Photo of the week

Photo of the week

Credit: Darin Russell/Lockheed Martin


Bombardier Global 6000 pilot report

$58.5 million pays for really nice airplane, according to Robert Goyer of Flying.

Credit: Bombardier

Credit: Bombardier

Field Carrier Landing Practice

Marine Aircraft Group 31 pilots conduct field carrier landing practice (FCLP) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC, April 16, 2013. The FCLPs simulate landing on an aircraft carrier and provides pilots with realistic training for in-theater operations. (U.S. Marine Motion Imagery by Lance Cpl. Donald Holbert)

Your humble blogger’s note: This video is best watched on a large screen, in high definition, with sound volume turned up all the way. If that doesn’t get you pumped, then you at the wrong blog. Depart and don’t return. 🙂

Photo of the week

Photo of the week

New York National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks prepare to conduct aerial refueling operations with a HC-130J Combat King II during exercise Angel Thunder 2013, April 8, 2013, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Angel Thunder is the largest joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to train personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies. The HC-130J is assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon)

Antares has a successful first lanch

NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corporation launched its Antares rocket on April 21, 2013 from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital is building and testing its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. After successful completion of a COTS demonstration mission to the station, Orbital will begin conducting eight planned cargo resupply flights to the orbiting laboratory through NASA’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with the company.

Lift-off took place at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) followed by payload separation approximately 10 minutes later and mission completion at about 18 minutes after launch, once the rocket’s upper stage completed planned maneuvers to distance itself from the payload. The test flight demonstrated all operational aspects of the new Antares launcher, including the ascent to space and accurate delivery of a simulated payload to a target orbit of approximately 150 by 160 miles, with an inclination of 51.6 degrees, the same launch profile it will use for Orbital’s upcoming cargo supply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

FAA approves battery system improvements to the Boeing 787

The long and painful 787 battery saga may be coming to an end for Boeing and its 787 operator/customers. The FAA has approved Boeing’s design changes.

The FAA will require airlines that operate the 787 to install containment and venting systems for the main and auxiliary system batteries, and to replace the batteries and their chargers with modified components. The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. In addition, improved production, operating and testing processes have been implemented. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or even being noticed by passengers.


Army Aviation Historical Foundation

The Army Aviation Historical Foundation restores and flies Vietnam-era aircraft of the US Army, offering airshow performances and rides. Recently the organization was in attendance at the Sun and Fun airshow in Florida.

Non-stop in a homebuilt aircraft, from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida

In an extraordinary flight, Bill Harrelson flew a highly a modified Lancair IV (registered at N6ZQ) from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. The record-setting 38.5-hour mission covered 8,114 statute miles.

Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine for Airbus A320neo nears flight test

Pratt & Whitney is preparing to ship the initial PW1100G engine for Airbus’s A320neo for flight tests in Canada on a company Boeing 747SP testbed.

The PW1100G is in competition with the CFM Leap-1A to propel the A320neo.

PW1100G on test stand

Credit: Pratt & Whitney


Inertial navigation system on a chip

Researchers at the University of Michigan working under DARPA sponsorship have created an inertial navigation system on a chip under the Micro-Technology for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (Micro-PNT) program.