http://www.aeroknow.com/ November 21 - 1916 -- The prototype Breguet XIV, single-engine biplane day bomber flew for the first time. November 22 - 1948 -- The Wright Flyer, the one that flew to immortailty at Kitty Hawk in 1903, returned to the United States after spending 20 years on public display in England. November 23 - 1926 -- Great Britain's second aircraft carrier, H.M.S. Argus, was commissioned on this day. November 24 - 1947 -- The Grumman XF9F-2 Panther flew for the first time. In the cockpit was Springfield, Illinois native son Corwin "Corky" Meyer, whose nephew John I knew when we metriculated through the same fine institution. Test pilot Meyer grew up a few blocks from the home of AeroKnow. November 25 - 1920 -- The first Pulitzer Prize air race was won by U.S. Army Air Services Captain Curliss C. Moseley flying a Verville-Packard 600. November 26 - 1968 -- A Lockheed Constellation made its last scheduled flight in the USA when Western Airlines flew a 749A (N86525) from Juneau to Anchorage, Alaska. November 27 - 1912 -- The US Army accepted its first flying boat, a Curtiss F, the first of three delivered.
NEW at AeroKnow November 17 -- Latest issues of Fine Scale Modeler and Scale Aviation Modeller International are indexed here November 15 -- News re Boeing quiet technology testing and the new 747-8 here
Around 65,000 people attended what is being called the best show at Biggin Hill in years. The weather was kind which allowed us to have the fullest flying display in memory. Our thanks go out to all who attended, the display crews, the many helpers from Air Displays and Biggin Hill Airport, contractors and exhibitors. See the latest press release for some of the kind comments we have received.
Boeing Announces New 747-8
Boeing has announced the launch of the new 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter with orders from two leading airlines. For more information on the latest member of the B747 family, read this press release.
It emerged today that loss-making BA is to slash yet more of its routes from Manchester following strong competition and the introduction of low cost fares from the North’s low cost airline, Jet2.com which said it could come to the ailing airline’s rescue.
The airline, which celebrates one year of operations at Manchester on December 1, will operate five of the nine routes BA has or will cancel, and it may yet jump to the rescue on more.
Those which it will definitely take over, and which are on sale today, are:
· Rome – five times a week service to the Italian capital commencing 7 April, with prices from just £29 one way inclusive of taxes
· Pisa – up to a four times a week service commencing 22 May, with prices from just £31 one way inclusive of taxes
In addition, the low cost airline already operates services to Nice (from £21 one way inclusive of taxes), Venice (£21), Amsterdam (£16), which BA axed this year, and also proving extremely popular with ex-BA passengers are its fares from Manchester to London Gatwick (£16).
Jet2.com boss, Philip Meeson, said: “BA has had its wings clipped by low cost airlines like ourselves who are giving passengers what they want – punctual, affordable travel to exciting destinations at times they want to fly.
“It’s not rocket science and the bigger airlines are now paying the price for not listening to customers over the years.
“There has been talk of a ‘bloodbath’ in the airline industry, but to date it’s not been the low cost airlines which have suffered – it’s the big boys, who have not changed their game and not responded to the market’s demands, who are now literally paying the price.
“Since we launched less than three years ago, Jet2.com has filled six bases in the UK – at Belfast, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle – and have eclipsed a number of more established airlines in the process.
“We will be announcing yet more new destinations from more of our airports in the coming days – where BA fails, Jet2.com is determined to succeed.”
1. Jet2.com is a subsidiary of Dart Group plc, the aviation services and distribution group, which has more than 25 years’ commercial aviation experience
2. Jet2.com has six UK bases – it serves 19 European destinations from Leeds Bradford; 17 from Manchester; six from Belfast International; two from Newcastle; three from Blackpool and two from Edinburgh
3. Jet2.com has scooped a number of prestigious awards including: the world’s most punctual airline into Amsterdam Schiphol; the number one UK-based ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ 2004 and 2005; the 2005 ‘Best Online Booking Service’ of any UK airline; and the favourite British low cost airline from both Holiday Which? and Wanderlust magazines, also in 2005
For further information
Contact: Adrian Johnson (07921 504 134), Jonathan Priestley or Dan Connell at the Jet2.com Press Office on: 0113 243 1117. Email: email@example.com
Florida Monthly Splash-In, 11/26, Lake Ashton, FL.
An accident report (1) on the fatal crash of an Agusta A109E turbine helicopter in the UK was recently released by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. On March 3, 2004 the pilot was approaching the destination airport at night, apparently on a special VFR clearance. A low cloud base and restricted (and deteriorating) visibility existed in the area. Spatial disorientation is considered to be the likely cause. Not having operational helicopter experience as a pilot, I can only imagine the predicament he faced in this night, near-ground, poor visual reference situation.
The report stated that the pilot had a "limited instrument flying background" with no recent instrument time logged. We can all agree that maintaining instrument flying capability is critically important and, perhaps, it's easy for us to pass judgment and not reflect further on this particular accident. However, I'd like to suggest there's more we should think about when considering this (and any other) accident.
We have a basic understanding of spatial disorientation (2) and the necessity for scanning instruments when horizon references are unclear. But knowledge and understanding are not enough. We must have the resolve to act decisively as required. Call it what you will (self-knowledge is the term I use), each of us must be committed *in advance* and *know* we will respond confidently and appropriately to situations that arise. We control our own destinies.
(2) For readable references, go to the Aerospace Medicine website, http://aeromedical.org, select the Articles tab and scroll to the heading Illusions and Disorientation for a selection of articles.
Gore Auditorium, 1840 S. 1300 E.Salt Lake City, Utah
Sparky Imeson will be giving a seminar on Mountain flying starting at 3pm. He will topics such as mountain flying techniques, mountain waves, visual illusions and mountain airstrip operations. Info: Aaron Mangone (801) 230-2703 Website:www.mountainflying.com Author:Rob Hunter
LAGOS, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Investigators have been unable to find the flight data and voice recorders from the site of a plane crash in Nigeria that killed 117 people in October, the head of the investigating team said on Sunday.
Angus Ozoka said the failure to locate the "black boxes" meant it would take longer to determine what caused the Boeing 737, operated by Nigerian airline Bellview, to crash shortly after take-off from Lagos on Oct. 22, killing everyone on board.
"We were not able to recover the black boxes -- flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder -- although we found some strips of the casing," Ozoka told a news conference at Lagos airport.
The wreckage recovered from the 4-metre (13-feet) deep crater near the village of Lissa, about 30 km (20 miles) from Lagos in Ogun state, has been taken to an air force base for further examination.
Ozoka said the investigation would continue in Nigeria and in the United States. A U.S. team has been helping the inquiry.
The aircraft took off from Lagos for the capital Abuja during an intense electrical storm and experts have said evidence so far points to a lightning strike as the possible cause for the crash, though there has been no official confirmation.
Bellview, popular with government officials and expatriates, had previously had a clean safety record. The 24-year-old Boeing had received a clean bill of health from inspectors in February, the airline has said.
Corporate Member Boeing established a new world record for distance travelled nonstop by a commercial aircraft when a Boeing 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner landed at London Heathrow Airport on 10 November. The ...more
UK Eastern Regional 2006 Website open November 18 2005 The UK Eastern Regional 2006 website is up and running and taking entries. The website address is http://www.easternregionals.co.uk/. Tim Davies sent us this announcement; his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.UK. It includes this invitation from the Competition Director. Use GMI to announce your contest or gliding event! Send info to email@example.com. [ More ]
GLIDING GRAND PRIX TICKETS GO ON SALE November 10 2005 Tickets go on sale today (10 November) for one of the summerâ€s most exciting sporting events, the New Zealand Gliding Grand Prix in Omarama from 27-29 January. Those looking to reserve air travel tickets to New Zealand may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cruisingforyour.co.nz. It's high season for travel to NZ, but this contact may be helpful. [ More ]
FURTHER CREW JOIN THE HAMLIN JET TEAM 20th October 2005 A further 2 Captains have joined the team at Hamlin Jet. One captain is required for our managed Lear 60 due to its very high utilisation and a further dual rated (Lear 60 and 45) captain was needed to fill an existing vacancy. More Information>>
From a Yeoman (F) in WWI to a contemporary aviator, the present Navy Art Gallery Exhibition, Women in Uniform, features works of art from the Navy Art Collection that depict female Navy military personnel. Women have had a continuous and growing presence in the U.S. Navy throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Whenever international or domestic events dictated the need, the Navy expanded its opportunities for women to serve. These artworks demonstrate the wide-ranging and varied occupations women have held.(15 November 2005)
A 2-seat single-engined light aircraft crashed near the A5 at Corn Hill, between Bugbrooke and Pattishall, Northamptonshire, on the afternoon of 16 November. The two male occupants, both in their mid-30s, were killed. ...more
Museum launches e-newsletterIn an effort to increase awareness of upcoming news and events, the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division is launching a monthly e-mail newsletter. If you are interested in receiving this e-newsletter, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Standard J-1 The Standard J-1 is a two-seat primary trainer developed from the earlier Sloan and Standard H-series aircraft designed by Charles Healey Day. When the United States entered World War I, the Army ordered the aircraft (then known as the SJ) produced as a supplement to the Curtiss Jenny then in production. At about the same time, Standard introduced an advanced version of the SJ called the JR. The Army bought only six of the JR-series aircraft, but some of the JR's features were incorporated into SJ production aircraft; the resulting version became known as the J-1. (…more)