ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.25.06 2315 EDT:
NASA's STEREO mission to investigate solar storms got off to a
spectacular start Wednesday night, as the rocket carrying the twin
satellites blazed through the starry sky after lifting off at 8:52
pm EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Following the successful completion of a test program, the
Italian Defence Ministry has accepted the first Alenia Aeronautica
C-27J tactical transport aircraft. The aircraft is part of a
12-unit contract that should be completed by 2008 to the Italian
Air Force 46th Wing, Pisa Air Force Base.
Applicability: Model AS 332 C, AS 332 C1, AS
332 L, and AS 332 L1 helicopters, equipped with following main
rotor head spindles, Part Numbers (P/N): 332A31-1390-all dash
numbers, or 332A31-1398-all dash numbers, or 332A31-1410-all dash
numbers, or 332A31-1485-all dash numbers.
Applicability: All Dowty R321/4-82-F/8,
R324/4-82-F/9, R333/4-82-F/12 and R334/4-82-F/13 propellers, if
blades are installed with serial numbers (S/N) A156121 through
A156132, A156137 through A156160, A156165 to A156168, A156177
through A156184, A156194 and A156196 through A156200.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.25.06 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.25.06
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- What's Up At LoPresti:
10.25.06 (ANN Special Feature, Part One of our chat with
Todd Lohenry at LoPresti Speed Merchants.)
Raytheon Mini-Drone Successfully Launched from F-16
If a decoy works for duck hunters, you can imagine what the Air
Force can do with its shotgun. The Air Force is always looking for
ways to maintain air superiority and it really likes to kill SAMs
(surface-to-air missiles) that could harm its crews and
by ANN Associate Editor James Aronovsky
What's that saying, that the difference between men and boys is
the size of their toys? A British artist, tinkerer, and would-be
pilot, seems to illustrate this statement perfectly. He has
constructed what may be world's largest rubber-band powered model
plane. He began flight test operations last Sunday.
The French military reports one of its Breguet Atlantique 2
reconnaisance planes came under fire this week by a single
ground-to-air missile as it overflew the eastern section Chad,
where rebels hostile to the current political regime are
Wants All Groups At Table To Hash Out New Restrictions
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced
Tuesday it has sent a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey,
urging her to establish an Aviation Rulemaking Committee to discuss
concerns with the recent landing distance assessment Safety Alert
for Operators, or SAFO for short.
AFA-CWA: "Court Tramples Mesaba Flight Attendants' Right To
Flight attendants at Mesaba Airlines, represented by the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), vow to continue
their fight against impending pay cuts and the rejection of their
contract despite an injunction issued by a United States
bankruptcy court. Mesaba flight attendants expressed shock and
anger at the judge's decision to block the flight attendants from
striking if the airline imposes drastic cuts to pay and
Government Report Believes Attempt Was Test Of Cockpit
Are Arab Muslim terrorists still considering hijacking
airliners? That seems to be the conclusion of the Czech
counter-intelligence service (BIS) who has just released its annual
report on terrorism in the Czech Republic.
China launched two satellites into space Tuesday -- from the
same missile. The two Shijian Six spacecraft were lifted aboard the
Long March-4b rocket in the early morning take-off from the main
Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern province of Shanxi,
said the official Xinhua news agency.
Digital Flight Data System Designed to Improve GA Safety
Alakai Technologies Corporation has introduced a Digital Flight
Data System (DFDS) for Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22 aircraft, providing
these popular aircraft with a "black box” and the ability to
record flight data as is mandatory on larger aircraft.
While it's true Airbus isn't selling the number of planes lately
it has in the past... the company is still quite busy filling those
earlier orders. On Monday, Air One took delivery of its first A320
-- the first of 30 aircraft for the Rome based airline, which is
Italy's second largest.
Boeing opened and closed the swing tail for the 747-400 Large
Cargo Freighter for the first time Oct. 10. The 747 LCF is
currently at the Boeing Everett factory for tests on the swing
tail, a major modification to the airplane that allows large pieces
to be loaded and unloaded from the back of the airplane. These
tests are the first time the LCF swing tail has opened.
New Program 'Streamlines' Fractional Jet Ownership
CitationShares has launched a new program that they claim will
offer payment predictability, customized program options and cost
savings never before seen in the industry. Citelines by
CitationShares offers clientele the opportunity to save tens of
thousands of dollars by choosing to fly on non-peak days. This
program also combines all management and operating costs for the
year into one predictable payment.
Air Force pararescue is an elite force, but before its Airmen
are PJs they're trainees. And sometimes PJ training brings them to
the 920th Rescue Wing before they join the world of combat rescue.
Thirteen instructors and 20 pararescue trainees with the 342nd
Training Squadron traveled from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., to
the 920th Rescue Wing to complete an air operations training block
"We must be prudent and manage proactively our CRJ700/900 jets
production schedule in the short term to ensure we achieve our goal
of increased profitability and our success in the long term."
Source: Bombardier Aerospace President and CEO
Pierre Beadoin, on the company's decision to lay off about 20% of
its workforce due to sluggish sales for its bread-and-butter
regional jets, the CRJ700 and CRJ900.