It's not what Boeing engineers in Wichita wanted, and they let
the company know Thursday... but the workers, represented by the
Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA),
IFPTE Local 2001, perhaps also realized this economy is no time to
try to strike a company that's already laid off workers this
One of the two men who managed to ditch a stricken Airbus A320
in New York's Hudson River in January plans to return to the
cockpit this month. First Officer Jeffrey Skiles said he plans to
get some sim time under his belt, before resuming his flightline
duties with US Airways.
Will Deliver 21 Fewer Planes This Year, Built By
1,200 Fewer Workers
We can probably thank Congress for this. General Dynamics
announced this week its Gulfstream Aerospace subsidiary will cut
production of large-cabin aircraft and green-plane deliveries this
year, due to the "deterioration" of its order backlog.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.06.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.06.09
(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.)
NASA's Kepler mission to seek other Earth-like planets is
undergoing final preparations for liftoff Friday, March 6, from Pad
17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA has two
opportunities for launch Friday, from 7:49 to 7:52 pm PST and 8:13
to 8:16 pm PST.
Jet packs -- that is, real ones -- generally suffer from very short endurance. The longest flight of the original Bell rocket belt was just 26 seconds. A newer, lighter, carbon-fiber design using hydrogen peroxide rockets, has upped that record to 33 seconds.
Search Along Flight Path Was "Eliminated As A Possibility" Due
To Witness Statement
The National Transportation Safety Board has released an updated
factual report on the September 3, 2007 loss of adventurer Steve
Fossett... including accounts from pilots flying in the general
area of the accident, and witnesses on the ground who saw Fossett's
plane shortly after it took off from a private airstrip, about 50
miles south of Reno, NV.
Or... "A Face-Melting Dose Of Aviation And Estrogen!"
Sometimes the best quotes come from people who aren't speaking
for a crowd. There were great speakers at the WAI Atlanta
conference, and a couple of them are quoted here, but most of these
are overheard conversations from the exhibit hall:
Jet packs -- that is, real ones -- generally suffer from very
short endurance. The longest flight of the original Bell rocket
belt was just 26 seconds. A newer, lighter, carbon-fiber design
using hydrogen peroxide rockets, has upped that record to 33
It's been 11 months since a Florida pilot and businessman went
missing from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in central
Florida... and the FBI is asking for the public's help in finding
out what happened.
Given the current state of the US economy, now may seem a most
unusual (okay, we'll say it, flat-out awful) time to talk about the
resurrection of a storied US carrier... but that hasn't stopped
growing speculation a group of investors may soon attempt to bring
back Eastern Airlines.
Employee Asks If WN Debut At Logan Will Mean US Reductions
When Southwest Airlines expands into a new market, the economics
of the business change. When the low-cost carrier initiated new
service into Las Vegas and Pittsburgh, US Airways cut service. Now
that airlines are already dropping flights to battle declining
passenger traffic, will Southwest's debut at Boston's Logan
International Airport this fall drive US Airways from that market,
Says Business Is Growing As Traditional Charter Services
Air-taxi operator Linear Air told ANN this week the company's
revenue in February grew by 131% over last year at its New England
base. The company also announced it has received approval from the
Bahamian aviation authority to fly passengers between the US and
the Bahamas using its fleet of Eclipse 500 jets.
Aero-News has learned John M. Bingham was recently named
executive vice-president, marketing and sales of Piaggio America
Inc., the US subsidiary of Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio
Aero Industries, S.p.A.
Loose soil piled against the northern edge of a low plateau
called "Home Plate" has blocked NASA's Mars Exploration Rover
Spirit from taking the shortest route toward its southward
destinations for the upcoming Martian summer and following winter.
The rover has instead begun a trek skirting at least partway around
the plateau, instead of directly over it.
The ratio of the pressure at the core engine exhaust and fan
discharge pressure compared to the intake pressure to the gas
turbine engine. In most gas turbine engines,the engine pressure
ratio (EPR) is used instead, which is the core engine exhaust
pressure compared to the intake pressure to the gas turbine
"It is sometimes true that when Southwest enters a
market, the economics change and flights that were profitable for
US could become unprofitable. However, the opposite has also
Source: US Airways director of scheduling Glenn
Martin, responding to an employee's online query whether
Southwest's debut at Boston's Logan International Airport this fall
would drive US Airways from that market.