We Could Have Some SERIOUS Fun With This At The Airport...
Among the memorabilia and treasures found in the FlyMarket at
Oshkosh was one particular gem: a remote controlled aircraft towing
device. The beefier cousin of the Roomba automated vacuum cleaner,
the iTowBot is designed to tow up to 15,000lbs gross weight.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.03.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.03.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- PRA President Randy Nance --
08.03.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Randy Nance, president
of the Popular Rotor
Pratt & Whitney tells ANN its F135 engine exceeded 8,000
system design and development (SDD) ground test hours this week.
This achievement, in addition to the 3,600 test hours accumulated
during the F-35 concept demonstration program, puts total engine
test program hours logged at more than 11,000.
Runway Incursion, "Passenger Revolt" Under Investigation
There's yet another runway incursion incident to tell you about,
this one at Philadelphia International Airport. A US Airways pilot
took a wrong turn on a taxiway just before midnight Sunday, sending
that aircraft into the path of an oncoming Air Wisconsin plane.
Buyer Sued When Seller Agreed To Sell To Third Party
When ANN last visited the odd case of Peter Smythe last October,
the warbird enthusiast had just sued Vin Thomas -- alleging the man
broke the rules of popular online auction site eBay, when he
refused to release a 1946 CA-16 Wirraway purchased by Smythe.
The latest unmanned Russian cargo ship bound for the
International Space Station blasted off Thursday, carrying over 2.5
tons of supplies, equipment and gifts ahead of the shuttle
Endeavour's planned trip to the orbital outpost next week.
AOPA President Phil Boyer, on Wednesday, told the House Ways and
Means Committee to continue to fund FAA through fuel taxes instead
of switching to a user fee-funded system. At a hearing during which
House transportation committee members and other aviation industry
leaders also testified, Boyer told the committee members that
“H.R. 2881 gets it right.”
Airport Passenger Traffic in North America Grows 0.8 Percent in
More than 1.53 billion passengers (defined as the aggregate
total of arriving --deplanement-- and departing --enplanement--
passengers. Transfer passengers are only counted once) traveled
through North American airports in 2006, an increase of 0.8
percent, according to the Airports Council International-North
A NASA robotic explorer equipped to dig up and analyze icy soil
on Mars sits atop a 13-story tall stack of rocket engines prepared
for liftoff before sunup on Saturday. A Delta II launch vehicle
will carry the Phoenix Mars Lander into Earth orbit and, about 90
minutes later, give it the push needed to send it to Mars.
Approximately 1,400 Items Slipped Through; Most Reportedly
We're really trying to act surprised. After a much-publicized
ban earlier this year on the sale of over 1,000 aircraft parts that
could be used on decommissioned F-14 Tomcat fighter jets, now comes
word that, whoops, some parts still managed to squeak through after
Things may just be getting better at Northwest Airlines. The
beleaguered Eagan, MN-based airline announced this week it reached
a tentative deal with the Air Line Pilots Association on
contractual changes to pilot work rules, all aimed at stemming the
rising tide of cancelled flights over the past two months.
Trade Show And Convention Runs October 4-6 In Hartford, CT
We're just barely five days past AirVenture 2007... and already,
ANN is making plans to attend the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association's annual Expo in Hartford, CT. The show will run
October 4-6 at the Connecticut Convention Center.
Drawing on its experience in building the high-flying Global
Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, Northrop Grumman was awarded a $636
million contract this week to develop an unmanned combat aircraft
for the US Navy. The company beat out Boeing for the development
Bombardier announced this week the delivery into service of the
150th manufactured "super-midsize" Challenger 300 business jet. The
aircraft was delivered on July 31 to Flexjet, Bombardier's
fractional business jet ownership program.
Oklahoma-born Kenneth Wofford served in the Air Force, retiring
as Colonel. After the USAF, Wofford began to work for the Minnesota
Department of Transportation Aeronautics Office around 1977-78,
where his official title was Aeronautics Operations Director.
Over 7,000 737s Sold Throughout Aircraft's History
Following the clamor of new airliner orders during the recent
2007 Paris Air Show -- especially for European planemaker
Airbus -- things have been fairly quiet from both of
the world's largest planemakers. This week, however, Boeing
reported it is still very much in the game... with two new orders
announced for its erstwhile 737 family.
When the closure of Castle Air Force Base was announced in 1994, a
group of dedicated enthusiasts in the Atwater-Merced area formed
the Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. It was their dream to build
a museum where faithfully restored historic aircraft could be
exhibited for public enjoyment.
"The Pentagon's system is still riddled with holes.
These are the very parts that they said they wouldn't be selling
and they still are and so you've got to make sure the changes are
going to actually have teeth and work."
Source: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who has
pushed for a ban on the sale of all F-14 surplus parts due to
concerns about those parts falling into the hands of enemy states
such as Iran. After a much-publicized ban earlier this year on the
sale of over 1,000 aircraft parts that could be used on
decommissioned F-14 Tomcat fighter jets, a GAO report has found
some parts still managed to squeak through after all.