A Three Question Survey Of This Year's Amazing Women In Aviation Conference
At a number of the more intriguing special events that ANN and Aero-TV partake in, we engage in an interesting exercise in which we pose at least three questions to a dozen or so of those attending to gauge the mood on a range of issues pertaining to the subject at hand. This year's Women In Aviation Event was ripe for another such pursuit. Of the three topics raised this year, one was the obvious issue of whether or not there was still a perceptible level of discrimination against women in the aviation industry, the second was whether or not the current economic issues might make it easier or more difficult for women to enter this industry -- and finally (today's episode), what advice our respondents mi
FAA: Somebody Needs To Teach These Guys How To Follow
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: The FAA has
had enough. A little known addition to the 'bennies' afforded our
elected representatives, established after 9/11, 'so that Congress
might have a better understanding of aviation' is creating "immense
workload issues for the FAA," according to the OMB.
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Further
proving the notion that anything the Transportation Security
Administration can do, it can also do even more ineptly... on
Wednesday TSA announced it has dropped its planned Light Aircraft
Security Program (LASP) in the face of strong opposition from
pilots and Congress. In its place will be a new program called
"You Can Only Rely On The Gov't To Screw Up So Much"
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Feeling a bit
restless after just three months in semi-retirement, former AOPA
President Phil Boyer tipped off ANN last week to his next big
project: a series of free seminars to inspire the leaders of
certain aviation "letter groups" on how to better connect with
their membership ranks.
FOIA Docs Suggest That A USAF Boeing Isn't Big Enough For
Speaker and Entourage
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Recent Freedom
of Information Act requests by the Aero-News network, in concert
with the Reporters Committee For A Free Press, seem to indicate
that Airbus Industries has been involved in high-level discussion
with the Department of Defense for several months over the possible
lease of an A380 Airbus.
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: A small but
impassioned group of professional flight instructors has organized
to fight what it calls an elitist attitude among the directors of
SAFE, the Society of Aviation & Flight Educators.
Admits F-22 Actually Propelled by 'Sheer Awesomeness'
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION:
Lockheed-Martin has held yet another press conference in order to
attempt to explain the amazing flight characteristics of its star
military fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, and avoid the program's
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Admitting the
organization's efforts to have its annual air show and convention
known as "AirVenture" -- rather than its more common nickname --
have met with only limited success, on Wednesday representatives
with the Experimental Aircraft Association announced a new moniker
for the 'World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: As the economy
continues its trend downward, corporations are seeking
consolidation opportunities wherever possible... but even ANN never
thought we'd see this. On Wednesday, General Motors and
Textron-owned Cessna Aircraft Corporation announced a novel
co-branding agreement, that includes the merging of the two giants'
marketing divisions into one operation, code-named "Vega."
Asks For $250K, Apologies To Flock -- "But We Can Do Without
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Saying the
recent downing of a US Airways Airbus A320 following an inflight
encounter with geese was "an avian tragedy unprecedented in the
course of modern human events," on Wednesday the People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals filed suit in US District Court of New
York against the airline for the "unwarranted slaughter, fricasse,
slicing, dicing, julienning and barbequeing of at least four
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: While it sadly
didn't happen until a year before the retirement of the fleet, one
of the most daunting problems in NASA's Space Shuttle program has
finally been solved -- with technology nearly two centuries
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: There's
apparently yet another company hoping to purchase the assets and
intellectual property of now-defunct Eclipse Aviation. Aero-News
received word Wednesday of a mysterious entity, known only as
"Quixotic Enterprises Inc. LLC."
Includes Ab-Initio Flight Training, "Furlough" Effect
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Members of the
ACES development team -- the team behind the popular
"Microsoft Flight Simulator" series, but who were recently
furloughed from their jobs at Microsoft Game Studios -- have banded
together under the newly-created 'UltReality' label to launch their
inaugural offering, "Aviation Job Simulator 2009."
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: The Federal
Aviation Administration announced Wednesday a major shift in policy
in regards to the nearly five-year-old Sport Pilot category,
affecting light sport aircraft. The agency will soon issue a Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking, stating the maximum gross weight
restriction for aircraft certificated as LSA will be raised to
'It's Tough To Attract Investors When You Need Them To Shovel
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: It's a story
we never thought we'd have to tell; after all, the Klapmeier
brothers are synonymous with Duluth, MN... yet the company they
founded, Cirrus Aircraft, announced Wednesday it plans to relocate
operations to Key West, FL by the end of next year, for
Mainstream Press Unable to Understand Actual Cause of Crash --
Need To Blame Something 'Simpler'
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION:
Aviation experts are describing the cause of a recent aircraft
incident on matters that require some technical expertise... to the
total bewilderment and consternation of the mainstream press
LD6 Cargo Containers Outfitted With Luxury Trappings
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Noting many
grounded corporate executives still have the need for safe,
reliable -- and discrete -- business aviation transport, cargo
giant UPS and Lincoln, NE-based aircraft outfitter Duncan
Aviation announced Wednesday a partnership to provide those
executives with a new travel option.
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Worldwide
Aeros, a California company engaged in development of advanced,
rigid airships for freight, business and luxury tour applications,
will apparently have two big news items to announce next week.
While the company has remained tight-lipped about both
developments, ANN has learned from industry sources that the
Aeroscraft ML 866 airship will see its first public release as a
light sport aircraft, and that pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has
signed on as lead customer and development partner.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson is usually a pretty
affable sort of guy... but when a reporter for an aviation news
service recently asked him for the millionth time whether the
oft-delayed 787 Dreamliner would actually fly by late in the second
quarter -- finally meeting a timeline given by the planemaker,
after three earlier missed promises -- Carson lost his cool a
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Aiming to
silence critics who accuse upstart low-cost carrier Virgin America
of having too many ties to foreign interests, airline executives
are said to be considering a significant rebranding effort.
ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Aero-News
recently obtained the official transcript of an incident involving
a pilot at AirVenture 2008 and local police (no... not THAT
incident), accompanied with verified photographic confirmation of
the weird and rather humorous encounter. Below is a portion of the
It works for a number of other transportation
systems... so maybe it will work for aviation... so says a unique
program instituted under FAA guidance by a small New York based
commuter carrier looking to build upon its rep as a low cost
A group of talented, dedicated, and thoroughly freakin' loony
aero-writers hone their comedic talents and vent their pent-up
frustrations at various aero-issues once a year. (They spend
the remaining 364 days convincing their targets that, c'mon, it was
just a joke.) Savor the best... the worst... and the "whah
the...?" of Aero-News' past April 1st Special Editions.
Aero-Collect them all!
BRAS is the curious tendency of certain federal lawmakers to
shame users of corporate aircraft into giving up their jets...
while at the same time relying on US Air Force aircraft (or even
private Airbus A380s, apparently) to fly their families, friends,
constituents, and good old-fashioned under-the-table special
interest donors around the country.
"OK, folks... ANN did not suddenly
lose its mind (though, there ARE moments... oh, never mind).
Check the DATE. 04.01.09.
It's April FIRST... a/k/a APRIL Fool's Day.
If you believed ANY of this stuff, you have been fooled,
bamboozled, and otherwise become yet another victim of our annual
attempt to enjoy the First day Of April with a little imagination
and a LOT of nonsense. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we
Source: ANN's Jim Campbell, making sure that
ANN readers checked the date before they got too involved in any of
the stories we publish on April 1st of each year. Happy April