NORAD Officials Reschedule Capital-Area Exercise Due To Bad
A North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise designed to
test the command's aerospace defense capabilities in the national
capital area has been rescheduled after inclement weather last week
forced its postponement. Exercise Falcon Virgo, originally planned
for the May 15-16 overnight period, now is scheduled for May
Easy Access To Current Notices Of Proposed Amendment Provided
As A First Step
EASA has launched its new web-based rulemaking handbook (e-tool)
to facilitate access to EASA rules. The handbook currently includes
Notices of Proposed Amendment (NPA) for air operations (NPA
2009-02B, NPA 2009-02C, NPA 2009-02E) and for organisation
requirements (NPA 2008-22C).
International Launch Services (ILS) got off a successful launch,
over the weekend, carrying the Indostar II/Protostar II satellite
into orbit. This marks the second commercial mission of the year
for ILS and the fourth successful Proton launch of 2009. The May
16th launch comes on the heels of the milestone 50th ILS Proton
launch on April 3rd.
ALL kinds of things hit the news desk here at ANN (some of them
quite literally...), but we have to admit that this is,
undoubtedly, a "new one." It seems that the FAA Incident reports
from this past weekend contains a terse but truly unique report of
an altercation between a Cessna and a... golf ball.
It was a tough weekend, as the results from the Monday accident
totals revealed, as they were published a short while ago. In one
of the more memorable encounters this weekend, a Pitts Model 12 (a
big bipe with limited forward viz) overtook and clobbered a Cessna
Skyhawk, early Sunday afternoon.
Amazing Effort Does Not Come Without Complications
STS-125 mission specialists Mike Massimino and Mike Good
completed the mission’s fourth spacewalk Sunday at 5:47 p.m.
EDT. The spacewalkers continued repairs and improvements to the
Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) that will extend the
Hubble’s life into the next decade.
Unpuzzling The Regs Put Forth by The Washington Puzzle Palaces
Produced just before the FAA had a sudden and unexpected moment of good sense and killed off the current NPRM covering an aggressive Repair Station regs, AEA's Ric Peri held forth on a number of ponderous topics... Part 145 included. While the withdrawal plays into the sentiments expressed by much of the avionics industry, there remains a lot of turmoil over the future of the FAA's regulatory interface with Maintenance operations.
The Air Force notes that many of us occasionally hear stories of
Airmen saving lives in combat, but in this case, an Airman who
saves the lives of more than 300 airline passengers is definitely a
story worth hearing.
Avidyne And PS Engineering To Deliver Entegra Release 9
Compatible Audio Panel
Avidyne is partnering up with the folks at PS Engineering to add
an audio control solution for Avidyne's exciting Entegra Release 9
Integrated Avionics Suite upgrade. The Avidyne version of PS
Engineering's flagship PMA8000B Audio Panel/Intercom/ Marker Beacon
Receiver is designed to add special functionality when interfaced
with Release 9...
Sad Accident Does Not Appear To Have Been Caused By Fuel
The horrific crash that claimed the lives of a pilot and
passenger just seconds after takeoff from Florida's Lantana
Airport, appears to have occurred just 2 and a half hours (tach
time) after extensive engine repairs were undertaken... but nearly
six months (calendar) before. An annual inspection had been
completed on April 1st, and witnesses report that the aircraft had
flown the week before.
Unpuzzling The Regs Put Forth by The Washington Puzzle
Produced just before the FAA had a sudden and unexpected moment
of good sense and killed off the current NPRM covering an
aggressive Repair Station regs, AEA's Ric Peri held forth on a
number of ponderous topics... Part 145 included.
ALPA Urges Lawmakers To Rope In The Exception To The Rule
The Air Line Pilot's Association has echoed some of the
sentiments recently expressed over potential hazards presented by
certain battery components and technologies carried by passengers
-- or contained in airborne baggage or freight.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.18.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: Flight 3407 Part I - CVR
Analysis - 05.18.09
(ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)
An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft is reported to have
crashed Thursday, May 14th, in eastern Afghanistan. The crash was
not due to hostile fire but no other potential cause has been
An imaginary sphere encompassing the Earth that represents the
sky. Astronomers chart the sky using the celestial coordinates of
the sphere to locate objects in the cosmos. This sphere is divided
into 88 sections called constellations. Objects are sometimes named
for the major constellation in which they appear.
The Diamond Aviators Association (the DAA) is a membership
organization established to educate, promote the safety of, and
support the owners and pilots of certified aircraft manufactured by
Diamond Aircraft Corporation, encourage ownership of these aircraft
and provide social activities for its members.
"I told her you need to inform your captain before we go
Source: Air Force Staff Sgt. Bartek
Bachleda, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator -- who noticed
a fuel leak on a civilian aircraft, during a flight from
Chicago to Narita airport, Japan. After alerting the pilots and
aircrew, the ranking pilot made the decision to divert the flight
to San Francisco.