Will Review Ditching Safety, Bird Ingestion Standards
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public
hearing on June 9-10, 2009, as part of its ongoing investigation
into the ditching of a US Airways Airbus A320 into the Hudson River
in New York City in January. The hearing will be held at the NTSB's
Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, DC.
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ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.08.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.08.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Space Adventures:
04.08.09 (ANN Special Report, with Eric Anderson,
co-founder, president and CEO of Space Adventures.)
ANG F-16s Intercepted Alleged Canadian Suicide Pilot
Since 9/11, Civil Air Patrol's Wisconsin Wing pilots and crews
have served as "low-and-slow" intercept targets for Wisconsin Air
National Guard (ANG) fighter pilots. These training missions allow
air controllers and ANG pilots to practice locating and
intercepting low-and-slow flying aircraft that could be a terrorist
It appears increasingly likely the pilot of a small plane who
led US authorities on a slow-speed chase over five states Monday
did not intend to use his plane to attack anyone... but rather he
was hoping US fighters would shoot him down.
Offered "Basic Essentials" Until Placed In DCA Program
For a group of more than 150 International flight school
students enrolled at CAPT, eviction and hunger were not included as
part of their flight training agreement. However, many of the
students were left wondering what to do when eviction notices
started showing up and weekly food stipends began to diminish this past January.
British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies announced this week it has
completed its merger with L'Avion, the first all-business class
French airline. The combined airline, now referred to as OpenSkies,
offers customers a single Business Class brand for trans-Atlantic
Site Moved Due To Continued Poor Conditions At Primary
The Expedition 18 crew members undocked their Soyuz from the
station at 10:55 pm EDT April 7. The deorbit burn to slow the Soyuz
and begin its descent toward Earth began at 1:24 am April 8. The
landing was moved to a more southerly landing site because of poor landing conditions at the original
NASA has chosen the material for a heat shield that will protect
a new generation of space explorers when they return from the moon.
After extensive study, NASA has selected the Avcoat ablator system
for the Orion crew module.
Ramp Workers, Security Guards Want Job Security, To Win Back
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) District 141 exchanged opening contract proposals in
Chicago, IL, Wednesday with United Airlines for the carrier's
16,000 Ramp & Stores, Public Contact, Food Service, Maintenance
Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor and Security Guard
employees. The current IAM agreements become amendable on December
There are few families so uniquely identified with the world of general aviation as is the Lopresti clan. For those not familiar with the LoPresti legacy, the patriarch of the brood, Roy Lopresti, was the prolific and innovative aircraft designer was the creative force behind the Grumman Tiger, Cheetah, Cougar and the Mooney 201, 232, 252 and 301. Oh, and also NASA's Lunar Lander. What you might (NOT) call an underachiever...
If it's bad news for Boeing, it's bad news for Seattle... and
the Seattle Times has broken down the potential impact on the
region of the defense realignment announced Monday by US Secretary
of Defense Robert Gates.
Cites Data From FAA Database Showing 62 Percent Increase
Aero-News reported last months on findings by the
that the FAA applied on March 24 for permission to lock
down its database of bird strike reports. The agency
expressed the concern release of the data would cast a negative
light on the images of certain airports, and the airline industry
There are few families so uniquely identified with the world of
general aviation as is the Lopresti clan. For those not familiar
with the LoPresti legacy, the patriarch of the brood, Roy Lopresti,
was the prolific and innovative aircraft designer was the creative
force behind the Grumman Tiger, Cheetah, Cougar and the Mooney 201,
232, 252 and 301.
Privacy, Health Issues Top Critics' List Of Concerns
When the US Transportation Security Administration
announced the debut of full-body scanners at American
airports, all the concern seemed to be over whether
passengers would revolt at the idea of strangers looking at their
bodies with X-ray vision. TSA assured us the screeners seeing the
images wouldn't know who we were, that the images would not be
retained, and that only volunteers who preferred X-rays to being
frisked would be scanned.
Brigadoon Aircraft Maintenance First 'Platinum' Center
The battle to service the orphaned fleet of Eclipse 500 very
light jets ramped up significantly Tuesday. On the same day Hawker Beechcraft announced a
letter-of-intent to discuss a servicing partnership
with Eclipse owners, a bidder for the defunct planemaker's assets
also announced plans for a nationwide -- and, possibly, worldwide
-- network of service centers to support the inaugural VLJ.
It's amazing what
a couple new planes can do when it comes to
launching a new airline. Less than six weeks after starting its
inaugural Los Angeles-Sydney service, V Australia will launch its
second route, to Brisbane, on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Dassault Falcon announced the opening of its
much-anticipated new Dassault Aircraft Services facility at the
Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO). The new facility is a
full-service Falcon Maintenance Repair and Overhaul location and
offers comprehensive avionics, engine and aircraft support
services, including an AOG 'Go Team.'
Require Much Less Propellant Than Conventional Thrusters
Electric engines that were designed, built and tested at
QinetiQ's space centre in Farnborough, UK are ready to play a
crucial role in the European Space Agency's (ESA) gravity mission,
following their successful commissioning onboard the GOCE
spacecraft this week.
TA Contains Wage, Work Rules And Other Improvements
Island Air pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int'l (ALPA), announced this week they had reached a
Tentative Agreement with management after 16 months of contract
negotiations. This agreement, if ratified by the pilot group, will
provide wage increases, work rule improvements and furlough
"Boeing seems to have been hit harder than any of the
other major contractors."
Source: Lexington Institute defense analyst
Loren Thompson. If it's bad news for Boeing, it's bad news for
Seattle... and the Seattle Times has broken down the potential
impact on the region of the defense realignment announced Monday by
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.