Commonwealth Has 266 Private-Use Airfields, In Addition To 66
When it comes to efforts to protect general aviation, few states
can rival the pilot and enthusiast community in the Commonwealth of
Virginia. On the heels of state-level efforts to promote use of
Virginia's 66 public airports, comes a group of private airport
owners and aviation enthusiasts who recently formed the Virginia
Airport Owners Association (VAOA) to address issues concerning
privately-owned airports within the state.
Paul Lopez Was Scheduled To Perform At Titusville Show
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.09.09 1500 EDT:
Aero-News has monitored reports throughout the day of a fatal
plane crash in Pasco County, Florida... and has learned an
up-and-coming airshow performer is among the victims.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.09.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A Monumental Mess:
03.09.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller
of "Over The Airwaves".)
Warns Moves To Intercept Rocket Will Be Met With
Once again asserting its plans to launch a satellite within
days, on Monday the government of North Korea warned the United
States, Japan and South Korea that any attempt to intercept the
rocket would be met by a counterstrike.
Teledyne Continental Motors told ANN Monday the enginemaker has
made "excellent progress" on efforts to resolve a Mandatory Service
Bulletin issued last month, affecting cylinders on certain 470, 520
and 550 series engine models (MSB09-1).
Iridium announced Monday it recently replaced the operational
lost in a collision three weeks ago with a non-operational
Russian satellite. Service was maintained throughout
Iridium's 66 satellite network while the company maneuvered one of
its in-orbit spares in position last week, to replace the lost
on-orbit telecommunications relay station.
Will Be Unveiled At 2009 National Training Aircraft
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Frasca International
announced Monday they will unveil the first integrated flight
training device (FTD) with virtual air traffic control commands,
that will give student pilots more realistic training.
In a judicial precedent that may have implications for US law,
Canada's Supreme Court declined Sunday to hear an appeal filed by
Air Canada and WestJet, arguing the airlines shouldn't be forced to
give disabled and morbidly obese passengers an extra seat for
The Houston Airport System celebrated Friday the inaugural
flight of Cathay Pacific Cargo at George Bush Intercontinental
Airport (IAH). The thrice weekly all-cargo service from Houston to
Hong Kong operates on Cathay Pacific Cargo's Boeing 747-400
The Robinson R66 is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak outlook for the future of light aircraft over the next few years. The Roll-Royce RR300 powered five place helo is scheduled to see certification within the next year and deliveries shortly thereafter... but none too soon for Robinson Helicopter... whose once lofty sales numbers are getting hammered by a global economic meltdown.
The Robinson R66 is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise
bleak outlook for the future of light aircraft over the next few
years. The Roll-Royce RR300 powered five place helo is scheduled to
see certification within the next year and deliveries shortly
thereafter... but none too soon for Robinson Helicopter...
Declining use of business aircraft in the slumping economy is to
blame for yet another av-company planning layoffs. Lincoln,
NE-based Duncan Aviation announced last week it will soon cut jobs
for the first time in its 53-year history.
Marketing Strategy For A Recession: Develop Products For A New
A bright spot for General Electric in these gloomy economic
times, as a producer of a wide range of goods, is GE Aviation...
which contributed Q4 2008 profits of $1.16 billion for the
Technology and Infrastructure segment, a 21 percent increase over
2007. Revenues of $5.2 billion were up 2 percent over the same
period in 2007.
NASA Acting Administrator Questioned By Congress After GAO
Called on the carpet last week by the House Science and
Technology subcommittee to explain cost overruns and project
delays, National Aeronautics and Space Administration acting
administrator Christopher Scolese explained that counterfeit parts
inadvertently installed on NASA spacecraft have contributed to
unforeseen problems with project schedules and budgets.
Secretary of State Clinton Maintains Shield Is Not A Threat To
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the United States'
plans for establishment of a missile defense shield in Poland and
the Czech Republic at a press conference in Brussels, held after
last week's first round of talks with NATO foreign ministers.
YTD Order Total Stands At -10, After 787 Cancellations
The Boeing Company announced three orders for its 777 were
placed last week, raising its tally of aircraft orders so far this
year to 22. That's barely more than ten percent of last year's
total of 190 new aircraft orders placed over the same period, and
is 10 less than the number of orders cancelled so far for 2009.
The inspection of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft became a
priority issue for the US Air Force last week, after cracks in wing
joint barrel nuts were discovered during a routine maintenance
inspection of a C-130 at Robins Air Force Base outside of Warner
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is
to honor the memory of Major Bong and all the veterans of WWII and
later conflicts whose sacrifices maintain our Freedoms. The Center
is an educational resource that collects and preserves the tangible
legacy of these veterans and their home front supporters. In
addition the Center perpetuates their ideals, principles, and
leadership skills for today as well as future generations.
The science which studies the interaction among inertial,
elastic, and aerodynamic forces. It was defined by Collar in 1947
as "the study of the mutual interaction that takes place within the
triangle of the inertial, elastic, and aerodynamic forces acting on
structural members exposed to an airstream, and the influence of
this study on design."
"With the present economy and the media and political
grandstanding against private aviation, business conditions in our
industry have continued to erode. We have advised our employees
that we are in the process of developing a reduction in work force
plan. As always, our primary focus will continue to remain on doing
what is in the best interests of the company, its customers and our
Source: A statement from Duncan Aviation. For
the first time in its 53-year history, the Lincoln, NE-based
business aircraft service and support business has announced it
will soon lay off an as-yet untold number of workers due to the