For the past several years, strong bookings in the Asia-Pacific
region spearheaded generally healthy numbers for the global airline
industry as a whole... but if recent trends are any indication,
those heady times have been over for awhile now.
Job Stress, Warm Sun Combined To Lull Crew To Sleep
A frenzied effort to get back on schedule, combined with a warm
cockpit, are the reasons cited by one former go! Airlines pilot why
he and his first officer fell asleep on a flight to Hilo, HI in
Compares Bank Bailouts To Need For $2 Billion In Add'l
The Coalition for Space Exploration, a collaboration of space
industry businesses and advocacy groups, announced last week the
release of a statement by James Lovell, who served as part of the
crew of Apollo 8 -- the first human voyage to a celestial body in
Superior Climb Performance Compared With Turbo, With Less Fuel
Forced Aeromotive Technologies of Englewood, CO tells ANN it was
recently issued Supplemental Type Certificate # SA10925SC (US
Patent #6,328,023) for installation of its supercharger system on
Cirrus SR22 aircraft.
OCCAR, the European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation
managing the Tiger combat helicopter program, issued its final
qualification of the HAP (Hélicoptère d’Appui
Protection) and UHT (Unterstützungshubschrauber Tiger)
versions for France and Germany, respectively. The OCCAR
certifications were issued jointly with the DGA
(Délégation Générale pour
l’Armement) and the BWB (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und
B/E Aerospace announced last week it has received a supplemental
type certificate (STC) from the FAA which authorizes the company to
convert Airbus A300-600 passenger aircraft to freighters. The STC
was awarded to B/E Aerospace's Flight Structures unit (FSI).
Aero-News has received word of the passing of a legendary
aviator and Reno air racer. Lefty Gardner, whose P-38 "White
Lightnin" was a staple at Reno as well as at air shows throughout
the country, passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 87.
One of the better reasons to attend the popular aviation events around the nation is the opportunity to enjoy the wit and wisdom of some of aviation's true experts... but no one plays as well to an aviation crowd as aviation humorist, flight instructor and safety advocate, Rod Machado.
One of the better reasons to attend the popular aviation events
around the nation is the opportunity to enjoy the wit and wisdom of
some of aviation's true experts... but no one plays as well to an
aviation crowd as aviation humorist, flight instructor and safety
advocate, Rod Machado.
Two Passengers Still Hospitalized, In 'Fair' Condition
The captain of Continental Airlines Flight 1404 has been
released from the hospital, Continental spokeswoman Kelly Cripe
announced on Friday, while a University of Colorado Hospital
spokeswoman reported that two of the injured remain and are in fair
The preceding year saw a number of stories of inspiration in
sport aviation, and of loss... while the clouds of
impending legislation and anti-homebuilder sentiment in one large
metropolitan area hung over the community as a whole. What these
portents may spell for sport aviation in 2009 remains to be
The global airline community anxiously awaits investigators'
findings in the November 27 crash of an Air New Zealand Airbus 320
on approach to Perpignon, France. Although Airbus has refused to
speculate on the cause of the accident, The New Zealand
Herald reports the incident may be the third in three
months stemming from a defective flight control computer.
Banned From Carrying Pax Following Crash Investigation
The Federal Aviation Administration said Interstate Helicopters
was not licensed to carry passengers in fixed-wing aircraft, such
as the Citation 500 that crashed March 4, and issued an emergency
order September 12 revoking the Bethany, OK operator's Air Carrier
on Demand certificate.
Terminal Radar Control Facility. A terminal ATC facility that
uses radar and nonradar capabilities to provide approach control
services to aircraft arriving, departing, or transiting airspace
controlled by the facility.
"By our count, nearly 8800 flights have been canceled
at major US airports between Friday, December 19th and Sunday
afternoon on December 28 seriously disrupting holiday travel for
over 1 million passengers. With capacity cuts and high estimated
load factors, travelers subject to cancellations have had an awful
time with 2-3 day waits for a seat on another flight
Source: Airline performance watchdog
FlightStats.com, which adds on the six busiest travel days in that
10-day holiday travel period, less than half of the scheduled
flights arrived on time. December 21 was the worst of those, with
only 39% of flights arriving with 15 minutes of their schedule.