Oberstar Praises LaHood's "Legacy Of Civility;" AOPA, NATA
Enthused About Choice
It's official. Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood is
President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to replace Mary E. Peters as
head of the US Department of Transportation... and the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association, among others, says he appears to be
the right man for the job.
While the aviation world deals with the fallout from the
economic malaise that is gripping the rest of the world, it's nice
to know that despite all else, our technology keeps on doing it's
thing... and darned well, it appears.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.19.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Passing The Baton At AOPA:
12.19.08 (ANN Special Report, with 18-year AOPA
President Phil Boyer and incoming President Craig Fuller.)
Planemaker Has Given Facility Close To $500K Over Last Five
Hawker Beechcraft donated $50,000 to the Wichita Children's Home
during a special ceremony Wednesday. HBC Chairman and CEO Jim
Schuster presented the check to Sarah Robinson, Executive Director
of the Wichita Children's Home.
$131 Million Contract Covers First Six STOVL Aircraft
Rolls-Royce has signed a $131 million contract with Pratt &
Whitney to supply LiftSystems for the first six Short Take-Off and
Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant F-35B Lightning II aircraft. This
is the first production contract for Rolls-Royce as part of its
involvement in the world's biggest-ever defense procurement
The Aerospace Industries Association, which lobbies for
aerospace contractors, is invoking a classic tactic to pressure the
incoming Obama administration to maintain spending in its sector.
Former FAA Administrator and current AIA President Marion Blakey
told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in Washington we
might soon have company on the surface of the Moon.
Incomplete Transition Training Results In Return To
If you plan a trip somewhere with a non-instrument-rated private
pilot in a general aviation aircraft, you should be prepared for
the possibility that unexpected poor visibility will force him to
abandon your original destination. That's just good aeronautical
decision-making, and it should give you confidence in his
It just maybe the quintessential "Old-Style" Fly-In... a beautiful airstrip, hundreds of planes, no agendas, no schedules... just lots of airplane lovers enjoying the company of airplane loving people and their planes. It may also be the closest thing to airplane heaven on this side of eternity... or so we've been told. And now that we've been there... seen the sights, caught the vibe, enjoyed the company and just plain goofed off for the whole annual weekend event, we gotta tell you, we can't argue with that description.
It just maybe the quintessential "Old-Style" Fly-In... a
beautiful airstrip, hundreds of planes, no agendas, no schedules...
just lots of airplane lovers enjoying the company of airplane
loving people and their planes. It may be the closest thing to
airplane heaven on this side of eternity... or so we've been told.
And now that we've been there... seen the sights, caught the vibe,
enjoyed the company and just plain goofed off for the whole annual
weekend event, we gotta tell you, we can't argue with that
NBAA Applauds "Solid Grasp Of Transportation Policy"
Three of the largest aviation "letter groups" weighed in
Thursday on the expected nomination of Illinois Congressman Ray
LaHood as Transportation Secretary.
As ANN reported, President-elect Barack Obama
is expected to announce LaHood's name for the top job at the
Department of Transportation Friday.
Include Extended Squitter Capability For NextGen Ops
Garmin announced Thursday it has received the FAA's TSO-C166a
authorization for the GTX 330 and GTX 33 transponders with 1090 MHz
Extended Squitter (ES) transmission capabilities. Garmin is the
first in the industry to receive TSO-C166a authorization for a
general aviation transponder, and the company says this equipment
will establish aircraft on the path towards complying with the
FAA's proposed requirement for ADS-B equipage.
Video Informs Passengers About How Data Is Analyzed
Japan Airlines is betting that passengers will feel more
comfortable on its planes if they see how carefully the airline
analyzes data from flight data recorders. The mere mention of
forensic research to passengers in the pre-takeoff environment is
considered taboo for most in the industry, so JAL's tactic will be
The specter of British Airways displacing Delta as the world's
largest airline has disappeared, at least for now. British Airways
talks with Australia's Qantas after the two
companies couldn't agree on the ownership split, according to BA
spokesman Tony Cane.
Space Exploration Technologies announced this week the
appointment of Gwynne Shotwell as President, effective immediately.
In her new position, Shotwell will be part of the Office of the
Chairman and CEO and report to Elon Musk, CEO and CTO.
Unrestricted Approval Also Covers Williams Install On S550
Clifford Development announced Thursday the FAA issued the final
STC certificate ST02661CH which covers modification of the 550 and
S550 Cessna Citation Series aircraft using Williams International
FJ44-3A engines. Clifford notes this is the first STC issued to
cover both Cessna Citation aircraft, and it was issued with no
operational limitations or restrictions.
NASA has issued a Request for Information, or RFI, seeking ideas
from educational institutions, science museums and other
appropriate organizations about the community's ability to acquire
and publicly display the space shuttle orbiters and space shuttle
main engines after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program.
Officials at Arianespace tell ANN final checkout of the
company's sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2008 is now underway,
following the completion of payload integration for its two
Eutelsat satellite passengers.
NASA has released a draft request for proposals, or RFP, to seek
industry support for the design of its Altair lunar lander vehicle,
part of NASA's Constellation Program. Altair is proposed to deliver
four astronauts to the moon's surface late in the next decade.
Airport Surveillance Radar. Approach control radar used to
detect and display an aircraft's position in the terminal area. ASR
provides range and azimuth information but does not provide
elevation data. Coverage of the ASR can extend up to 60 miles.
"If LaHood is confirmed as Transportation Secretary,
AOPA would look forward to working closely with him to pick the
right leader for the FAA and to address the challenges of aviation
safety; modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system;
establishing a fair, long-term financing system; and responding to
energy and environmental issues."
Source: Craig Fuller, president-elect of the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, speaking on the expected
nomination of Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood as Transportation