ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.02.06 1800 EDT: The National
Transportation Safety Board has just released its Preliminary
Report on last week's fatal accident involving the prototype
Spectrum 33 very-light-jet in Utah.
There was more news at this year's AirVenture celebration than
any time in recent memory... but, alas, there were fewer people.
That's the word from the EAA, which on Tuesday released attendance
figures for the weeklong aviation event.
During World War II, a select group of young daring female
pilots became pioneers and heroes. They sacrificed much. They were
the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, the first women trained to
fly American military aircraft. When the war was over, they were
disbanded and sent home. In the late 1970's, the women finally
received veteran status for their service.
Aero-Craft 101: Are You The Right Pilot For Your Plane?
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.01.06 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.01.06
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's Aero-Craft
101: 08.01.06 (ANN Special Feature, on matching your "dream
plane" with your abilities.)
Guess who just might be general aviation's newest best friend?
It's Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue... who says he wants to make
sure there's at least one 5,000-foot long runway within 30-minutes
of every person in his state.
Largest P-51 Formation Since Korean War To Fly Next Year
They are getting older -- both the airplanes, and the brave
pilots who once flew them. Of the nearly 16,000 Mustangs built,
only around 150 are currently flying. As rare as the Mustang has
become, the great pilots of WWII are even scarcer. Every year,
their ranks become fewer.
At AirVenture 2006, Forward Vision president Patrick S. Farrell
-- whose company builds a FLIR (forward looking infrared radar, a
night vision system for airplanes) made several announcements --
the most surprising being is that Forward Vision is dropping the
cost of their units by $5000, bringing the non-installation cost of
their units down to $9,995 for the first 100 buyers.
Avidyne Corporation announced at last week's AirVenture 2006
show in Oshkosh, WI that the US Air Force Air Education Training
Command Initial Flight Screening (IFS) program will be using
Avidyne TAS600 active surveillance traffic advisory systems.
New union... old vote. For the second time in as many attempts,
flight attendants at Northwest Airlines voted to reject a tentative
agreement aimed at cutting costs for the bankrupt airline... by
Israel's self-imposed 48-hour moratorium on air strikes against
Hezbollah targets in Southern Lebanon didn't make it past a single
day... after Muslim guerillas blasted an Israeli tank with an
anti-tank missile, injuring three soldiers.
It wasn't an airframe problem that brought down a firefighting
P-3 Orion in California last year... it was pilot error. That's the
conclusion of an investigation by the San Mateo County Times...
whose reporters talked with industry experts, pilots, and aviation
"The fighting continues. There is no cease-fire, and there will
be no cease-fire. We are determined to succeed in this struggle. We
will not give up on our goal to live a life free of terror... We
are not apologizing."
Source: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on
the halting of his country's 48-hour moratorium on air strikes
against Lebanon after Hezbollah guerillas fired a missile at an
Israeli tank Monday, injuring three soldiers.