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December 09, 2006

Saturday Night Was Definitely All Right For Launching!

STS-116 Begins A 12-Day Mission Supporting The ISS

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.09.06 21:00 EST: With the light from a fire not seen in the Florida night since 2002, shuttle Discovery thundered aloft to begin a 12-day mission supporting the International Space Station.

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American Looks At Replacing Aging MD-80 Fleet

AMR CFO Says Cost-Analysis Study Under Way

AMR CEO Tom Horton says American Airlines is studying plans to replace its aging fleet of MD-80 airliners. The airline currently owns or leases 327 MD-80s with an average age of 17 years.

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Russia Wants To Join US Moon Exploration Program

RKA Brings Technology And Expertise To The Table

Russia's space agency, RKA, is willing to let bygones be bygones and set aside old rivalries in the new space race. It wants to join NASA in the US agency's planned moon exploration program slated to place a permanent manned presence on the lunar surface.

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Near-Miss For UK Charter Airline

Aircraft Passes 56 Feet From Vehicle On Runway

A 737 operated by the UK's Excel Airways missed a vehicle on the runway it was using by only 56 feet according to an official report released Friday from the country's Air Accident Investigation Branch.

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It's Not Just A Flight -- It's An Adventure!

Mexicana Passengers Deal With Rare Event

 It seems passengers on airlines these days are being called on to deal with all sorts of situations. Turbulence, terrorists, shrinking knee room, unruly passengers, bad or no meals, flatulence... it's a real jungle up there.

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Former Boeing Employee Plea Bargains To Avoid Jail

Accepts 'Obstruction' Charge Instead Of 'Conspiracy'

Former Boeing Engineer Kenneth Branch plea bargained a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time in a case involving a rivalry between Boeing and Lockheed for the USAF's Evolved Expendable Vehicle Launch (EELV) program.

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Cessna Ditches In Humboldt Bay

Pilot Hauled From Water By Oyster Farmers

A 78-year-old pilot ditched his Cessna 150 (file photo of type below) in Humboldt Bay off the northern California coast Thursday after its engine quit.

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Planned Radar Is Clear Of Development In Myrtle Beach

FAA Report Says Most Oceanfront Projects Won't Interfere

The city of Myrtle Beach, SC is breathing a collective sigh of relief after getting a long-awaited report from the FAA on Thursday. City planners had worried plans for a new radar facility might quash hopes of further development on the beach, but an FAA-sponsored study concluded that won't be the case.

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Boeing's Ugly Duckling Is... Well, It's Still Ugly

But At Least It's Getting A Paint Job!

Boeing's Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) doesn't sport the clean, sharp, astetic lines those who find beauty in airplanes look for. In fact, it's rather bulbous and dumpy looking -- like a little brother who spends a little too much time with the video games and junk food.

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FedEx Pilots Deliver Holiday Cheer To 'Hope House'

Memphis Children's Facility To Receive Gifts & Food

In the midst of all the controlled chaos during the holiday season at one our nations busiest businesses, some of FedEx's employees will take a little time to help those less fortunate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.09.06): What's The Frequency?

Aero-Tips!

Believe it or not, there is a predictability to communications frequencies for non-towered airports... and even in some cases for towered airports as well.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.09.06)

Aero-Linx!

Today’s Aero-Linx site is courtesy of an Aero-News reader. The Official Museum of the United States Air Force is located near Dayton (OH).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.09.06): No Joy

Aero-Terms!

Opposite to the term Tally ho but not used in foxhunting. Used when pilot does not have visual contact on his target.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.09.06)

"The weather is the weather. The shuttle is a difficult, fragile machine. It has enormous capabilities, but it's fragile."

Source: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin commenting on the agency's decision to postpone Thursday night's scheduled launch of the shuttle Discovery because of poor weather. It would have marked the first night launch for the shuttle in four years.

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