Piper Announces "Indefinite" Suspension Of Light Jet
ANN has just received confirmation of something we feared and
related to you just a few days ago... the suspension of Piper much
vaunted entry into the jet manufacturing arena. Piper has announced
that they are 'indefinitely suspending further development' of the
Piper Altaire business jet following a review to align the
company's business goals with the light jet market outlook,
investment strategies and overall economic forecasts.
Government Contract Was Reportedly Negotiated Between FAA
Employee And Raytheon Executive Who Were Intimately Involved
A researcher at Georgia State University says that operational
errors among air traffic controllers between December 2008 and
October 2010 have risen some 3,300 percent when compared to January
2007 and November 2008. And, he says, the most likely cause for
that dramatic increase is a contract for training awarded to
Raytheon worth nearly $1 billion.
Office Of Naval Research To Start Testing Next Year
Select pilots in early 2012 will commence testing new flight
control software, funded in part by the Office of Naval Research
(ONR), intended to facilitate aircraft landings on Navy carrier
decks with unprecedented accuracy.
Biggest Airbus Operator In Southern Hemisphere Adds To Its
Brazil's largest airline has finalized a purchase agreement for
32 eco-efficient Airbus A320 aircraft, comprising of 22 A320neo and
10 A320 Family aircraft. The order from TAM Airline follows a
Memorandum of Understanding signed last February. Engine selection
will be announced by the airline at a later date.
Two Aircraft To Support Carrier's Fleet Renewal And Business
Aircastle Limited and Southern Air Holdings have entered into
long-term leases under which Southern Air will utilize two
747-400SF aircraft owned by Aircastle. The aircraft are expected to
enter commercial service during the first quarter of 2012,
advancing Southern Air's fleet renewal and business expansion
The private owner of a DC-9 has found a unique use for the
aircraft - transforming the commercial jet into a VIP airliner with
a new, NextGen-compliant cockpit. Airborne Maintenance &
Engineering Services successfully completed the configuration with
the help of Universal Avionics.
Steven Slater became something of an Internet celebrity after he
swore over a JetBlue airplane intercom, grabbed a couple of beers,
popped an emergency chute, and slid from the jet to the ranks of
the unemployed in August of last year. At the time, Slater said he
was "fed up" with his job ... which he obviously no longer has.
Gives Pilots Training In Intercept Of Civilian Aircraft
Pilots assigned to Aerospace Control Alert units have a unique
mission - to defend the U.S. and Canadian homelands by controlling
that airspace and being prepared to respond to threats. Because of
that enormous responsibility, these units routinely train for this
mission. And since the aircraft they would be charged with
intercepting aren't fighter jets, ACA pilots rely on more realistic
"adversaries" to train with.
One Of Two Airplanes To Be Converted Into Passenger/Cargo
Precision Conversions' 757-200PCC Combi program is progressing
with the delivery of the conformity aircraft from Cargo Aircraft
Management. The 1994 Pratt & Whitney powered 757-200 has been
inducted at Flightstar Aircraft Services facility in Jacksonville,
FL, and is currently undergoing modification.
Bureau Sees New Issues In Redelivery, Repossession,
Earlier this month, International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) met
with leading Japanese banks, investors, aircraft lessors, airlines
and financiers for a series of structured meetings designed to
identify the forthcoming challenges to the aviation finance sector
and pinpoint particular exposures or strategic opportunities.New
equipment and technology, new financing opportunities, engine
investment and an aggressive leasing environment appear to be the
main areas of future interest.
The Next-Generation Will Be Shaped By Amazing People -- Like Teachers...
Acknowledging a fertile opportunity for synergies between general education and the general aviation community, the Experimental Aircraft Association, in cooperation with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, proclaimed Tuesday, July 26 as Teachers Day at EAA AirVenture 2011. Sponsored by BuildAPlane, the event was designed to assist educators in bringing aviation into classrooms. Teachers at all grade levels from across the United States were invited to participate at no charge.
The Next-Generation Will Be Shaped By Amazing People -- Like
Acknowledging a fertile opportunity for synergies between
general education and the general aviation community, the
Experimental Aircraft Association, in cooperation with the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association, proclaimed Tuesday, July 26 as
Teachers Day at EAA AirVenture 2011. Sponsored by BuildAPlane, the
event was designed to assist educators in bringing aviation into
classrooms. Teachers at all grade levels from across the United
States were invited to participate at no charge.
Small UAS Promises Better Precision, Less Collateral
Aerovironment, Inc. calls its small, tube-launched UAV the
"Switchblade Agile Munition," after the manner in which its wings
unfold as it leaves its launch tube. It's becoming known informally
among YouTube enthusiasts as the "kamikaze drone." At under 2.2 kg
(4.8 lb.), the aircraft, along with its launcher, control system
and video downlink viewer all fit in a backpack.
Passengers Flew 10 Hours, Then Sat For Another Nine After
Diversion For Fog
USA Today reports police were called onto a diverted Air India
777 which had flown for 10 hours on its route from Mumbai to London
Heathrow, only to be diverted to London Gatwick because of fog.
After another nine hours on the sitting plane, passengers started
getting very frustrated, and police were called to the airport.
Yavapai College And North-Aire Partner To Serve Veterans And
The flight-training component of Yavapai College's new
Professional Airplane Pilot Flight Program will be offered by
North-Aire Aviation, the two parties said Friday. Starting in
January, this relationship allows both veterans and civilians to
couple an Associate of Applied Science Degree with advanced flight
certifications, providing a career path into the aviation
The Very Fast Turboprop Program Exceeds Its Initial Goal In
Total Airplanes Produced
The 600th series production TBM very fast turboprop aircraft ...
a TBM 850 ... was rolled out of the Tarbes, France production
facility by Daher-Socata on Thursday. A ceremony at the
Daher-Socata factory in Tarbes, France gathered TBM-related teams
around the milestone aircraft before its upcoming delivery to the
aircraft’s owner, a private customer from northwestern
Was Blown From Staircase During Preflight Inspection
A pilot for Virgin Australia was blown from an aluminum ladder
while conducting the preflight inspection of his 737 at Brisbane
International Airport by the jet blast from a Qantas flight taxiing
out for a departure to Sydney.
Aero Linx: ADS-B and Next-Gen
What is ADS-B? -- ADS-B is a replacement for (or supplement to)
traditional radar based surveillance of aircraft. ADS-B is a major
change in surveillance philosophy – instead of using ground
based radar to interrogate aircraft and determine their positions,
each aircraft will use GPS to find its own position and then
automatically report it.
Any facility used in, available for use in, or designed for use
in, aid of air navigation, including landing areas, lights, any
apparatus or equipment for disseminating weather information, for
signaling, for radio-directional finding, or for radio or other
electrical communication, and any other structure or mechanism
having a similar purpose for guiding or controlling flight in the
air or the landing and takeoff of aircraft.
"The training the ACA units get from these exercises is
crucial, and it's training they can't get unless they actually go
up in the air and fly against small, general aviation
Source: CAP Col. Leo Burke, Michigan Wing
commander, speaking about training received by CAP throughout the
year as CAP wings across the country take to the skies during unit
training exercises as "tracks of interest" to give the alert pilots
a chance to practice scrambling and intercepting aircraft in a
safe, controlled environment..