A once-ambitious New Zealand planemaker has fallen on tough
times. Hamilton-based Alpha Aviation entered liquidation
proceedings this week, leaving many of its 70 workers without a
job, and owed a week's wages.
Four-Engined Mothership Designed To Hoist Unmanned Payloads, As
At a flashy press event in New York Wednesday, Virgin Galactic
unveiled the design of its new space launch system based on the X
Prize-winning technology of SpaceShipOne, which successfully flew
into space for the third time in October 2004 and won the $10
million Ansari X Prize.
NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2078
Issue Date: January 23, 2008 at 1447 UTC
Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Beginning Date and Time: January 25, 2008 at 1635 UTC
Ending Date and Time: January 25, 2008 at 2000 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very
Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
A Case For Congestion Pricing, With The Reason Foundation's
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.23.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.23.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A Case For Congestion
Pricing, Part Two: 01.23.08 (ANN Special Report, with
Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for The Reason
Says Taos Not Certified For Planes Over Nine Seats
The northern New Mexico town of Taos only has about 5,200
permanent residents... but it's big enough to have an airline
interested in providing scheduled service, especially during ski
season. It wouldn't be the first time -- Westward Airways and Rio
Grande Airlines both served Taos in years past. Both carriers are
now out of business.
Boeing and Spanish carrier Air Europa announced Tuesday an order
for eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners valued at $1.3 billion at list
prices. The order, placed by Air Europa in 2007, was previously
accounted for on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries Web site as an
unidentified customer. Air Europa also acquired purchase rights for
an additional eight 787s.
AD NUMBER: 2008-02-08
MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-08
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 airplanes.
AD NUMBER: 2008-02-06
MANUFACTURER: Servo Gearbox Units
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-06
SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD)
for certain GARMIN International (GARMIN) GSM 85 servo gearbox
units that are installed on airplanes.
AD NUMBER: 2008-02-04
MANUFACTURER: Eclipse Aviation
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-04
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) that supersedes AD 2007-13-11, which applies to all Eclipse
Aviation Corporation (Eclipse) Model EA500 airplanes. AD 2007-13-11
was prompted by reports of loss of primary airspeed indication due
to freezing condensation within the pitot system.
In the search for the perfect panel, a number of parameters come to mind... but one that doesn't come up as often as it should is multi-function capability... i.e., normally, one display is isolated to a specific function or group of functions... but not so with the latest development from the folks at PCAvionics. With yourGlassPanel, you have more choices than ever before.
In the search for the perfect panel, a number of parameters come
to mind... but one that doesn't come up as often as it should is
multi-function capability... i.e., normally, one display is
isolated to a specific function or group of functions... but not so
with the latest development from the folks at PCAvionics. With
yourGlassPanel, you have more choices than ever before.
Weather, Fuel Prices... And Labor Issues... To Blame
A fierce weather system over the busy holiday travel season
conspired with high fuel prices and labor discord to send
profits at United Airlines parent UAL tumbling for the fourth
quarter of 2007. The airline chalked up $53 million in losses,
equivalent to a per-share drop of 47 cents.
When Vought Aircraft scored an important contract in 2005 to
build cabin sections for Sikorsky's Black Hawk helicopters, the
company thought the deal would amount to a financial windfall for
its plant in Grand Prairie, TX. As it turns out, though, so far
it's been anything but.
Former CJ Production Manager Will Oversee Cessna 350, 400
Cessna Aircraft Company has named Mark Withrow to be general
manager of its new Bend, OR facility, effective February 4. Withrow
will be based in Bend and report to Rod Holter, Cessna vice
president, single-engine operations and general manager of Cessna's
Independence, KS facility.
Thousands of pounds of bombs rained down near the village of
Arab Jabour on January 20, as coalition forces continued their
relentless pursuit of al-Qaeda. A military commander in the region
said the drop was designed to eliminate al-Qaeda's tactical
advantage before coalition ground forces move in to clear the
heavily agricultural community southeast of Baghdad.
A pilot experiencing a probable control surface failure deployed
a Ballistic Recovery Systems whole aircraft parachute January 5,
2008 in Laurel, MD just north of Washington, DC. The aircraft and
passenger were returned safely to the earth, becoming the 208th
documented life saved by a BRS emergency parachute system.
China Airlines, Taiwan's largest carrier, has signed a contract
with Airbus for the purchase of 14 A350-900 and taken another six
on option. The new generation medium capacity long-haul aircraft is
being acquired by China Airlines as part of their future fleet
modernization program, according to Airbus.
"A successful completion of this financing transaction
will enable AAI to continue to operate until a second, larger
equity financing of at least $100 million led by Citibank can take
place on or before May 31."
Source: From a letter to shareholders in Adam
Aircraft, dated January 15, detailing the financial woes now facing
the planemaker. The company's future apparently hinges on
completion of two successful financing transactions -- the first of
which calls for Adam to raise $30.5 million by the end of this
month. The company reportedly secured $5.5 million of that in late