The Obama Administration is picking Deborah Hersman to lead the
National Transportation Safety Board... a move (like the choice of
Babbitt for the FAA Admin) that is expected to gain great favor
with organized labor, especially with the additional announcement
renominating former airline union executive Harry Hoglander to a
new term on the National Mediation Board.
ANN is getting details of a significant changing of the
guard at long-time GA manufacturer, Piper Aircraft. President/CEO
James Bass (pictured below), who successfully engineered the
reorganization and eventual sale of Piper Aircraft.
The US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, will have the
honor and privilege to perform a tandem jump with the 41st
President, George H. W. Bush, as he celebrates his 85th birthday.
The event will take place in Kennebunkport, Maine, as family and
friends gather to observe the former president's jump.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured below) and FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Tuesday that they have
ordered FAA inspectors to immediately focus inspection on training
programs to ensure that regional airlines are complying with
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining Mars again with
its scientific instruments after successfully transitioning out of
a precautionary standby mode triggered by an unexpected June 3
rebooting of its computer.
Amid speculation that North Korea could be preparing for another
missile test, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress today
he's confident the United States has the missile defenses in place
to defend itself, if necessary.
Pilots Matt Hansen and Jessica Scharle successfully completed a
transcontinental flight in a Light Sport Airplane (LSA) from
Jacksonville, FL to El Cajon, CA within a single day. The pair
departed Cecil Field Monday morning at 0601 EDT, made five stops
along the way, and touched down at Gillespie Field near San Diego
at 2222 PDT for an elapsed time of 19 hours and 21 minutes,
including time for fuel stops.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.10.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.10.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Ed Downs - The ASTM Process -
06.10.09 (ANN Special Report, with ASTM
Consultant, Ed Downs)
Budget constraints are pushing NASA to consider a joint Mars
exploration venture with Europe, and by 2016, the US may join
forces with the European Space Agency for future Mars trips. The
move would signal a significant shift in NASA policy.
Avidyne has announced the 2009 recipients of the Avidyne
Graduate Fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (MIT AeroAstro) in
Cambridge, MA. The Avidyne Graduate Fellowships were established in
2008 by MIT alumnus and Avidyne President Dan Schwinn.
As we noted yesterday, you rarely see the tiny little boxes that provide the physical guidance for today's ingenious generation of glass panel cockpits. Solid-state by design and bereft of the hundreds of moving parts once associated with gyros and their support systems, the modern AHRS is a dependable, and superior replacement for the vacuum pumps and gyros of old.
As we noted yesterday, you rarely see the tiny little boxes that
provide the physical guidance for today's ingenious generation of
glass panel cockpits. Solid-state by design and bereft of the
hundreds of moving parts once associated with gyros and their
support systems, the modern AHRS is a dependable, and superior
replacement for the vacuum pumps and gyros of old.
You've seen, for several years, what a great job our stringers,
news-spies, and helpers have done at a number of high-profile
aviation events. GREAT writers, photographers and
videographers have helped us gather information and wave the
flag for us at these shows!
Stringers Wanted For 2009!
Find Helps Narrow Search For Voice And Data Recorders
Search crews have recovered a section of the vertical stabilizer
from Air France flight 447, which broke up over the Atlantic Ocean
last week after apparently penetrating a violent thunderstorm.
Authorities say the find could provide clues as to why the airliner
broke up in flight, and narrow the search for the Airbus A330's
cockpit voice and data recorders.
The first day of testimony in the NTSB hearing on US Airways
Flight 1549, which ditched in the Hudson River in January, brought
praise for the crew of the aircraft, as well as harrowing stories
from the passengers.
There's an old saying in aviation that "a bird in the prop will
cause the airplane to stop." Bird strikes have always been a
cause for concern in the aviation industry, and one of the topics
scheduled to be reviewed at this week's NTSB hearing on US Airways
Flight 1549 is developments in technologies such as radar for bird
tracking at airports.
When American Airlines Flight 63 departs Paris for Miami at 10
a.m. local time on Thursday, June 11, it will embark upon a journey
to prove that trans-Atlantic flights can be operated a bit greener
Saying the company is in a "fight for survival", British Airways
Chief Executive Willie Walsh has said he will seek across-the-board
pay cuts from employees, including pilots. Management planned
meetings this week with BALPA, the union which represents BA's
International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), Airbus and Boeing's
biggest customer, said it will increase aircraft orders between 20
percent and 30 percent within the next 12 months to 18 months,
Chief Executive Officer Steven Udvar-Hazy said in an interview in
Kuala Lumpur on Monday. The boost is due to increasing demand from
airlines to replace older models.
The world's largest maker of jet engines says the air travel
slump and fewer orders for new aircraft will cut its orders by 50
percent in the coming year. Jack Lutze, vice-president of sales for
Europe and Africa, told Reuters on Tuesday some deferrals were
likely for next year's deliveries but only a few cancellations, a
sign that more airlines are likely to postpone plane buying in the
deflection angle is the angle between the deflected flap and the
chord line. The angle is positive for a downwards deflection of the
flap. Deflect the flap downwards to increase the airfoil's
Aero-Linx: Air Racing
Probably since the day there were two airplanes, the people who
flew them wanted to know whose was faster. Competition seems to be
in our nature, and those of us who fly are no different. "Air
Racing History" offers a look at the glory days of air racing, with
colorful descriptions, historic photographs , and other
memorabilia. A fun place to stop for a few minutes of
“I don’t think it was one thing, it was many
things. We had a highly experienced, well-trained crew. The first
officer, Jeffrey Skiles, and I worked together well as a team and
we solved each problem as it presented itself to
Source: USAir 1549 Captain Chesley
Sullenberger, responding to a question at an NTSB Hearing, about
why this incident turned out so much better than others of its