More than one-third of the 30 contracts critical to building the Next Generation Air Transportation System, commonly known as NextGen, are over budget, while half are delayed, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek story on a new Government Accountability Office report. The GAO report notes that 11 of the 30 contracts exceed projected costs by a total of $4.2 billion, while 15 of the contracts are behind schedule by an average of four years.
Coradine Aviation Systems has introduced a universal version of its flagship product, LogTen Pro.
Each year, as the official record keeper for United States aviation, the National Aeronautic Association tracks dozens of world and national record attempts. New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). At the end of each year, under the direction of the Contest and Records Department, a list of the “most memorable” is created. Here’s a glimpse of the Class of 2011:
Young people interested in aviation as a career or hobby will want to attend Discover Your Future in Aviation, to be held at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Saturday, March 31, from 10 am to 4 pm.
This is the third year for the aviation conference, which promises to be a day filled with hands-on workshops and seminars, a career fair, and interactive science exhibits. [Read more...]
The Celebrate Freedom Foundation, in conjunction with the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and South Carolina Aviation Association, is now accepting applications for its SOaR Aviation Aerospace Summer Camp.
VoiceFlight Systems has released a free “Connected Talker” iPad App that allows pilots to transfer flight plans from their iPads into VoiceFlight-enabled Garmin 430W or 530W GPS units.
ATP officials report initial industry reaction to its next-generation, cloud-based service, the ATP Aviation Hub, has exceeded expectations, with more than 2,800 registered users since its introduction in late January.
This February 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Fort Pierce, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings. On his seventh landing he misjudged the flare, porpoised, and landed hard on the main landing gear.
Here’s a good quiz question for you: What do Stuart Jet Center, in Stuart, Florida, Region Air in Sparta, Tennessee, and Missouri Aviation Center in Warrensburg, Missouri, have in common? They’re all running specials with discounts on fuel for pilots traveling to Sun ‘n Fun. That’s right, the reach of Sun ‘n Fun extends well outside the borders of Florida. Said another way, general aviation has a positive economic impact on North America that is absolutely undeniable. Better yet, it’s quantifiable — and that matters to all of us.
Guest Editorial: By René Banglesdorf
The private aviation industry is an often misunderstood and under-valued resource of the American economy. Without it, many of the best companies in the country wouldn’t be half as productive as they are.
It was all over the news when the Big Three car manufacturers were lambasted for flying private jets to attend Congressional hearings, but the vast majority of Americans weren’t privy to the reasons for the CEO’s method of travel. It saddens me that the very people who jump on the bandwagon to attack private aviation are the ones who have the most to lose.