AirTran CEO Concedes Defeat, For Second Time This Week
This appears to be the end... finally... to AirTran's seemingly
neverending attempt to purchase rival Midwest Airlines. The board
at Midwest Air Group agreed late Thursday night to a buyout deal
from TPG Capital/Northwest Airlines Corp., which upped its offer to
$17 per share to fend off a last-ditch effort by AirTran.
Vanderhoef Considering Legal Action Against Airspace Redesign
Rockland County, NY Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced
Wednesday the law firm of Holland & Knight of New York and
Washington, DC, has been chosen to investigate possible legal
action against the Federal Aviation Administration in overturning
the environmental review process for its New York/New
Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Airspace Redesign Project.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.17.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.17.07
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Passenger Bill Of Rights
Update -- 08.17.07 (ANN Special Feature, with with Kate
Hanni, founder and president of the Coalition for an Airline
Passengers Bill of Rights.)
NASA announced Thursday its aeronautics competition for high
school and college students during the 2007-2008 academic year.
Students are asked to imagine and write an essay or design a next
generation aircraft that could join the commercial fleet in
Critics Say Measure Interferes With Federal Regulations
The State of New York, which has a recent history of attempts to
wrest jurisdiction from the federal government in areas affecting,
is trumpeting one-upsmanship in creating a state airline passenger
bill of rights.
Jet Aviation Basel in Switzerland recently signed a letter of
intent with a confidential client from the Gulf region for the VIP
completion of a Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. The green aircraft will
be delivered to the Basel facility in 2011 with an expected
completion downtime of 15 to 18 months.
This week, Jack Young, President of Dassault Aircraft Services
and Governor Ruth Ann Minner of Delaware announced a multi-year
expansion plan at Dassault Falcon's Wilmington facility. The plan
includes use of an existing 22,000 square foot hangar for
completions and the addition of over 100 employees.
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3520
Issue Date: August 16, 2007 at 2123 UTC
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Beginning Date and Time: August 21, 2007 at 2055 UTC
Ending Date and Time: August 22, 2007 at 0025 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very
Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
NBC Report Latest To Say RJs To Blame For Many Delays
It's the increasing number of airliners competing for runway
space -- particularly regional jets -- that are a major cause of
airline delays, according to several recent reports cited by the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
"Realistically, There Is No Such Thing As A Dangerous Staffing
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association called upon the
Federal Aviation Administration Thursday to retract the following
statement attributed to FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor in a California
newspaper: "Realistically, there is no such thing as a dangerous
Fleet Has Accumulated Over 1.4 Million Flight Hours
Bell Helicopter tells ANN the US Army fleet of OH-58 Kiowa
helicopters has accumulated in excess of 1.4 million flight hours
and over 300,000 combat flight hours. Despite these high usage
rates, the daily combat scenario and the harsh environmental
conditions, the OH-58D continues to achieve readiness rates above
80 percent, according to Bell.
Measuring Aviation's Effect On Climate "Complicated"
Some experts now say aviation is possibly a bit more dangerous
to the environment than widely thought... not only due to carbon
dioxide emissions, but also to the other gases emitted as well. The
experts believe these gases warm the earth.
Boeing announced this week it successfully sent and
received the first on-orbit commands from the Boeing-built Spaceway
3 satellite following a successful launch of the spacecraft. All
data shows Spaceway 3 is healthy and operating normally.
In rotorcraft operations, when the main rotor is operating in
its own downwash. The flow of air through the center portion of the
rotor disk is upward, and the flow through the outer portion is
downward, as it should be.
"It's the runways. Neither the airlines nor the FAA
have yet to explain how NextGen (modernized air traffic control
system) is going to allow them to get more than one operation per
minute on a runway... As long as the airlines operate a
hub-and-spoke system, putting fewer passengers on more aircraft,
all trying to arrive and depart at the same time, system delays are
Source: Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association. Several recent news reports have
identified the increasing number of airliners competing for runway
space -- particularly regional jets -- as a major cause of airline
delays... contrary to the airlines' contention an increase in
corporate and general aviation traffic is responsible.