ANN Daily Touch-And-Go:
01.26.11 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:
01.26.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News
ANN Special Feature: Cessna Skycatcher Update -
01.26.11 (ANN Special Report, with Cessna
VP of Communications Bob Stangarone)
Berlin Will Buy 53 Of The Airbus Airlifters, Sell 13
The German government says it has reached an agreement with
Airbus to buy 53 of the A400M airlifters, and plans to sell 13 to
outside parties. The agreement reportedly removes the final hurdle
to completing the long-overdue and over-budget transport
NASA has formed a partnership with Spaceweather.com to engage
the amateur astronomy community to submit the best images of the
orbiting NanoSail-D solar sail. NanoSail-D unfurled the first ever
100-square-foot solar sail in low-Earth orbit on January 20.
Last Surviving Member Of The Double Eagle II Balloon Crew
Larry Newman, the last surviving member of the crew of the
Double Eagle II balloon - first to cross the Atlantic, has died.
Newman reportedly succumbed to a 3-year long battle with pancreatic
cancer in December.
NASA Explores Potential New Users For Some Kennedy
NASA has released a formal Notice of Availability (NOA) and
Request for Information (RFI) to identify interest from industry
for space processing and support facilities at NASA's Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.
Electronic Flight Bag Hardware And Mounting Solution Introduced
By Fokker Services
A hardware and mounting solution for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)
technology designed for the iPad has been introduced by Fokker
Services, with Swedish cargo carrier Amapola receiving approval
from the Swedish CAA for a Class 2B EFB in its fleet of Fokker
Aircraft Perform Both Refueling And Airlift Missions
Jan. 17th was a special day for the KC-10 Extender community. It
marked the day KC-10s, aircrews and maintainers have been on
continuous deployment for 20 years -- 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, 365 days a year -- to Southwest Asia in support of combat
Surprisingly Little New Information Presented and Few Possible Fixes... Why?
At the 2010 AOPA event in Long Beach, CA, the organization, while attempting to reorient itself under the somewhat testy leadership of Craig Fuller, held a symposium looking into the current state of the flight training industry. While such attention is always welcome, the feedback ANN Heard, over and over (and over) again, was that little info was presented and even less was presented in terms of potential solutions. Regardless of that, ANN spent some time with AOPA staffers (who definitely know the topic and have worked hard on these issues), in order to get a baseline look at the info that they presented this year.
Surprisingly Little New Information Presented and Few Possible
At the 2010 AOPA event in Long Beach, CA, the organization,
while attempting to reorient itself under the somewhat testy
leadership of Craig Fuller, held a symposium looking into the
current state of the flight training industry.
Fifth Aircraft Joined The Flight-Test Program On Jan. 24
The fifth and final Gulfstream G650 flight-test aircraft took to
the skies Jan. 24, flying for 2 hours and 46 minutes. All five
aircraft that are part of the flight-test campaign have now entered
This First LRIP Contract Also Includes Spares, Logistics And
The U.S. Navy announced today the award of a $1.6 billion
contract to Boeing for P-8A Poseidon aircraft Low-Rate Initial
Production (LRIP) of six aircraft. This first LRIP contract also
includes spares, logistics and training devices.
Organization Calls The Meeting "An Important Step Towards
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) concluded a
highly successful "One Europe" Regional Forum last Friday, agreeing
to concrete actions to address the many operational challenges
raised by members of the business aviation community.
One market analyst's research indicates that the factors driving
the current aviation marketplace as a true “buyer’s
market” are a combination of general economic conditions that
include a historically high used inventory level, prices that are
50% below the 2008 highs and still relatively low corporate
"The most critical part of the event took place during
the final session when we reviewed all of the issues that had been
tabled over the course of the two days, and drafted concrete action
points to address these challenges." Source: EBAA
CEO and President Brian Humphries.