ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.08.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.08.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A Near-Miss In The Sky:
12.08.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller
of "Over The Airwaves.")
Includes On-Demand Video, Power Ports At All Seats
Continental Airlines recently completed Audio/Video on Demand
(AVOD) inflight entertainment system upgrades on all its Boeing
757-200 aircraft. All 39 757-200s currently in service have been
fitted with the system, and the remaining two aircraft are
currently being retrofitted and will re-enter service by December
He's one of the most reviled airline CEOs in the
business... and as of Friday, he has a new job. UAL president,
chairman and CEO Glenn Tilton has been named chairman of the Board
of Directors of the Air Transport Association.
Aims To Encourage Graduates To Pursue Jobs In Aviation
Some 25 percent of all aviation employees are eligible to retire
this year, according to a recent industry study... so there's a
world of job opportunities, but potentially not enough young
graduates to fill these vital positions.
EADS North America has received a contract from the US Army for
39 additional UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters, extending
production under contract of the twin-engine rotary-wing aircraft
They say any publicity is good publicity... but if the
protesters who closed one of London's busiest airports Monday hoped
their actions would attract sympathy for their cause, they were
Satellite-Based ATC Expected To Be Operational By 2010
This next story will sound familiar to anyone who's followed the
FAA's much-bandied -- but, so far, little-realized -- plans to
implement its "NextGen" satellite-based air traffic control system.
On Monday, the European Union launched its own version of NextGen,
Boyer Lauds Management Team For Organization's Success
Welcoming attendees to the second day of AOPA Expo 2008, President Phil Boyer announced the theme for Friday's General Assembly, simply called "Today." In almost 70 years of operation, AOPA has come from humble beginnings of "2000 members in 1939, six percent of the pilot population then; and today, 414,000 members, 75 percent of the pilot population."
From AOPA Expo 2008: Boyer Lauds Management Team For Organization's
Welcoming attendees to the second day of AOPA Expo 2008,
President Phil Boyer announced the theme for Friday's General
Assembly, simply called "Today." In almost 70 years of operation,
AOPA has come from humble beginnings of "2000 members in 1939, six
percent of the pilot population then; and today, 414,000 members,
75 percent of the pilot population."
Sao Paulo newspapers reported Saturday that the Brazilian Air
Force investigation into the September 29, 2006 mid-air collision
of a Gol Airlines 737 and an Embraer Legacy 600 has determined the
probable cause of the accident.
A pilot flying from St. Paul, MN to Glens Falls, NY on Saturday
diverted to Traverse City, MI due to bad weather and crashed after
missing an approach into Cherry Capital Airport (TVC). The plane
went down about 18 miles east of Traverse City, just south of
In an unusual twist to the investigation of the November 27
crash of an Air New Zealand A320 near Perpignan, France, German
airline officials have refused to release any details identifying
the XL Airways pilots reportedly flying the plane.
BA's Parallel Negotiations With Spanish Iberia Airlines Cause
Australian Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed
again that Qantas Airways must remain 51% in Australian hands in
order to comply with a range of laws and international agreements,
which require that the company has its headquarters in Australia,
two-thirds of the board are Australian citizens and the chairman is
At a special board meeting on Friday, Austrian state holding
company OeIAG voted to approve the sale and signed a 366,000 euro
contract releasing its 41.56 percent stake in Austrian Airlines
(AUA) to Lufthansa.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will close a 12-gate
section of Concourse D that links the airports Main and East
Terminals. The closure was announced earlier this week at the St.
Louis Airport Commission Meeting and is effective Monday, December
"The transponder issue is a distraction from the true
cause of the accident, which is an air traffic control system that
put two airplanes on a collision course for about an
Source: David Rimmer, executive VP of
ExcelAire. Brazilian Air Force investigators have ruled the
September 29, 2006 mid-air collision of a Gol Airlines 737 and an
Embraer Legacy 600 was largely the blame of the two American pilots
of the Embraer bizjet operated by ExcelAire, stating they had
inadvertently switched their transponder to standby mode. Also
contributing to the incident were the actions of four flight
controllers who failed to notice the transponder was turned off and
failed to warn the pilots of their collision course.