Air Canada, which sits on the brink of a possible second
bankruptcy in six years, has received some good news. The Toronto
Star reports Canada's largest airline has reached a preliminary
agreement with a credit-card processor that will reduce the amount
of cash Air Canada is required to keep on hand.
Not so many years ago, the general public's image of propeller
aircraft appeared to be pushing turboprops out at the regionals.
Now, volatile fuel prices and slimmer operating margins have
regional airlines not only committing to their existing turboprop
fleets, but considering stretched versions with up to 100
After a year-long feasibility study, the James City Board of
Supervisors' Community Airport Committee has recommended that the
county build a new airport, rather than buy and operate
Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (pictured below).
A state sales tax exemption on general aviation repairs,
maintenance, and parts enacted five years ago by former New York
Governor George Pataki is set to expire at the end of 2009, and
some fear the move could severely damage GA in the state.
The tragic and somewhat mysterious fate of the Canadian Ecoflyer
demonstrator, returning home from a Florida aviation event, appears
to (still) leave a number of questions as to what happened to the
aircraft to bring it down.
More airline industry news from across the pond today. Virgin
Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgeway said today that no major airline should
expect to make a profit this year, in the face of the global
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.27.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.27.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Airlines, Obesity and Psychological Issues -
05.27.09 (ANN Special Report, with Dr. Rebecca
Tradeshow Week recently announced that the NBAA Annual
Meeting & Convention rose to the fifth position in its rankings
of largest trade shows in the United States for 2008, which serves
as a testament to the 1.2 million jobs and the $150 billion that
the business aviation industry contributes...
Same Type Flown by President Bush Sr. Joins Aircraft
Those lucky enough to be looking to the skies recently, between
Miami and Polk City, FL, may have spotted an amazing sight - a TBM
"Avenger" World War II Torpedo Bomber - working its way home to
join part of the world's largest private rare and vintage aircraft
collection at Fantasy of Flight.
Brazilian Air Force Receives Advanced Training And Light Attack
Embraer has delivered their 100th Super Tucano aircraft,
Tuesday, at the Company’s headquarters in São
José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, Brazil. The
Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira –
FAB) established the technical-operational requisites for this
advanced turboprop, designated as the A-29 by the FAB, which has
ordered 99 aircraft.
A new hangar to accommodate growing storage demand by large
twin-engine aircraft and business jet owners has completed the
design stage and will begin construction this month with available
occupancy for a tenant this fall, thanks to a multi-modal grant
from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Ryan Stone, CEO of air taxi operator Jetpool, LLC, reports that
they have taken delivery of their first Embraer Phenom 100 jet. The
company is therefore launching a 'Jetpool Shares' fractional
ownership program. "The Phenom 100's ultra-efficient design hits
the sweet spot of the average domestic business trip, 2-3 people
traveling about 500 miles, yet costs roughly 30% less to own and
operate than comparably sized jets," said Stone.
Doug Stewart Tells Aero-TV About Aero-Education's Newest Advocate
Regular readers of ANN are all too familiar with the recent turmoil that surrounded the National Association of Flight Instructors and the ultimate upheaval that produced a new organization... the Society of Aviation & Flight Educators. Former NAFI luminary Doug Stewart has accepted part of the leadership mantle as SAFE gets underway and it is that early, tenuous process that Doug agreed to discuss for this episode of Aero-TV. .
It is truly a most spectacular record... Air
National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing based rescued two
Afghan National Army soldiers in the Oruzgan Province of
Afghanistan May 15th, raising the number of lives saved by the unit
from 599 to 601.
Wounded Iraq War Vets Ride For Free To Wounded Warrior
Angel Flight West will fly 15 wounded warriors, and their
significant others, to a five-day reunion in Pagosa Springs
Colorado beginning June 1. The event, hosted by the Pagosa Springs
Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project,
brings together soldiers severely injured in Iraq for activities
such as horse-back riding, fishing, spa days, fine dining and
Doug Stewart Tells Aero-TV About Aero-Education's Newest
Regular readers of ANN are all too familiar with the recent
turmoil that surrounded the National Association of Flight
Instructors and the ultimate upheaval that produced a new
organization... the Society of Aviation & Flight Educators.
Former NAFI luminary Doug Stewart has accepted part of the
leadership mantle as SAFE gets underway and it is that early,
tenuous process that Doug agreed to discuss for this episode of
Dynon Avionics has announced the release of a new software
version 5.1 for their EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System)
and EMS (Engine Monitoring System) products. This software upgrade
is available free for customers with compatible instruments.
TSA's Draconian Actions Are Creating Intense Dissatisfaction
It's no secret that TSA seems to have developed a 'regulate
first and evaluate effects later' approach to dealing with GA. And
the industry is about fed up with it all.. Six GA advocacy groups
are using the occasion of reauthorization for the Transportation
Security Administration to call for an end to the agency's habit of
imposing costly burdens on general aviation with no input from
Former Executive Director Tapped For One Of The Top Spots
The National Space Society (NSS) has offered its congrats to
retired Marine Major General and four-time Space Shuttle Astronaut
Charles Bolden on his nomination to the office of NASA
Administrator, and Lori Garver on her nomination to the office of
Deputy Administrator. President Barack Obama announced both
nominations on Saturday.
Skyrocketing Interest In Warbirds Leave Some Flyers' Remains In
The US Military spends hundreds of millions of dollars to locate
the remains of missing aviators from World War II, but they often
find themselves in a race against collectors and salvagers hoping
to restore vintage airplanes.
What's This? A Modern Tanker Program That's Going
Three KC-767J aerial refueling tankers recently achieved Initial
Operational Capability (IOC) and have been placed in an active air
wing in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). After all the
turmoil associated with other tanker development programs, this
qualifies as a truly pivotal event in the aerial-refueling
Pronounced 'Zoose', a Dzus Fastener is a pretty unique
component for aircraft use -- it being a patented slotted
screw that binds to a wire for fast release and securing of
cowlings and inspection plates, requiring no special tool other
than a quarter coin.
Aero-Linx: USAF Fact Sheet --
The Global Positioning System is a constellation of orbiting
satellites that provides navigation data to military and civilian
users all over the world. The system is operated and controlled by
the 50th Space Wing, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
"On behalf of the citizens of California, I commend the
men and women of the 129th Rescue Wing on their 600th and 601st
saves, which demonstrates their continued dedication to saving
lives... From fires and hurricanes to combat operations, no
challenge is too great for these guardsmen."
Source: California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, congratulating the Air National Guard's 129th
Rescue Wing on their 600th life saved.