Barratt, Padalka Begin Six-Month Stay In Low Earth Orbit
Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt of
the 19th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-14
to the International Space Station at 9:05 am EDT Saturday morning,
with hatches between the two spacecraft opening three-and-a-half
Served As Pilot, Union President, Aviation Consultant, Advisory
The president of the world's largest pilots union Friday
the Obama administration's nomination of Capt. J. Randolph
Babbitt as the next FAA Administrator, calling
him "a powerful leader who promises to direct the FAA with staunch
determination and a deep understanding of the aviation
Time is fast ticking down to a date the entire ANN
staff looks forward to every year. See, each April 1st, we
have a problem getting our stories straight... we make things up,
we get silly, we exaggerate and lampoon. In other words, we act
weirder than normal... and in this group, that's really saying
something. (At least we get group rates on appropriate
professional care... which comes in handy more than we care to
admit -- Ed.)
Improved Program To Be Submitted To FAA For Approval
Initiated in 1994, the Aviation Safety Action Partnership, or
ASAP, was a joint-effort between American Airlines, the Federal
Aviation Administration and the Allied Pilots Association. Giving
first priority to travel safety, ASAP provided AAL pilots a way to
report safety-related incidents, without fear of disciplinary
action or retribution from management or the FAA... even if those
pilots were at fault.
The next in the continuing series of WAAS Seminars hosted by
Progressive Aviation Services, LLC is coming up next weekend. The
Houston WAAS & Advanced IFR Refresher Seminar will be held on
April 4 at the West Houston Airport (IWS) in the main terminal
building conference room.
Carrier Reaches Agreements With FAs And Ramp, Operations,
Provisioning, and Freight Agents
Southwest Airlines reached a tentative agreement last week with
the Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents more than
9,800 Southwest Flight Attendants. The tentative agreement is for a
new four-year contract through May 31, 2012. Southwest and TWU 556
began contract negotiations in May 2008.
Plane Making A Dent In The Sport Plane Market
Numerous aircraft designers have paid homage to the classic
Piper Cub, a design whose popularity never seems to wane. A shining
example is the Savage Cub.. which is making a respectable name for
itself, on its own merits.
Scintillation is the twinkling of stars (fluctuation of
intensity) seen through a planet's atmosphere. Scintillation in
caused when the star's light is distorted by the Earth's
atmosphere. Scintillation is greater for bright stars that are low
on the horizon. It is also known as astronomical scintillation.
"We are pleased that, together, we were able to bring
back a critical safety program that has served our pilots, our
airline and our industry so well for so many years. Not only that,
but in the process, we improved upon and created a program that
once again sets the standard for our industry."
Source: A joint message issued Thursday by both
American Airlines management and the Allied Pilots Association,
regarding a newly-revised Aviation Safety Action Partnership (ASAP)
to replace the former agreement that lapsed last year.