The news reports paint a grim picture: southern California is
burning, with a line of fires spreading from north of the Los
Angeles basin down to San Diego. Fueled by the harsh Santa Ana
winds, the fires continue to resist the best efforts of
firefighters, and steady bombardments by aerial firebomber
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.23.07 1400 EDT:
When searching for a replacement for former FAA Administrator
Marion Blakey, President George W. Bush didn't look very far. On
Tuesday, the President nominated Bobby Sturgell, currently the
Acting FAA Administrator and previously Blakey's deputy, to take on
the job full-time.
Wichita Falls, TX Facility Will Train Raptor Repairers
Boeing, the US Air Force 82nd Training Wing and industry
partners opened a state-of-the-art, Boeing-designed F-22
maintenance training facility at Sheppard Air Force Base, near
Wichita Falls, TX on October 19. The facility offers a realistic
training environment for future Raptor maintainers.
In a brief but flashy ceremony Monday at the Sandia Casino and
Resort north of Albuquerque, NM, the Bernalillo County Sheriff's
Department showed off its new Eurocopter AS350 B3. The helicopter
is the first AS350 B3 for the BCSD, and it will be an integral part
of the county’s Air Support Unit.
Cirrus Expresses Interest In Bankrupt Columbia Aircraft
ANN Daily Touch N Go:
10.23.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.23.07
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Cirrus Joins The Fray:
10.23.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Cirrus Design CEO Alan
"Hoisting Harmony to the heavens." That's how NASA's shuttle
launch director Mike Leinbach summarized Tuesday
morning's launch of the shuttle Discovery, as it sped towards a
rendezvous with the International Space Station.
Sounding a bit like the farmer surprised to see eggs in his
henhouse, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin expressed apparent
shock Monday over the furor surrounding the agency's apparent
attempt to quell a damning air safety survey, for fear of damaging
passenger confidence in the nation's airlines and air traffic
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently
awarded its third quarterly Project Pilot mentor $1,000 prize to
Michael Lardino of Grayslake, IL. He won by being a mentor to
student Tim Tierney of Lake Zurich, IL.
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Former Columbia Sales VP, Rich Belzer, Reports For ANN
Another hearing was held, Monday in Oregon, in the continuing
legal drama surrounding the future of bankrupt Columbia Aircraft.
Former Sales Veep, Rich Belzer, was in attendance and filed this
report for ANN:
Is it the presence of Cessna that has brought bidders for
Columbia Aircraft's assets out of the woodwork? Or were
potential bidders mislead about the value of the company this
summer and are now back because the price has fallen off a
The countdown to the scheduled Tuesday morning launch of space
shuttle Discovery on the STS-120 mission is proceeding on schedule,
NASA Test Director Steve Payne told reporters Monday. But that
doesn't mean all's clear for the shuttle flight.
Believing United Airlines needs competitive change, Chief
Executive Glenn Tilton wants to pursue everything... from a merger,
to charging passengers who want their luggage to come first off the
plane, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Despite the most intensive search effort in US aviation history,
millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett and his Decathlon remain
missing in northern Nevada... and his friend Sir Richard Branson is
afraid the aviator might be lost "forever."
For years, it has been a thorn in the sides of officials with
Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, IA. Every time a pilot entered
the airport's identifier on a flight plan... every time they'd see
a sectional chart... they were reminded as far as the FAA was
concerned, Sioux City's airport was, well, SUX.
Headquartered in Houston, TX, United Space Alliance is one of the
world's leading space operations companies. Established in 1996,
USA is equally owned by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin
Corporation and employs people in Texas, Florida, Alabama,
California, Washington, D.C. and Russia.
"At this point in the count, we're on schedule, our
systems are all good and we're in great shape."
Source: NASA Test Director Steve Payne. The
shuttle Discovery is due to lift off Tuesday morning from Kennedy
Space Center, although less-than-optimal weather conditions could
bump the launch to Wednesday.
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0990
Issue Date: October 22, 2007 at 1039 UTC
Location: Davis Field Airport, Muskogee, Oklahoma near OKMULGEE
Beginning Date and Time: October 25, 2007 at 1700 UTC
Ending Date and Time: October 28, 2007 at 2200 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: The Oklahoma Air Show
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Davis Field (MKO) Air Traffic Control Tower,