The Washington State Patrol's aviation division inaugurated the use of a Cessna equipped with video to find stranded drivers. The plane also includes a thermal camera that can detect the heat of running engines and the body heat of passengers and drivers. "We can also check those sections of road that troopers can't get to because of downed trees or power lines," said Sgt. Jim Nobach of WSP's Aviation Section.
The Boeing Machinists Union in Washington state plans to protest against Boeing and other companies next week in opposition of a conference being held to attract Washington aerospace companies to Mexico. The machinists say the message of the MexicoNow conference represents a "very real threat to our state's economic future," and they plan protests at companies that will participate in the conference, including Boeing, GE Commercial Finance and real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.
A pilot of a small plane accidentally disrupted a Royal Air Force formation honoring Queen Elizabeth's birthday. British pilot David Remnant misread the airspace restriction times and flew his Cessna within 200 feet of the formation. Air traffic controllers ordered the RAF crews to dive 300 feet to avoid collision.
The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending 12 safety upgrades to the Sikorsky S-76C helicopter after a 2009 crash that killed eight. Investigators believe the crash was caused when a Red-tailed hawk struck the helicopter at an altitude of about 850 feet, and officials want to ensure that windshields are able to withstand such strikes.
The Honeywell Primus Elite avionics suite will be available for retrofit on Cessna Citation X next year, Cessna announced. The Primus Elite system offers liquid crystal displays with high-resolution graphics, as well as improved moving-map capability. Cessna will also install the avionics suite on new aircraft next year.