Gunship/Helo Reported Down In Cleveland National Forest
ANN is monitoring reports of a Marine Corps helo crash near San
Diego, CA, in which two Marine aviators have reportedly lost their
lives. The aircraft went down shortly before midnight, Tuesday,
with two "highly qualified" pilots on board. Carrying live
ordinance, the AH-1W went down in the Cleveland National Forest to
the East of San Diego County.
Pilot Attempted To Return To The Airport But Collided With A/C
An attempt to return to the airport after experiencing engine
issues on takeoff from Lantana's Rwy 15 has downed
a single-engine Beechcraft in Lantana, FL, where the local
media is having a field day with their instant theories and
After reports of FAA investigation of A&P testing centers in
Texas and the subsequent claims that as many as 1300 mechanics may
have been "improperly" certified over the course of well over a
decade, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association is
stepping up to face the matter head-on.
Michael Barron and Barry Kress, both former executives of
Cornerstone Logic, have purchased FBO Manager from Universal
Weather and Aviation and formed a new aviation group operating
under the name FBO Plus.
NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating
Research Experience, known as INSPIRE, is accepting applications
from high school students through June 30. NASA will make
selections in September.
The International Space Station is set to take out the garbage
after Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka closed the hatch on a
trash-filled ISS Progress 32 (P32) cargo craft. The P32 was
scheduled to undock Wednesday at 11:18 a.m. EDT and burn up over
the Pacific Ocean 12 days later.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.06.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.06.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Sean D. Tucker's Freeway Landing -
05.06.09 (ANN Special Report, with Sean D.
Applicability: This Bulletin refers to Robinson
R22 helicopters of all models, and will be of interest to:
owners of Robinson R22 helicopters;
maintenance organisations that carry out maintenance on R22
Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who carry out
maintenance on R22 helicopters
AEA's Outgoing Chairman Talks About The Organization
After years in service to the Aircraft Electronics Association, AEA Chairman Michael O'Leary got to follow AEA President Paula Derks in a final official address to the AEA membership. No second fiddle, O'Leary had everyone's attention... and deserved it. O’Leary has served on the AEA board of directors since 1996, first as secretary, and since 2002, as its Chairman. In 1998, Michael was honored as AEA’s Member of the Year. O’Leary is an avionics sales manager with Midcoast Aviation, Cahokia, Ill. In other words, avionics-wise, he's been there and done it all.
Making MONEY? ...In GA? Who Knew? American Capital Realizes $31
Million Gain From Piper Sale
Here's a shocker... not only did Piper get sold last week
(in a story FIRST broken by ANN) to a concern (Imprimis) that
really intends to let it grow... but the folks that sold it wound
up making a boat-load of wampum (Get it? Wampum... Cherokees,
Arrows, Senecas, Seminoles... oh, never mind).
Let's Take A Closer Look At The Damage From 1Q/2009...
In addition to the basic data in the first story we published
about GAMA's release of the 2009 Fist Quarter Sales
Disasters Reports, there is a lot of specific data
that is worth looking over... Mind you, this is but the first
quarter and possibly the worst of those that we'll see in terms of
the current economic meltdown, as some signs of slight and slow
recoveries are being reported in nearly every sector of the
Impending Fuel Exhaustion Compelled Him To "Land While I Was
Still In Control"
There is a pretty darned good reason that Sean Tucker is one of
the nation's most revered and respected airshow pilots -- and
anyone who has seen him fly knows exactly why... the man is one of
the best pilots in the biz... period.
Deadline Approaching for Compliance With New DHS Rule Affecting
Private A/C on Int'l Flights
Our good friends at the FAA Safety Teams sent us a
reminder that merits inclusion in this news cycle... as a deadline
is fast approaching. On December 18, 2008, the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) issued a new rule that affects private aircraft
operating on international flights.
AEA's Outgoing Chairman Talks About The Organization
After years in service to the Aircraft Electronics Association,
AEA Chairman Michael O'Leary got to follow AEA President Paula
Derks in a final official address to the AEA membership. No second
fiddle, O'Leary had everyone's attention... and deserved it.
Toilet Option Now Available On Daher-Socata’s TBM
OK... ANN wants to finally bring a major and PRESSING issue out
into the open... as more and more GA manufacturers try to increase
the range of their products (Yay!), they've done NOTHING (Boo!),
nothing I tell you, to increase the range of the pilots... OK, only
a few have, and Daher-Socata has just joined the mix.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's PWR-9221FJ dual-mode ramjet
engine has successfully completed its first ground test at Mach 4
flight conditions at the Arnold Engineering Development Center,
Tullahoma, Tenn. PWR tells us that a dual-mode ramjet engine is a
key technology for developing reusable hypersonic vehicles.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) District 142 has announced a tentative four-year
collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines covering
the carrier's 5,300 customer service and reservation agents.
Joins Leading Edge Aviation as New Sales and Marketing
Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS) tells ANN that they have
added Amanda Ching to the company as Sales and Marketing Manager.
In her new role, Amanda will spearhead all client relations
initiatives for the commercial services company, including
advertising, tradeshow, and customer care support during a time of
A fast moving low pressure system that moves southeast out of
Canadian Province of Alberta (southwest Canada) through the Plains,
Midwest, and Great Lakes region usually during the winter. This low
pressure area is usually accompanied by light snow, strong winds,
and colder temperatures. Another variation of the same system is
called a "Saskatchewan Screamer".
Aero-Linx: A Pilot's Guide to
What do you say to a FREE online
course that teaches some of the rudiments of in-flight icing? NASA
has just that, for you. Every pilot who could encounter
in-flight icing needs to spend some time with this
"We can do this. We can pull this thing out. We've done
it before. We can do it again."
Source: Outgoing AEA Chairman, Michael
O'Leary, speaking to the assembled membership of the AEA at the
2009 Convention, in Dallas, in regards to surviving the
economic issues that plague the industry.