Indonesian Jet Radioed Distress Call Before Disappearing
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.01.07 2200 EST:
Indonesian air force pilots say they've spotted the wreckage of a
missing Adam Air jet in a mountainous region of Sulawesi. Reports
from the scene give little hope for any of the 102 persons reported
onboard the 737.
Virgin, EasyJet And AirAsia Said To Be Getting Cozy
Richard Branson's Virgin is said to be in talks with Stelios
Haji-Ioannou of Europe's second-largest carrier, EasyJet, and Tony
Fernandes of Malaysia's AirAsia over an alliance to form global,
low-cost airline alliance.
ANN REALTIME UPDATE
1.1.07 12:00 EST: ANN has learned the Sunday morning crash
of a Cessna near Charlotte-Douglas International
Airport resulted in the deaths of all four aboard. Local media
reports say two died immediately as a result of the impact, but
provided no details on the other victims.
King Orange International's Model Airplane Competition Palm Bay,
FL, welcomed 100 competitors from the Sunshine State and across the
country this past weekend for its annual model builder's event,
featuring airplanes powered by gas engines, electric motors, rubber
bands and tow lines, according to Florida Today.
Before the end of this year, Aero-News will announce a
number of new staffers joining our organization. That doesn't
mean we've ended our call for still more people with a unique blend
of creativity, dedication, a love for all-things aviation, and a
touch of sheer lunacy (grin) to join our ranks, however.
Talk about taking it down to the wire... Eclipse Aviation,
promising to start deliveries of the Eclipse 500 VLJ before the end
of the year, beat the skeptics with but a few hours to spare.
Eclipse delivered its first customer aircraft Sunday, New
Year's Eve, at its headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Depending on who you talk to, 2006 was either a very good year
for aviation, or a year of much foreboding. So, okay... 2006 was a
mixed bag and it's bloody hard to determine which stories or story
topics truly line up at the top of a list that we've decided to
limit to a solid dozen entities -- presented in quasi-alphabetical
order. But warts and all, this is what we've come up with -- the
stories that made a splash in 2006 -- while also containing some
promise (good and bad) for the future.
NASA Enjoys A Great Year... But It's Not The Only Game In Town
Make no mistake -- 2006 will go down as a significant year for
the aerospace industry for two different, but equally important,
reasons. It was the most successful year the National Aeronautic
and Space Administration has had in years... but 2006 will also be
remembered as the year commercial spaceflight took firm hold across
the United States.
Two female Philippine Air Force pilots were treated and released
from a Philippine hospital Thursday after crash landing their
MG-520 rocket-firing helicopter on a runway of Zamboanga
Should it win the $23.5 billion Air Force aerial tanker project
to build as many as 179 aircraft, Boeing's 767 aircraft
construction program would see new energy even as it nears the end
of its commercial life, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Rescuers off the coast of England called off their search
Saturday for a man missing since last week's crash of a Eurocopter
AS365 in the Irish Sea, after forecasters predicted gale force
winds in the area. Six other men perished in that crash.
For those of you that may have just returned from Denver, (CO)
how about a sunny view to start the New Year? Not to rub snow,
errr... salt in the wound but how about a peek at some webcams
located in Hawaii.
Let’s start the year on a windy note. With winds between
113 to 157 mph, an F2 tornado is akin to a Category 3, 4, or 5
hurricane -- and this is what swept through Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University on Christmas Day.
"For many years, the promise of this day has fueled the
passion and perseverance of everyone associated with Eclipse.
Today, as we deliver the first Eclipse 500, our dream of opening up
the world of private jet travel to a new realm of customers has
become a reality."
Source: Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern
Raburn, on his company's just-under-the-wire delivery of the first
Eclipse 500 very-light-jet to co-owners David Crowe, a private
owner, and Jet-Alliance, a shared jet ownership company in Westlake