The trend towards inflight cellular phone usage is creeping
ever-closer towards US shores. The use of mobile phones on planes
flying in European airspace has been given approval by Ofcom, a
regulator in the UK.
52-Plane Fleet Grounded Until Fire Suppression System
The FAA crackdown on airline maintenance and record keeping has
prompted yet another carrier to pull its planes, to recheck the
records. United Airlines announced Thursday customers traveling on
April 2, 2008 on United's Boeing 777 aircraft may experience flight
delays or cancellations as a result of a functional check being
performed on the aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations
to the FAA and the Soaring Society of America on Tuesday for new
policies on gliders. The board's recommendations follow an August
28, 2006, midair collision near Smith, NV between a sailplane and a
corporate jet, that amazingly resulted in only minor injuries to
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association honored some of
its finest members Tuesday, for exceptional contributions to air
safety, and for demonstrating extraordinary capability in critical
flight assists in 2007.
British Airways canceled 54 more flights at its gleaming new
Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport on Monday as it struggled with a
problem which sounds like deja vu to long-time US fliers -- a
computerized baggage-handling system that has already helped
misdirect at least 15,000 pieces of luggage.
A Taxing Problem For GA Pilots, With AOPA's Andy Cebula
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.02.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.02.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A Taxing Problem For
General Aviation Pilots: 04.02.08 (ANN Special Report, with
Andy Cebula, Executive VP Government Affairs for the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Asso
NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0561
Issue Date: April 01, 2008 at 1433 UTC
Location: Punta Gorda, Florida near LEE COUNTY VORTAC
Beginning Date and Time: April 03, 2008 at 1600 UTC
Ending Date and Time: April 06, 2008 at 2200 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force
Thuinderbirds and other teams
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Southwest Florida Int'l (RSW) Air Traffic
Control Tower, 941-768-5985
A Very Important Mini-Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3"
They called them the 'DC-3.' Three of the nation's most interesting and vital airports were restricted, strangled and severely punished for the fact that they were located in somewhat close proximity to the nation's capital... and after 9/11, that was a bad thing, indeed. The most celebrated of these airports is College Park Airport, in Maryland... and is none other than the world's oldest continuously operated airport.
A Very Important 3-Part Documentary On The Most Famous of the
They called them the 'DC-3.' Three of the nation's most
interesting and vital airports were restricted, strangled and
severely punished for the fact that they were located in somewhat
close proximity to the nation's capital... and after 9/11, that was
a bad thing, indeed.
Allegations of insider trading at European Aeronautic Defense
and Space (EADS,) over a six month period starting in November
2005, refuse to go away... and on Tuesday, the French financial
market regulator filed a formal complaint against the aerospace
The Expedition 16 crew of the International Space Station
returned to science and station maintenance activities Tuesday
after Monday’s successful test approach of the Jules Verne
Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).
The Federal Aviation Administration says it is on schedule in
its plan to hire and train nearly 17,000 air traffic controllers
over the next decade. The FAA hired over 1,800 controllers last
year, and expects to hire nearly 1,900 in fiscal year 2008. The
details are laid out in the Controller Workforce Plan released
Congressman Says Agency Needs Better Plan, And Soon
On Tuesday, NASA reluctantly confirmed there will be far more
layoffs at Kennedy Space Center and other major manned space flight
centers across the country, when the space shuttle program reaches
its end in September 2010, than the public had previously been led
Challenges Carrier's Efforts to Terminate Contract
They're gonna fight. Mesa Air Group announced this week on March
28, 2008, Delta Air Lines notified the regional carrier of its
intent to terminate the Delta Connection Agreement among Delta,
Mesa, and Mesa's wholly-owned subsidiary, Freedom Airlines, Inc.
dated as of May 3, 2005.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.01.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.01.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- The Evolution Of Aspen
Avionics: 04.01.08 (ANN Special Report, with Aspen Avionics
President and CEO John Uczekaj.)
Monday's vote by mechanics at United Airlines to change union
representation was nothing short of a referendum against the
carrier's practice of outsourcing maintenance... and the perceived
failure of the last mechanics union to stop it.
Amid calls from both its unions and its customers to get a grip
on supply chain issues, Boeing says it has agreed to acquire Vought
Aircraft Industries' interest in South Carolina-based Global
Aeronautica LLC, which makes fuselage subassemblies for the
The Chicago Tribune reports United Airlines has found crossed
landing-gear wires which may have interfered with anti-skid systems
in two recent incidents involving Airbus A320 airliners. The
inspections were part of a recent FAA audit of maintenance
operations at 118 US airlines, ordered after the recent issue with
missed fatigue-crack inspections on Southwest Airlines 737s.
23rd Aircraft Completed Under Modernization Program
Embraer recently delivered the 23rd modernized F-5 aircraft to
the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira
– FAB). The aircraft took off from the Company’s
Gavião Peixoto facilities and joined the Pampa Wing at
Canoas Air Base in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. These F-5
fighters are now designated as the F-5M by the FAB.
Dedicated to the Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking, American
Champion Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, Champion and AviaBellanca
Skyrocket lines of aircraft, their furtherance, history,
preservation and maintenance. The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes
all owners, pilots and enthusiasts.
The Gnome was one of several rotary engines popular on fighter
planes during World War I. In this type of engine, the
crankshaft is mounted on the airplane, while the crankcase and
cylinders rotate with the propeller.
"Every airline pilot who has ever worked for a bankrupt
airline or seen their carrier go out of business can empathize with
the employees at Aloha. It's never their fault, but it's always the
employees who suffer most when an airline goes away. Aloha has a
proud history and their people deserve better than
Source: Captain Eric Sampson, Chairman of the
Hawaiian Airlines unit of the Air Line Pilots Association,
commenting on efforts by ALPA-represented pilots at
soon-to-be-defunct Aloha Airlines to keep the bankrupt carrier
alive following its termination of most flight operations March