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August 30, 2009

STS-128 Midnight Launch Brightens NASA's Week

Discovery in Orbit, Chasing Space Station

Space shuttle Discovery turned midnight into noon along the central Florida coast with launch at 2359 EDT beginning its 37th mission - a flight to deliver supplies and research facilities to the International Space Station and its six-person crew.

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Amerijet Continues Operations Despite Strike

Cargo Airline Amerijet Vows To Keep Flying Despite Teamster Strike

Amerijet International is vowing to continue flight operations despite the "unsuccessful" result of negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).

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NATCA Claims Oakland Comm Outage Created Safety Issues

FAA Communications System Shuts Down, Oakland Center Controllers 'Scrambled to Keep Planes Safe' 

 The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is alerting the public to yet another complaint in which they allege the FAA has failed to meet its safety obligations.

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Holloman AFB Assists In Transfer Of Orion Test Vehicle

Next-Gen Spacecraft Stops At Holloman

NASA's next generation of a manned-spacecraft  made a stop at Holloman AFB on its way to White Sands Missile Range, N.M. where launch abort tests will be performed.

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ATR Will Present First ATR '-600 Series' Aircraft On October 1st

Deliveries Expected In 2011

The official presentation of the first ATR '-600 series' aircraft, an ATR 72-600, will take place at a ceremony October 1st in Toulouse, France. ATR said in a news release the new '-600 series' program for both models, ATR 72-600 and ATR 42-600, launched in October 2007, is progressing on schedule.

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American Eurocopter's Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Deadline Extended

New Date For Entries Is September 11, 2009

American Eurocopter has announced the deadline to apply for the third annual Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award has been extended until September 11, 2009. This prestigious award aims to promote aviation safety within the air medical community and American Eurocopter will contribute up to $10,000 to the winner.

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AgustaWestland To Supply AW119e To Korea's National Police Agency

First AW119e For Korea Joins Two AW109's

AgustaWestland and UI International (UII) have been awarded a contract by the Korean Public Procurement Services to supply the Korea National Police Agency (KNPA) with one AW119Ke law enforcement helicopter as part of an on-going program to modernize the Police helicopter fleet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.30.09): Knot

Knot An abbreviation for one nautical mile per hour. Since a nautical mile is 15 percent longer than a statute mile, a speed expressed in knots is 15 percent higher than it would be if expressed in miles per hour.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.30.09)

Aero-Linx: HPC's New Short Range Forecast Web Page A little over a year ago, the Nat'l Weather Center's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center made "significant changes" to the look of the short range forecast web pages.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.30.09)

"We are disappointed that IBT's inability to reach a fair agreement has resulted in their decision to strike... the demands were simply not justified in any respect, particularly given the current competitive and economic environment." Source: Pamela Rollins, SVP Business Development, seeking to explain the current situation between Cargo Airline, Amerijet Int'l, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2009-18-03

MANUFACTURER: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Models PC-6, PC- 6-H1, PC-6-H2, PC-6/350, PC-6/350-H1, PC-6/350-H2, PC-6/A, PC-6/A-H1, PC-6/A-H2, PC-6/B-H2, PC-6/B1-H2, PC-6/B2-H2, PC-6/B2-H4, PC-6/C-H2, and PC-6/C1-H2 Airplanes  

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-18-07

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 747-100, -100B, -100B SUD, -200B, and -300 Series Airplanes; and Model 747SP and 747SR Series Airplanes  We are issuing this AD to prevent the loss of the structural integrity of the fuselage, which could result in rapid depressurization of the airplane.

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