A700 Program Update, With AAI President and CEO Jack Braly
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.21.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.21.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A700 Program Update:
10.21.08 (ANN Special Report, with Jack Braly,
President & CEO of AAI Acquisition, Inc.)
At an event on its booth at the Air Medical Transportation
Conference in Minneapolis, MN, American Eurocopter celebrated its
2500th US helicopter delivery with long-time helicopter service
company PHI, Inc.
Fewer Flights Mean Fewer Pilots, FAs, Ground Support
US scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.1 percent fewer
workers in August 2008 than in August 2007, the second consecutive
decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the
scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous
year and the largest year-to-year decrease since October 2006.
A 44-year-old United Airlines pilot has some explaining to do,
after he was removed from the cockpit of a Boeing 777 at London
Heathrow Sunday morning. The Daily Telegraph reports the pilot
failed a breathalyzer test.
News and Analysis By Jim Campbell, Editor-In-Chief (But Please
Don't Sue Me...)
According to press releases issued by an organization alleging
to represent the victims of a tragic Brazilian 737 crash, respected
NYT Journalist Joe Sharkey is being sued for his reporting of a
midair collision in which he had an unusual and intimate
Eleven Pilots Have Trained On School's Schweizer 300CBi
Kansas State University Aviation tells ANN it recently
implemented a training program for helicopter pilots. In the
program's first year, 11 pilots have trained on K-State's Schweizer
300CBi, specifically developed for the commercial helicopter
Rotax's Basic Four-Stroke Is A Solid Performer In The Sport Aviation World
At the US Sport Aviation Expo, Aero-TV caught up with an old friend, Eric Tucker... a guy who is known worldwide as "Mr. Rotax." The most well-known (and easily the hardest working) expert on the Rotax 900 series sport and certified engines, Eric took a few minutes to help us profile each of the amazingly compact, powerful and fuel-efficient 900 series engines, this time concentrating on the 81 HP Rotax 912 UL.
A number of sources tell ANN that there are some serious
issues about to come to a head at the National Association of
Flight Instructors. With a board meeting set for this Friday
expected to come to some sort of "showdown," the CFI community
seems pretty antagonized over what many perceive as an attempt to
oust two much-favored members of the NAFI hierarchy and potentially
affect the future of the Master Flight Instructor program...
An NTSB Administrative Law Judge, William Pope, has issued an
oral initial decision reversing an Emergency Order issued by the
FAA on June 10, 2008. The Emergency Order revoked the Air Carrier
Certificate held by Air Trek, Inc., an air ambulance operator based
in Punta Gorda, FL.
Rotax's Basic Four-Stroke Is A Solid Performer In The Sport
At the US Sport Aviation Expo, Aero-TV caught up with an old
friend, Eric Tucker... a guy who is known worldwide as "Mr. Rotax."
The most well-known (and easily the hardest working) expert on the
Rotax 900 series sport and certified engines, Eric took a few
minutes to help us profile each of the amazingly compact, powerful
and fuel-efficient 900 series engines, this time concentrating on
the 81 HP Rotax 912 UL.
Cites Failure To Deploy Raft As Causal To December 2007
The National Transportation Safety Board issued two new
recommendations Monday, aimed at improving passenger awareness of
how to properly deploy the emergency life rafts commonly seen on
the exteriors of turbine-powered helicopters operating
In the continuing "chicken race" between the International
Association of Machinists and Boeing, analysts are beginning to
express fears that the strike will last long enough to permanently
damage Boeing, and tear down the last of the major manufacturing
industries still alive in the US.
Weird Name... But Your Next Plane Could Be Made From
Sir Harold Kroto, now a professor and scientist with FSU's
department of chemistry and biochemistry, along with colleagues
Robert Curl Jr. and Richard E. Smalley, shared the 1996 Nobel Prize
in Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene --
nicknamed "buckyballs" for the molecules' spherical shape.
"Grand Glass Giveaway" Will Award EFD1000 To Lucky Winner At
AOPA Expo 2008
To celebrate production of its 1,000th Evolution Flight Display
system, Aspen Avionics will award an EFD1000 Pilot Primary Flight
Display (PFD) during AOPA Expo in San Jose on Saturday, November 8,
Capacity Cuts Will Mean Packed Planes Over Holiday Season
US domestic airlines have said often over the past year that
returning to profitability will mean cutting flights which cater to
leisure and vacation travelers. It's now becoming clear what that
will mean for those seeking tickets to spend the upcoming
Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones.
Las Cruces Airport Will Host Contest October 24-25
Nine teams with rocket-powered vehicles will compete for $2
million in NASA prize money during the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar
Lander Challenge, October 24-25, at Las Cruces International
Airport in New Mexico.
In the following pages we bring to you a review of Attack
Squadron 164. The planes, the ships, the men, the victory, and the
sorrow. But most of all our memories. Our aim is to preserve the
history of this gallant US Naval Squadron. If you're not a Ghost
Rider, we welcome you to our home. As we open the door to what it
was like being a Ghost Rider.
"I feel like it is recognition that he should have had
long ago, to be remembered with honor, and it's a legacy I get to
pass down to my sons so they are better aware of who he really
Source: Helen Tilgner, speaking of her
father... a Vietnam helicopter pilot. Armit Tilgner served six
tours of duty in Vietnam. In addition to a Purple Heart, he earned
four Bronze Stars, five Army Commendation Medals, three Meritorious
Unit Commendation Medals, two Valorous Unit Awards and 136 Air
Medal Awards. Armit Tilgner was lost in a 1982 accident, while
flying medevac missions in Malaysia.