AD NUMBER: 2008-22-01
MANUFACTURER: Boeing,Bombardier,McDonnell Douglas
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-22-01
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for various transport category airplanes.
Evaluating The Numerous LSA Choices On The Market, With Rick
Reuland of Downing Aviation Associates
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.22.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.22.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Evaluating The Numerous LSA
Choices On The Market: 10.22.08 (ANN Special
Report, with Rick Reulan
Two More Cases Of Improper Load Reporting Uncovered
The potential fallout from an FAA investigation into reports of
overloaded American Eagle commuter planes appears to be growing
more severe. Sources tell ABC News the airline -- the regional
subsidiary of American Airlines -- may soon be booted from a
voluntary safety reporting program over evidence the carrier flew
overloaded or improperly balanced aircraft on at least 19
Say Fuel Hedge Losses Further Proof Of Misdirection At
On the heels of United Airlines' announcement Tuesday of a $779 million loss for the third
quarter -- $519 million attributable to poor fuel
hedges -- pilots at the airline say those losses are more examples
of incompetence and lack of fiscal responsibility by United's CEO
and his executives.
Fuel Hedge Losses Take Big Bite Out Of $5.57 Billion In
There's losing money... and then there's hemorrhaging cash.
United Airlines took another giant step towards the latter Tuesday,
reporting a third-quarter loss of $779 million due to hits incurred
from the carrier's fuel hedging program.
Flight Marks 16th Consecutive Test Of The Tomahawk Block
A US Navy Virginia class submarine recently fired a
Raytheon Tomahawk Block IV missile from the Gulf of Mexico to
engage a simulated target. The flight completes the integration of
the Tomahawk cruise missile onto the Navy's newest fast-attack
submarine, adding another platform to the list of combatant vessels
that can carry the combat-proven weapon.
Up To 20 Planes To Be Delivered Annually Over Seven Years
Britain's Royal Air Force has taken delivery of the first of 91
new Typhoon combat aircraft, ordered four years ago and delivered
on time. New Defence Equipment and Support Minister Quentin Davies
was at RAF Coningsby to witness the arrival of the second
Net Income Declines 38 Percent On Halted Deliveries
We expected the news to be grim... and it is. Boeing announced
Wednesday income declined 38 percent in the third quarter of 2008,
to $695 million... while earnings per share declined 33 percent to
$0.96 per share.
One of the highlights of this year was the return of veteran
political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville. This intriguing
pair spoke at NBAA's the Opening General Session, offering their
perspectives on this year’s election, and marking the
couple’s second appearance at an NBAA Convention.
If an airline imposes a "fuel surcharge" above and beyond the
normal fare to compensate for record fuel prices, it's hard to
argue with that. The assumption, of course, is that if jet fuel
prices fall nearly in half, the surcharge will be reduced or
In a move intended to speed training as the agency faces a
critical shortage of experienced air traffic controllers, the FAA
plans to narrow the training requirements for personnel heading to
Memphis and Orlando... a plan the National Air Traffic Controllers
Association says could be dangerous.
Still, You Probably Shouldn't Wear Bin Laden T-Shirts When
The Transportation Security Administration tests its own
security screeners periodically by sending investigators to attempt
to sneak contraband past checkpoints, for state stated purpose of
finding and patching vulnerabilities. Past reports have indicated
the results of those tests
are decidedly mixed, at best.
Investigators Suspect Air Angels 222 Struck Guy Wire In Downing
Video footage from a highway traffic camera may shed some light
on last week's fatal crash of a medevac helicopter near Aurora,
IL... by revealing whether or not warning lights on a 734-foot
transmission tower near the accident site were operating.
But Admit Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Hasn't Been Battle-Tested
It's hard to recall an aircraft which was criticized more during
its development than the V-22 Osprey. But after a year of
deployment in Iraq without a major incident, the pilots who fly the
tilt-rotor hybrid are giving it great reviews.
Hartzell Propeller Inc. has maintained a perfect record in the
Reno Air Races Sport Class since its inception a decade ago. The
company's tenth consecutive win took place September 14 at the 2008
National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV.
Further Action May Be Pending For May 17 Transgression
As if diplomatic relations between the US and Venezuela weren't
rocky enough already, a veteran naval pilot and air wing commander
apparently flew a US Navy S-3B Viking into Venezuelan airspace this
past May 17, setting off a diplomatic firestorm.
DART Helicopter Services recently announced its subsidiary
Apical Industries Inc., has received EASA approval of their
Cylindrical Emergency Float System for MD 369HS/HM/HE/D/E/FF and MD
500N helicopters. Transport Canada and FAA certification have been
The Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET Museum is a national treasure,
having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th
century -- World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission. Now
peacefully moored at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay,
the USS HORNET is a timeless memorial to those who defended our
American values and to those who have pursued America's
"It's deceptive to say you still need a fuel surcharge
when aviation fuel prices are down $2 per gallon. It's just
Source: Robert Menendez, New Jersey's Democrat
junior senator. Menendez has sent letters calling on the airlines
to discontinue the practice of charging the fees, which were blamed
on fuel costs when imposed. He notes the price paid by airlines for
jet fuel averaged $2.34 a gallon last week, down 45 percent from an
average of $4.33 in July.