Such A Move Would Put Planemaker At A "Competitive
In this time of corporate belt tightening and massive layoffs,
one might think existing workers and management would be willing to
shun their own bonuses and pay raises this year, in order to
preserve jobs and to show solidarity with the nervous masses.
Under pressure from Russian interests, on Thursday Kyrgyzstan's
parliament voted to close Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub for
the US military, but a senior Pentagon official said the base
closure would not affect operations in Afghanistan.
The Ailing Economy Continues To Plague The Aviation
At this week's GAMA Annual Industry Review & Market
Outlook Briefing, it was obvious to everyone in the briefing room
that the positive spirit and outlook enjoyed in year's past would
not be seen, again, for some time. The economic
downturn/collapse/recession/mess is having a harsh affect on the
aviation community... from the small-town FBO up through the
largest aircraft manufacturers.
SAFE Update, With Former NAFI Director Robert Wright
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.19.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- SAFE Update:
02.19.09 (ANN Special Report, with former NAFI
director, and former FAA senior executive for general aviation,
GP7200-Powered Airliner First Of 12 Slated For Carrier
The first Air France A380, powered with Engine Alliance GP7200
engines, successfully completed a 4-hour inaugural test route
flight from Toulouse on February 12, 2009. The aircraft flew to
Airbus Hamburg on February 16, where it will be painted in Air
France livery, and its interior will be customized for the airline.
The A380 is scheduled for delivery to Air France in October.
Marinvent Device Intended To Prevent Icing Accidents
No aircraft in service today is equipped with a system to
monitor the performance and safety margin of its airfoils under
icing conditions... and that's a situation Canadian aerospace firm
Marinvent hopes to change.
NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as
LCROSS, is enroute from Northrop Grumman's facility in Redondo
Beach, Calif., to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in
preparation for a spring launch.
Company Earns ISO 14001 Recognition For Work In Recycling
Boeing announced this week all of its major manufacturing
facilities received the internationally recognized ISO 14001
environmental certification by the end of 2008, marking achievement
of one of the company's most significant environmental goals.
AD NUMBER: 2009-03-01
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-03-01
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain Learjet Model 55, 55B, and 55C airplanes.
AD NUMBER: 2009-04-07
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-07
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory
continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an
aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an
unsafe condition on an aviation product.
AD NUMBER: 2009-04-04
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-04
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 401, 401A,
401B, 402, 402A, and 402B airplanes.
This year's Sebring Sport Aviation Expo was a great chance to recharge our sport aviation "batteries" as well as get a chance to look over some great new planes and products. Foremost among those, this year, was Garmin's release of the forthcoming GDU 370/375 -- a NEW series of full function multi-function displays (MFDs) developed for the LSA retrofit and experimental aircraft markets.
Pledges Development Of Efficient Aircraft, But Wants
Regulations Kept In Check
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced
Wednesday it has joined with other aviation industry groups to
issue a paper outlining a set of principles to address aviation and
climate change. The signatories of the document represent every
facet of the aviation industry, including general aviation,
commercial passenger and cargo carriers, airports, aerospace
manufacturers, pilots and air traffic controllers.
Sirius XM -- which provides satellite radio subscription service
to about 19 million subscribers, and weather services to a growing
number of pilots -- has been saved from bankruptcy, at least for
This year's Sebring Sport Aviation Expo was a great chance to
recharge our sport aviation "batteries" as well as get a chance to
look over some great new planes and products. Foremost among those,
this year, was Garmin's release of the forthcoming GDU
Airport Also Set To Receive First Round Of AIP Funding
A change is coming for workers at, and pilots who fly out of,
the general aviation side of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
(EWN) in North Carolina. After April 1, anyone wanting ramp access
will either have to pass a TSA security check, or walk out with an
Faced with a new administration and an economic recession, it
appears the US Air Force will quit fighting Pentagon planners, and
back off its insistence it needs another 200 F-22 Raptor fighters
from Lockheed Martin.
US scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.7 percent fewer
workers in December 2008 than in December 2007, the sixth
consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels
for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the
previous year and the largest year-to-year decrease since December
A new research note now available from G2 Solutions, entitled
"Personal and Business Jets: Market Analysis and Outlook," presents
business jets and avionics market analysis, including a detailed
avionics market and systems forecast from 2008 to 2020.
Terminal Cleared After Security Finds Suspect Bicycle. You Read
Security officers cleared passengers out of Concourse C at
Memphis International Airport (MEM) Tuesday, after airport police
came across a bicycle chained outside the terminal with a sticker
on it, proclaiming "This Bike is a Pipe Bomb."
The Italian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that Lockheed
Martin has met the industrial benefit requirement associated with
Italy's acquisition of 22 C-130J aircraft five years ahead of
schedule. As a result of Lockheed Martin's completion of this
commitment, more than 70 partnerships within Italy's industrial
community were implemented. These projects are projected to provide
in excess of $2 billion in long-term economic impact to the Italian
The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) is first and foremost a
social club for people that share a passion for flight; for active
pilots, former pilots, and non-pilots alike who love to learn about
flying, love to talk about flying, and love to promote
"We anticipate being able to call them back soon, but
we made no promises. We're planning for the worst but hoping for
Source: Eclipse Aviation President and General
Manager Michael McConnell. On Wednesday, Eclipse's Board of
Directors opted to furlough approximately 800 workers. Workers were
told they will receive their paychecks for the last two weeks of
work... but until the sale of the company to EclipseJet Aviation
International is finalized they will be out of a job at Eclipse.
McConnell asserts Eclipse remains "very close" to finalizing the
sale of the company to EclipseJet, but concedes the sale process is
"taking much longer than first thought."