ANN RealTime Update, 12.14.10, 0435 ET:
Chinese aerospace interests have just scored a major acquisition
withthe news that AVIC will be purchasing TCM. Just moments
ago, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated and AVIC International
Holding Corporation ("AVIC International") announced an agreement
to sell Teledyne's general aviation piston engine business to
Technify Motor (USA) LTD., a subsidiary of AVIC International, for
$186 million in cash. Under the transaction, AVIC International
will acquire Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. and Teledyne
Mattituck Services, Inc.
ANN has just learned the FlightPrep v RunwayFinder appears
to have come to a bad end. RunwayFinder owner Dave Parsons notified
ANN via an email link to his blog update (responding to
our request) that he had shut the site down fearing the
consequences of an aggressive legal action he was ill-equipped to
Carrier Assessed $600,000, Nearly Half Must Go To Improving
Accessibility For The Disabled
The U.S. DOT assessed a civil penalty against JetBlue Airways on
Monday for violating rules protecting air travelers with
disabilities and for failing to disclose when flights sold by the
carrier were being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go:
12.14.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News
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12.14.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News
ANN Special Feature: Part I: SpaceX COTS Demo
Recap - 12.14.10 (ANN Special Report, with
Space Exploration Technologies Founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk, and
President Gwynne Shotwell)
Boeing Says Trip Brings The UAS One Step Closer To Its First
Securely attached to the top of one of NASA's modified B747
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), the Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned
airborne system took off at 1340 CST Monday for a test flight at
Lambert International Airport.
Preparations Underway For February 2011 Mission With Europe's
Assembly of the milestone 200th Ariane is now underway at the
Spaceport in French Guiana in preparation for its February 2011
mission with Europe's second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV),
which will service the International Space Station.
In-House Meteorology Team Recognized For Advances In The
The Council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has
named Rick Curtis, Southwest Airline’s Chief Meteorologist,
as the recipient of the 2010 Award for Outstanding Contribution to
the Advance of Applied Meteorology, along with recognizing the
airlines’ entire in-house Meteorology Team.
NAVAIR Awards Evaluation Contract Worth $45.8 Million
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a $45.8
million contract to Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace for a U.S.
Marine Corps evaluation of unmanned cargo resupply in an
operational forward deployed environment using the K-MAX unmanned
P-8I Is A Variant Of The P-8a Poseidon That Boeing Is
Developing For The U.S. Navy
Fabrication began Monday in Wichita on the first part for the
Indian navy's first long-range maritime reconnaissance and
anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The P-8I, based on the Boeing
Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, is a variant of the P-8A
Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.
Aviation Credentials Are Legit, But United Grounded The Airline
If you're going to be a doctor, it's probably helpful if you
finish medical school. But William Hamman, a now-grounded United
Airlines Captain who was also thought to be a well-respected
cardiologist, was revealed to have been passing himself off as a
doctor with no credentials.
Talk About A Tough Act To Follow... Kurt Robinson Leads RHC Into The Future
Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as President and Chairman of the Board. We all knew the announcement was coming... but to those of us at ANN who have been privileged to call him a friend, we covered Frank Robinson's retirement announcement with bittersweet feelings. There is NO DOUBT that a large part of today's helicopter industry would simply not exist without the genius and inspiration of Frank Robinson, but we are pleased to see his legacy passed to such capable and proper hands -- his son Kurt Robinson.
Talk About A Tough Act To Follow... Kurt Robinson Leads RHC Into
Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC),
officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as
President and Chairman of the Board. We all knew the announcement
was coming... but to those of us at ANN who have been privileged to
call him a friend, we covered Frank Robinson's retirement
announcement with bittersweet feelings.
LaHood, Babbitt To Hear Committee's Recommendations
The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) will present
its recommendations to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at
its final meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the U.S. Department of
Total Spending Worldwide On Airliners Could Climb To $3.2
Trillion, Airbus Says
Almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at
$3.2 trillion will be needed between 2010 and 2029 to satisfy
demand. At least, that is the view of Airbus according to its
Global Market Forecast (GMF).
Proposal Would Expand Tax Benefits For Business Investments,
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said Monday that the
association welcomes a proposal, announced last week, that would
give U.S. companies tax benefits to help preserve manufacturing
jobs, while allowing companies immediate access to the benefits of