ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.22.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.22.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Larry Wood, Inside the Spruce Goose -
07.22.09 (ANN Special Report, with Evergreen's
Pilots Traveling To Oshkosh Thursday And Friday Could Be
A TFR has been issued for Thursday and Friday around the greater
Chicago area corresponding with a visit by President Obama to the
region, and pilots wishing to transit the area on their way to
Oshkosh will need to plan accordingly.
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Former ASIG Owner Re-Enters Airfield Services Arena
Ranger Aerospace, a private equity consolidator that specializes
in the aviation industry, has re-entered the airfield services
industry with the majority buyout of CAV International, Inc. CAV is
a government outsourcing contractor specialized in airfield
services and logistics.
First Of Type To Be Based Outside of Continental United
The first two EADS North America-built UH-72A Lakota Light
Utility Helicopters to be based outside of the continental United
States have been delivered to the U.S. Army for operations in
Puerto Rico. The UH-72A is a derivative of Eurocopter's proven
EC145 multi-role helicopter...
Is this a ground-floor opportunity, or a reach for the clouds
... or maybe both? Stratos Aircraft is now accepting deposits for
the Stratos 714 Very Light Personal Jet. In conjunction with the
announcement, Stratos is also launching the Assurance Deposit
Program as an incentive to attract early buyers who want to reserve
their purchase position.
Passenger Demand, Cargo Traffic Show Steep Drops From June
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry
trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, reports that
passenger revenue fell 26 percent in June 2009 versus the same
month in 2008 - the eighth consecutive month in which passenger
revenue has fallen from the prior year.
Despite the sluggishness of both the economy and business jet
sales, Bombardier Aerospace is continuing to move forward with its
Learjet 85 program. To date over 30 major suppliers have been
engaged and are active in the joint definition phase.
Final assembly of Airbus' first A330-200F is well underway as
the new-generation cargo jetliner is readied for its maiden flight
in November. This aircraft began an on-time build-up in June, which
has included the mating of its fuselage sections, wing and
horizontal/vertical tail, as well as installation of the main and
nose landing gear.
The Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a non-profit
organization founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts
tragically lost in the Challenger 51-L mission, released the
following statement after learning of the death of veteran
journalist Walter Cronkite.
Regional Express (Rex) says that its subsidiary Pel-Air Aviation
Pty Ltd (Pel-Air) has been selected as conditional preferred
provider of Fixed Wing Patient Transport Services by the Victorian
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive
SUMMARY: The FAA is
superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies
to certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. This new AD
reduces the intervals for accomplishing repetitive inspections in a
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-15-07
SUMMARY: In 2005 a lateral runway excursion
occurred on an A320 aircraft. Such excursions are classified as
hazardous, with a large reduction in safety margins. Investigation
has shown that the aircraft landed with the nose wheels rotated
nearly 20 degrees from center.
MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A330-301, -321,
-322, -341, and -342 Series Airplanes,
and Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 Series
SUMMARY: During accomplishment of A330-300
Airworthiness Limitation Item (ALI) task 57.11.04-01-02 of a
fastener hole between stringer 38 and 39 at FR40 rear fitting web,
a crack was found on an adjacent hole at vertical post Y1959 lower
attachment on both sides.
TCM is spilling the beans on some intriguing test flights that
they've undertaken in recent days. Over the course of these tests,
TCM achieved a peak fuel economy of 30.7 miles per gallon in a Full
Authority Digital Electronic Controlled (FADEC) piston engine
Let's Look Back At Our Fourth Aero-TV 'Daily'
From Oshkosh 2008
Oshkosh 2008 is nearly a year behind us and the 2009 iteration
is LESS than a week away... So, while the images are still
pretty fresh in our minds (and on our video servers), we're going
to take a quick look over the daily episodes we produced at Oshkosh
2008 for the rest of this week...
New Chief Operating Officer Announced at Lancair
Lancair International, Inc is pleased to announce that Thomas A.
Bowen has joined their Management team as Chief Operating Officer.
Effective July 20, Tom will be reporting to Joseph Bartels,
President and CEO of Lancair.
President Obama Had Said He'd Veto The Defense Appropriations
The full Senate has voted 58-40 to strip $1.75 billion from the
Defense Department appropriations bill earmarked for an additional
seven F-22 Raptors. The plane had been the subject of a threatened
The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its
geographical component, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, will
conduct a training flight exercise on July 22 in the National
Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C.
Boeing, Airbus May Each Get Some Of The $100 Billion Pie
With the prize possibly the most lucrative Pentagon contract in
history, Boeing and a consortium of Northrop and EADS, which
manufactures the Airbus, have been battling over which company will
replace the aging fleet of KC-135 tankers for the Air Force.
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation (Aurora) says it has
successfully completed the first flight of the Excalibur Unmanned
Aircraft System (UAS). The VTOL turbine hybrid electric unmanned
air vehicle is the first of a new class of tactical unmanned combat
Global Organization Helps Highlight Latest Innovations In
This year's AirVenture will spotlight the new MAF (Mission
Aviation Fellowship) KODIAK aircraft, a nine-seat, turbine aircraft
taking the world of aviation by storm. The airplane went into
service earlier this year for the respected international mission
agency, which will display it July 27-Aug. 2 on AeroShell Square,
the focal point of the air show.
"I'd be surprised if they'd do it (split the contract),
but politics has won over economics many times
Source: Paul Nisbet, aerospace analyst
with JSA Research, on the possibility Congress will direct the Air
Force to buy some new tankers from Boeing, some from Airbus.
Aero-Linx: Forest Service
The story we did a couple of days ago about back county
airstrips got us thinking about the role aviation plays in many
areas that we might not consider. Take, for instance, the U.S.