16 Teams In Hunt, Including Soon-To-Be-Revealed "Mystery
Two new international teams in the Google Lunar X Prize -- a $30
million competition by the X Prize Foundation to land a vehicle on
the Moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit a "Mooncast" back to
Earth -- were announced Tuesday in a tele-press conference from
Google Headquarters. The announcement was held as part of a Team
Summit at Google Headquarters and NASA Ames.
Gulfstream Aerospace, in conjunction with the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association, recently hosted a "Look Up!" event in
Savannah. "Look Up!" encourages elementary, middle and high school
students to explore careers in aviation.
US scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.7 percent fewer
workers in October 2008 than in October 2007, the fourth
consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels
for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the
previous year and the largest year-to-year decrease since July
2006, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of
Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Tuesday.
Crews are searching in the waters off the Bahamas for signs of a
missing Britton-Norman Islander. The twin-engine aircraft with 12
people onboard disappeared en route to a refueling stop in the
Bahamas Monday afternoon.
Managing Risk, With 2008 National CFI of the Year Max
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.16.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.16.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Risk Management:
12.16.08 (ANN Special Report, with 2008 National
CFI of the Year Max Trescott.)
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its
Probable Cause report on the June 29 takeoff downing of a Cessna
U206F in Santa Rosa, NM... and while investigators say it's
impossible to know for certain, there is evidence the pilot may
have suffered a heart attack.
Delta Air Lines marked the initial launch Tuesday of Gogo
Inflight Internet service onboard six of the airline's aircraft,
the first in a series of more than 300 Delta domestic mainline
aircraft that will soon feature the new customer offering.
Response From Commerce Department Expected By End Of 2009
The Salina Airport Authority announced Monday it has applied for
Foreign Trade Zone status to assist businesses at the Salina
Airport and Airport Industrial Center in becoming more competitive.
The application has been forwarded to the US Department of Commerce
and a response is expected in about nine months.
Training provider CAE has been awarded contracts to design and
manufacture three full-flight simulators (FFSs) and associated
training devices valued at more than C$40 million at list prices.
The contracts are with Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Hua Ou
Aviation Training Centre in Beijing, China. CAE has announced so
far a total of 26 FFS sales in fiscal year 2009.
Cheap, crude, "improvised explosive devices" are one of the big
innovations to come of age in the war against terrorism. Now, model
aircraft technology is apparently providing would-be terrorists
with a airborne equivalent to IEDs.
75K Employees Offered Early-Out Ahead Of Probable Layoffs
Delta Air Lines says it needs fewer people to run the company in
2009, after planned cuts of six-to-eight percent take effect. In
order to minimize involuntary firings, the company says it will
offer most of its 75,000 employees voluntary separation packages,
looking to get an unspecified number of takers.
Cites Carrier's 'Mismanagement Of Critical Immunity
Chalk up another airline that will no longer participate in the
FAA's Aviation Safety Action Program. The US Airline Pilots
Association (USAPA) announced Monday it has allowed their contract
of participation in ASAP to expire, citing alleged cases of
retribution against pilots.
The six largest network airlines, as a group, reported an
operating loss margin of 5.8 percent in the third quarter of 2008,
the fourth consecutive quarterly loss margin since the group
reported a profit margin in the third quarter of 2007, the Bureau
of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the US Department of
Transportation reported Monday in a release of preliminary
It's a promising start for a brand-new commercial airport. Days
after announcing their first scheduled airline
carrier, Branson Airport officials announced Monday
the United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron -- better known
as the Thunderbirds -- will perform at the first ever Branson Air
Show, May 9 & 10, 2009.
Country Touts Environmental Aspects Of Stockholm Airport
Sweden's first "airport city," the state-of-the-art Stockholm
Airport City, is currently being built in the Stockholm region. The
supersized airport project includes a 650-room hotel, meeting
center, and offices.
Company's First Flight Cheetah System Sold In 1998
True Flight noted this week its first Flight Cheetah system was
sold 10 years ago Monday. The Flight Cheetah was the first GPS
Moving Map system to provide satellite data link weather system for
This site is devoted to the various systems used by the US
military aviation to designate all types of equipment. They try to
provide thorough explanations of the designation systems, while
avoiding all the "red tape" included in the official standards
documents, which tends to obscure the details relevant to the
"Although immunity provisions are a safety industry
standard adopted by such lauded programs as the NASA Safety
Reporting System, USAPA believes US Airways' insistence on diluting
these provisions has rendered them effectively useless. The program
was originally scheduled to lapse in early 2008 but had been
extended repeatedly by USAPA in an attempt to reconcile
disagreements regarding the diluted immunity
Source: From a statement by the US Airline
Pilots Association, announcing that pilots at US Airways will no
longer participate in the FAA's Aviation Safety Action Program.