Flights operated by the nation’s largest airlines arrived
on time at a higher rate this past August than in both the previous
month and August 2007, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report
released Thursday by the US Department of Transportation
Plans "Modest" Start-Up As Competitor Completes Delta
Perhaps smelling blood in the water, on Wednesday Southwest
Airlines announced its intent to begin service from Minneapolis-St.
Paul International Airport (MSP) in March 2009. The carrier has not
released specific service details... saying only that it will begin
a "modest" operation at MSP with flights to Chicago Midway
Controllers Union Says FAA Worker Missed Trainee's Ground
One week ago -- in what the National Air Traffic Controllers
Association termed "a brazenly callous move" -- the Federal
Aviation Administration supervisor at the Flying Cloud Airport
(FCM) control tower turned his back on runway operations during an
on-the-job training exercise to take a call on his cell phone...
and missed his trainee mistakenly clear an airport vehicle to cross
the runway in front of a departing aircraft.
It's not a deal that will save the C-17 Globemaster II program
by any means...
but every new order helps. Boeing announced
this week an international consortium of 10 NATO members -- joined
by Partnership for Peace nations Sweden and Finland -- signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 24 to acquire three
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets.
Executives at Delta Air Lines will waste no time in putting the
right planes on the right routes, after the carrier's planned
merger/acquisition of Northwest Airlines is completed later this
year. By summer 2009, a number of different aircraft sporting
Northwest liveries could be flying out of Delta's hub in
The Teamsters announced this week the National Mediation Board
(NMB) granted single-carrier status for Atlas Air and Polar Air.
The two air carriers are the operating entities for Atlas Air
Worldwide Holdings, based in Purchase, NY. Atlas is the world's
largest Boeing 747 cargo carrier.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.02.08 (ANN's
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ANN Special Feature -- Ding, Dong, The VAAB Is Gone:
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Witnesses Describe Apparent Attempt To Return To Airport
Two people were killed when their Cessna 206 apparently lost
engine power shortly after takeoff from Merrill Field (PAMR) in
Anchorage, AK Wednesday, and impacted a one-story building just
west of the airport.
ANN RealTime Update, 10.02.08, 0753 EDT: The
National Transportation Safety Board has told ANN that it has
'dispatched investigators to California to investigate the crash of
a small plane that was found yesterday that appears to be the
aircraft piloted by adventurer Steve Fossett.'
Fascinating: KC-10 Pilots Detail The Intricacies Of Refueling Aircraft in Flight
One of the highlights of the 2008 Oshkosh Fly-In was the chance to get up close and personal with all manner of military aircraft -- the same birds that can be called upon at a moment's notice to serve and protect this nation...
Fascinating: KC-10 Pilots Detail The Intricacies Of Refueling
Aircraft in Flight
While the fighters get most of the
glory and the bombers get some notice here and there, rarely do we
hear about the tankers. Take the KC-10 for instance... According to
the US Air Force, the KC-10 'Extender' is an Air Mobility Command
advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased
global mobility for US armed forces.
The Federal Aviation Administration has determined regional
airline American Eagle flew its planes in violation of federal
weight and balance guidelines at least 19 times in the past five
months, according to an ABC News report.
Invaders Seized Officer's Gun, Took Time To Fuel Up
In the US, federal threats to impose oppressive security
measures at small general aviation airports are generally viewed as
a solution looking for a problem. But in Mexico, authorities are
battling an epidemic of small aircraft thefts as drug rings steal
planes to get cocaine north to the US.
On the eve of the space agency's 50th anniversary, NASA
announced a new contest that challenges college-level students to
design tools or instrument packages that could be used on the next
generation of human-driven moon rovers. Students will have the
opportunity to engage in NASA's return to the moon by designing
equipment that will help astronauts accomplish tasks on the lunar
If you suffer from that common nightmare that you're suddenly
standing in front of a crowd in your underwear, you may want to
move onto the next story. The Tennessean newspaper reports a young
country singer will have material for a new song after his
encounter with the Transportation Security Administration.
The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) Lockheed Martin
F-35A Lightning II notched its 50th flight last week in preparation
for testing at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, while the F-35B short
takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant began a planned
modification interval that will lead to STOVL-mode flight early
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes
pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the
part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they
were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their
professional aviation education association.
Planemaker Says More Room Was Needed To Handle Growth
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) held a grand opening
Wednesday celebrating the expansion to its aircraft completions
facility in Little Rock, AR. The ceremony, attended by the nearly
900 employees, commemorated the growth of the HBC Little Rock
Completions Center, which includes a 112,000 square foot expansion
to the existing structure and the creation of over 400 new
In today's environment of high fuel prices and a precarious
global economy, one might find any airline's decision to order a
four-engined airliner to be, well, slightly odd. Nevertheless,
Nigerian private airline Arik Air signed a firm contract this week
to buy three Airbus A340-500s.
In the six-plus decades since the beginning of World War II, its
remnants, like the withering memories of those who lived it have
become the province of historians. For most of us, the past is
little more than a fading echo, muddled in the sensory overload of
a 21st Century world. Perhaps that is why a fighter plane, a
technological hero in its time, the North American P-51 Mustang has
achieved iconic status.
The flight of a military aircraft maintaining a constant AGL
altitude above the terrain or the highest obstruction. The altitude
of the aircraft will constantly change with the varying terrain
"I think had I been in some tighty-whiteys it wouldn't
have happened, but it was boxers. I thought, 'It's not a big deal.
They send a sales paper out every week that has some guy standing
there in his boxers, no one is offended by that.' But that airport
was. I thought it was going to shut down. People started yelling.
It was a huge scene. Police were running through the airport, and
TSA officers were running toward me and I'm like,
Source: Country music singer Jimmy Wayne, who
says he misinterpreted instructions from a TSA screener at an
unnamed California airport to remove items from his shorts... by
instead, removing his shorts.