No doubt about it, Red Sox fans, Boston loves baseball! And here's a NOTAM to prove it: ... !FDC 5/2196 BOS STAR GENERAL EDWARD LAWRENCE LOGAN INTL, BOSTON, MA / QUABN THREE ARRIVAL... / ALL TRANSITIONS, ATC MAY ASSIGN HOLDING AT ONDEC (ON-DECK) AS DEPICTED ON CHART. EXPECT DIRECT UROWT (YOUR-OUT) AND TO RESUME THE QUABN STAR WHEN CLEARED FROM HOLD -- Don Desfosse
Airbus recently debuted its Bluecopter technology demonstrator, with a public demo at its facility in Donauworth, Germany. The aircraft already has logged more than 28 hours, testing out new technologies that aim to improve fuel efficiency and the ability to fly quietly. "With Bluecopter, we have met our goals of decreasing fuel consumption by as much as 40 percent, significantly reducing CO2 emissions, and lowering noise to approximately 10 decibel effective perceived noise (EPNdB) below ICAO noise certification limits, while raising the maximum payload and the passenger comfort," said Marius Bebesel, the Airbus program manager for research and innovation.
Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank made some progress in Washington over the weekend, winning support from a Senate vote in a rare Sunday session. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has been lobbying for reauthorization of the bank, which expired June 30, saying the bank's loan guarantees help GA manufacturers to close transactions with non-U.S. buyers.
A Russian helicopter pilot on a solo trip around the world was rescued on Monday morning after spending more than 30 hours alone on an ice floe after ditching his Robinson R22 helicopter about midway between Iqualuit and Greenland, in the Davis Strait. "It's wet. It's cold. He has some polar bear neighbors who are very interested in his whereabouts. He has quite a survival story," said Rear Admiral John Newton, of the Canadian Navy, who spoke to the press about the rescue.
The new Perlan 2 glider joined the Airbus A350 XWB at EAA AirVenture this week. The pressurized, two-seat glider has been designed to fly up to 90,000 feet, at the edge of space, where it will explore the science of stratospheric mountain waves that affect the global climate. This will require the engineering of a spacecraft, according to the Perlan 2 project, with glider wings that can fly in less than 3 percent of normal air density and at temperatures of minus-70 degrees C.
Ohio State University has received a gift of $10 million to support aviation education and research on campus, the school announced this week at EAA AirVenture. The gift from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation will support construction of a new facility at Don Scott Field, with state-of-the-art flight simulators, research labs and classrooms. More than 500 students a year study aviation at the school and take part in its outreach programs.
As the last of the airshow performers warmed up over Wittman Regional Airport, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said EAA AirVenture 2015 was a smashing success with increased attendance breaking early week records and something for everyone.
Ten young aviators learning about aviation from the Lakeland AeroClub in Florida flew two Pipers and three Cessnas to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from their home base at Central Florida Aerospace Academy high school on the grounds at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.
Also: Aviation Gateway Park, New Vintage Plaza, L-3 Genesys, BendixKing's KI300, Jack Pelton Interview--Part 1, Lockheed Buys Sikorsky, ANN's AirVenture Innovation Preview ROCKED! E-I-C Note:Many of the ANN Team members are still in Oshkosh as you read this, while some are working their way home, a few more are (hopefully) sound asleep, and one or two others are simply trying to remember their names. That being the case, and for those who were AT Oshkosh and may not have had a chance to watch Airborne each day, we're going to re-cast the last week of the Airborne at Oshkosh 2015 each day this coming week... and cop some serious needed ZZZZs, in the interim. We'll present a normal news schedule all week and offer a up a few new Aero-TV episodes, to boot, later on... but for the next day or two, we're simply going to bed. To sleep... perchance to dream -- of Oshkosh 2016. -- Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C/CEO
Also: Aviation Gateway Park, New Vintage Plaza, L-3 Genesys, BendixKing's KI300, Jack Pelton Interview--Part 1, Lockheed Buys Sikorsky, ANN's AirVenture Innovation Preview ROCKED! Redbird has become known as one of the most innovative companies in the industry, and this week at AirVenture, they rolled out a new idea they're calling the Sidekick. ANN's Tom Patton talked with Redbird founder Jerry Gregoire about what Sidekick is .. and what it does. Hartzell made a major announcement with Piper today that a Hartzell five-blade composite propeller is available for Piper's M500 Turboprop. Hartzell president Joe Brown says that pilots will notice a significant change with the new propeller. A couple of opening events took place Monday as the show officially got underway. At the new Aviation gateway park, a UAV was supposed to have brought in the ceremonial scissors for a ribbon cutting opening the new area to the public, but the wind did not allow that to happen, so they came in in a more normal way … carried in a bucket. Piper CEO Simon Caldecott said there was a specific reason Piper wanted to sponsor the park. L-3 Avionics Systems introduced their Genesys Next Generation of Electronic Standby Instrument Systems Monday here at AirVenture. The instrument is a solid state standby instrument for the Part 23 class one, two, and three aircraft along with helicopters. Bendix King also introduced a solid state backup instrument Monday afternoon. The KI 300 is intended as a replacement for the KI256 and KG 258 attitude indicators. ANN Editor Chief Jim Campbell talked with Bendix King president Justin Ryan about the new instrument. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
The FAA Has Updated Their Advisory Circular For Transitioning To Unfamiliar Aircraft The FAA released an update to an Advisory Circular (AC) on transitioning to unfamiliar aircraft. AC 90-109A is intended to help plan the transition to any unfamiliar fixed-wing airplanes, including type-certificated and/or experimental airplanes.
Pilot Union Opposed To Third Class Medical Reform EAA, with the support of other GA organizations, held a news conference at AirVenture Saturday to respond to a letter from the Air Line Pilot's Association (ALPA) which urges the U.S. Senate to not support the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2.