ANN Daily Touch-And-Go:
09.27.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:
09.27.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News
ANN Special Feature: "We're Not Happy Till
You're Not Happy" - 09.27.10 (ANN Special
Report, with CFI Bob Miller)
AirTran Holdings, Inc., the parent company of AirTran Airways,
announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive merger
agreement to be acquired by Southwest Airlines in a transaction
currently valued at more than $1.37 billion.
Boisture: "Market Is Not Improving As We Had Hoped"
Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture announced late last week
that the company plans to lay off 350 salaried employees, citing
continued sluggishness in the economy. "(T)he market for new
production aircraft is not improving as we had hoped," Boisture
said in a letter to employees.
Non-Instrument Pilot Was Killed August 30th Flying In Reported
Preliminary information released by the NTSB in an accident
which occurred in Montana late last month indicated that the pilot
of the Cessna 182 was operating his aircraft in weather conditions
for which he was not rated. He was the only person on board the
airplane at the time of the accident.
Satellite Supports Civil Weather And Climate Measurements
On behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, NASA has awarded a sole source contract for the
Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft to Ball Aerospace
& Technologies Corp. in Boulder, CO.
The Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite and ground
system built by Ball Aerospace and Boeing have completed final
testing and are scheduled to be launched September 25 from
Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, CA.
Union Says Legislature Should "Close The FedEx Loophole"
After Congress last week voted to extend the FAA Reauthorization
Bill for another three months, the Teamsters Union issued a call to
the Legislature to pass the permanent reauthorization. They say the
current law gives special status to workers at FedEx.
Russian Domestic Carrier To Join Alliance On November 15th
Russian domestic carrier S7 Airlines says it will become part of
oneworld effective November 15th, offering the alliance's full
range of services and benefits and substantially expanding its
network throughout Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of
New Executive Conference Room Fully Equipped, Available To
The Jacksonville, Florida, Aviation Authority (JAA) unveiled its
new Executive Conference Room at Jacksonville International Airport
(KJAX). The space will be available for individuals or groups
to rent for meetings.
Get Your Weather While You Plan Your Flight... Via FliteStar
While ANN was running around/amok at Oshkosh (much like a certain poultry product sans any evidence of cranial capacity), we were hard-pressed to keep up with all the goodies that were presented... but the crowds surrounding the Jepp building convinced us that it was worth spending a few hours there... and we were NOT disappointed. During the annual aerial love-fest at Oshkosh, Jepp took the wraps off a new version of its new FliteStar flight planning program that now includes enhanced global weather data services. Jeppesen FliteStar users will now be able to improve situational awareness through receiving continually updated weather information. Weather data is now presented through multiple customized graphical forma
So... How Is Retirement Treating Former AOPA Boss, Phil Boyer???
Phil Boyer's retirement announcement was NOT the best news we've ever had to report... but there was no arguing with the fact that Phil deserved a break (and our thanks) after working the front lines of the GA fight for the better part of two decades. To those of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true passion for the world of aviation. When he decided to retire after nearly two decades of challenging leadership, we all felt poorer for the loss of his participation but could not deny the that the guy deserved to retire and enjoy his life the way that he wanted.
Recent Responses To ANN Editorial Comments Suggest AOPA Is
recent ANN editorial offering suggested that the
once-mighty AOPA was out of step with the wants and needs of its
current membership... and displayed a particular
disconnect via the constant bombardment of those persons via
commercial pitches and other money grabs. Intended to be be what
humorous as well as a complaint about the fund-raising tactics of
this organization, the story really set off a number of ANN readers
-- who responded -- and responded -- many hundreds in total (and
starting to look like the ultimate total may push 2000... with only
Get Your Weather While You Plan Your Flight... Via
While ANN was running around/amok at Oshkosh (much like a
certain poultry product sans any evidence of cranial capacity), we
were hard-pressed to keep up with all the goodies that were
presented... but the crowds surrounding the Jepp building convinced
us that it was worth spending a few hours there... and we were NOT
So... How Is Retirement Treating Former AOPA Boss, Phil
Phil Boyer's retirement announcement was NOT the best news we've
ever had to report... but there was no arguing with the fact that
Phil deserved a break (and our thanks) after working the front
lines of the GA fight for the better part of two decades. To those
of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of
various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be
the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true
passion for the world of aviation.
The Airplane Can Be Converted Into An Electronic Attack
Boeing has completed production of the first Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet that has the capability to be
converted into an electronic attack aircraft, the company said
The first application from FlightPrep for the Apple iOS platform
is iChart for the iPad. The iChart application allows pilots to
turn their Apple iPad into an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), giving
them access to Sectionals, Terminal Area Charts (TACs), Low
Enroutes, and Approach Plates.
Used by ATC to
inform a pilot that radar data used to determine the aircraft's
position is no longer being received, or is no longer reliable and
radar service is no longer being provided. The loss may be
attributed to several factors including the aircraft merging with
weather or ground clutter, the aircraft operating below radar line
of sight coverage, the aircraft entering an area of poor radar
return, failure of the aircraft transponder, or failure of the
ground radar equipment.
Aero-Linx: Popular Rotorcraft
Welcome to the homepage of the Popular Rotorcraft Association.
Based in Mentone, Indiana, USA at the PRA Mentone Airport, PRA was
started in 1962 by Igor Bensen, the inventor of the famous Bensen
Gyrocopter. Since then it has grown to include rotorcraft of all
sorts with members in over 80 countries...
"I have removed my auto membership renewal, and will let
me membership run out; at which point, I will no longer renew my
membership with them. Thank you for bringing to light the
unacceptable behavior of AOPA. They should be removed from
representing GA's best interests."
Source: ANN Reader William W's response to
our recent editorial on some of the most recent escapades at AOPA.
This is one of many hundreds of emails and other responses we
received... with ONE received in support of AOPA's fund-raising
efforts (and a pretty rude one, at that). More to come on this and
other related topics...