ANN has received copies of court filings that suggest that an
"Ad Hoc Committee" consisting of Kings Road Investments, Ltd., HBK
Services LLC and Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C., is in the
process of forcing long ailing Eclipse Aviation into a Chapter 7
New Presidential Helo Faces Scrutiny -- More Expensive Than
The VH-71 helicopter being developed as the next-generation
presidential helicopter could get the ax before it ever takes
flight. President Obama has directed Defense Secretary
Robert M. Gates to conduct "a thorough review" of the program,
which has experienced big cost overruns.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.24.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.24.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- The LASP Threat:
02.24.09 (ANN Special Report, with Max Trescott,
2008 National CFI of the Year.)
Most Feel The Tax Plan Will Help, But Will It Be Enough?
President Obama's recent signing of the economic stimulus bill
a tax incentive for purchases of new aircraft during
2009 has received a somewhat mixed bag of reactions
from congressmen, pundits, and the aviation industry itself.
Rockwell Collins Adds New Components To Existing System
Rockwell Collins announced this week the completion of the first
Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 upgrade on a Falcon 50EX by Duncan
Aviation. This major retrofit program first announced in November
2007, uses existing Pro Line 4 equipment along with key Pro Line 21
equipment to provide the upgraded functionality.
The economy may be tough, but the helicopter industry rotors
on... Rolls-Royce and Bell Helicopter have signed a ten-year
agreement, valued at up to $400 million for the supply of Model 250
engines for Bell 206 and 407 helicopters. As part of this
agreement, Model 250 engines will be delivered to Bell Helicopter
We don't have to tell you all the ways that the government doesn't work or the many many ways in which our treasured tax bucks go astray -- but here's one story that seems to be a far more positive one... and it involves the US military.
Recent Update Of NTSB Investigation Seems To Suggest That
In its continuing investigation of the January 4, 2009, fatal
accident involving a Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter, operated by PHI,
Inc., that crashed in a marsh near Morgan City, Louisiana (NTSB
Accident Number CEN09MA117), the National Transportation Safety
Board is releasing the following factual information...
Don't even think of looking at the latest market downturn... but
despite that, you might want to know that Rolls-Royce is
forecasting a market 'characterized by near-term softness followed
by a resumption of growth.'
"Colgan Air Dash 8-Q400 airplanes like the one that crashed from
in-flight icing need to be barred from operating on routes where
icing is possible." That's the opening line of the latest missive
from representatives with the Nolan Law Firm, calling for the
grounding of Bombardier Q400 turboprop regional aircraft similar to
the type that crashed February 12 near Buffalo, NY.
We don't have to tell you all the ways that the government
doesn't work or the many many ways in which our treasured tax bucks
go astray -- but here's one story that seems to be a far more
positive one... and it involves the US military.
It's The 15th Consecutive Year That Bell Has Taken
Bell Helicopter is taking a bow for accolades given them in once
again having been voted number one in customer service by the
readers of Professional Pilot magazine. This makes the 15th
consecutive year Bell has won this top honor in the helicopter
Company Becomes Only The Second Commercial Source For The
Record Holding NASA-Developed Material
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has overcome a
significant technical milestone in the development of its Dragon
spacecraft with the successful arc jet testing of PICA-X high
performance heat shield material.
Children who have lost a parent in an air medical accident may
now be eligible for financial assistance through a scholarship fund
developed by the Foundation for Air-Medical Research &
Education (FARE), the charitable arm of the Association of Air
Medical Services (AAMS).
Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute
teamed with AirLock Aviation Security Systems and Hawker Beechcraft
to develop a new electronic security access system for King Air 200
and 300 series turboprop aircraft.
The National Aeronautic Association is the oldest national
aviation organization in the United States. A non-profit
association, NAA is "dedicated to the advancement of the art, sport
and science of aviation in the United States," according to its
A set of criteria used by test pilots and flight test engineers
to evaluate the handling qualities of aircraft during flight test.
The scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 indicating the best handling
characteristics and 10 the worst. The criteria are evaluative and
thus the scale is considered subjective.
"The FAA cannot tell us that this aircraft is safe. The
crash of Continental Connection flight 3407 (operated by Colgan
Air) is yet another where the air carrier, the industry, and the
FAA resort to comforting blandishments about safety and subsequent
revelations reveal deep concerns."
Source: Don Nolan, of the Nolan Law Firm,
calling for the grounding of Bombardier Q400 turboprop regional
aircraft similar to the type that crashed February 12 near Buffalo,
AD NUMBER: 2009-04-10
MANUFACTURER: General Electric
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-04-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness
directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-80A, CF6-80C2,
and CF6-80E1 series turbofan engines.