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AND BOEING IN VERY PUBLIC COMPETITION...
Airbus took its new A380 behemoth on a jaunt last week from France to
Asia and Australia. The tour, which continues through this Friday,
began with a 12-hour nonstop flight to Singapore. The crew checked the
width of taxiways and runways and tested out a new passenger boarding
bridge. Airport workers and officials got tours of the airplane.
Singapore Airlines will be the first to fly the A380 on commercial
routes, starting in late 2006. The airplane then flew into Brisbane
and Sydney over the weekend, where it was greeted by crowds of
thousands and helped to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Qantas. It
will also stop in Melbourne, then fly on to Kuala Lumpur before
heading back to France. More...
BOEING SETS NONSTOP RECORD...
Meanwhile, Boeing established a new world record for distance traveled nonstop by a
commercial airplane last week, in its new 777-200LR
Worldliner. The airliner flew 11,664 nautical miles -- more than
halfway around the world. It took off from Hong Kong the evening of
Nov. 9, and landed at London Heathrow Airport 22 hours and 42 minutes
later, at 1:30 p.m. local time. The airplane traveled eastbound,
flying over the North Pacific Ocean, across North America and then
over the mid-north Atlantic Ocean en route to London. "The performance
of the 777-200LR during the record flight was exceptional," said
Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, the project pilot leader for the flight.
NEW TECHNOLOGY TRICKLES DOWN
Boeing also is hard at work on its new 787 Dreamliner, which takes
composite construction to new lengths for airliners. And following
that lead, upstart Spectrum unveiled its all-composite bizjet project
at NBAA's big shindig last week in Orlando (if you missed our
BizAvFlash coverage on Friday, check it out online...complete with exclusive
interviews). The company, headed by ex-Beechcraft honcho Linden Blue,
already has secretly constructed a prototype of its Model 33, and
expects to be flying by the end of this year. The entire airframe, the
control surfaces and even the rods that connect the sidestick
controller to the ailerons are all constructed entirely of advanced
new proprietary composite materials, the company says.
At the Aviation Nation air show in Las Vegas over the
weekend, Veterans Day was honored with a special tribute to those who served in Vietnam.
Saturday's show featured a Vietnam-era air power re-enactment with an
AC-47 Spooky gunship and the simulated rescue of downed pilots by
three UH-1 Huey helicopters. Shows by the F/A-22 Raptor fighter-attack
jet and the red, white and blue F-16 Falcons of the Thunderbirds also
were dedicated to the veterans. The show attracted crowds of over
125,000 over the weekend. On a much smaller scale, two pilots from the
Missouri National Guard's 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation, at Whiteman
Air Force Base, flew an AH-64 Apache helicopter to the Mineral
Area Elks Lodge, where the annual Veterans Day dinner was being held.
GA GIVES A LIFT TO WWII VETS
Meanwhile, a group of volunteer GA pilots in Ohio is working to help
the aging veterans of World War II travel to Washington, D.C., to see
the memorial in their honor. Making the trip to the capital can be a
hardship for many vets -- due either to infirmity or finances, or
both. Honor Flight, which started last year, flies veterans from Ohio to
D.C. in GA aircraft, for free, once a month. So far the group has
flown 132 veterans, and there is a waiting list of 257 more. Earl
Morse, a retired Air Force captain who started the project, recently
quit his job to work on it full-time. "You get bitten by this, and you
can't think of anything else," Morse told The Associated Press. More...
GETS A NEW ROLE MODEL ... THE FAA
It may be tough for some aviators to get their minds around the
concept that somebody out there considers the FAA a model for how a
bureaucracy ought to work ... but to the Homeland Security Committee
in the U.S. House, making the Transportation Security Administration
look more like the FAA seems to be the way to go. The operational side
of the TSA -- the screeners -- should be separate from the policy and
regulatory side of the agency, just as the operational side of the FAA
-- air traffic controllers -- is separate, Adam Tsao, a committee
staff member, said at a meeting of the Regional Airline Association
last week, according to Regional Aviation News. More...
STARTS AN AIRLINE IN U.K.
Martin Halstead has loved aviation since his first flight at age 6,
and now that he's 19, he has his own airline. "I was joking with a
friend that as my chances of getting a job in the airline industry
were almost nil, I might as well start my own airline," he said. The
regional carrier, Alpha One, flew for the first time last Monday,
and will start twice-a-day trips between Southampton and the Isle of
Man later this month. So far the airline consists of one 18-seat BAE
Jetstream 31, with plans to lease another one. Halstead will work as a
pilot as well as CEO, and says he has lots of experienced staffers on
his team to make up for his own lack of years ... but he's relying
largely on his own financing skills. More...
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When Kitfox kit manufacturer ETG Corp (Skystar Aircraft) declared
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but that money never made it to Rotax. Now the chances that they will
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EAA says it is working out a deal with a Rotax distributor and Sport Plane,
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AIMS FOR XC RECORD
The folks at XCOR Aerospace, who built the one-of-a-kind
EZ-Rocket -- a modified Long-EZ powered by two liquid-fuel rocket
engines -- are planning to break a cross-country flight record -- by
flying for 10 minutes. The EZ-Rocket will launch from Mojave on Dec. 3
and fly to California City, all of 11 miles away, Space.com reported last week. But apparently
that's far enough to set a new record for aircraft in Class C1b Group
IV -- a vehicle that is launched from the ground and flies with its
rocket engines under control throughout the flight. The EZ-Rocket is a
technology demonstrator designed, tested and built by XCOR.
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MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS TESTED
BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman have been working to build systems
that could defend airliners from shoulder-fired missiles, and last
week both companies successfully tested their designs in flight. An
American Airlines 767 outfitted with BAE's Jeteye system flew from
Fort Worth, Texas, while Grumman's Guardian system was tested
Wednesday on an MD-11 that took off from Mojave Airport in California,
The Associated Press reported Friday. Both systems
use lasers to jam the guidance systems of incoming missiles.
Government contracts call for the systems to cost less than $1 million
each and to be easier to maintain and more reliable than military
versions now in service. More...
BIRDS DISRUPT RADAR
Large flocks of migrating geese are suspected of causing a breakdown
in the radar at the St. Louis air traffic control center last
Wednesday morning. About 7 a.m., radar screens showed about 3,000
blips, which the system interpreted as 3,000 aircraft. The Airport
Surveillance Radar model 9, or ASR-9, became overloaded and crashed,
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week. Air
traffic controllers in Kansas City took over the airspace for about 15
minutes, until St. Louis controllers were able to switch to a backup
system. Similar flocks of birds are believed to have caused radar
crashes in ASR-9 systems at Kansas City on Nov. 2 and at Boston on Oct. 10. More...
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WANT A CLEARANCE WITH THAT?
It was just a publicity stunt, but the concept of drive-thru fast food
from the comfort of your cockpit has stirred a lot of wishful
thinking. In Atlanta last Thursday, the captain of an AirTran Airways
737 taxied up to the window of a specially designed Wendy's
drive-thru. An honorary "air-food controller" passed carry-on bags of
food and drinks through the 737's cockpit window. The stunt launched a promotion offering frequent-flyer
mileage credits for soft drinks bought at Wendy's. "If drive-up
pharmacies and drive-in wedding chapels can work, the idea of an
airplane drive-thru just might take off," said Tad Hutcheson, AirTran
Airways vice president of marketing. More...
An inventor received a U.S. patent for an antigravity space
NASA's model of a blended wing body aircraft is in
Garmin now has four-color digital WX radar for
G1000 and MX-20 MFD...
Spirit Airlines fare sale -- prices as low
as $9 out of DFW...
A N.J. man pleaded guilty to pointing a laser
beam at an airplane...
New Airbus A318 Elite will serve as
entry-level jet, for up to 18 pax. More...
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