The second of two prototype Grob spn light bizjets has gone down
during flight testing. This aircraft, the second prototype of the
Grob Aerospace spn, made its first flight just a few weeks ago, 29
Part Of Investigation Into Death Of Former Russian Spy
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.29.06 1500 EST: The
mystery surrounding the death of a former Russian spy has taken an
aviation bent, as authorities grounded three British Airways
767s Wednesday after trace amounts of a radioactive substance
were discovered onboard two of the planes in London.
Pakistan said Wednesday it has successfully test-fired a
new variant of its nuclear-capable Hatf 4 (Shaheen-1) missile, two
days after archrival India carried out its first successful test of
a ballistic missile interception system.
Fiscal year 2006 was the safest year in aviation ever for the
United States Air Force, with the lowest number of major aircraft
accidents and fatalities within the Department of Defense, said the
Chief of Air Force Safety Maj. Gen. Stan Gorenc recently.
American Airlines was forced to ground 22 of its mainstay
MD-80-series airliners earlier this month, after paint chips from
recently installed replacement fuel tank covers made their way into
the planes' fuel filters.
Two weeks after making an unsolicited bid to take over Delta Air
Lines, US Airways Group Inc. will present its case before the
carrier and a committee representing Delta's unsecured creditors in
a meeting set for sometime this week.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.29.06 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.29.06
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Eclipse Aviation's Vern
Raburn, Part One: 11.29.06 (ANN Special Feature, with ANN's
very candid interview with Vern Raburn from Eclipse Aviation.)
Boeing and Singapore Airlines celebrated the deliveries of the
first two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners for Singapore
Airlines Wednesday. The 777s also feature the airline's new
interior configuration for its 777 fleet.
FAA's Blakey: "The History Books Are Where You'll Find
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey was present Tuesday as Sally
Crossfield, the daughter of accomplished test pilot Scott
Crossfield, accepted the Aero Club of Washington's Donald D. Engen
Trophy for Aviation Excellence in her father's honor. The unedited
text of the Administrator's brief, but poignant, speech at the
presentation follows below.
Aero-News has learned AgustaWestland handed over two AW139
helicopters for the Irish Air Corps at a recent ceremony at the Air
Corps base at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin, Ireland. The
AW139s will be based at Casement.
Officials broke ground Monday on the first of two new
air-traffic control towers at Chicago's O'Hare International
Airport. The new north airfield tower will handle traffic landing
on 9-Left/27-Right, a new runway scheduled to open by November
With airlines squeezing more and more seats onto planes,
passengers are becoming increasingly confrontational when it comes
to reclining their seatbacks. That's because while seats may still
recline as much as five inches... airlines have shrunk the space
between seat rows.
Here's a tale of some holiday cheer for some 4,000 workers in
Wichita, KS. A successful initial public offering last week of
stock in Spirit AeroSystems will result in a very nice Christmas
bonus for machinists at the aerospace company.
"Everybody in town should be happy about this. The
long-term value of having these high-value jobs will help this
city, hopefully for years to come."
Source: Robert Wood, spokesman for machinists
at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita. A successful initial public
offering last week of stock will result in a very nice Christmas
bonus for machinists at the aerospace company -- to the tune
of $61,440 in cash and stock, before taxes.