NASA announced Tuesday this week's scheduled launch of NASA's
Phoenix Mars Lander aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket
has been postponed 24 hours. The two available launch times on
Saturday, August 4 are 5:26:34 am, and 6:02:59 am EDT.
Bombardier announced Tuesday its midsize Learjet 60 XR business
jet entered service this week with Cloud Nine Aviation, of Los
Angeles, CA. The milestone was celebrated with an employee delivery
ceremony at the Learjet manufacturing facility in Wichita, KS.
Says FAA Failed To Detect Errors At Chalks Ocean Airways
On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended
the Federal Aviation Administration take additional steps to verify
the maintenance programs of commercial aircraft operators include
stringent criteria to address recurring or systemic discrepancies,
including, if necessary, further analysis of the discrepancies
through a comprehensive engineering evaluation.
An AH-64 Apache helicopter made an emergency landing Tuesday
after coming under fire over eastern Baghdad, according to media
reports. The two crewmembers onboard the stricken helo were safely
Company officials insist it's business as usual at planemaker
Sino Swearingen, manufacturer of the SJ30-2 business jet... but
following another round of layoffs at the company's facilities in
Martinsburg, WV and San Antonio, TX, some are wondering how
much longer that will be the case.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.31.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.31.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- "Meet The Administrator," Part
One: 07.31.07 (ANN Special Feature, with part one of FAA
Administrator Marion Blakey's talk to AirVenture 2007 attendees
No one involved is commenting publicly... but a spokesman at an
Airbus plant in Lower Saxony says representatives with Stork Fokker
and Spirit Aerospace have visited two Airbus sites in recent weeks,
apparently sizing up the German facilities for possible buyout.
"The Best Ever" Following Adjustment To '06 Numbers
It was a banner year for attendance at AirVenture 2007... but
with an asterisk attached. That's the word from the Experimental
Aircraft Association, which estimates some 560,000 people took in
the festivities at the weeklong event.
Northwest Airlines may not be the only airline out there to have
cancelled flights lately... but it is by far the one getting the
most press. The Eagan, MN-based airline -- just two months out of
Chapter 11 -- continues to face problems with scrapped flights,
discontented pilots... and angry passengers.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association reports for the
second time in six months, a primary radar failure Sunday morning
at Cincinnati Tower (CVG) and Terminal Radar Approach Control
(TRACON), combined with what the union calls a lack of appropriate
secondary radar feeds, delayed scores of flights into and out of
the nation's 14th-busiest airport at the beginning of a morning
rush hour period.
Personnel at Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, WI thought it
a bit unusual to see barns once filled to the brim with aircraft
parts, suddenly begin to empty out... and a suspect in the apparent
theft has been told to stay in the state for the time being.
Major General Joe Engle detailed his adventures in the X-15 and
Space Shuttle Projects recently at AirVenture 2007. Engle -- who
has amassed 11,000 flight hours, 200 of which were in space -- flew
in the space shuttles Enterprise, Columbia, and Discovery. He
recounted the advances made with the two aircraft, as well as his
personal experiences in them.
Quick poll -- what would you rather travel on between the US and
Europe, a long narrowbody aircraft, or a twin-aisle widebody plane?
If you answered the latter (sorry, "in my own private Global
Express" isn't an option here) then you may be disappointed the
next time you fly Delta, Continental, and a variety of other
Interview With Lee Siudzinski On EAA's AeroScholars
As part of a series on the aviation workforce, Aero-News is
talking with participants at Oshkosh about what is being done to
attract prospective students into aviation careers. We recently
talked with Lee Siudzinski, Ed.D, Vice President of Education for
the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) about the concept,
progress and future of a fairly new Youth Program sponsored by EAA,
At AirVenture, young and old mingle... the people, and the
aircraft. Last Thursday night at Theater in the Woods, retired
General Chuck Yeager and retired Colonel Gail Halvorsen spoke on
their adventures... and then it was then time for the younger
"My hats off to Charles Lindbergh. I don’t know
how he did it but I know why his windows were so small, when
you’re flying over that much water, you don’t want to
Source: Round-The-World pilot Barrington
Irving, 23, speaking at a recent Theater In The Woods presentation
entitled "Future Pioneers Of Aviation" at AirVenture 2007. Erik
Lindbergh -- grandson of Charles -- and Jamail Larkin also spoke at