The rapid growth of the commercial satellite-launch industry has the FAA moving ahead to take over some safety oversight duties from the Department of Defense. Someone has to be responsible for overseeing collision avoidance for objects in orbit, and traditionally that has been the military's role. But the FAA and the Pentagon appear to be ready to discuss moving that oversight to civilians, according to a Wall Street Journal report this week.
The ground explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Sept. 1 was likely caused by a "large breach" of the helium system, the company said Friday. SpaceX, NASA and the FAA, among others, continue to investigate the cause of the fiery incident at Cape Canaveral that destroyed the rocket and its payload as it stood at Launch Complex 40 during a pre-launch test.
General aviation accident rates dropped in 2015 amid a rise in flight hours, according to figuresreported by the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday. The preliminary data reported for GA operations added up to 1,209 accidents last year, 229 of those involving 376 fatalities, including three people on the ground.
AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from Boeing, King Schools, Future and Active Pilot Advisors and Pacific Propeller International. Boeing has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its industry-leading touchscreen flight displays for all five flight deck displays on the new Boeing 777X. The advanced touchscreen capability will make the flight deck more intuitive for pilots and more efficient for flight operations.
Reno racer Thom Richard is glad to be alive after another airplane hit his disabled race plane, narrowly missing the top of his head. "The impact was violent and loud," Richard wrote on YouTube, a fact made clear by the cockpit video clearly showing the incident. Richard had stopped on the runway to check on an engine issue, and had signaled the starters to halt the launch process.
"Amassing four million flight hours is a testament to the reliability of RPA systems that are designed, built, and maintained by a dedicated group of skilled and innovative professionals. We are proud of our fleet's contributions in providing round-the-clock ISR capabilities for our customers worldwide." Source: Linden Blue, CEO, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., commenting as the Predator-series family of aircraft, including MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, and MQ-1C Gray Eagle, achieved a historic industry milestone: four million flight hours. The milestone was crossed on August 7th, with 291,331 total missions completed and 90% of all missions flown in combat.
Discrete Code As used in the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS), any one of the 4096 selectable Mode 3/A aircraft transponder codes except those ending in zero zero; e.g., discrete codes: 0010, 1201, 2317, 7777; nondiscrete codes: 0100, 1200, 7700. Nondiscrete codes are normally reserved for radar facilities that are not equipped with discrete decoding capability and for other purposes such as emergencies (7700), VFR aircraft (1200), etc.
Aero Linx: International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) is a non-government organization, Ground Handling Industry Leader and forum for consultation on industry issues for all aviation services companies worldwide. The organization is registered in Sweden and Montreal, Canada with its operational HQ in Dubai. There are two sub-organizations that fall under the umbrella of IASO – IFSO (International Fuel Services Organization) and IHAO (International Handling Aviation Organization). The main objective of IASO is to organize, educate, and improve the aviation services industry through collaboration, using best business practices and speaking with one voice for all service providers to ensure credible representation for all IASO industry members.
Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, to build a synergistic, industry-wide, aviation/aerospace news program. Our aim is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world's pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.
Also: Solo Circumnavigation, Redbird Migration, Hartzell Propeller, WACO Air Museum, Corporate Angel, Legion Pod, Delta Compensation Last week two fixed base operations located on Santa Monica Airport in California were given 30 day notices of eviction. The city is taking over the operations in its continuing efforts to close the airport, or at least put it out of business. One of the FBOs, Atlantic Aviation, filed a complaint with the FAA. In a letter to the FAA, National Air Transportation Association President, Martin Hiller, called upon the agency to act immediately on the complaint filed last week by Atlantic Aviation over the City of Santa Monica's proposal to replace Atlantic with a proprietary FBO. Masten Space Systems has introduced two new rockets designed and built on the success of their predecessors which are the Xombie, Xoie, and Xaero. On its blog, the company says it is bringing greater capability and more flexibility to better to serve its partners with the new rockets. It's not unusual to hear about aviation projects that get behind schedule, but this seems not to be the case with Sikorsky. Sikorsky executives say that they may be able to compress the delivery timeline on its new Combat Rescue Helicopter by six months. It's reported that Sikorsky's defense division said early delivery is not only possible, but likely. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
[Avionics Today 09-22-2016] Textron subsidiary TRU Simulation + Training is now able to offer participants in its ProFlight pilot training program for King Air 350 the option to train at home through its FAA-approved...
Hawker 400XP. Photo: Elliott Aviation [Avionics Magazine 09-20-2016] Elliott Aviation, a Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP authorized service center, has started their second full 400E interior retrofit that includes Garmin G5000 touch screen avionics. The facility completed its first retrofit on Sept. 12. In...
XOJet. Photo: XOJet [Avionics Magazine 09-20-2016] Provider of on-demand private jet charter services XOJET has announced a strategic alliance with private jet online marketplace JetSmarter, to combine XOJET's service and fleet operations with JetSmarter's digital distribution capabilities. As part of the...
Cessna Citation CJ1 aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Magazine 09-19-2016] Gulf Coast Avionics has completed an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-compliant Garmin touchscreen avionics upgrade on a 1998 Citation CJ1. “The aircraft is owned and flown by a Tampa-based businessman who...