ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.18.08 1730 EDT:
Aero-News has received word Cessna's prototype Model 162 SkyCatcher
crashed Thursday afternoon near Douglass, KS on what was described
as a routine test flight.
Moscow-Based Company Handles Broad Range Of BizAv Services
EADS Socata announced this week the appointment of Moscow-based
Infinity Aviation as its Aircraft Sales Representative for Russia,
Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The announcement was made at the 2008
JetExpo Business Aviation International Exhibition, which is being
held this week at Moscow’s Crocus Expo Center. The company
has a TBM aircraft on display.
Also Anticipates Big Q3 Loss For Struggling Carrier
It seems little is going United Airlines' way lately. From a
global economic slump to
enraged pilots, from high oil prices to high
tempers among its sacrificial cash cows --
er, passengers -- one would assume the
Chicago-based carrier is destined for good news of some
kind, soon... right?
Officials Want To Avoid Third Protest Of Contentious Deal
'Tis the season, it seems, to defer ruling on lucrative US Air
Force procurement contracts. Hot on the heels of last week's
surprise decision by the Pentagon to put off determining a winner
in the KC-X aerial tanker competition, comes word that the Defense
Department may also delay ruling on the oft-contested Combat Search
And Rescue (CSAR-X) contract.
In a statement likely to cause renewed heartburn for those who
fought so valiantly to save Chicago's Meigs Field, Acting FAA
Administrator Robert Sturgell said this week the midwestern city
will probably need a third major airport to handle future growth in
the commercial and private aviation sectors.
Controversy Surrounding The Certification Of The Eclipse 500,
Part One Of Two
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.18.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- House Committee Hearing On
Eclipse: 09.18.08 (ANN Special Report, with the
first of two features drawn from Wednesday's
Billed As "World's Most Exclusive Air Show And Aviation
The AVEX Air Show & Aviation Expo will be held from November
5-8, 2008 at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport in Egypt,
gathering the small and midsized aviation industry's leaders to
meet with potential and existing customers and conduct business in
an exclusive environment.
Will Roll Remaining Fuel Surcharges Into Published
It's not a complete withdrawal from the horrendous added fees
now common on most North American airlines... but it's a definite
step in the right direction. Air Canada announced Thursday that in
response to decreasing fuel prices the airline is eliminating all
second checked-bag charges implemented this spring.
ILS Tries To Reach .750 For Successful Launches This Year
The eyes of the aerospace world are on Russia this week,
watching to see whether another scheduled launch of a Proton M
booster is able to go off without any problems. Alas, there's
already been a monkeywrench thrown into that plan.
Sturgell Makes His First Oshkosh Appearance As Administrator
One of the more interesting events (most years) that takes places at each rendition of the annual Oshkosh aerial get-together is the chance to listen to, and then grill/question/cajole info from the current FAA Boss. This year was no different...
Sturgell Makes His First Oshkosh Appearance As FAA Administrator
One of the more interesting events (most years) that takes
places at each rendition of the annual Oshkosh aerial get-together
is the chance to listen to, and then grill/question/cajole info
from the current FAA Boss. This year was no different...
As many airline industry-watchers are aware, a sizable chunk of
the roughly $150 billion dollars in AIG assets expected to go on
the block soon is International Lease Finance Corp, the 2,000-lb
gorilla among aircraft leasing companies.
Cessna Says New Large Business Jet Will Create 1,010 New
There's little argument that Cessna Aircraft Company has been
good to Wichita, KS... and on Tuesday, the Wichita City Council
returned the favor, authorizing a $5 million loan to assist with
the planemaker's Citation Columbus business jet.
Avoiding civilian casualties is a high priority for US aircrews,
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at Bagram Air Base in
Afghanistan on Wednesday. Gates came to Bagram to get a full
picture of the American aviation effort in Afghanistan.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells ANN that in an
effort to allow foreign flight school students to continue flight
training in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security
recently announced it will create a new visa category, M, to
replace the J-1 visa, which is set to end in June 2010.
"We're very concerned about this; it's a high priority
for us. We work at that hard, work at it harder and then take
another look to see what more we can do to limit innocent people
who are killed when we go after our enemies."
Source: US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates,
speaking Wednesday at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Gates came to
Bagram to get a full picture of the American aviation effort in the