Aircraft News - North America.


Mar 3, 2008

Aerospace and defence are big business in the United States: the US aerospace and defence market grew by 8.2% in 2006 to reach a value of $502.6 billion. Designed to provide top level data and analysis across the aerospace and defence industry, this report will allow you to save time and money spent on collecting entry level research. Feb 29, 2008

U.S. Air Force officials hope tanker contract avoids legal protest. A legal protest by the company that loses a bid to build tankers for the Air Force would slow the process for securing new planes, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said. "If we get a long protest, then we will just still operate 44-year-old airplanes longer," Moseley said, adding: "Every month of delay costs you money and time." Feb 29, 2008

In-flight medical emergencies are rare. Fatalities and serious illnesses on airplanes are rare when compared to the large number of people who fly. Deaths that occur on board commercial airlines are often traumatizing experiences for family members and passengers. "It's one of the most overwhelmingly emotional situations possible," said Heidi MacFarlane, a spokeswoman for MedAire, a company that advises flight crews in a medical emergency. "When you're the one sitting next to the remains, it can be shocking and upsetting." Opposition to user fees will stall FAA funding bill, lawmaker says. Opposition to proposed user fees will delay Congress' passage of a bill to renew funding for the FAA, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said. Rockefeller supports replacing the current system of aviation fuel taxes with a $25 user fee on all flights. He blamed corporate jet owners who opposed a plan for the proposed fees to help bolster the aviation trust fund, saying, "Based on the (general aviation) community's unwillingness to cooperate, I do not expect there will be an FAA bill this year." Feb 29, 2008

MIT researchers work on design for indoor UAV. Scientists at MIT are trying to design an unmanned aerial vehicle for the military that is capable of flying indoors. They are focusing on the mechanics of autonomous aerobatics, but they note that perching the UAV remains challenging. "The ultimate vehicle is a bat that you can download data from," noted Jonathan How, director of MIT's Aerospace Controls Lab. Feb 29, 2008

Airlines have rigorous in-flight medical care protocols and equipment maintenance procedures: Under FAA rules, commercial flights are required to have emergency medical equipment, including emergency medical kits, oxygen tanks and automated external defibrillators. An airline industry spokeswoman said airlines have training for their flight crews for CPR and basic medical care and crews typically also rely on tapping the services of any medical specialists who might be traveling as passengers when an emergency occurs or radio to on-the-ground medical consultants for assistance if no medical professional is on board. Feb 26, 2008

U.S. Air Force under scrutiny for helicopter changes. The Defense Department and Congress are looking into charges that the Air Force altered a "key performance parameter" during the acquisition process for helicopters worth $15 billion. The case stems from a change in wording that determines whether craft can be assembled and mission ready within three hours. Feb 26, 2008


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