Pilot Did Not Survive Crash Near Canyon Ferry Lake
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.19.09 1720 EDT:
Search crews in Montana have located the wreckage of a Cessna 180F
believed to have been piloted by noted mountain flying instructor
Sparky Imeson. The pilot did not survive the accident.
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.19.09 1700 EDT: A
Cessna 162 SkyCatcher crashed north of El Dorado, KS Thursday
afternoon, while on a test flight as part of the planemaker's
effort to self-certify the light-sport aircraft for its anticipated
entry into the US market later this year.
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO
Ed Bolen thanked Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sam Brownback
(R-KS) Thursday for writing to President Barack Obama to outline
the essential role of business aviation for citizens, companies and
the country as a whole.
Miniace To Lead Central Region; Vernon Promoted To NW Mountain
Now almost two months in to his administration, President Barack
Obama has yet to appoint his nominee to lead the Federal Aviation
Administration... but the agency is shoring up its ranks with
Thursday's announcement Joe Miniace and Kathryn Vernon have been
named administrators for the Central Region and Northwest Mountain
How About A 'Virtual' Cockpit View? And "Super First-Class"
A new passenger flight information system providing a simulated
view from the pilot's seat is just one of the products being
launched at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009, which takes place from
March 31 to April 2, 2009 at the Hamburg Messe in Germany.
$257 Million Deal Supports Design, Development, Test And
The ball is really starting to roll on development of NASA's
next-generation manned spaceflight program. Alliant Techsystems
announced this week it awarded United Space Alliance (USA) a $257
Million contract to perform subcontractor support to ATK for the
NASA's Ares I and Ares 1-X programs through the Design,
Development, Test and Engineering (DDT&E) phase. The contract
includes engineering, deceleration system development and technical
KSC operations support for Stage I activities.
But Company Will Produce Fewer Planes In '09 Thanks To Slumping
During the company's annual financial analysts meeting Thursday,
Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced
sales results for 2008. Dassault received a net total of 115 firm
orders worldwide for Falcon business jets in 2008... a marked
decline from the record 212 orders received in 2007.
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar built by
Raytheon performed successfully this week, in the latest integrated
flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency and THAAD prime
contractor and systems integrator Lockheed Martin.
British Defense Secretary John Hutton announced Wednesday on a
visit to Washington, DC the decision to purchase three Joint Strike
Fighter (JSF) test aircraft, marking a significant milestone for
the UK's commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter project.
The 2009 International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders
wrapped up its annual conference in Scottsdale, AZ this week. An
audience of airliner buyers, sellers and lessors heard both Boeing
and Airbus predict that they'll be able to meet jet production
projections for 2009, and deliver a total of 965 planes.
On a plain that stretches for miles in every direction, the
panoramic camera on NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has caught a
first glimpse on the horizon of the uplifted rim of the big crater
that has been Opportunity's long-term destination for six
Lessons Of Flight 1549: Controller Patrick Harten... And
Congressman John Mica
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.19.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.19.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Lessons Of Flight 1549:
03.19.09 (ANN Special Report, with congressional
testimony from FAA controller Patrick Harten,
Possibly the most avidly anticipated briefing of Heli-Expo 2009, was the official Sikorsky update of the truly innovative X2 program. Just last year, Sikorsky proved that it's one incredibly cool -- and equally unusual -- flying machine... and, it works! Sikorsky successfully completed the first flight of its X2 Technology Demonstrator, in late August, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes.
Appearing Wednesday before the House Aviation Subcommittee, Pete
Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA), testified on the modernization of the NextGen
air traffic control system and near-term achievable goals
associated with its implementation.
A problem that first crept up during a customer delivery flight
last week led the FAA Wednesday to ground approximately 2,800
Canadian-built Bell helicopters until operators can search for
improperly installed bearings on the co-pilot cyclic controls, and
replace the suspect parts if necessary.
Possibly the most avidly anticipated briefing of Heli-Expo 2009,
was the official Sikorsky update of the truly innovative X2
program. Just last year, Sikorsky proved that it's one incredibly
cool -- and equally unusual -- flying machine... and, it works!
Sikorsky successfully completed the first flight of its X2
Technology Demonstrator, in late August, maneuvering the prototype
aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test
flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes.
The Answer Isn't An NFL Player, Or "American Idol"
The challenge issued by a flight attendant during a recent
commercial air flight seemed innocuous enough: "Name just one of
the five Medal of Honor recipients from the current engagements in
Afghanistan or Iraq, and get a free drink coupon." But the
passengers' response -- more specifically, the inability of all but
just one to respond -- revealed how little the average American
knows about its military heroes.
Cites Weak Demand Out Of New York... But Strong Demand From
The largest customer for the Airbus A380 has pulled service on
its first route serviced by the massive airliner. Dubai-based
Emirates announced Wednesday it will replace two A380s operating on
the Dubai-New York route with twin-engine Boeing 777-300ERs, due to
dwindling passenger numbers that made it hard to justify flying the
Aims For Gains In Low-Altitude Infrastructure, Protecting
Patients, Advancing Air Ambulance Safety
Establishing a congressional air-medical caucus, achieving
greater federal funding levels to support the low-altitude
infrastructure, passing proposed air-medical safety legislation,
increasing air-ambulance Medicare reimbursement rates, and
addressing regional disparities in access to trauma services caused
by inadequate Medicaid reimbursement were some of the many issues
that air-medical services leaders focused on during the Association
of Air-Medical Services' Capitol Hill congressional briefings last
Embraer's plan to cut some over 4,000 jobs was upheld Wednesday
in a Brazilian court, following a suit brought forth by several of
the company's labor unions. It's unclear what the next step will be
for either side, however.
Meteorites May Reveal Why Certain Amino Acids Are
This may either be the most profoundly significant story ANN
will report this year... or one of the all-time weirdest, period.
Or both. NASA scientists analyzing the dust of meteorites have
discovered new clues to a long-standing mystery about how life
works on its most basic, molecular level.
Alliant Techsystems announced this week it successfully
completed testing for a new class of hypersonic propulsion systems
that will enable High Speed Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles to travel long distances at velocities more than five
times the speed of sound.
The purpose of this group's effort is to build a highly
inspirational aircraft device that will make a positive influence
on our youths for years to come. Also, the F-4 Phantom II
Thunderbird Simulator's intends to give the everyday person a once
in a life time opportunity to get in a real jet cockpit and
actually fly it.
An object's albedo is the ratio of the amount of solar radiation
reflected from an object to the total amount it receives. An object
with a high albedo is shinier than an object with a low albedo. A
white, completely reflecting object has an albedo of 1.0; a black
object with no reflectivity has an albedo of 0.0 (zero).
"The challenge issued by a flight attendant during a
recent commercial air flight seemed innocuous enough: "Name just
one of the five Medal of Honor recipients from the current
engagements in Afghanistan or Iraq, and get a free drink coupon."
But the passengers' response -- more specifically, the inability of
all but just one to respond -- revealed how little the average
American knows about its military heroes."
Source: Donna Miles, American Forces Press
Service, in a rather humbling commentary piece that notes while
most Americans can name at least one winner on "American Idol"...
very few can name any of this nation's most recent, true