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August 09, 2009

NYC Mid-Air -- Helo v Fixed Wing Collision, 9 Fatalities

Tourist Helo, Piper, Reportedly Involved

 ANN is monitoring media reports of a midair collision that took place over New York's Hudson River... not far from the final resting place of the infamous US Air Flight 1549 A320 ditching last January.

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NASA Will Invest Stimulus Funds For Human Spaceflight Development

Hopes $50 Million Will Spur Private Sector Space Program

NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program is applying Recovery Act funds to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate human spaceflight capabilities. By developing commercial crew service providers, NASA may be able to reduce the gap in U.S. human spaceflight capability.

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Frontier And Teamsters Reach Wage And Benefit Concessions Agreement

Section 1113 Appeals Are Also Settled, Vote Later This Month

Frontier Airlines and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Local 961, Thursday entered into a consensual, long-term labor agreement and a comprehensive settlement of the Company’s litigation under Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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Canada Loans $173 Million To Bombardier

Money Dependant On Firm Sales Contracts

Bombardier reportedly will receive a $173 million (US) loan from the Canadian government so that it can deliver as many as 8 aircraft to Scandinavian Airlines of Sweden (SAS).

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Centenarian Pilot Inducted As SAFE's First Honorary Member

101 Years Old And Still Attending AirVenture

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators has inducted Captain Joe Grant as its first honorary member. Grant, who is now 101 years old, was born in 1908. He started his flying career in 1927.

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Murtha Will Leave Tanker Decision To The Pentagon

House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Backs Down From Strong Rhetoric

After months of posturing about splitting a potential multi-billion dollar contract for new air-to-air refueling tankers between Boeing and Airbus, Representative John Murtha has backed down from his rhetoric and will apparently allow the Pentagon to decide which tanker best suits its needs, or if the order should be split.

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More Job Cuts Likely At Delta

Salaried Employees And Administrative Support Will Be Targeted

Following a $2.1 billion dollar decline in operating revenue in the 2nd quarter, Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson said more job cuts are coming among salaried personnel, which could have a large impact on the company's Atlanta headquarters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.09.09): Minimum Equipment List (MEL)

Minimum Equipment List (MEL) A FAA-mandated list of aircraft equipment that must be functioning before an aircraft may legally take off with passengers. Repairs to some items not essential to an aircraft’s airworthiness may be deferred for limited periods of time approved by the FAA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.09.09)

Aero-Linx: Flying the Hudson River A private pilot's web page about flying the Hudson River corridor, Scott Germaise has put together a tremendous amount of info that "discusses rules, regulations and best practices for flying light aircraft on the popular sightseeing route of the Hudson River, passing through the metropolitan New York City area...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.09.09)

"We expect more chest-thumping and political posturing in a matter of hours... and we'd place serious money that Senator "Screw The Facts, Ground Them All" Schumer is already practicing his best righteous indignation act before the mirror in prep for the Sunday talk shows.... Source: ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, commenting in the wake of Saturday's tragic airplane v. helo midair, and the early amateur pronouncements already issued by a few aeronautically ignoranat politicos. 

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