The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its
preliminary report into the August 5, 2009 downing of a World War
II-vintage Curtiss-Wright P-40 fighter off the coast of upstate New
As ANN reported, the crash claimed the life of
the only person onboard, veteran airshow pilot and vintage aircraft
enthusiast Robert Baranaskas.
NASA's Kepler mission has taken its first images of the
star-rich sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like
Earth. The new "first light" images show the mission's target patch
of sky, a vast starry field in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky
Way galaxy. One image shows millions of stars in Kepler's full
field of view, while two others zoom in on portions of the larger
Pair Of SAOCOM Earth Observation Satellites To Fly
Space Exploration Technologies tells ANN the company has signed
an agreement with CONAE, Argentina's National Commission on Space
Activity, for two launches aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 medium-to-heavy
A New Perspective On Airframe Icing, With King Schools
Co-Chairman John King
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.17.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.17.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A New Perspective On Airframe
Icing: 04.17.09 (ANN Special Report, with King
Schools Co-Chairman John King.)
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), lobbying
organization for the leading US airlines, reported this week that
passenger revenue fell 23 percent in March 2009 versus the same
month in 2008 -- the fifth consecutive month in which passenger
revenue has fallen from the prior year.
Norwegian Air Shuttle Will Operate Plane Leased From ILFC
Boeing celebrated a special program milestone Thursday, with the
delivery of its 6,000th 737. The aircraft was delivered to
International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC) which will lease the 737 to
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA.
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 04.17.09 1730 EDT: The
Miami Herald reports the pilot of a Cessna 421B that crashed near
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) Friday morning was killed
when the plane impacted an Oakland Park home.
JG Black Book Of Travel Names Company As First Jet Charter
Online charter flight booking tool Virgin Charter announced
Friday it has become the first private jet provider for JG Black
Book of Travel, the premier collection of unique travel products
and experiences from around the world.
Talk about a job that DOES ivolve some heavy lifting -- ask Kenny Chapman about what he does to fight the scourge of fire via one of the most incredible flying machines ever built... the Sikorski/Erickson Air-Crane.
"I Want Planes To Be Safe As Possible, But This Is Going Too
Utah freshman Congressman Jason Chaffetz says his first-ever
bill will be to block the Transportation Security Administration
from replacing old-school airport metal detectors with full-body
Talk about a job that DOES ivolve some heavy lifting -- ask
Kenny Chapman about what he does to fight the scourge of fire via
one of the most incredible flying machines ever built... the
Would Replace Steam Catapults On Aircraft Carriers
Thanks for the recommendation... but we're going to do it
anyway. That's the message the US Navy had for the Government
Accountability Office this week, in proceeding with development of
a new launching system for carrier-based aircraft.
A big boost for pilot participation in the FAA WINGS safety
program is the goal of a four-way coalition involving the Aero-News
Network (ANN), the Advocates For Air Safety Foundation (AFASF),
Master Instructors LLC, and the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam).
The University of Texas at Dallas is hosting a symposium this
weekend to mark receipt of 10,000 formerly-classified Central
Intelligence Agency documents dealing with Air America. The
airline, operated as a civilian service in Asia following World War
II, was also a front for covert CIA operations in the region.
Four-Year Agreement Will Go To Membership For Vote
Alaska Airlines announced this week it has reached a tentative
agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on a new,
four-year contract for the carrier's 1,455 pilots. The proposed
contract will now be presented to Alaska's pilots for review and a
ratification vote, which is expected to be completed by the third
week in May.
Canadian investigators are faced with trying to determine how a
reportedly distressed passenger forced open the door of a chartered
Beechcraft King Air 200 at 23,000 feet over a remote area of the
Northwest Territories, and leapt to his death.
Will Also Continue To Serve As Chief Operating Officer
StandardAero has appointed Jack Lawless, President of Associated
Air Center in Dallas, TX. Lawless will manage his new duties as
Associated Air Center's President concurrent with his existing
duties as StandardAero's Chief Operating Officer.
Light sport aircraft manufacturer X-Air LLC, maker of the X-Air
LS, announced this week a "strategic distribution agreement" with
SportsPlanes.Com. The company's 15 affiliated regional dealers will
now be the exclusive sales agents for the X-Air LS in the United
"I want the planes to be as safe as possible, but this
is just going too far. The name of safety is overtaking personal
privacy and I think that's wrong."
Source: Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The
freshman lawmaker's first-ever bill will be to block the
Transportation Security Administration from replacing old-school
airport metal detectors with full-body imaging scanners.