It's a deal so appealing, it's worth the occasional risk of
hurricanes. Officials with the state of Florida and AirTran Airways
were expected to sign a deal Wednesday to build a new $7 million
command center for the low-cost carrier -- a move that will also
keep AirTran's headquarters in Orlando.
NBAA President Ed Bolen Weighs In On The Challenges Ahead In
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.02.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.02.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- New Year, Familiar
Challenges: 01.02.08 (ANN Special Report, with NBAA
President and CEO Ed Bolen.)
Opponents To Lengthening Say Former Chairman Made
Six years ago in Florida, Jacksonville Port Authority Chairman
Martin Fiorentino was trying to gain the votes needed to split the
authority into separate entities to manage airports and seaports.
In a reported move to compromise with lawmakers, he wrote a letter
claiming the airport board had no intentions of seeking a longer
runway at Craig Municipal Airport (CRG), and expressed hope future
boards would honor that intent after the agency was split.
Hmm... given the current turmoil in Pakistan, is this the best
time to be sending the tormented country MORE firepower? In any
case, on Monday the Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a $498.2
million contract to supply Pakistan with 18 F-16 fighters.
Raytheon Company recently completed initial testing of the
Tactical Control System's (TCS) command and control capabilities
for the US Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. The testing
was conducted December 15, 2007 at the Webster Field annex, Naval
Air Station, Patuxent River, MD.
ANN Profiles The Recently Announced Mooney Acclaim 'Type S'
On the opening day of the 2007 AOPA Expo, Mooney Aircraft Company reasserted its claim for the world's fastest piston single. "We can at last, completely and finally, put to rest any debate about what piston single-engine airplane is the fastest: It's the Mooney Acclaim, or to be more specific and precise, the new Mooney Acclaim Type S...
ANN's Daily Feature Program Starts NOW... With The Mooney
Acclaim 'Type S'
We'll have more to say about the initiation of Aero-TV
programming a little later (once we get some sleep), but as
promised, (kinda/sorta... you know the drill), we're starting off
with the first round of our Aero-TV features -- with SO MUCH
more to come -- Daily news, instructional programming, special
interviews, REALLY COOL 'ANN OnScene' reports... the whole nine
yards. BUT... for now, kick back, relax, and enjoy the first of our
"regularly scheduled" Aero-TV program offerings..
ANN's Aero-TV Profiles The Recently Announced Mooney
Acclaim 'Type S'
Hit 100-Mark Faster Than Any Other GA Jet Aircraft
It's not as many as company officials had hoped for... but it's
still a record. Albuquerque, NM-based planemaker Eclipse Aviation
rang in the New Year with the announcement it has produced and
certified 104 Eclipse 500 very-light jets since December 31,
Two American Airlines passengers among the dozens stranded on
diverted planes last year have sued the Fort Worth-based carrier,
alleging they were the victims of false imprisonment, fraud and
From the Heartbreaker's List #10. Overseas/Offshore
Damned if you do... damned if you don't. Such sentiments must
run through the minds of those who are trying to bring products to
the US market as cost-effectively as possible while also doing
their best to serve the best interests of their corporate structure
and employee base. Therein, of course, lies the trauma associated
with making the decision to send some or all of your manufacturing
operations outside of the USA... Does that fact that you (may)
bring less expensive goods to the US consumer outweigh the stigma
associated with feeling a product that can no longer claim, "Made
From the Heartbreaker's List #11: Industry
The problem comes and goes... but 2007 seemed to be a landmark
year for innuendo, name-calling and badmouthing... All throughout
the industry, possibly inspired by the latest exchanges between
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, it seemed that a number of
aviation "professionals" found the need to try and get ahead by
badmouthing their competition. Outside of the fact that most of
what we heard was just plain wrong (in many cases, ridiculously
so), it sure as hell made us all look bad.
From the Heartbreaker's List #12: Sky-High LSA Costs
Much has been written about the need to bring "new blood" into
the aviation business... how we need (desperately) new pilots and a
way to provide ready access to the freedom of the skies for all
those who have dreamed of playing among the clouds. We
truly need a cost-effective path for people to follow, in
order to stretch their wings... but to be honest, we're not
sure that $100-130K LSAs are the ticket we've been looking for.
"Clearly, our ability to advance a positive agenda in
Washington and across the country is dependent upon an active and
engaged Membership, and our continued strong ties to the entire
general aviation community. As we all know, elected officials are
most responsive to their own constituents."
Source: Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the
National Business Aviation Association, reflecting on the
challenges ahead for general aviation in 2008... and the importance
of pilots letting their lawmakers know how they feel on such issues
as user fees.