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LOCKHEED SUED BY UPSTART IN SPACE RACE...
Last week, Space
Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) accused Boeing and Lockheed
Martin of conspiring to prevent new competitors -- such as SpaceX --
from getting government contracts for rocket launches. A lawsuit filed
in federal court in California says a proposal by the two aerospace
giants to form a joint venture to launch payloads into space would
violate "antitrust, unfair competition and racketeering laws," Space.com reported on Friday. "Boeing and Lockheed
Martin have engaged in an unlawful conspiracy to eliminate
competition, and ultimately to monopolize the government space-launch
business," the court documents read, according to Space.com.
SPACEX PREPARES TO LAUNCH...
Meanwhile, the new space industry has been building the infrastructure
it needs for the future it envisions, and inch by inch, it is moving
forward. SpaceX, which plans to offer payload delivery into orbit for
all kinds of customers, plans to launch its small Falcon I rocket on
its maiden flight on Halloween -- next Monday -- from the Kwajalein
Atoll in the South Pacific. The customer for this mission is DARPA and
the Air Force. The payload will be a satellite built to measure space
plasma phenomena, which can adversely affect GPS and other civil and
military space-based communications. More...
YOUR TRIP TO SPACE INCHES CLOSER
At the same time, infrastructure is growing in support of the nascent
industry. Last week, the FAA held its second annual International Aviation Safety Forum in Washington,
D.C., and commercial space flight was added to the other more
traditional topics on the agenda. Speakers for the space forum
included SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic President William
Whitehorn, as well as former astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson and space
tourist Dennis Tito. Also last week, NASA announced two new Centennial
Challenge prize competitions that it is offering for new space
technology, in collaboration with the X Prize Foundation. The Suborbital Payload
Challenge prize will go for a reusable suborbital rocket that reaches
altitudes or speeds of interest to science researchers, and the
Suborbital Lunar Lander Analog Challenge will reward the first team to
build a vertical takeoff/vertical landing suborbital vehicle capable
of reaching a speed consistent with the energy required to land and
launch from the moon. More...
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OF WWII AIRMAN FOUND IN CALIFORNIA GLACIER...
A body found in a receding glacier last week on a remote California
mountain may be that of a crew member from a military airplane that
crashed nearly 60 years ago. The body, that of a blond-haired man in
his 20s, was intact and still wearing a parachute when it was found by
climbers. The airman is suspected to have been aboard an AT-7
navigational training plane that left a Sacramento airfield Nov. 18,
1942. The plan was for a routine training flight through the Central
Valley, but the airplane vanished. Five years later, an engine,
clothing, a dog tag and scattered remains were found far from the
plane's course, and the four crew members were presumed dead.
On Friday, the body was in the county coroner's office, being
carefully thawed from the 400-pound block of ice in which it was
encased. Investigators were searching for clues such as a military
identification number that would positively identify the man. The body
may be that of aviation Cadet Ernest Munn, who was blond, and part of
the missing AT-7 crew out of Sacramento. "We'd given up all hope,"
Lois Shriver, 80, of Pittsburgh, his youngest sister, told The
Associated Press. "Living without knowing whatever happened, that was
hard." An investigation at the time the AT-7's engine was found
offered no explanation as to why the airplane was 200 miles off
FORCES DELAY OF SEBRING SPORT PILOT EXPO
The second annual Sport Pilot Expo, scheduled for this week in
Sebring, Fla., has been postponed due to the threatened imminent
landfall of Hurricane Wilma in the region. Expo Board Chairman Bob
Wood said Thursday this was the prudent thing to do. "We don't want to
face a situation where the hurricane might render our locality without
power and communication services and put exhibitors and visitors in a
bad situation," he said. The event has been rescheduled for Jan.
12-15, 2006. The new dates were chosen to avoid conflicts with the
holiday season and upcoming aviation events, including two EAA Sport
Pilot Tour stops (McKinney, Texas, Nov. 12, and Camarillo, Calif.,
Dec. 3). More...
MANUFACTURER DISPUTES FAA'S PROPOSED AD
Engine Components Inc. , of San Antonio, Texas,
said last week it is in "complete disagreement" with a proposed Airworthiness Directive published by the
FAA earlier this month that would affect some ECi
connecting rods used in GA aircraft engines. The FAA's concern began
with an in-flight failure of the engine in a Cessna 172 in October
2003. ECi said it has been working with the FAA since then. "We
strongly feel that no safety of flight concerns exist and in addition
to all the testing performed, the fact is that outside of the initial
accident, where oil starvation occurred, no single failure has been
reported," ECi said. More...
ADDS CRITIQUE TO FAA'S LATEST "FLIGHT PLAN"
EAA last week chimed in with its views on the FAA's Flight Plan 2006-2010, an
annually revised blueprint that charts the agency's strategy. In a
letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, EAA President Tom Poberezny
stressed that any hint of switching to a user-fee-based funding
mechanism was unwelcome. "We are patently opposed to a replacement of
the successful, simple and, to some degree, transparent fuel tax with
user fees," Poberezny wrote. User fees would be "onerous to the pilot
community and could discourage pilots from using the safety
enhancements offered by the national airspace system." EAA also urged
the FAA to stop using the Airway Trust Fund for FAA operations and use
it only for capital improvements, as originally intended.
An airplane was landing, an airport worker was driving a pickup truck,
and somehow the two collided ... not much else is clear yet in the
incident that took place at Cable Airport in Upland, Calif., on
Wednesday morning. The airplane hit the driver's side of the truck.
The pilot was not hurt, but the driver suffered serious injuries.
Michael Stewart, vice president of Cable Airport, told The Daily Bulletin that the airplane skidded off
the runway and hit the truck. The NTSB is investigating. Meanwhile,
nearly halfway around the world, a Piper Cub ran into a truck in
Japan. Pilot href="http://www.kirkflyingvet.com/aviationhome.aspx"
target="_blank">Maurice Kirk suffered minor injuries after the
engine quit above mountainous terrain and he made an emergency landing
on a highway construction site, about 150 miles north of Tokyo.
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COLUMBIA OFFER BUYER INCENTIVES
If you need an extra enticement to go ahead and buy yourself a shiny
new airplane before the year's out, some of the GA manufacturers are
ready to give you that excuse. Diamond Aircraft is offering free fuel
and free maintenance for up to two years on new and demonstrator DA40 Diamond
Stars bought before Dec. 31. New and current DA40 owners also can now
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signals with near-real-time weather information plus over 130 radio
channels. Or if it's a Columbia 350 that you long for, you can now buy
one for $20,000
ALLEGE "CHICKEN" A FACTOR IN FATAL ACCIDENT
Pilot William Buchmann and skydiver Albert Wing were known to indulge
in games of "chicken," local police have told the FAA. Wing was killed
in April when Buchmann, who was flying the jump plane, collided with
him near the Deland, Fla., airport. Buchmann's certificate was revoked
by the FAA in August. The FAA said he flew in a "grossly careless or
reckless manner," knowingly flying beneath the open parachutes of
skydivers. "Such conduct reflects an airman who is either unwilling or
unable to comply with basic regulatory requirements governing flight
operations," said the FAA. Buchmann has appealed the revocation, and
local skydivers and pilots have told reporters that Buchmann was not
reckless and that Wing's death was an accident. Buchmann's lawyer says
Buchmann has received hundreds of letters of support.
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MATS PROTECT RUNWAYS FROM WILDLIFE
A full-grown moose can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, so if one wanders
across a runway while you are landing your Cessna 172, that's not a
good thing. The Wasilla Airport, about 40 miles north of Anchorage,
has found a solution -- an electric anti-moose mat. The Electro-Mat,
which was first tested against deer in Arizona, emits both a shock and
noise when the animal steps on it. The shocks are not harmful and the
method is humane, according to Gary Olson of the Alaska Moose
Federation. "The animals remember after they are shocked a couple
times not to go near it anymore," he said. More...
A Nigerian 737 with 116 people aboard crashed Saturday, no
Chalmers "Slick" Goodlin, former X-1 test pilot, died
at age 82...
Due to concerns about avian flu, aviators advised to
A new, free Web site from Control Vision offers info
on fuel prices...
Pilot Rob Dubin flew to 48 states in a gyroplane
New FAA rule will mandate 16G seats on airliners for
World's first "Hello Kitty" Airbus launched in Taiwan...
AirVenture now available on DVD from EAA for $24.99.
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CEO of the Cockpit #50: On Their Shoulders
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As the Beacon Turns #94: Anybody Can Learn To Fly!
anyone still believe the old cliche (perhaps touted by airplane
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take a hard line and help unsuccessful pilots get out of flying and
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Every Breath You Take: Danger Lurks at High-Altitude
Training and new technology are helping to reduce the danger of
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