Runs To Bathroom After Passengers Accuse Him Of Drinking
No one knows for certain whether the Southwest Airlines pilot
accused of being drunk by passengers at Port Columbus International
Airport (CMH) this week was actually too intoxicated to fly, except
for the pilot himself... but it sure doesn't look good, and the
airline has put the man in question on paid leave while the FAA
looks into the matter.
Boeing said early on that 2008 would be an off year for aircraft
sales -- and sure enough, it was right. The American planemaker
announced Thursday it took net orders for 662 new planes for the
year, bringing its backlog of unfilled commercial orders to more
than 3,700 airplanes.
On Wednesday, Continental Airlines demonstrated the use of
sustainable biofuel to power a commercial aircraft for the first
time ever in North America. The demonstration flight -- conducted
in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and
Honeywell's UOP -- also marked the first sustainable biofuel
demonstration flight by a commercial carrier using a two-engine
aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 equipped with CFM International CFM56-7B
Says Travel Manners Are 'A True Indicator Of Class'
Jetiquette Academy first came to ANN's attention last summer,
when the group
implored passengers to consider the feelings of airline
workers before sounding off about what are usually
relatively minor inconveniences of air travel. The organization
also offered a seminar for those workers, to help them be both more
understanding of customer issues, and more resilient to the
occasional bad egg.
Just in time for the global economic recession, the assets of
defunct planemaker Lake Aircraft are once again being offered for
sale to, well... pretty much anybody with a healthy checkbook
balance and a dream.
Aviation Humorist Rod Machado At AOPA Expo 2008, Part Two
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[ANN Real-Time Update, 1100 EST, On Location in Duluth,
MN]: A company-wide staff meeting has just concluded, in which
incoming Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters outlined what Cirrus Design will
be doing to keep the company healthy in a wholly unhealthy economic
The American Federation of Government Employees' influence at
the Transportation Security Administration is once again evident as
TSA recently changed a policy AFGE claimed violated the
constitutional rights to association and free speech.
But Hopes Of High Ticket Prices Haven't Come True... Yet
When the US domestic airlines announced last summer that they
were planning capacity cuts, some industry observers worried the
cuts would be too deep. Most of those carriers have now posted
their stats for December, and it looks as if they planned about
Early speculation about an accident at Denver International
Airport last month,
in which a Continental 737 veered off a runway December 20
during its takeoff run and was destroyed, has centered
on the role crosswinds might have played.
An ongoing X-ray survey undertaken by NASA's Swift spacecraft is
revealing differences between nearby active galaxies and those
located about halfway across the universe. Understanding these
differences will help clarify the relationship between a galaxy and
its central black hole.
When flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), you are
level at 6,000 feet MSL. The minimum enroute altitude is below you
at 3,000 feet. After being level in cruise for 30 minutes, you
notice that the temperature aloft is lower than forecasted and is
Comes To Group From Sporting Goods Manufacturing
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has hired
association marketing veteran Chris Strong as its new vice
president, membership marketing. He officially joined the
Association on January 5, and reports to NBAA President and CEO Ed
AAR Corp. announced this week Dave Cann, former head of the
Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Standards Service,
Aircraft Maintenance Division has joined AAR as Vice President,
Regulatory Compliance responsible for quality and safety at the
company's repair station businesses.
Spacehab announced Wednesday its Astrotech subsidiary located in
Titusville, FL was awarded two contracts totaling $3.2 million from
United Launch Alliance (ULA) in support of the ground processing of
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, GOES O&P.
Both satellites are scheduled for launch in 2009.
Further expanding its Gulfstream fleet, ExcelAire announced this
week the addition of a 16-seat GIV-SP to its fleet. The
aircraft is ideally suited for small and large parties and is
capable of flying non-stop from the US to Europe or coast to
The CATP Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization founded
and operated by volunteers. The Museum is dedicated to the
preservation of the history of the British Commonwealth Air
Training Plan and serves as a unique memorial to those airmen who
trained and served, and especially those who died, while serving
their country in the air war of 1939-1945.
Hot high-pressure air extracted from gas turbine engine
compressor or combustor and taken through valves and pipes to
perform useful work such as pressurization, driving machinery or
anti-icing by heating surfaces.
"Whether it's causal or not, I don't think you have
enough information to go there yet."
Source: John Cox, a former pilot and aviation
consultant, on the possible role a stiff crosswind played in the
December 20 takeoff crash of Continental Airlines Flight 1404 at
Denver International Airport.