Just a few days remain to apply for one of the many Women in
Aviation, International (WAI) scholarships which will be
distributed at WAI’s annual conference. For 2012, 68
individual scholarships valued at $470,431 will be awarded to WAI
Industry Representatives Serve Two Year Terms On The Panel
TSA Administrator John S. Pistole announced the appointment of
24 new members to the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC)
on Monday. ASAC is TSA’s sole Federal advisory committee that
gives the agency recommendations for improving aviation security
methods, equipment, and procedures.
Former Trans. Secretary Says Funding Issues Nothing New
If US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is tearing his hair
out over the serial budget impasses in Congress, at least he can
take comfort in knowing it's nothing new, and nothing personal.
Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta told The Hill in an
interview published Monday that the situation could "make a
grown man cry."
Ceremony To Be Held November 16th In Washington, D.C.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-NV), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Members of Congress
will hold a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on November 16, 2011
to honor astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins,
and Buzz Aldrin.
Fantasy of Flight, an attraction in Central Florida based on the
extensive and meticulously restored aircraft collection of Kermit
Weeks, has announced its Fifth Annual Roar n' Soar, described as a
signature two-day racing extravaganza showcasing the finest classic
racing machines ever built for land, sea or air.
Fleet Replacement Program Underway For Trinidad And
Tobago’s National Flag Carrier
Caribbean Airlines has taken delivery in Toulouse of its first
ATR 72-600 aircraft. The Port-of-Spain-based carrier, which becomes
one of the first operators of the new ATR -600 series, booked a
contract earlier this year valued at $200 million (US) for the
purchase of a total of nine of these aircraft.
Cornell Professor's Credentials Span 20 Years Of Aerospace
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Cornell University
Professor Mason Peck to be the agency's chief technologist,
effective in January. Peck will serve as the agency’s
principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning technology
policy and programs.
Legacy Jets Finding New Life In A Difficult Market
Sierra Industries’ Williams FJ44 re-engining programs are
rapidly approaching a total of 60 aircraft, with the input of two
more legacy Citation aircraft for modification. Number 58 in the
series is a Citation S550, slated to become the 12th aircraft
fitted with 2820 lb. thrust FJ44-3A engines. No. 59 is a Citation I
and boasts the Sierra Stallion FJ44-2A upgrade.
Administration Says Airport Revenue May Have Been 'Improperly
The FAA has opened a review of payments made by Burlington
International Airport (KBTV) to the city of South Burlington and
the Burlington Department of Public Works for operation and
management of a parking garage on the airport grounds.
Cattle On Runway, Downwind Landing Attempt Preceded Stall
Authorities in New Zealand are placing at least part of the
blame for the October 17 crash of a Cessna 172 on cattle on the
runway. The passenger in the front seat made a video recording of
the landing attempts using his iPhone, which has aided
investigators in piecing together what happened.
Will Allow Independent Engagement Of 'Hostile Targets'
A program to outfit the U.S. Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned
helicopter with a weapons system is being undertaken by Northrop
Grumman. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System laser-guided
70mm rocket, in production for the Navy since 2010, will allow ship
commanders to identify and engage hostile targets without calling
in other aircraft for support.
For many years, the term "Learjet" was synonymous with business
aviation. The man largely credited with making that connection was
Jim Greenwood, a former PR Director for Bill Lear. ANN has learned
that Greenwood passed away last Friday in Green Valley, AZ at the
age of 91.
This is a previously unreleased video from the ANN archives.
While at the NBAA convention 2011, ANN’s Paul Plack visited with Jerry Henry, the director of sales for Sandel Avionics. The topic in this discussion was the Sandel ST3400 terrain avoidance device created specifically for helicopter operation.
One Of Aviation's Most Positive Efforts... The VAC!!!
In all the doddering, misleading, anti-aviation blather we've had to deal with over the last few years, we've been waiting for the world to wake up and discover just how cool aviation, and its pilots and aircrews, are. We present a case in point and while it was a quick impromptu interview amid the heights of excitement at NBAA 2011 (a more extensive interview is coming shortly!), the message is clear, that aviation has a heart, that pilots are citizens of the world and that if you want to show aviation in its best possible light, a good place to start is the veteran's Airlift Command and its consummate Airboss Walt Fricke -- himself a vet who served this nation with distinction.
UK Flight Training Organization Invites Unflattering
A crisis which sounds a little like the Silver State Helicopters
case in the US is playing out in the UK. Cabair International
Aviation describes itself as "a global provider of professional
pilots to airlines worldwide for over forty years." The school
operates in multiple locations in the UK and also has a base in
Kissimmee, Florida. On October 23, Cabair reportedly suspended
training operations as reports circulated of financial
One Of Aviation's Most Positive Efforts... The VAC!!!
In all the doddering, misleading, anti-aviation blather we've
had to deal with over the last few years, we've been waiting for
the world to wake up and discover just how cool aviation, and its
pilots and aircrews, are. We present a case in point and while it
was a quick impromptu interview amid the heights of excitement at
NBAA 2011 (a more extensive interview is coming shortly!), the
message is clear, that aviation has a heart, that pilots are
citizens of the world and that if you want to show aviation in its
best possible light, a good place to start is the Veteran's Airlift
Command and its consummate Airboss Walt
Congressman Seeks Federal Legislation Restricting Helicopter
Traffic Over LA
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has gone on record
supporting a bill proposed by Congressman Howard Berman (D-Van
Nuys) which calls for the FAA to designate helicopter flight paths
over the county and set minimum operational altitudes.
Labor Board Returns To September 20 Tentative Agreement
A final and binding ruling has been issued by Elizabeth
MacPherson, Chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB),
regarding unresolved matters between Air Canada and CUPE, the union
representing the airline's 6,800 flight attendants.The ruling
orders the implementation of the second tentative agreement reached
September 20, 2011 as the new binding collective agreement between
the airline and its flight attendants.
Residents Brace For 10X Increase In FedEx Flights From
Plans by FedEx to step up operations at Piedmont Triad
International Airport have NIMBYs up in arms, and there's no
denying the company's plans could have a significant impact on
their quality of life. WGHP-TV notes that FedEx currently operates
nine-to-ten daily flights from the airport known locally as PTI.
That could reach 126 per day, and many of those flights would be at
Cessna has joined forces with Veterans Airlift Command to
provide free transportation for injured veterans. Cessna has
designated a Citation Mustang, named the "American Patriot," to fly
VAC missions, the first of which will occur November 10, 2011.
2005 YU55 Passed Closer To Earth Than Our Own Moon
Asteroid 2005 YU55 passed closer to the Earth than our own Moon
Tuesday afternoon. On Monday at 1145 PST, NASA’s Deep Space
Network antenna in Goldstone, California captured new radar images
of the asteroid when it was still about 860,000 miles away.
"Our commitment of the 'American Patriot' to support the
Veterans Airlift Command allows us to demonstrate our gratitude and
provides Cessna with a way to give back to our wounded warriors."
Source: Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO.