The Weekender is on the road after Thanksgiving and found a few places to stop on SocialFlight. All pilots (current and non-current) are invited to share their experience with budding aviators at the St. Louis Science Center, where the Gateway Eagles will host nine simulator stations to introduce visitors to flying the Cessna 172.
Lockheed Martin has moved a step closer to FAA certification for its hybrid airship design, the company said last week. Lockheed worked with the FAA's certification office in Seattle for more than a decade to develop a plan to allow a nonrigid hybrid airship to operate as a commercial aircraft, since the FAA had no existing regulations to cover the category. Two years ago, the FAA created a certification pathway. Now the FAA has approved Lockheed Martin's plan showing how its design will meet all of the certification criteria. Lockheed Martin now plans to achieve certification and start delivering operational 20-ton airships as soon as 2018.
Burt Rutan's latest aircraft prototype, the SkiGull, took a first flight this week from Coeur d'Alene airport in Idaho. The documentary film team following Rutan's work posted photos on Facebook, saying the flight lasted for about 90 minutes with test pilot Glenn Smith, who reported that "the plane was responsive, predictable and fun."
Severe icing and malfunctioning instruments led to the crash of a Cessna Citation in Kansas two years ago, the NTSB said in its probable cause report this week. The 1975 Cessna 500 Citation I was at 15,000 feet when it began a high-speed descent and crashed in a field, killing the pilot and single passenger on board.
Ascension Air, which operates a fleet of Cirrus SR22 aircraft from its bases in Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, now is offering jet cards and time shares for the Eclipse 550 jet. "Our new Eclipse 550 Contrails program will bring personal jet transportation to a growing segment of aviators who want the flexibility and benefits of flying their own jet, without the worries of full jet ownership," said Ascension Air CEO Jamail Larkins. "Our professional owner-services team offers easy fleet access, on-site concierge services, professional aircraft management, a safety pilot, and streamlined scheduling."
Find a remote island airport at night, land at Boston's Logan International Airport in a Cessna 172, fly the Hudson River VFR Corridor, encounter VFR flight into instrument conditions, and more in PilotWorkshops' “Real World VFR” video program released Nov. 25.
Only Time Will Tell If The Booster Is Truly Reusable On November 23, 2015 Blue Origin achieved a first in rocketry and spaceflight history when their New Shepard launch vehicle successfully delivered a payload across the official boundary of space and then returned to Earth to land upright under rocket power.
Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens -- in Real Time -- just like always. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on November 26th and 27th, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers. Basically, we're going to treat the four-day weekend as just that: a four-day weekend, meaning you'll still be able to find several new stories each day on our website.
Also: UK CAA, E-Fest 2015, Citizens In Space, Gulfstream G500, Dassault Falcon Jet, CFM LEAP-1A, Tuskegee's Milton Crenchaw ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=7824c250-2728-412d-b94d-2bcca62a2304 YouTube Airborne Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUhoqjXpCTw Blue Origin announced yesterday that its New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet, that's about 62 miles, before executing an historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas on Monday. Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said in part, “We are building Blue Origin to seed an enduring human presence in space, to help us move beyond this blue planet that is the origin of all we know.” In its press announcement regarding the findings of the UAS Registration Task Force, the FAA stressed that all members of the task force, from toy manufacturers to airlines, agreed to the recommendations, and that there was no dissension among the diverse groups at the table. It now seems that may have been a bit of an overstatement. Dave Mathewson, executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics has issued a written responded to the task force recommendations. The Transgender Law Center based in Oakland, California says that the FAA holds transgender pilots to an unreasonably high standard when it comes to being granted a medical certificate. The issue has been brought up by Jessica Zacharias. It's reported she said that every year since 2001, she had renewed her medical certificate in accordance with the FARs. But in 2013, she reported to the FAA that she was in the process of transitioning from male to female, and that's when the FAA said they would require extra medical information from her. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Also: Hybrid Airship, Aero-Calendar, NAHF2016, R1 Airlines, Pro Line Fusion For CJ3, ERAU Prescott, Quest Kodiak ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=3c2451c4-6b8a-4b35-b03a-01b6263697b3 YouTube Airborne Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EHT1iRaEdQ The FAA has posted the recommendations of its UAS Registration Task Force on its website and says these recommendations will be added to the more than 4,500 public comments received to date by the agency and other data for crafting the final rule. No timeline has been set for issuing a final rule on UAV registration, which was originally supposed to be published in September of this year. Pilots are about to have one fewer choice when it comes to buying a new headset. Audio company Sennheiser says it plans to withdraw from the aircraft headset business as of March 2016. The company will fulfill all its obligations for servicing and spare parts throughout the full guarantee period for its headsets. Headsets for the air traffic control (ATC) sector are not affected by this decision, but will continue to be marketed with the current ATC team under the responsibility of the joint venture Sennheiser Communications. It is with great pride that we at ANN are able to report that our friend, Tom Poberezny, the president and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association for more than 20 years and chairman of the annual EAA fly-in convention for more than three decades, is one of four renowned aviators who will enter the National Aviation Hall of Fame next October. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!