Message To Washington: "General Aviation Is About Jobs"
The top executives of many of the industries leading trade and
advocacy organizations gathered to open the AOPA Aviation Summit
Thursday morning, with a message of brining the industries issues
to Washington and the general public with one voice.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.05.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.05.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: CFI Max Trescott - VLJ Training -
11.05.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Max
GAMA Reports Total Industry Billing Down Almost $14
GAMA released the industry's third quarter shipment and billings
figures today. In the first three quarters of 2009, total general
aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 46.8 percent, from 2,982
units in 2008 to 1,587 units so far this year. Total industry
billings are down 23.5 percent, to $13.8 billion.
Panel Mounts, Portables Eligible For Rebate Programs
Garmin announced a dramatic savings program, "Soar into
Savings," Thursday, where customers can earn up to $7,000 in
rebates on a variety of panel mount avionics. Customers selecting
any combination of the G600 retrofit flight display will be
able to take advantage of these rebates.
Interactive, Computer-Based Programs With Multi-Media
Garmin announced Thursday that it has expanded its eLearning
computer based training program content and will also soon offer
training through an online portal. This is the first time Garmin
has offered online training.
IAM Claims Delta And Northwest Are Not Yet A Single
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) on Friday withdrew the single carrier application it
filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) on behalf of Delta
Air Lines and Northwest Airlines' fleet service employees on August
Agency's Decision Cites Points Raised By NBAA, Preserves Access
The NBAA Wednesday welcomed a recent decision from the FAA
denying a proposed ban on nighttime operations at Bob Hope Airport
(BUR) in Burbank, California. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen
applauded the decision from the FAA.
Southwest Airlines says that its pilots, represented by the
Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), voted to ratify the
tentative, five-year contract both parties reached last month. The
new contract is active through Aug. 31, 2011.
Mexican authorities have determined that wake turbulence caused
the crash of a Learjet 45 that went down in a wealthy neighborhood
in November 2008, killing Juan camilo, the country's Secretary of
the Interior, and 15 other people.
Virgin Atlantic Releases Its Anti-Anxiety Course For
Virgin Atlantic announced Monday that its "Flying Without Fear"
course -- with claims a success rate of over 98% -- is now
available as an app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Whether it
is the unfamiliar aircraft, the strange noises a plane makes, or
the fear of losing control, Virgin Atlantic says this app is
designed to help.
The Canadian student pilot who stole an airplane in Canada and
flew it into the U.S. will spend two years in prison for his
exploit, a judge said Tuesday. 31-Year-Old Adam Dylan Leon stole a
Cessna 172 from an Ontario flight school April 6th and flew it
across the U.S.-Canada border.
An Elegant Entry Into The Electronic Charting Market
Paper is dead... paper is passe... paper is so yesterday. So say those working on a number of intriguing but not always proven electronic charting solutions. Its a tough process -- combining the needs of pilots who have to work in some tough visual environments that are not always as friendly to such electronic solutions as one might think. While a number of interesting products have come to the market in recent months, one struck us as being the best we've seen so far... though with the price tag to prove it.
To the Victor Goes The Spoils... and The Airplane Orders
NBAA 2009 was an interesting study in assessing the attitudes and efforts of an industry under siege... bad economics, bad politics and bad press had robbed this industry of much of the glory it had been enjoying and put it in truly defensive posture.
An Elegant Entry In The Electronic Charting Market
Paper is dead... paper is passe... paper is so yesterday. So say
those working on a number of intriguing but not always proven
electronic charting solutions. Its a tough process -- combining the
needs of pilots who have to work in some tough visual environments
that are not always as friendly to such electronic solutions as one
To the Victor Goes The Spoils... and The Airplane Orders
NBAA 2009 was an interesting study in assessing the attitudes
and efforts of an industry under siege... bad economics, bad
politics and bad press had robbed this industry of much of the
glory it had been enjoying and put it in truly defensive
Many Popular Features With A Pilot-Friendly Interface
Avidyne Corporation announced their new EX600 Multi-Function
Display (MFD) Wednesday, continuing their leadership in the
radar-replacement MFD market for general aviation airplanes and
helicopters.The EX600 adds an all-new 5.8-inch diagonal, 640x480
pixel (VGA) display and an innovative new Map Panning feature.
R9 Sales Director Trip Taylor Will Lead "League Of
Avidyne announced Wednesday that Trip Taylor will be its
Director of Integrated Flight Deck Sales, who's primary
responsibility will be managing Avidyne's Release 9 Flight Deck
business unit. But Taylor will also oversee Avidyne's newly formed
National Flight Instructor Standards Team ... a.k.a.
The League of Extraordinary Pilots.
Hope To Have F136 Engine 'Up And Running' By Year's End
The companies designing the F136 alternate
engine for the Joint Strike Fighter say they will redesign a "small
part" of that engine after a nut came lose during a static test and
damaged a test engine. GE said the redesign involves a diffuser
which directs air into the combustion chamber of the engine.
Custom Systems, Performance, Comfort And Aesthetic
Premier Aircraft Sales announced the launch of the DA40 XLS
Premier Edition. Premier is introducing the Premier Edition at
Diamond Aircraft's static display Thursday during AOPA Summit's
AirportFest at Peter O. Knight Airport.
King Air, Baron, Bonanza All On Display At Peter O. Knight
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) said Wednesday it plans to
showcase its popular GA aircraft at this year's Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit Tampa, Florida, as well
as the Premier IA light jet.
With the announcement of a new digital autopilot from Avidyne at
the AOPA Aviation Summit, we thought we'd offer you a quick
primer on how they work, compared to analog autopilots. Today's
Aero-Linx is a back-to-basics explaination of how the two systems