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Aviation News Rundown: Tornado chasing UAV, Travolta's dogs killed at airport


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One of the biggest stories in aviation today is the third nomination of a potential TSA chief from the Obama administration. We run down links to various outlets’ coverage here.

In what has to be one of the coolest technological feats in aviation recently, tornado chasers from the University of Colorado flew an unmanned aircraft into a super-cell thunderstorm. The byproduct of this will hopefully be better research of how life-threatening storms are formed without putting researchers into harm’s way.

Part of the reason folks chase such storms has to be the thrill of it. Yet controlling a UAV through massive downbursts has its own enticements, too.

In a sad piece of aviation news, two dogs owned by actor and pilot John Travolta were killed last week by a service vehicle at Bangor International Airport (BGR). Travolta owns a home off the Maine coast.

In the world of business aviation, Benet Wilson of Aviation Week runs through an intriguing list of news tidbits, noting that NATA and others are not happy with GA having only one representative on the DOT aviation panel. Read that, along with news from Hawker Beechcraft, Korean Aerospace and GE Aviation here.

Boeing patted itself on the back this week for reducing CO2 emissions at U.S. facilities by 31 percent since 2002. The company seeks to add to this number with the deployment of its 787s and 747-8 series.

Finally, our friends at Duncan Aviation look further into the complicated quandary known as WAAS, expanding on why LPV approaches with the system require two FMSs and two GPS receivers. Check it out at this link.  

Obama administration taps third TSA nominee

The Obama administration announced Monday its third nomination to head the Transportation Security Administration.

Deputy FBI Director John Pistole becomes the third person selected for the job after former Los Angeles airport police executive Errol Southers and retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding stepped aside amongst possible hang-ups in congressional confirmation hearings.

“John’s national security and counterterrorism expertise will be a great asset to the Department in our efforts to enhance the security of our vital transportation systems,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “Strong and effective transportation security requires proactive measures and a strong understanding of the evolving threat picture. John’s significant experience and expertise in this field—which I have seen firsthand over the last 16 months—will serve both TSA and the traveling public well.”

Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, seen by the administration as a key dealmaker in Congress, showed early support for Pistole, as she initially did for the two prior nominees. However, consensus seems more positive this time around.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman says the White House sees Pitole’s nomination as “bulletproof.” 

Bowman Field celebrates 90 years

Our offices sit below the control tower at historic Bowman Field (LOU) in Louisville, Ky.

Its historical society cheered 90 years of history at the airport over the weekend. Local news coverage of the event, including video, can be found here.

To read deeper into what once was the busiest GA airport in the country, check out a brief history of the facility here.

Later in the week, we will post a deeper look at the history of amphibious naval aircraft in the area.

Aviation News Rundown: quarterly earnings reports and DOT's aviation committee

The news comes quickly, albeit delayed, to begin the workweek / close out Monday:

Both Gulfstream and Cirrus Aircraft reported positive news in first-quarter earnings reports.  Gulfstream CEO Jay Johnson said its 2010 revenues through March finished 15 percent higher than during the pervious quarter, which closed out 2009.

Meanwhile, Cirrus said via the General Aviation Manufacturers Association that it delivered 53 aircraft in the first quarter, a 36 percent boost from a year ago.

The U.S. Department of Transportation released more details about its “Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.” An initial meeting will take place May 25. Executives from Cessna, JetBlue, Goodrich Corporation and Boeing are among those appointed to the panel.

Finally, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) recently touted being named among the most efficient of the largest American airports. It comes as no surprise that part of the success is attributed to the generally fair weather experienced in the area.

Busy, busy, busy

One of the many ways that GlobalAir.com aids the online aviation community is with its Aircraft Exchange, a host of aircraft for sale listings from brokers, dealers and individuals featuring all sorts of business and personal aircraft.

Thanks to our new partnership with Steve Weaver Aircraft Sales High Performance Aircraft, Inc. and The Plane Exchange Network we now have more than 80 additional aircraft listed on our site alone since mid-week last week.

Be sure to check out each page. We are excited to feature their aircraft.

In addition to our daily influx of aircraft ads, along with these new additions, our production department has been quite a beehive during the past several days.

Each being custom and unique, the advertisements we build for clients demand time and attention. As such, this blog has been quiet since lunchtime Friday. Our posting pattern soon again will return to normal. 

Expect the usual mid-morning news post to arrive late this afternoon, jam-packed with as much information as ever. It will return to its regular time slot Tuesday morning. 

Thanks once again for reading.

 

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