The newest aircraft on the Air Force's inventory arrived Dec.
27th, 2009, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The MC-12 aircraft,
tail number 090623, was the first of an undisclosed number of
aircraft for the new 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron.
On a fall trip to the West Coast, N377SR got to see the best and
worst of a number of Southern tier FBOs... among those that truly
stood out include:
KICT: Yingling Aviation, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport,
As I waded back into the world of hard GA IFR over the course of
last year (face it, our old Glasair III was fun, but a hard IFR
mount it was NOT), I found myself scrambling to check out a number
of resources to help me get back up to speed... both for my own
purposes as well as my curiosity about the state of guidance
available to today's up and coming IFR Aeronauts. The folks at
Sportys were kind enough to send me one of their recently updated
IFR training kits and I really liked what I found.
However, Recent Proposals In The UK Cause New Concerns
Although business aviation has never been identified as a
security threat, the attempted terrorist action aboard a commercial
airliner on December 25 underscores the need for continued
vigilance across all of aviation. NBAA is in continuing contact
with officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and it is the
Association's understanding that last week's events are not
anticipated to have an impact on security policies related to the
business aviation community.
Max Trescott's GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook
Many of the books currently available haven't kept up with the
times (with the exception of Rod Machado's outstanding works on the
topic) and we're pleased to see our good friend and trusted
contributor, Max Trescott, take the matter on, as well.
ALPA Claims Pilots Are "Giving Back" $200M A Year Without New
As of Dec. 31, 2009, ALPA tells ANN that Continental pilots
will see another year pass without a new contract in place. The
current concessionary agreement that helped keep Continental out of
bankruptcy was signed in April 2005 and became amendable on Dec.
The workload has never been more complex and the capabilities
never so impressive, but I have to admit that its getting harder
and harder to keep up... especially with the other job I have...
namely keeping ANN on the straight and narrow. As I looked over the
current crop of materials available, two tomes kept my attention
and impressed with each consult... this is the other book that I
was writing about previously:
Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Handbook
Israel Aerospace Industries' Bedek Aviation Group (IAI/Bedek)
received a Civil Aviation Administration of Israel (CAAI)
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on December 17, 2009 and an FAA
STC on December 21, 2009 for its prototype B767-300BDSF (Bedek
Special Freighter) aircraft.
Alaska Pilots Raise Funds, Distribute Checks to
T'is the season... as ALPA tells us that Alaska Airlines’
furloughed pilots recently received a holiday gift from their
fellow pilots in the form of a check. In a little more than a
month, Alaska Airlines’ pilots—joined by some of Alaska
Airlines’ crew schedulers and planners and
management—contributed $24,000 to the Furloughed Pilots
Christmas Fund, the brainchild of Alaska First Officers Will
McQuillen and Nate Chilman, who both were furloughed from a
different carrier prior to coming to work at Alaska.
It never hurts to make nice with the Boss/President...
especially when he hasn't had such a great track record with all
things aviation... but Greg Principato, president of Airports
Council International-North America, has commended President Obama
for ordering the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to review
“screening policies, technologies and procedures related to
Educational Director, Larry Wood, Profiles the Infamous Spruce Goose
In July of 1942, while the United States remained embroiled in World War II, famed industrialist Henry Kaiser proposed a fleet of flying transports to safely protect troops and supplies from German U-boats. Joining forces with Howard Hughes, Kaiser obtained an $18,000,000 government contract to construct three “Flying Boats.” Due to government restrictions on critical war material, such as steel and aluminum, Hughes used a process called “Duramold” to create almost every part of the plane. Using a plywood-like series of thin wood laminations, engineers built an airframe both lighter and stronger than aluminum. The resulting wooden aircraft
ANN's Annual Review Of The Year That Was: Commercial Aviation
The commercial airline industry saw several milestones in 2009,
including the first flight of the long-awaited Dreamliner. But the
year was marred with tragedy as well, and the economy continued to
cause airlines to scramble for ways to improve the bottom line.
Educational Director, Larry Wood, Profiles the Infamous Spruce
In July of 1942, while the United States remained embroiled in
World War II, famed industrialist Henry Kaiser proposed a fleet of
flying transports to safely protect troops and supplies from German
U-boats. Joining forces with Howard Hughes, Kaiser obtained
an $18,000,000 government contract to construct three “Flying
NASA tells ANN that all systems are behaving as expected on
their Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which rocketed
into the sky just before dawn on Dec. 14 from Vandenberg Air Force
Base in California.
A large percentage of Honeywell's U.S. workforce will be on
furlough January 4th to the 11th, and international workers will be
taking "extended holiday breaks" and other measures to conform with
local labor laws.
An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an
aircraft from one controller to another if the aircraft will enter
the receiving controller’s airspace and radio communications
with the aircraft will be transferred.
AVIATION ART CONTEST
The International Aviation Art Contest, an event of
the Federation Aeronautique
Internationale (FAI) is cosponsored by the National
Association of State Aviation Officials Center for Aviation
Research and Education (NASAO Center) and the National Aeronautics