ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.18.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.18.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Improving Safety Through Greater
Proficiency: 06.18.07 (ANN Special Feature, with veteran
CFI Bob Miller.)
Flight Design USA, importer of the popular Flight Design CT
light sport aircraft, tells ANN it recently appointed two new
regional distributors. Joining the US organization are LSA North
and Hillsdale Aero.
Aero-News has learned the United Kingdom's Popular Flying
Association has issued two mandatory safety bulletins to all Europa
owners, following a recent fatal accident which appears to have
involved an in-flight break up caused by tailplane flutter.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. tells ANN it announced the delivery
Monday of three UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to the Kingdom of
Jordan and the scheduled delivery of another five in 2007. Sikorsky
made the announcement at the Paris Air Show.
Also Touts Accomplishments Of Newest Family Member
Cessna announced Monday at the Paris Air Show it recently put
into operation the 5,000th Citation business jet, a Citation X. The
aircraft will be displayed at several air shows and events this
year, including the National Business Aviation Association annual
meeting September 25-27.
Also Earns Six-Plane 777 Freighter Order From GECAS
While the order perhaps doesn't carry the gravitas of rival
Airbus' strong first-day showing at the Paris Air Show, Boeing was
still proud to note a new order for the longest-legged variant of
the American planemaker's erstwhile 737.
MOU To Develop Chinese Regional Plane May Hold Promise For
The big deals continued Monday from Paris. China Aviation
Industry Corporation (AVIC I) and Bombardier Aerospace announced a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a new, long-term
strategic cooperation in the five-abreast, 90- to 149-seat
commercial aircraft market.
The Transportation Security Administration -- apparently a bit
singed from constant accusations of duplicity and incompetence --
responded in a most unusual way to a news story this weekend
regarding an incident at Reagan National Airport last week.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) tells ANN it is
celebrating the recent launch of a new rapid response Customer
First Centre, and the expansion of its service center and parts
distribution network worldwide, at this week's Paris Air Show in Le
An Eagle Air Beechcraft 1900 turboprop enroute from Timaru to
Wellington, carrying 15 passengers and two crew members, was forced
into a gear-up landing Monday morning at Blenheim's Woodbourne
Airport in New Zealand.
Flight Test Report and Analysis by ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim
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When ANN last regaled you with tales from our G-3 flight test,
ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, was doing one of the things he
does best... taking it slow.
It ain't easy being Airbus these days. Particularly for Airbus
Chief Louis Gallois, who went on defense Saturday after reading an
interview Friday with Boeing Chief Executive James McNerney in the
French daily Le Monde that "we still don't know what this model
(A350 XWB) will be like."
Ah, the staple. It's very small and it can be very sharp, and it
can be deployed in such a manner - like in space - to fasten down a
loose corner of a shuttle thermal blanket to allow the heat shield
to do its job and permit the crew of STS-117 to return home
Even 40 years after his father's friend whispered what he saw as
the future into Dustin Hoffman's ear in The Graduate ("plastics"),
it turns out he was right - and then some, particularly for
the aviation industry.
240,000 Civil Aviation Personal Needed Over Next 20 Years
With the Chinese civil aviation industry developing at a pace
double that of the world average, China is facing greater shortages
of pilots, crew members, and maintenance personnel, according to a
report from China Academy of Personnel Science.
"We are saying to the manufacturers, 'Here's what the
plane should look like.' Our loyalty is to the airline industry
that serves the public, and the product has to be optimized for the
airlines and not for the manufacturers. We are thinking about what
the customer and what the industry need 20 years from
Source: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, founder and chief
executive of Los Angeles-based International Lease Finance
Corporation. Hazy reportedly continues to pressure Airbus on its
design of the upcoming A350 XWB, specifically telling the European
planemaker it should change its design to a composite-barrel
fuselage, similar to the Boeing 787, instead of Airbus' choice of
composite panels over an aluminum frame.