AD NUMBER: 2009-07-51
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-07-51
SUMMARY: This Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) is
prompted by a Transport Canada AD report of a bearing incorrectly
installed in the copilot cyclic control lever assembly.
Aero-News has received word a Cessna 180 piloted by experienced
mountain flier Sparky Imeson disappeared off radar Tuesday
afternoon in the vicinity of Bozeman, MT, and that a search
operation has been launched to located him.
"I touch the future; I teach" are the inspiring words often
quoted by the woman who was to be the United States' first
Teacher-in-Space, Christa McAuliffe. Challenger Center for Space
Science Education is thrilled to see Christa's dreams fulfilled by
former science and math teachers Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, who
are now officially "Educator Astronauts" in orbit around the Earth
onboard to the International Space Station.
It's a questionable premise, at best... but that hasn't stopped
one Georgia lawmaker from proposing the state take over Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), ostensibly to
combat long lines and delays at the nation's busiest commercial
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.18.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.18.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Lessons Of Flight 1549:
03.18.09 (ANN Special Report, with congressional
testimony from First Officer Jeffrey Skiles.)
Roadable Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight
Despite the predictions of a whole number of nay-sayers,
Terrafugia is taking the wraps off details of the first flight of
its 'Transition' Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept. The Transition
is a two-seat aircraft designed to take off and land at local
airports and drive on any road. According to Terrafugia,
transforming from plane to car takes the pilot less than 30
Enter The "Silent Eagle" -- Less Expensive Stealth
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems unveiled Tuesday the F-15
Silent Eagle (F-15SE), a new F-15 configuration designed to meet
the future needs of international customers... while also perhaps
steering a few potential orders away from rival Lockheed Martin's
F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
They Mean Firings, Not Suicides... Unlike Senator?
The rhetoric surrounding the financial travails of American
International Group -- better known to, and reviled by, the public
as AIG -- has reached a fever pitch. In addition to one US
lawmaker's suggestion that certain AIG executives commit hari-kari,
on Tuesday the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAM) called for the "immediate termination of
every executive... who accepts a bonus payment" from the embattled
House Lawmakers Echo Concerns to Inspector General
The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS)
said Tuesday the union is "extremely concerned over the FAA's
attempts to make radical changes to its certification policy in
order to advance its Next Generation Air Transportation System
(NextGen) and modernization efforts."
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters asked the National
Mediation Board (NMB) Tuesday to release it from mediation with
Amerijet International, Inc., and to push for binding arbitration
in an effort to reach a collective bargaining agreement.
Airshow pilot Rob Holland's bio boasts that he has "never known a time where he was not completely obsessed with Aviation and Aerobatics. At a young age his Dad brought him to an airshow where he saw an airplane flying upside down, and knew that was what he HAD to do."
Official Admits Report Is "Alarming," But Says Things Aren't So
An internal FAA memo obtained by the local CBS affiliate
paints an "alarming" picture of air traffic control in the skies
over Denver, CO. That's not our take, or even the opinion of the
controllers union... but rather the words of one FAA official.
Airshow pilot Rob Holland's bio boasts that he has "never known
a time where he was not completely obsessed with Aviation and
Aerobatics. At a young age his Dad brought him to an airshow where
he saw an airplane flying upside down, and knew that was what he
HAD to do."
Winston Churchill, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, and
Susan Polan, another cancer patient, recently flew home to Florida
from treatment at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX on Corporate
Angel Network’s 31,000th and 31,001st patient
There was more measured optimism expressed Monday on a JP Morgan
Chase & Co. analyst conference call, by US Airways President
Scott Kirby. He said while the airline cut international capacity 2
percent for the coming summer travel season in the face of a rapid
decline in demand for first- and business-class seats, the market
12-Nation Consortium Will Share Three Globemaster IIIs
Boeing recently marked a key milestone at its C-17 final
assembly facility in Long Beach -- the "major join" ceremony for
Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC)
consortium's first C-17 Globemaster III.
McNabb Adds KC-X Will Be "Game-Changer"... When It Finally
Acquiring a new fleet of Air Force tankers, known as KC-X until
an airframe is chosen, is imperative, the commander of U.S.
Transportation Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee on
Tuesday. "My top priority remains the recapitalization of our aging
tanker fleet," Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb told the senators.
"The KC-X will be a game-changer."
United Launch Alliance Will Fly Payloads On Atlas Vs
NASA has selected United Launch Alliance of Littleton, CO for
the launch of two Science Mission Directorate and two Space
Operations Mission Directorate payloads under the NASA Launch
The US Army recognized Viking's product support service at a
recent informal presentation at Viking's Calgary Alberta facility.
A certificate of appreciation was presented by Fixed Wing Product
Manager, LTC Keith Brown to Viking's product support manager,
Helicopter cargo equipment provider Onboard Systems
International announced recently its new fixed beam suspension
system for the Bell 407 has been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard
has also submitted this system to Transport Canada and EASA for
certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.
An afterglow is a wide arc of glowing light that can sometimes
be seen high in the western sky at twilight; it is caused by fine
particles of dust scattering light in the upper atmosphere. 2. An
afterglow (also called postluminescence) is lingering radiation
that remains after an event like the big bang (whose afterglow is
the cosmic microwave background radiation) or a gamma ray burst
(which has an x-ray afterglow).
"As the letter is written, I would agree with you it
sounds alarming. And I understand the letter makes it look like we
had a situation we had to get under control. I would disagree with
Source: Kathryn Vernon, FAA Director of Western
Terminal Operations. An internal FAA memo obtained by the local CBS
affiliate paints an "alarming" picture of air traffic control in
the skies over Denver, CO. The two-page memo -- sent out last month
by Kevin Stark, Acting Air Traffic Manager at the Denver Air Route
Traffic Control Center (ZDV) -- states officials have expressed
concern about the loss of a large number of experienced controllers
at ZDV, as well as the relative inexperience of many of their