March 2, 2007
The Next Generation Air Transportation System is on the agenda for a two-day symposium in Washington, D.C., on March 13 and 14. New this time around is an industry day featuring a panel moderated by AOPA President Phil Boyer. The discussion takes place on the second day of the event. The symposium will focus on operational concepts, requirements, policies, and procedures, not so much on labor and cost issues. "We're at a critical stage in the development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System," said RTCA President Dave Watrous. "This symposium presents a unique opportunity for everyone involved to see where we are headed and the pace at which we'll proceed." RTCA - the technical organization that sets standards for aircraft and avionics and advises the FAA on communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues - is hosting the symposium. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will keynote the event on March 13. For more information and to register, see the Web site.
March 2, 2007
Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first pilot to achieve powered flight. The bill awaits the governor’s signature, and marks the latest round in a newly revived debate.
Waco Classic Aircraft Corp. officially unveiled the first conforming new production Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, an aerobatic biplane.
Brazil’s brand-new Wega arrived in the United States in April. The Wega is an all-composite, Experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.