AD NUMBER: 2009-05-11
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-11
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness
directive (AD) that applies to certain Boeing Model 777-200 and
-300 series airplanes.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.05.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.05.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Vern Raburn Speaks:
03.05.09 (ANN Special Report, with Eclipse Aviation
founder and former CEO Vern Raburn.)
Helicopters today are considered a loud, bumpy and inefficient
mode for day-to-day domestic travel... best reserved for medical
emergencies, traffic reporting and hovering over celebrity
weddings. But NASA research into rotor blades made with
shape-changing materials could change that view.
Specialized Grand Variant To Perform High-Altitude Rescues
AgustaWestland recently unveiled the Da Vinci helicopter to
Swiss air-rescue operator REGA during an official ceremony held at
AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant. The Da Vinci is a modern
top-of-the-range light twin specifically developed from the
AgustaWestland Grand to meet REGA's Da Vinci project requirements
for a mountain rescue and air-ambulance helicopter.
The firm created by the merger of the El Segundo and Redondo
Beach operations of aerospace manufacturer Northrop Grumman plans
to cut up to 750 jobs in Southern California over the next three
months, the latest casualties of increasing consolidation in the
military and defense sectors.
World's Biggest Space Party Comes To Hampton Roads
The world's biggest space party is coming to Hampton Roads.
Partygoers will join 198 cities, in 51 countries, for Yuri's Night,
a celebration of space exploration, April 4, 2009, from 7 pm to
midnight at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown
Homebuilt aircraft giant Van's Aircraft recently started
offering Hartzell Propeller's new ASC-II "advanced composite"
constant speed propellers for application on its current line of
offerings. Van's RV models powered by Lycoming -360 engines will
accept the new Hartzell 2-blade ASC-II composite props, while the
RV-10 with Lycoming -540 power plants can use the new 3-blade
It won't be long now... before brand new Cessna LSAs start taking to the sky to help a new generation of aviators take wing. At the 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo, ANN's Jim Campbell caught up with the Cessna folks to get an update on the SkyCatcher program.
The lights have been turned out for good at the Albuquerque, NM
facilities for the company that once was Eclipse Aviation. When --
if -- they're ever turned on again under the auspices of
manufacturing and supporting aircraft, they'll do so with another
company at the switch.
Says Lawmaker's Comments Put "The Real Face Of Business
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO
Ed Bolen commended Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) Wednesday for
taking to the floor of the Senate to remind his colleagues of the
value of business aviation for citizens, communities and companies
across the US.
It won't be long now... before brand new Cessna LSAs start
taking to the sky to help a new generation of aviators take wing.
At the 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo, ANN's Jim Campbell caught up
with the Cessna folks to get an update on the SkyCatcher
Low-Cost Carrier Thinks Third Time's The Charm For Unpopular
It's not quite the same basement-level practice as charging to use the lav...
but we daresay it's close. On Tuesday, Spirit Airlines quietly
began to charge customers who book tickets for travel on the
The Aero Club of New England will fete Rudy Frasca, Founder
& CEO of Frasca International, as the 2009 recipient of the
nationally acclaimed Godfrey L. Cabot Award at a luncheon to be
held at Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA Friday, June 5, 2009.
Will Investigate What Went Wrong With Orbiting Carbon
NASA has selected all the members of the board that will
investigate the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon
Observatory on February 24. Rick Obenschain, deputy director at
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, will lead the
mishap investigation board.
Multi-University Entity Would Boost R&D, Promote Spaceport
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said it is gaining support
for a multi-university Space Transportation Research &
Development Institute (STRDI) as space industry leaders gather in
Tallahassee for Florida Space Day on Wednesday.
A type of construction for the airframes of aircraft. It makes
use of a space frame formed from a spirally crossing basket-weave
of load-bearing members. The principle is that two geodesic arcs
can be drawn to intersect on a curving surface (the fuselage) in a
manner that the torsonial load on each cancels out that on the
"Eclipse Aviation was formed with the humble intention
of transforming the aviation industry into something better than it
was before. You can't do something like that by half measures.
That's why we embrace and incorporate innovation, imagination, and
boldness in everything we do. There is an intensity and a passion
here you just don't find anywhere else. We love what we're doing,
and it shows in all we do"
Source: From the Web site for now-defunct
Eclipse Aviation. On Wednesday, US Bankruptcy Judhe May Walrath
"orally granted" a motion converting what had been a Chapter 11
restructuring effort, to Chapter 7 liquidation. A document making
it official should be signed sometime Thursday.