the Eclipse 550, the new twin-engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family. The Eclipse 550 will be a technologically advanced, twin-engine jet aircraft with a design that utilizes the same airframe and power plant as the popular EA-500 model. Along with significant  Read More


Corporate Flight Receives FAA Authorization On Jeppesen FliteDeck App For iPad

October 12, 2011 - Jeppesen announces that charter operator Corporate Flight Management has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use the recently introduced Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app for iPad as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts. The authorization allows Corporate Flight Management to begin a systematic transition from paper to iPad with  Read More


Learjet 85 Flight Test Aircraft Fabrication Underway

October 11, 2011 - Bombardier Aerospace announced that production of its new Learjet 85 aircraft has officially begun as the program successfully exited the Aircraft Level Critical Design Review. Development and production teams in Wichita, Kansas; Montréal, Québec; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged in the  Read More


Gulfstream G650 Moves Closer To 2012 Entry Into Service

October 11, 2011 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s ultra large cabin, ultra long range G650 has moved several steps closer to its anticipated certification later this year after completing tests of its fly by wire system, engine inlet compatibility and operation in hot weather, among other tests. As of Oct. 5, the four aircraft in the flight-test program had accumulated more than 2,077 hours on more than 626 flights. “On Read More


Northrop Grumman To Provide New Hybrid Navigation System For Cessna Business

October 11 2011 - A new fiber-optic inertial navigation system/global positioning system (INS/GPS) developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation's navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF GmbH, has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company for the new Citation Ten business jet. An improved Read More


Pratt & Whitney PW306D Turbofan To Power Cessna's New Citation Latitude

October 11, 2011 - Pratt & Whitney announced that its PW306D engine has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company to power its new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet. The announcement was made at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new Citation Latitude will have space Read More


The FAA Progress And Challenges In Developing And Transitioning To Nextgen

October 9, 2011 - On Wednesday, the Inspector General testified before the House Subcommittee on Aviation regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) progress and challenges in developing and transitioning to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The Next Generation Air Transportation  Read More


Boeing Settles Landmark Case To Fight Attendant Exposure To Aircraft Toxic Fumes

October 9, 2011 - Mrs. Terry Williams, mother-of-two, a former flight attendant of American Airlines has won a unreported cash settlement from aircraft manufacture, the Boeing Company. Williams filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court alleging she was exposed to toxic fumes while on a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Aircraft which left her Read More


PPG Industries To Supply Falcon 20/50 All-Glass Cockpit Windows

October 8, 2011 - PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group has signed an agreement with Dassault Aviation to supply all-glass heated windshields and all-glass heated side cockpit windows for Falcon 20 and Falcon 50 business jets. “PPG has extensive experience producing the forward-facing windshields, and  Read More


TSA Announces Advanced Imaging Technology Deployments At U.S. Airports

October 8, 2011 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced 29 airports which are set to receive recently purchased millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines. The machines will be deployed with new automated target recognition software designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images Read More


Court Offers Preliminary Opinion On Aircraft Greenhouse Gas

October 7, 2011 - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, on Thursday stated it was disappointed in the preliminary opinion issued by the Advocate General in the European Court of Justice regarding the lawsuit challenging the unilateral application of the   Read More


Citationair Pilots Begin Using The Ipad For In-Flight Operations

October 7, 2011 - CitationAir a leader in private jet transportation solutions, today announced that its pilots have begun using the Apple iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) with the Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck application. CitationAir received FAA approval to use the device and is currently beta-testing it prior to a full distribution to all pilots. CitationAir is   Read More


FAA Certifies Remanufactured Business Jet The Nextant 400XT Aircraft

October 6, 2011 - Nextant Aerospace, which introduced the concept of remanufacturing to the business jet market, announced that it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its Nextant 400XT aircraft, the world’s first completely remanufactured business jet. The FAA certification is the final step in the  Read More


FAA Roll Out Of Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE-X) At 35 Airports

October 6, 2011 - Memphis is the 35th airport to commission ASDE-X, which greatly reduces the potential for collisions on airport runways and taxiways by allowing air traffic controllers to detect potential conflicts and take appropriate action. Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X, or ASDE-X, is a runway-safety tool that enables air Read More


LAN Airlines And TAM Agree To Continue With Merger

October 5, 2011 - After thorough analysis of the content and implications of the resolution of the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia de Chile (TDLC), Chile’s antitrust court, regarding the merger process between LAN Airlines and TAM, the Boards of Directors of both companies have confirmed their decision to move  Read More


ITT Launches New Flight Tracking Application For Alaskan Airspace

October 5, 2011 - ITT has launched a Web-based data visualization application that enhances the safety and operational efficiency of Alaskan airspace by providing unprecedented fleet awareness. ITT’s AlaskaVue provides a cost-effective solution for understanding in real time where flight assets are located. This capability is particularly significant  Read More


Sikorsky Test Pilot Receives Award From Society Of Experimental Test Pilots

October 5, 2011 - Kevin Bredenbeck, the pilot who flew the revolutionary X2 Technology demonstrator last year to an unofficial speed record for conventional helicopters, has been recognized by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) with the Iven C. Kincheloe Award for the year’s outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing, Sikorsky  Read More


Turkish Airlines Enlists CyberSource to Combat Online Fraud

October 5, 2011 - CyberSource, a Visa company, announced that Turkish Airlines will use CyberSource solutions to assist in its fight against online fraud. The award-winning airline has selected Decision Manager, CyberSource’s global fraud management portal, and Performance Monitoring, a CyberSource managed risk service providing fraud process analysis, monitoring and tuning from skilled experts. Read More


Today At Select Airports TSA Will Begin PreCheck Security Screening

October 4, 2011 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that it began testing a limited, voluntary passenger pre-screening initiative with a small known traveler population at four U.S. airports. The TSA PreCheck initiative implements a key component of the agency’s intelligence-driven, risk-based   Read More


Embry Riddle To Purchase Opsvue Flight Tracking And Situational Awareness System

October 4, 2011 - ITT Corporation has signed a two-year agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to provide its Symphony OpsVue flight tracking and situational awareness system for flight training programs at the university’s Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., campuses. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (generally  Read More


Auyuittuq Aviation Initiates Rotary And Fixed Wing Service On Baffin Island

October 4, 2011 - Discovery Air Inc. subsidiaries Air Tindi Ltd. and Great Slave Helicopters Ltd. have formed a new partnership – Auyuittuq Aviation – with a group of Inuit shareholders from the Kivalliq and Baffin regions of Nunavut to better serve the needs of the burgeoning mining industry on Baffin Island. “The mining and  Read More


Van Nuys Airport Partners With Major Tenants at Annual NBAA Convention

October 4, 2011 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will welcome Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) as a new participant at its 64th Annual Meeting and Convention — distinguished as the world’s premier business aviation event—slated for Oct. 10-12, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Van Nuys Airport (VNY) Manager Jess  Read More


IATA - Slowing Airline Passenger Demand and Shrinking Freight Markets

October 3, 2011 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced traffic results for August. While passenger demand was up 4.5% over the previous August, this represents a significant slowing from the 6.0% recorded in July. The decline in freight markets accelerated  Read More


FAA Independent Panel Submits Training And Hiring Recommendation For ATC

October 3, 2011 - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt today announced a set of recommendations from an independent panel on how to improve all aspects of an air traffic controller’s experience at the FAA, including hiring, training, placement and career development.  Read More


Southwest Airlines Uses Interact Mobile Communications For Pilot Scheduling

October 3, 2011 - Varolii Corporation, the independent market and technology leader in interactive, personalized business-to-consumer text, voice and email communications, today announced that it has partnered with Southwest Airlines to streamline its process for matching pilot availability with flight needs. Using the Varolii  Read More


Study Shows Unprecedented Ozone Loss In The Arctic

October 3, 2011 - A NASA-led study has documented an unprecedented depletion of Earth's protective ozone layer above the Arctic last winter and spring caused by an unusually prolonged period of extremely low temperatures in the stratosphere. The discovery of a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was announced by a team of British scientists  Read More


ABC’s Pan Am Television Series Continues To Grow In Viewership

October 2, 2011 - The Pan Am drama on ABC which premiered on the 25th of last month is tuning out to be a big hit. ABC’s Pan Am television series centers on the iconic airline Pan American World Airways during the 1960s. The period drama, from writer Jack Orman (ER) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), focuses on  Read More


Airline Passenger Pleads Guilty To Digesting 50 Pellets Of Cocaine

October 2, 2011 - An Arkansas man pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI). Barratt Eni, 54, Little Rock,  Read More


Airbus’ First A350 XWB Forward Fuselage Is Beginning To Shape Up

October 1, 2011 - Airbus aerostructures partner, Premium Aerotec, has successfully put together the first forward fuselage for the A350 XWB at Nordenham (Germany). The impressive all composite fuselage is 13 meters long and comprises four panels and the floor grid. Structural assembly work will continue over the coming  Read More


Indonesia First Responders Reach Aircraft Crash Site No Survivors

October 1, 2011 - On Thursday a Casa C-212-100 Aviocar aircraft operated by Nusantara Buana Air crashed killing all 18 onboard. The flight departed Medan Polonia Airport, Indonesia at 7:28 PM and was to land at 8:03 PM in Kutacane, Indonesia. The Casa C-212 was carrying 14 passengers, 4 crewmembers. The last radio contact with the Casa  Read More

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