ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.09.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.09.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- CAPBOR Founder Kate
Hanni: 01.09.08 (ANN Special Report, Part One of ANN's chat
with Kate Hanni on the latest developments regarding the Coalition
for an Airline Passengers Bill
Embraer celebrated a banner year in 2007, making good on its
goal to deliver between 165-170 aircraft. The Brazilian planemaker
delivered 61 commercial, executive, and government-use jets during
the fourth quarter of 2007, resulting in total deliveries for the
year of 169 jets -- its largest total ever.
AgustaWestland announced this week the Italian Army's Aviation
Unit took delivery of its first NH90 multi-purpose helicopter in
late December, 2007. The Italian Army has ordered 60 NH90 TTH
helicopters, which will replace older models currently operated by
the service in various utility roles.
Towers Will Encroach Slightly On PHX Buffer Airspace
The CityScape construction project planned for downtown Phoenix,
AZ has gained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration,
despite high rise hotels and condos which could reach 400-to-510
feet in height.
Government agencies in Switzerland are trying to determine
whether a Swiss-made Pilatus PC-9 sold to the nation of Chad for
civilian training use, was pressed into service as a bomber during
a weekend attack against rebel positions in the blighted Sudanese
province of Darfur.
Aims For Manned Mission In 2025... 12 Years Before NASA
More boasting to report from the newly-revitalized Russian space
program... as a leading scientist says the country is on track to
launch a manned mission to Mars by 2025, far ahead of even the most
optimistic estimates of NASA.
January 12 Event Open To Anyone Who Wants To Attend
Of the nearly 20,000 general aviation community airports and
heliports in the United States, only a few hundred have been
honored by a visit from Phil Boyer... making the AOPA president's
planned visit this weekend to St. Augustine Airport in Florida a
major event for area pilots, and GA enthusiasts.
While executives at the planemaker remain silent, a city
official in Vero Beach, FL announced last week it appears very
likely Piper Aircraft Inc. will remain in the city, instead of
locating its headquarters and upcoming PiperJet manufacturing
center to one of two alternate, less-hurricane-prone locations.
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As we noted in the first part of this extensive briefing on the rationale behind Piper's decision to produce the Matrix, this is an airplane that just makes sense. Thanks to Bob Kromer's well-prepared and carefully thought-out briefing (one of the best we've received in years... kudos to the folks at Piper for its preparation), the decisions for the Matrix seem clearer than ever... and allowed us to share in their enthusiasm for what we believe is going to be one of the biggest GA hits of 2008.
OH MAN... Look At These Photos And Try NOT To Have Heart
Thanks to some excellent photography and some good luck, ANN has
received permission to show you some extraordinary pictures of
a CLASSIC high-wing v. low-wing midair collision/confrontation.
First, let us note that everyone is OK... and that this is an
accident that could have been FAR worse... but once the pilots
realized the situation they were in, they made the best decisions
possible and survived to tell the tale. Thanks to photographer
Roger Cain, we now have amazing pix, from the best
possible angle, to show you how these accidents DO occur.
As we noted in the first part of this extensive briefing on the
rationale behind Piper's decision to produce the Matrix, this is an
airplane that just makes sense. Thanks to Bob Kromer's
well-prepared and carefully thought-out briefing (one of the best
we've received in years... kudos to the folks at Piper for its
preparation), the decisions for the Matrix seem clearer than
ever... and allowed us to share in their enthusiasm for what we
believe is going to be one of the biggest GA hits of 2008
Oil Prices, Economy Also To Blame... But Pilot Shortage A
There are unconfirmed reports Chicken Little has been sighted in
the vicinity of United Airlines headquarters in Chicago. In the
past two days, stock in parent company UAL Corp. has plummeted over
20 percent, due to growing concerns about the economy, and labor
strife at the nation's #2 airline.
The town of Greenwich, CT -- one of several communities to rally
against the FAA's proposed rerouting of New York-area airline
traffic -- now appears to be reconsidering its role in a lawsuit
against the federal agency.
Singapore Airlines Was To Purchase Stake In China Eastern
As China's communist regime struggles to embrace some elements
of capitalism, the Chinese people will have to learn some new
vocabulary. This week's lesson is "hostile takeover," which
possibly for the first time now has a non-military definition in
Survivor Of Weekend Crash In Alaska Says Door Opened On
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are
taking a close look at a baggage compartment door on the Piper
PA-31 Navajo Chieftain that crashed shortly after takeoff in Alaska
this weekend, killing six people onboard and injuring four.
Residents of Fernley awoke to a chilly surprise last Saturday...
as nearly freezing water poured through their neighborhood and
invaded their homes. Due to heavy rainfall, an irrigation canal
suffered a ditch bank failure, and several hundred houses were
caught in the path of the fast moving water, flooding many to a
depth of several feet.
For the third year, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
is offering amateur photographers and general aviation enthusiasts
the opportunity to hone their skills, possibly see their photos in
the organization's member magazine, AOPA Pilot... and, win
Citing a looming shortage of well-trained professional
helicopter pilots, two Tampa, FL-area businessmen recently
announced the opening of SunHelo Aviation, and commenced training
operations from Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg,
"We believe UAL management's view that weather was a
key factor behind the many December flight cancellations, but also
think pilot behavior exacerbated the situation... The pilots' anger
is manifesting itself in several ways. Most notable is a perfectly
legal refusal to accept flying beyond amounts specified in their
contract. We also believe UAL is facing increasing pilot sick
calls, among other actions that hurt operations and
Source: Soleil Securities Group analyst James
Higgins, who in a report to investors cited "rising evidence" that
organized 'sick-outs' by United Airlines pilots contributed to the
airline's abysmal performance in December, which saw United rack up
twice the industry average number of delays.