On Monday, US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced
that Captain Henry P. (Hank) Krakowski has been selected to serve
as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Federal Aviation
Administration’s (FAA) air traffic organization.
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7185
Issue Date: September 16, 2007 at 0552 UTC
Location: Los Angeles Center , Santa Ysabel, California near JULIAN
Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately
Ending Date and Time: Until further notice
Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center,
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7243
Issue Date: September 17, 2007 at 1406 UTC
Location: Kansas City, Missouri near RIVERSIDE VOR/DME (RIS)
Beginning Date and Time: September 17, 2007 at 1550 UTC
Ending Date and Time: September 17, 2007 at 1830 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very
Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/6988: Due to change in restrictions
Into The Clouds... Are You Qualified? With CFI Bob Miller
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.17.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.17.07
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Into The Clouds... Are
You Ready: 09.17.07 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Bob
Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")
The Lone Star Flight Museum told ANN Monday the facility
recently acquired a 1943 Boeing PT-17 Stearman. The World War II
vintage trainer is currently on display at the museum's Galveston,
TX facility and plans are underway to offer flight experiences to
the public within the next few weeks.
Air traffic controllers at Washington Dulles International
Airport are now operating out of a new state-of-the art facility.
The FAA commissioned the new Air Traffic Control Tower recently,
about three and a half years after construction began.
Leahy: Old Plane Was Good, "This One Is Even Better"
In what may be construed as a delayed capitulation to the
inevitable, European planemaker Airbus -- which once accused Boeing
of pushing technology too far with its composite-fuselage 787
Dreamliner -- appears to have decided to follow suit, and construct
the fuselage of its own A350 XWB from carbon-fiber barrel
Two weeks after millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett went
missing during what was to be a short flight over western Nevada,
Civil Air Patrol crews ponder what more may be done in their
search... while others, perhaps, are a tad overzealous in their
efforts to locate the missing pilot.
Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air -- brought to its
knees last week after Transport Canada mandated checks of
Bombardier Q400 main landing gear assemblies,
following two right maingear failures in three days on Scandinavian
Airlines planes -- has amended its flight schedule through
September 24 to, hopefully, ease the sting on travelers.
Union Wants To Help Pilots If They Seek Jobs Elsewhere
The Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilots' union tells ANN it will
host two job seminars in September. These won't be the standard
meet-and-greets seeking new pilot applicants, however... but rather
are intended to help ASA pilots prepare their resumes, sharpen
their interview skills and learn where the best prospects for
better employment lie, if they choose to go elsewhere.
Air show attendees in Hamburg, Germany who hoped to see Airbus'
massive A380 take to the skies Sunday, had to content themselves
instead with watching the superjumbo lumber back-and-forth along
the taxiway, after an unspecified gear malfunction scrubbed a
planned demonstration flight.
A Thai MD-82 attempting to land in heavy rain, went down Sunday
on approach to Phuket, Thailand. Carrying 130 people, the airliner
broke apart on impact, leaving losses of 87 known dead, as Sunday
came to a close.
A note from the folks that run CAPBOR (Coalition for Airline
Passengers Bill of Rights) indicates that seem to be having an
intriguing problem right now. On the eve of a major media event,
the CAPBOR blog has reportedly been hacked according to a message
that plainly states, "HELP! We've been hacked! Our blog has been
hacked and disabled."
Pictures and Narrative By Jim Campbell and Sarah Curtiss
Due to ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell's close relationship with the X
Prize Foundation, and our continuing interest in all things
that push the frontiers of aviation and aerospace, ANN has the
coveted opportunity to be a part of some of the most exciting
events in recent aerospace history... and this week's announcement
of the next step in the X Prize was certainly a good time for us to
be involved once again. ANN was there... as part of the X Prize
news and video team... not only for the event itself, but for many
of the rehearsals, and some of the planning sessions that tied in
some of the media planning for the public announcement.
When ANN selects a new staff member, it's done with a number of
critical parameters in mind. First, of course, we select people who
we think can do the job and do it well. Second; we select those
with the respect and affection for aviation that motivates the rest
of the ANN crew... an essential element in our commitment to
helping aviation grow and prosper...
They don't always turn out this well... but we felt that it
behooved us to mention that an all too easy mistake to make
(leaving the towbar attached to your aircraft), still continues to
be made with great regularity.
The folks at Synergy Air note that you may have spent a long
time building your dream airplane and spent tedious hours getting
the fiberglass components ready to paint. But when
your painter is getting his first look at your efforts,
a pitying smile on his face and the slow wag of his head is
not a good sign!
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity finished the last step
of a test in-and-out maneuver checking wheel slippage at the rim of
Victoria Crater this week. Then, the rover immediately drove back
into the crater as the start of a multi-week investigation on the
big bowl's inner slope.
The Seventh Annual Comm1 Aviation Scholarship Program
application process closes October 15th, 2007. This scholarship
represents funding to assist young aspiring aviators with the
training required to pursue a career in aviation and to help defray
tuition and flight training expenses.
Pemco Aviation Group has issued some comments on their
unsuccessful bid to be selected as the recipient of the new KC-135
Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) contract from the United States
Air Force. The contract, which has a 5-year base term with 5
additional one-year options, was awarded on September 10, 2007,
with an effective date of October 1, 2007.
"The Google Lunar X PRIZE calls on entrepreneurs,
engineers and visionaries from around the world to return us to the
lunar surface and explore this environment for the benefit of all
humanity. We are confident that teams from around the world
will help develop new robotic and virtual presence technology,
which will dramatically reduce the cost of space
Source: X Prize Founder, Dr. Peter Diamandis,
discussing the XPF's newest prize... a $30 million dollar program
for the placing of a robotic lander on the Moon, sponsored by