Former Raytheon & Hawker VP Simon Caldecott Replaces
Just days after touting its business jet project at NBAA 2011 in
Las Vegas, Piper Aircraft has announced another turnover in top
management, and a new interim CEO whose first statement is to
question whether the Altaire development program is properly
aligned with market forecasts and company goals.
Structural Failure In-Flight: About As Serious As It
No one has to tell you that there are a few instances in
aviation when the pucker factor is at an all-time high... and a
structural failure is pretty close to the top of the list. There is
a reason why most aerobats wear a chute (and should)... and that is
the result of the more extensive stresses and forces involved in
aerobatic flight... and the possibility that a small problem or
failure can progress to a much larger one. In this case, the pilot
made the solid decision that trying further flight in a compromised
airplane was not smart and elected to air out his chute. Smart.
Undergrad And Graduate Level Students Will Be Eligible To
NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are launching
a 2012 undergraduate and graduate level student robotics
competition. The RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts
Academic Linkage) Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge will allow
up to eight teams to compete at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)
next spring. The prize is $10,000 and a chance to attend the
popular analog and robotics testing event, NASA Desert Rats, in
the fall of 2012.
Lesson: If Not Familiar With New Type of Aircraft, PLEASE Get
There are a great variety of exciting and innovative
experimental aircraft on the used market... but many of them have
unique handling, performance or operational issues that DO require
more insight than the average spam can. If in doubt, get solid
guidance and/or instruction from persons with actual experience
with the aircraft in question...
The FAA has approved 32 helicopter WAAS LPV instrument flight
procedures, with another procedures in various stages of
development and approval. The procedures were developed by Hickok
& Associates under a contract with the agency.
Company Is An Initial Founding Member Of The Aviation Green
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced this week that all
of its turbine-powered aircraft are now approved to use biofuels -
a renewable resource that can help reduce the use of fossil fuels
and minimize carbon emissions. To be used in HBC aircraft, they
must meet American Society for Testing and Materials International
(ASTM) turbine fuel standards.
Professional Development Program Being Held At Maxwell Air
Sixty-two Civil Air Patrol members from across America will be
primed for executive-level success at CAP’s 2011 National
Staff College, which runs through October 22 at Maxwell Air Force
Base in Montgomery, AL. This annual professional development
opportunity enhances the leadership abilities of members who are,
or will be, assuming positions of regional or national importance
within the Civil Air Patrol.
CAE says it has sold four Level D full-flight simulators (FFS)
including a Boeing 777-300ER to Cathay Pacific Airways, an Airbus
A320 to the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence, an Airbus A330 FFS
to Lufthansa Flight Training GmBh and a Boeing 777-300ER to an
undisclosed customer. Cathay Pacific also ordered a CAE Simfinity
integrated procedures trainer (IPT).
Deputy Asst. Sec. of the Air Force For Energy Slated For Oct.
The Air Force Association is pleased to announce Dr. Kevin T.
Geiss, a member of the Senior Executive Service, as the guest
speaker for the October session of the AFA Air Force Breakfast
Program. This session will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011,
from 0700-0900 EDT at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington,
The FAA has granted a TSO to FreeFlight Systems for its RANGR
FDL-978TX ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) UAT
978MHz transmitter. The RANGR FDL-978TX system will interface to
FreeFlight Systems WAASGPS receiver 1201, dual antennas, and a
panel mounted control head.
Team Will Fly A 'Missing Man' In Honor Of Lost Team Mate
It's been a tough time for the Trojan Horseman since the loss of
a team mate in a WV Airshow crash last month, just hours after
another, separate, tragedy occurred at the Reno Air Races... On
November 11th, 2011 the team will fly together publicly for first
time since then. Trojan Horsemen team members will fly a formation
flight over the start of the Veterans Airlift Command annual golf
tournament and Fund-raising dinner, then fly the missing man in
honor of Jack "Flash" Mangan. Flash was originally scheduled to
lead this mission and his team mates will complete it for him.
Flash and his company, RMG, have always supported veterans
IFR Ground/Refresher Webinar Course Starts November 1st--First
Session Is FREE!!!
Frequent ANN contributor, Bob Miller, will be conducting an
8-week instrument pilot ground/refresher webinar course beginning
Tuesday, November 1, from 7pm to 9pm EST (0000Z to 0200Z).
This fast-paced course is designed for the serious instrument pilot
who wants to review all the critical components of the complex
world of IFR flight. This "live" interactive course will include
the organization and structure of the national airspace system as
it pertains to the instrument pilot.
Production Set To Start On New Twin-Engine Jets,
Deliveries Planned For 2013
In what may be one of the industry's most successfull
turnarounds in recent memory, Mason Holland, CEO and Chairman of
Eclipse Aerospace announced Monday at the NBAA Convention in Las
Vegas that the company has re-opened the order book for new
airplanes, and will soon begin production of the the Eclipse 550,
the new twin-engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family.
For the second time in 14 days, Cessna Aircraft Company
introduced plans for a new airplane. Plans for the new Citation
Latitude mid-size business jet Monday morning at the start of the
64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. This is Cessna's second
new product announcement in the past 14 days; the company launched
the Citation M2 light business jet on September 26.
American Airlines has announced that it will cut its capacity
three percent more than it forecast in January this year, retiring
11 of its Boeing 757s, but not just because of falling demand or
fuel efficiency concerns. The airline says its pilots are choosing
to retire in numbers way beyond expectations.
A new timeline for demonstration flights of a follow-on aircraft
to the Kiowa Warrior may come too early for Sikorsky to get its new
Raider into the competition. The Army announced at the Association
of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC this week
that it will consider either a continuation of the Warrior program,
or will select an off-the-shelf aircraft that can be adapted to the
Armed Aerial Scout program.
Wayne County Official Received Payment When She Left
Voluntarily To Become Head Of Detroit Metro Airport
A Michigan state representative is calling for an investigation
into what was termed a "severance package" given to a former Wayne
County official when she left her job with the
county voluntarily to become the new head of Detroit Metro
Aero Linx: American Helicopter
Museum and Education Center
The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the
nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to
helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and
chronicle the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft. Each
year the Museum hosts thousands of visitors, school groups,
families and senior citizens. Tourists of all ages from the U.S and
abroad come here to witness the history and the future of the
A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures,
winds 35 mph or greater, and sufficient falling and/or blowing snow
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"APA’s rank-and-file members are not privy to
inside financial information. Our advisers have in fact indicated
that the airline does not face any immediate liquidity crisis and
possesses respectable cash reserves."
Source: The Allied Pilots Association, in
comments associated with a follow-up to a statement citing the
observation that American Airline's attrition rate was so
conspicuous that on October 3, APA felt the need to issue a news
release making clear that the pilots did not have any insider
information about an impending bankruptcy, but were likely reacting
to the general decline in the stock market.