Another In-Flight Wing Seperation Reinforces Growing
As previously noted on ANN, another Zodiac CH-601
series (the subject of an NTSB grounding recommendation
to the FAA seven months ago, until a flight control problem
could be corrected), was involved in another fatal accident last
British Airways and Iberia of Spain said Thursday that they have
agreed to a $7 billion merger that will create one of the world's
largest airlines. Company officials say they hope to compete with
Air France-KLM and Lufthansa.
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Sikorsky and Tata Advanced Systems Limited announced the signing
of an agreement creating a joint venture that will manufacture
aerospace components for Sikorsky in India Thursday. The
joint venture agreement builds on a long-term contract signed in
June for TASL to assemble Sikorsky S-92 helicopter cabins.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called a closed-door meeting
Thursday that he hopes will be the first step towards "fixing" the
airline industry. He invitation to aviation stakeholders says the
forum was organized at the request of the AFL-CIO Transportation
Trades Department. It was not open to the public, or the press.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has sent a letter to Secretary of
Defense Robert Gates with a series of questions about the criteria
that will be used to determine a replacement for the Air Force's
aging fleet of KC-135 tankers.
Australian Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft Served As Test
Boeing announced Monday that it successfully completed tests of
the Counter Measures Dispenser System (CMDS) for Project Wedgetail,
Australia's Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system.
The tests were conducted in September and October off the
Washington coast and over Puget Sound, Washington.
So It's Not Exactly The X-Prize, But Important None The
NASA will hold the 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge on November
19th at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Florida, near
NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The event is open to the public. The
$400,000 prize challenge is a nationwide competition that focuses
on developing improved pressure suit gloves.
AOPA Attendees Chat With Aero-TV About The Bad Rep GA Is Getting In The News
Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its favorite exercises during the 2009 AOPA 'Summit' -- that of surveying a dozen or more people at an event with three questions targeted toward the interest group that we're shooting...
AOPA Attendees Chat With Aero-TV About The Bad Rep GA Is Getting In
Opinions! We love them... especially when they come from folks
with something interesting to say! Aero-TV engaged in one of its
favorite exercises during the 2009 AOPA 'Summit' -- that of
surveying a dozen or more people at an event with three questions
targeted toward the interest group that we're shooting...
Saying that digital information management is key to meeting
NextGen’s safety and efficiency objectives, the FAA began to
transition to digital flight operations information and the
modernization of Notices to Airmen Tuesday.
New Helicopter Being Built For U.K. Ministry Of Defense
AgustaWestland says that the first AW159 multi-role military
helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight at
AgustaWestland's Yeovil facility Thursday. The aircraft completed a
range of general handling checks during the flight and performed as
One Congressman Says Vote May Not Come Until December
A New York Congressman says the vote on the Appropriations
Conference Bill could be delayed into December, in part over
funding for the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter. The House version of
the Defense Appropriations Bill contains $485.2 million to make the
first five VH-71's operational, but the Senate version does
FAA Told Members 'Most' Issues Have Been Addressed
The transportation committee of the Atlanta City Council has
approved Delta Airline's pending lease at Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport, after the FAA told the committee that most
of the agency's concerns have been addressed.
Navy's Newest Training Helicopter Made By EADS North
EADS North America has delivered the first of five H-72A
training helicopters for the U.S. Navy Thursday, marking a new
milestone in the company’s production of multi-role
helicopters for U.S. military services. The H-72A fleet will be
based at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River Naval
Informational Picket At Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Friday
Phoenix-based US Airways flight attendants, represented by the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), will picket at
Phoenix Sky Harbor airport on Friday morning at 0900, to protest
what they say is management's refusal to pay equal wages for equal
"The House position on the presidential helicopter
program is clear. We believe that it is in the best interest of
taxpayers to make operational the five aircraft that have already
been built." Source: Matthew
Mazonkey, spokesman for Congressman John Murtha.
IMC Club is dedicated to mitigating the issue of lack of
instrument proficiency by providing a means to reengage pilots with
other pilots and instructors. IMC club is coaching, training,
mentoring and helping pilots to fly in actual instrument
meteorological conditions with local chapters across the