Of Course, We're Pretty Sure That Other Things Took
Finally...much of the public attention surrounding January's
Miracle on the Hudson has passed, but a very significant loose end
is just now being wrapped up. The passengers of US Airways Flight
1549 are finally getting their personal stuff back.
The search for victims in Monday afternoon's mid-air collision
over the Pacific off the California coast was called off late
Tuesday. The US Coast Guard says the mission has been reclassified
as a recovery effort, and underwater teams will attempt to locate
the wreckage and bodies in water up to 115 feet deep off Long
ANN has suffered along with the dedicated crews at NASA-Wallops
as weather disappointed one and all with some unsuccessful early
launch attempts... but Tuesday was the charm. NASA's Wallops Flight
Facility (on the east coast of Virginia) was the site of the
successful launch at 1955 local time of an Air Force Minotaur 1
rocket carrying the Air Force Research Laboratory's TacSat-3
satellite and two secondary payloads.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.20.09 (ANN's Short-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.20.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Bridgette Doremier at WAI
2009 - 05.20.09 (ANN Special Report, with
Addison Pemberton of Spokane, Wash restored the only flying
Boeing Model 40 in the world. The aircraft had been lost in an
accident in October 1928. The Boeing 40C had not graced the skies
for 65 years made its maiden flight in February 2008.
Boeing is promoting another significant milestone for the first
747-8 Freighter by completing assembly of the airplane’s
forward fuselage. The 89-foot, 2-inch fuselage section, featuring
the airplane’s signature upper deck, was moved from the final
assembly installation tool for sealing and testing before beginning
Six months in a row... that's the losing streak experienced by
the nations's embattled airlines... so far. The Air Transport
Association is corroborating reports that passenger revenue fell 18
percent in April 2009 versus the same month in 2008 -- the sixth
consecutive month in which passenger revenue has fallen from the
According to the United Master Executive Council of ALPA, the
antitrust immunity being sought by United Airlines and Continental
Airlines not only has the potential to outsource tens of thousands
of American jobs, it also could take experienced pilots off
ANN is monitoring reports of a crash involving an Indonesian
C-130. Current reports say that 69 people died when the four engine
turboprop, reportedly carrying 112 people (including crew), went
down during a training mission.
Aviation is filled with people with great ideas -- some of them stand the test of time... and some of them do not. The latest is 'Airplanes Direct' -- an online attempt to recraft the aircraft sales marketplace.
Thank God We Don't Get All The Gov't We're Paying For...
It's not at all uncommon to find people in general aviation, or
elsewhere, who believe the US Federal Aviation Administration sees
its mission as accommodating the operation and profits of the
Aviation is filled with people with great ideas -- some of them
stand the test of time... and some of them do not. The latest is
'Airplanes Direct' -- an online attempt to recraft the aircraft
The crew of Atlantis bid farewell to the Hubble Space Telescope
on behalf of NASA and the rest of the world Tuesday. The telescope
was released back into space at 8:57 a.m. EDT. With its upgrades,
the telescope should be able to see farther into the universe than
US Bankruptcy Judge Lloyd King apparently was not impressed by
all the nice things Mesa Air Group wanted to do for the former
emplyees of Aloha Airlines. The Associated Press reports King ruled
last week that Mesa cannot use the "Aloha" name on its Hawaiian
"go!" subsidiary, even through a licensing deal with the former
Aloha stockholder who now controls the bankrupt company's
NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)
spacecraft has spotted the first major activity of the new solar
cycle. On May 5 STEREO-B observed a Type II radio burst and a
bright, fast coronal mass ejection (CME) emanating from the far
side of the sun.
NTSB Safety Recommendations A-09-21 through A-09-28
The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following
recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration:
Evaluate the history of uncommanded air turbine starter valve
(ATSV)-Open events in the MD-80 fleet and the effectiveness of
coupling the ATSV-Open light to the Master Caution system...
So far, complaints of heavy-handed security regulations with no
apparent security benefit have drawn only disinterested yawns from
most US lawmakers. However... a significant loss of revenue to
US passenger airlines MAY get their attention.
Consists of general principles, standards and recommended
practices for international civil aviation. An outgrowth of the
Chicago Conference of 1944, the Convention also established the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), with headquarters
Aero-Linx: NTSB Aviation
The NTSB aviation accident database contains information from
1962 and later about civil aviation accidents and selected
incidents within the United States, its territories and
possessions, and in international waters. Generally, a preliminary
report is available online within a few days of an accident.
“One of our main goals in restoring this treasure
was not to place it in a museum or keep it tucked away in a hangar.
It is my intention, as the custodian of this airplane, to share it
with as many people as possible. Our plan is to fly the aircraft
from Spokane to Arlington this summer and place the Boeing 40 on
Source: Addison Pemberton of Spokane,
WA, restored the only flying Boeing Model 40 in the world and
will be bringing it to Arlington 2009, to share its history with
the rest of the aviation world.