ANN Is About To Grow -- Again -- And Is Seeking EXCEPTIONAL New
The 2010-2011 time-frame has been about as challenging a time as
we can recall... but we survive and look forward to 2012 and what
we see as a very rewarding (and yes, still challenging) year for
ANN. ANN continues to expand slowly but surely and we have some
truly intriguing upgrades coming up in just a few months. In other
words, we're about to grow again -- and in some novel directions.
The much-appreciated debut of "AIRBORNE" is but the tip of the
iceberg. We're about as excited about our future, as we've
ever been, but we're concerned about finding good people -- the
RIGHT people -- for a number of jobs we need to fill now and in the
The ongoing saber-rattling between Europe and the world's
airlines over the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme has kicked up a
notch, as Hong Kong Airlines said it is considering cancelling an
order for 10 A380 superjumbo airliners.
Things are bad, but apparently they're not bad all over. Boeing
has just delivered the first passenger version of its enormous new
747-8 to an anonymous customer, who's taking it to a completion
center to be decked out as a personal VIP transport. Reuters
reports the plane will be transformed into a "jewel in the
Pilots Support Compliance With Duty And Crew Rest Rules
Covering Passenger Airline Crews
Pilots for cargo giant UPS took a preemptive action Wednesday
prior to a scheduled meeting Thursday between U.S. Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood and company executives. In that meeting,
LaHood was expected to ask that UPS voluntarily opt-in to the new
FAA pilot fatigue rules.
Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival Replaced By Fall 'Aviation
For the first time in its history, the Cape Girardeau Regional
Air Festival has been cancelled for a second consecutive year.
Organizers of the event said there was not enough time to plan for
the show given its expanded focus.
Boeing Rejects EUs Offer To Negotiate An End To Trade
The governments of the US and the European Union, in something
of a surrogate war on behalf of Boeing and Airbus respectively,
have both won findings in the World Trade Organization that some
forms of government subsidy violate trade treaties. Now, a
suggestion by Europe to negotiate an end to the battle has been
called laughable by Boeing.
In the midst of airline bankruptcies and labor disputes, it was
apparently a pretty good year for employees of Alaska Air Group.
The company paid annual bonuses totaling $53.8 million Wednesday to
nearly all of its 12,800 employees for exceeding the company's 2011
operational and financial goals.
Current Data Puts Impact Possibilities At 1 In 626
Asteroid 2011 AG5 has been receiving a lot of attention lately
because of a very unlikely scenario which would place it on an
Earth-interception course 28 years from now. On a NASA
blog, JPL has posted a "scientific reality check" of this
relatively nondescript space rock which is currently ranked a "1"
on the 1 to 10 Torino Impact Hazard Scale.
Says Big Oil Companies Have Conspired To Inflate Prices.
You may have wished at some point you could do this, but one
budget airline has actually done it - filed a lawsuit against a big
oil company for allegedly charging too much for fuel. The Irish
low-cost carrier Ryanair claims ExxonMobile has suppressed
competition to allow it to inflate prices over a seven-year period.
The suit seeks an award of $14.3 million, plus an unspecified
additional amount to cover lost profits.
Also: Schumer Attacks, XCOR Soars, 300th Phenom, Aero-Innovation, ECi A.D., Aero-Gadgets... and Hoover To The Rescue!
The week was not nearly the downer that last week was (as the GAMA numbers showed how badly GA fared in 2011), and in fact, we discovered we still have friends! The week's big stories started with the announcement of the FAA's long awaited re-write of the regs covering minimum Airline pilot experience levels (and associated issues), and was made even more intriguing as the USAF broke months of silence and killed the LAS deal... as Hawker-Beech had hoped. And best of all, we have clear proof that GA has good friend in high places... and they're all fighting those @#$%^&* user fees! All this and SO MUCH MORE in this week's edition of AIRBORNE!
Also: Schumer Attacks, XCOR Soars, 300th Phenom, Aero-Innovation,
ECi A.D., Aero-Gadgets... and Hoover To The Rescue!
The week was not nearly the downer that last week was (as the
GAMA numbers showed how badly GA fared in 2011), and in fact, we
discovered we still have friends! The week's big stories
started with the announcement of the FAA's long awaited re-write of
the regs covering minimum Airline pilot experience levels (and
associated issues), and was made even more intriguing as the USAF
broke months of silence and killed the LAS deal... as Hawker-Beech
had hoped. And best of all, we have clear proof that GA has good
friends in high places... and they're all
Air Force Chief of Gen. Staff Norton Schwartz said Wednesday
that the service would move quickly to re-open the bidding for the
LAS contract which was abruptly cancelled as of Friday. "There's no
way to put a happy face on this," Schwartz said, speaking to a
group of reporters Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Aircraft Ready To Begin Initial Operations After Airworthiness
Officials at the Aeronautical Systems Center a Wright Patterson
AFB in Ohio have issued a Military Flight Release that will allow
the F-35A Lightning II fighter to begin initial operations at Eglin
Air Force Base, FL. This decision was reached after an
airworthiness board conducted an assessment that evaluated
potential risks and the corresponding mitigation actions to conduct
Blogger Notes Selective Application Of Risk-Based Criteria
In a blog post on RedState.com, Brian Darling describes a testy
exchange, before the House Homeland Security Committee, between US
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Minnesota
Republican Chip Cravaack, a former airline pilot. The issue was the
Obama administration's proposed 50 percent cut in funding for the
Federal Flight Deck Officers Program.
Huge Plane Is Heavier, Thirstier, Later Than Projected
It's not unusual for a new aircraft built with composite
technology to have production fall behind schedule. But Boeing's
747-8 is a variation on the 747 theme that dates back more than 40
years, stretched to carry up to 467 passengers. The longer version
uses of new wings and engines, but has wound up a year behind
schedule, an estimated eight-11 tons overweight, and less
fuel-efficient than projected.
Witnesses Said The Airplane Nosedived Short Of The Runway
A Cirrus SR22 went down during its final approach to Melbourne,
FL International Airport Wednesday. All three people on board the
aircraft were fatally injured. Witnesses said that the airplane
appeared to develop problems during a landing attempt and nosedived
into the ground just after 1700 EST.
The Ornithopter Zone grew out of a much earlier effort to bring
together flapping-wing enthusiasts around the world. In 1983,
Patrick Deshaye was trying to find out how to build an ornithopter.
No information was available. It was even difficult to find out
what had been accomplished so far.