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December 24, 2006

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.25.06 Holiday Edition

Prominent Experimental Aircraft Avionics Shop May Be Closing Doors

Virgin America Expects US DOT Rejection

Search Crews Have Located Missing Plane In AZ

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Search Crews Locate Missing Plane In AZ

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.24.06 1135 EST: Search crews in Arizona have located the wreckage of a small plane that went missing six days ago. The plane was found on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, south of the plane's departure point of Winslow, AZ.

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Virgin America Expects US DOT Rejection

Pending Thumbs Down 'Worst-Kept Secret In Washington'

The reaction to the federal government's probable rejection of Virgin America's application to fly has come fast and furious since the unofficial news emerged last week.

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Not So Fast, Say Delta Creditors

Say They Expect Airline To Consider Other Than 'Stand-Alone' Options

Emerging from bankruptcy as an independent, stand-alone carrier should not be the only option on Delta's table, according to a group of the airline's creditors.

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China To Airline Pax: 'Shut Up And Color'

Government Responds To Complaints And Bad Behavior

If you take the "civil" out China’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC), you might get a flavor of how that country’s passengers are behaving lately.

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Mesa Air Group Ventures Into China

East Meets West In A Booming Chinese Aviation Market

Mesa announced last week it has signed a joint venture agreement with China's Shenzhen Airlines to create a regional airline serving the Chinese market. The partnership has yet to name the carrier to be.

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FAA Says No To Jail Abutting Hattiesburg Airport

NIMBY's Can Help Aviation Too...

A group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Palmer’s Crossing started a petition to quash a 600-bed detention facility planned for a 20-acre plot adjacent to Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport in Hattiesburg, MS near the community of Palmer's Crossing.

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Space Scientist Proves Santa Can Deliver

Precise Calculations Show Kris Kringle's Trip Is Possible

University of Calgary scientist Andrew Yau says Santa Claus CAN deliver gifts to billions of children in one night.

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NTSB Releases Prelim On CA Mercy Air Chopper Crash

Night Flight Through Cajon Pass Ends In Disaster

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on the December 10 crash of a Mercy Air Services Bell 412SP helicopter (file photo of type below) near the summit of Cajon Pass and Hesperia, CA that killed its pilot and two medical crewmembers.

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Santa Makes Stop At St. Louis Area Airport

Crafty Old Elf Said To Be Making Test Run

ANN got a news tip Santa Claus was planning to test his delivery system on the Saturday before Christmas Eve.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.24.06): Zero-Zero


The weather outside is frightful. It's foggy, with low clouds. It may be dark. You have an instrument-capable airplane, are instrument rated and current, and have your IFR clearance. Can you take off into near zero visibility?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.06)


Few of us can afford to own a piece of aviation history and that’s when or if there happens to be one for sale. Replicas are more within reach of the average pilot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.06): TCAD


Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance Device - A proprietary low cost anti-collision system detecting and alerting pilots to traffic by sensing nearby transponders.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.24.06)

"This isn't the first time I've seen Santa this year. I saw him at the market square in town -- except he wasn't in an airplane then, he was riding a motorcycle."

Source: A child commenting on Santa's surprise visit in an airplane to Saint Louis Metro-East/Shafer Field near Saint Louis yesterday.

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