Formal Acceptance Of C-27J To Take Place In October
L-3 Communications, prime contractor for the US Army and Air
Force Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program, announced Thursday it has
presented the first C-27J JCA to the joint program office on
schedule and on budget. The aircraft is the first of 78 planned to
be delivered to the Department of Defense. The current contract is
valued in excess of $2 billion.
Historic Spacecraft Returned From Comet Mission In 2006
Having returned the world's first particles from a comet, NASA's
Stardust sample return capsule will join the collection of flight
icons in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in
Washington. The capsule will go on public display in the museum's
Milestones of Flight Gallery on October 1, the 50th anniversary of
Will Support First 12 Production F-35 Lightning IIs
Pratt & Whitney was awarded a production contract worth up
to $491 million (including options) for F135 propulsion systems to
power the F-35 Lightning II. This second F135 low rate initial
production contract will support 12 F-35 production aircraft,
including six short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) and six
conventional take-off/landing (CTOL). Propulsion system deliveries
are scheduled to begin in third quarter 2009.
GA Versus The Airlines: Are Private Pilots Using Their Planes
Instead Of Going Commercial?
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.26.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
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(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
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Parachutes To Landing In Dover Following 10-Minute Overwater
Add a new name to the record books... though we'll probably need
to add a brand new category. Swiss airline pilot and part-time
adventurer Yves Rossy parachuted to a safe landing in Dover,
England on Friday, after completing a roughly 10-minute flight
across the English Channel using a jet-powered wing strapped to his
EAA 2009 Sweepstakes Plane On Display At BizAv Show
Talk about shaking things up a bit. Flight Design USA announced
Friday its 2009 MC light sport aircraft will be on display at the
National Business Aircraft Association trade show to be held in
Orlando, FL Convention Center on October 6-8. The MC will be a
featured item in the EAA's display space at NBAA, as the MC is one
of the prizes to be offered in the organization’s 2009
The strike against Boeing by the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers turns three weeks old at midnight
Friday. That's also the day striking workers will pick up their
first strike benefit checks from the union. The weekly payments of
$150 will continue as long as the strike lasts.
Over 30,000 Homebuilders Gotta Be Up To Something...
This year's rendition of the Annual Oshkosh Aerial Love-Fest was a watershed event for all things homebuilding. In addition to the usual assortment of THOUSANDS of amazing personally-crafted experimental aircraft in attendance, the 30,000th such bird was found and celebrated.
Over 30,000 Homebuilders Gotta Be Up To Something...
This year's rendition of the Annual Oshkosh Aerial Love-Fest was
a watershed event for all things homebuilding. In addition to the
usual assortment of THOUSANDS of amazing personally-crafted
experimental aircraft in attendance, the 30,000th such bird was
found and celebrated.
Russia's aviation authority has called for the immediate
grounding of all passenger flights on Boeing 737 airliners,
following the September 14 downing of an Aeroflot-Nord aircraft
that claimed the lives of 88 passengers and crewmembers.
As expected, shareholders in both Northwest Airlines and Delta
Air Lines overwhelmingly approved the merger of their two companies
Thursday. The FAA has already signed off on the deal, leaving only
approval by the US Justice Department.
A total of 17 US Air Force and Army officers have received
reprimands of varying severity in the case of four electrical fuses
for ballistic missile nuclear warheads that were shipped to Taiwan
by mistake in 2006.
Blames Enginemaker For Delay... But SAFRAN Disagrees
Airbus parent company EADS is involved in a public argument with
one of its contractors over delays in the A400M military transport
program. The A400M, which EADS has called Europe's most ambitious
military procurement program ever, was supposed to be ready for its
first flight later this year.
Environmental Groups Applaud Effort To Develop Fuel
Boeing announced Wednesday it has -- along with leading air
carriers and Honeywell's UOP, a refining technology developer --
established a group to accelerate the development and
commercialization of sustainable new aviation fuels.
A major milestone has been reached for a small company hoping to
resurrect the storied de Havilland DHC-6, better known as the Twin
Otter. Viking Air tells ANN its new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400
Technology Demonstrator achieved "power on" status this week, in
advance of an official rollout and first flight set to take place
at the end of next month.
Airbus has selected Rockwell Collins to provide side displays
and docking stations for the new Class 2 electronic flight bag
(EFB) on its A320 family of aircraft for both production and
aftermarket applications. The system helps improve operational
efficiency by electronically connecting airline and pilot
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"The two billion dollars in annual synergies achievable
through this merger are something neither carrier could have
achieved as a stand-alone carrier."
Source: Doug Steenland, CEO of Northwest
Airlines. As expected, shareholders in both Northwest and Delta Air
Lines overwhelmingly approved the merger of their two companies
Thursday. The new Delta will easily eclipse American Airlines to
become the world's number-one passenger carrier, with more than 285
billion revenue passenger miles to American's 223 billion. Delta
and Northwest beancounters estimate the combined airline will save
$500 million in costs in its first year, and as much as $2 billion
a year in subsequent years.