ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.31.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.31.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- The Art Of Holding
Patterns: 03.31.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob
Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")
Aim To Bring Technology To Alliant/Envision Customers
Representatives with Avidyne and West Star Aviation told ANN
Monday the two companies have launched a joint engineering effort
to provide Envision/Alliant retrofit avionics customers with
Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) capability.
It's hard to know, sometimes, whether people who point lasers at
aircraft really mean to harm anyone... or are just experimenting,
albeit foolishly, to see if they can see the dot show up in the
"Agreement?" "FAA, NATCA?" Is It April 1st ALREADY?
We couldn't believe it, either... and no, this is NOT an April
Fools story (but rest assured, those ARE coming!) On Monday, the
Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic
Controllers Association signed an agreement to create an Air
Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP), designed to foster a
voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment for the open
reporting of safety of flight concerns by employees of the FAA.
Citing the need for extra time to get the shuttle Discovery's
modified external fuel tank to Florida -- and the agency's desire
to give its employees the Memorial Day weekend off -- on Monday
NASA announced it is targeting May 31 as the launch date for the
STS-124 mission to deliver the large Japanese Kibo Pressurized
Module to the International Space Station.
Will 'Predatory' Pricing Win The Day In Hawaiian Skies?
Sometimes, the airline industry reminds us of the old "Wild
Kingdom" TV series... complete with graphic images of prides of
lions jumping over themselves to devour the carcasses of slain
prey. Hot on the heels of Aloha Airlines' discontinuation of
service, on Monday rival Mesa Airlines announced its
go! Airlines subsidiary will increase the number of flights it
operates in the region, from an average of 54 flights per day to 94
flights beginning Tuesday.
According to reports coming out of Atlanta and Minneapolis,
officials at Northwest Airlines -- motivated to see an oft-reported
joining with Delta Air Lines come to fruition, as fuel prices
continue to climb -- now say pilots at both carriers don't
necessarily need to come to terms on seniority agreements ahead of
such a merger.
Five Lost When Jet Goes Down On Takeoff From Kent Airport
Reports from the scene of Sunday's downing of a Cessna Citation
501 business jet in Farnborough, England indicate two former
automobile racers were among the five victims onboard the stricken
aircraft... but possible reasons why the business jet experienced
problems immediately after takeoff are hard to come by at this
Two days... and two fewer US airlines. Hot on the heels of Aloha
Airlines' Sunday announcement it will stop flying at the close of
business Monday, Champion Air announced it will cease flight
operations effective May 31.
Bombardier Aerospace announced Monday Grupo SATA (Sociedade
Acoriana de Transportes Aereos, S.A.) of Ponta Delgada, Portugal
recently signed a contract to acquire four Q400 NextGen aircraft
for its SATA Air Acores regional airline.
Admit It... We've All 'Almost' Done Something Like This...
There's not a lot to say about the following report... except
for the fact that we've all "almost" done something like it --
while a few of us have just flat-out experienced the same
degree of "brain-fade" and gotten to take the "shortest step" out
of an airplane known to an aviator... after landing gear up. We
include the report for one reason only -- to remind EVERYONE that
you need to VISUALLY confirm what you're doing rather than
depending on the Braille method.
You can never be too careful... or too prepared... but a prop
failure is one of those weird situations that can put you down in a
heartbeat -- as an RV-6 pilot found out. Thankfully, there was no
injury to the pilot, but a landing in a flooded field did wind up
doing significant damage to his pride and joy. We hope the bird can
Recently, Gobosh Aviation unveiled a new addition to their product line, the all-composite 800XP. Sporting rakish lines similar to several other low-wing LSAs -- more on that in a minute -- the 800XP is a Czech-designed-and-built aircraft, unlike the Polish-built G700S that kicked off Gobosh's presence in the US last July. The aircraft boasts a "structural composite" design, reducing the need for underlying metal frame supports. Gobosh adds performance also benefits from a high-performance laminar-flow wing, designed specifically for the US marketplace.
ANN has learned that Aloha Airlines will shut down its passenger
operations later today. With this, a "61-year tradition of service
to Hawaii" ends. Aloha Airlines announced that it will be shutting
down its inter-island and transpacific passenger flight operations
with the last day of operations being today, Monday, March 31,
Recently, Gobosh Aviation unveiled a new addition to their
product line, the all-composite 800XP. Sporting rakish lines
similar to several other low-wing LSAs -- more on that in a minute
-- the 800XP is a Czech-designed-and-built aircraft, unlike the
Polish-built G700S that kicked off Gobosh's presence in the US last
Is Four Years Jail-Time For Copping A Citation, Enough?
Remember Daniel Wolcott? The pilot who earned the distinction of
being listed as one of ANN's annual Aero-Bozos is going to spend
(more) time in the slammer. Nearly two and a half years after
stealing a Citation for a multi-state joyride, the pilot has been
sentenced to serve another year and a half in jail, to complete a
four year sentence (having been giving credit for the time he has
served, thus far, in Georgia and Florida jails).
Late in the evening of March 27, the Orion crew module simulator
was loaded on a C-17 aircraft for its next step on a mission to
complete the next generation of NASA's apce transportation system.
The Orion crew module simulator weighs nearly 20,000 pounds.
After all the flak that has hit Southwest in the last few days,
this is the last thing they needed. Somehow, an SWA B737-500
managed to blow out all its main gear tires while executing a
landing at Houston Hobby Airport. A brake fire ensued, but the
overall damage was determined to be "minor" and NO injuries
occurred. Here's hoping the week ahead is a bit calmer...
With no guidance from the control tower, landing an aircraft on
the flight line would be much like approaching a busy intersection
without any stop signs or traffic lights. The Marines and sailors
of Detachment Alpha, Marine Air Control Squadron 1, 3rd Marine
Aircraft Wing (Forward), are inherently responsible for providing
all-weather air traffic control services to civilian, tactical and
non-tactical aircraft operating within al-Asad’s (Iraq)
“With reduced visibility, the equipment is more
vital because the aircraft won’t land, so it’s our
responsibility to keep them separated from other aircraft in
flight... The extreme environment the equipment is being
operated in has an adverse affect on the length of its life cycle
and the amount of maintenance required to keep it
Source: Master Sgt. Jason A. Sunstrom,
maintenance chief for Detachment Alpha, MACS-1, in discussing
support for the Marines' ATC Tower in al-Asad, Iraq.