ANN REALTIME REPORTING 02.20.08 1845 EST: US
Air Force search and rescue teams worked with US Coast Guard crews
to locate two pilots missing in the Gulf of Mexico, after their
F-15C Eagles collided during a training exercise Wednesday
No doubt, the name "Meyer" will forever have a place in Cessna
folklore... most notably in the person of Russ Meyer Jr, Chairman
Emeritus of Cessna who oversaw the Wichita-based planemaker's
ascent into the ranks of elite business jet manufacturers.
Effective March 3, however, Meyer' son will call a new company
his home... and though the address on his business card will
change, the zip code will remain the same.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.20.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.20.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- GAMA's Forecast For
2008, And Beyond: 02.20.08 (ANN Special Report, with
comments from GAMA Chairman Alan Klapmeier.)
When social network website developer Jeanette Symons and her
10-year-old son, Balan, died in the crash of a Citation business jet on
February 1, one little-known ancillary loss was some
of the gear used by first responders.
Second Line Will Help Company Meet Demand In Americas
AgustaWestland celebrated the Grand Opening of its new AW139
medium twin helicopter assembly line in Philadelphia, PA during an
event held Wednesday, and attended by over 300 guests and an
additional 400 employees. The helomaker says the opening underlined
its growing presence in the US, and the expansion of its
Successfully Operated On Fuel Blend During Phase I Ground
Pratt & Whitney told attendees to this week's Singapore Air
Show the company's Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine successfully
operated using an alternative fuel blend during Phase I ground
testing in West Palm Beach, FL.
The National Mediation Board (NMB) announced this week there
will be an election to determine union representation for pilots at
US Airways, long represented by the Air Line Pilots Association,
International (ALPA). Pilots who fly for the merged US Airways flew
previously for America West Airlines and US Airways.
It's one delivery Boeing was quite happy -- we'd say relieved --
to finally make. On Wednesday, the American planemaker delivered
Japan's first KC-767 Tanker to the Itochu Corp., for Japan's Air
Self-Defense Force (JASDF). It is the first aerial refueling
aircraft in Japan's history.
Lockheed Martin has tried to reassure the public and its
shareholders that recent problems with the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter's Pratt & Whitney engines are just growing pains,
common in development of new aircraft. But those same shareholders
recently heard a JP Morgan analyst warn those problems threaten the
A mission that got off to a decidely rocky start, ended smoothly
Wednesday morning at the Kennedy Space Center... as the shuttle
Atlantis touched down on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility
moments ago, bringing the STS-122 mission to the International
Space Station to a successful end.
2007 Was Another Record Year (Thankfully) For GA Manufacturers
Just this past week, leaders of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the 2007 year-end shipment figures for the general aviation industry have led to another record high in industry billings.
2007 Was Another Record Year (Thankfully) For GA Manufacturers
(Part Three, of Three)
Just this past week, leaders of the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the 2007 year-end
shipment figures for the general aviation industry have led to
another record high in industry billings. Speaking at GAMA’s
Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing, GAMA Chairman
and Chairman and CEO of Cirrus Design Corporation, Alan Klapmeier,
reported that a strong worldwide market, especially outside of
North America, was a driving factor for general aviation in
There’s always a marriage of sorts between pilots and Air
Traffic Control, and final vows are about to be exchanged for the
FAA’s NextGen Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The
proposal mandates ADS-B equipment in all aircraft by 2020, but the
deadline for comments is just two weeks away, so now is the time
for you to carefully read this prenuptial agreement.
"The Greatest Show On Turf" Will Honor AVG, And Their
The 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum told ANN this week its
theme for the 2008 Geneseo Airshow, planned for July 11-13 -- "The
Greatest Show on Turf." This year also commemorates the 70th
anniversary of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and it is the intention of
the 1941 HAG to celebrate this anniversary by honoring the people
and planes who made this aircraft one of the most famous and widely
recognized of World War II, through hosting a Flying Tigers
Korean Air announced Tuesday the airline will expanding its
upcoming A380 fleet with the purchase of three more superjumbos.
This firm order is in addition to the five A380s ordered by Korean
Air in 2003.
Weak Dollar Spurs Double-Digit Growth In Asian Market
This week at the 2008 Singapore Air Show, Hawker Beechcraft
Corporation announced an order from BJETS for 11 new Hawker 900XP
and nine 850XP jets, with options for an additional 10 aircraft.
The total value of the order with options is in excess of $450
million. The aircraft will serve throughout India and Southeast
Yeah, But It's The 23rd Consecutive Title That's
Aero-News has learned the Golden Eagles Flight Team of
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has won its 22nd consecutive
regional championship title at the National Intercollegiate Flying
Association (NIFA) SAFECON Region II Competition.
Brazilian planemaker Embraer took the opportunity at this week's
Singapore Air Show to release its projections for commercial air
traffic demand in the Asia Pacific region and China over the next
Twenty-four of Civil Air Patrol’s top cadets from across
the nation are participating in one of the nation’s leading
civic education activities, the Civic Leadership Academy, from
February 23 to March 1 in Washington, DC.
Contract Extends Production Through Shuttle Retirement
Alliant Techsystems recently received a contract modification
from NASA valued at $812.5 million for the continued production and
refurbishment of four-segment reusable solid rocket motors (RSRM)
for the space shuttle program.
It's not exactly to Microsoft FSX levels of sophistication, but
this online Evektor SportStar flight sim is a fun way to pass the
time... and fairly accurate in its "flight" characteristics! Can
you find the airport?
"While ADS-B holds tremendous promise, the current
proposal represents a compromise that could be improved
Source: Max Trescott, experienced CFI, author,
and aviation educator. Trescott encourages pilots and others in the
general aviation community to weigh in while they still can on the
FAA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcasting, or ADS-B. Final comments on the proposal
are due March 3, 2008.