US President Barack Obama took some flak last week from People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, when he swatted a fly during
a TV interview. But the attention of animal rights activists is
being diverted this week by happenings in New York.
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.24.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.24.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Gordon Campbell, Campbell Field Airport -
06.24.09 (ANN Special Report, with Gordon
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) District 142 has confirmed membership ratification of
a new collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines. The
four-year agreement covers the carrier's 5,300 customer service and
reservation agents and was approved by 54 percent of the members
Creditor To Help Struggling Airline Out Of Chapter 11
Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. announced Monday it has entered
into an investment agreement with Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.,
by which Republic will serve as equity sponsor for Frontier's plan
of reorganization and purchase 100% of the equity in the
reorganized company for $108.75 million.
Change In Orbit Should Reveal New Data About The Red
NASA's long-lived Mars Odyssey spacecraft has completed an
eight-month adjustment of its orbit, positioning itself to look
down at the day side of the planet in mid-afternoon instead of late
Millions of people across the globe watched as two men set foot
on another world for the first time July 20, 1969. The National Air
and Space Museum is commemorating this defining moment in space
exploration with several 40th anniversary-related programs
including astronaut appearances, book signings, the opening of an
art exhibit and gallery talks by the museum’s Space History
New Propulsion System Will Keep 'Space Habitat' Aloft Using
Orion Propulsion, Inc. Tuesday announced completion of a
qualification test program for the Forward Propulsion System (FPS)
of Bigelow Aerospace’s Sundancer Project, the world’s
first commercial space habitat. The Orion Propulsion thruster
system uses hydrogen and oxygen that are produced from
Bigelow’s proprietary Environmental Control Life Support
Pentagon Has Cut Three From This Year's Production
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has called for a production run
of only eight C-27J Spartan Joint Cargo Aircraft in the coming
fiscal year, down from an original plan for 11 of the planes.
The announcement has caused National Guard Units across the country
to call for more of the planes to be built.
At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, teams are working to
evaluate and repair a plate that attaches a gaseous hydrogen vent
line to space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank. Hydrogen
leaks in the area of the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP,
postponed Endeavour's launch attempts June 13 and 17.
Automatically Warns Controllers Of Possible Incursions
Accipiter Radar announced Monday another first for its Accipiter
line of software-definable radars at Toronto City Center Airport.
Accipiter completed the installation and approval of a
custom-developed application that provides automated alerts to
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry
trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today reported
that passenger revenue fell 26 percent in May 2009 versus the same
month in 2008 - the seventh consecutive month in which passenger
revenue has fallen from the prior year.
Failure Rates As High As 80 Percent At Some Airports
TSA wants private pilots to be "badged" in order to have access
to their personal planes at many airports, and different badge for
each airport to boot, and yet when it comes to testing their own
employees ... well you'll just have to read on. The American
Federation of Government Employees Tuesday called on TSA to take
immediate action after hearing from myriad members at the
Transportation Security Administration about unusually high failure
rates on Practical Skills Evaluations.
Embraer's Phenom 100 Gets To Brag About EASA Certification And A Healthy Order Book...
While drooling over the recently EASA Certified Phenom 100, ANN's irrepressible Paul Plack managed to get an interview and update on the latest and greatest of one of the few airframes to survive the rough and rowdy VLJ wars. The news of the hour at the time of the interview was the recent EASA Certification that followed the FAA Certification some months before.
Dr. Sam B. Williams, founder and Chairman of turbine engine
maker Williams International, passed away June 22nd, 2009 at
the age of 88. Dr. Williams is best known for his patented
invention of the small fanjet engine that enabled the creation of
small efficient business jets.
Embraer's Phenom 100 Gets To Brag About EASA Certification And A
Healthy Order Book...
While drooling over the recently EASA Certified Phenom 100,
ANN's irrepressible Paul Plack managed to get an interview and
update on the latest and greatest on one of the few airframes to
survive the rough and rowdy VLJ wars. The news of the hour at the
time of the interview was the recent EASA Certification that
followed the FAA Certification some months before.
Pact Continues Agreement Between Rockwell Collins and L-3
L-3 Avionics Systems announced that its GH-3900 Electronic
Standby Instrument System (ESIS) has been selected by Rockwell
Collins for the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics
system. The contract is for 10 years with production units slated
After a four and a half day journey from the Earth, the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully entered orbit
around the moon. Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, MD, confirmed the spacecraft's lunar orbit insertion at
0627 EDT Tuesday.
Last Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, from
Newark Liberty International Airport discovered more than 45 pounds
of cocaine in a duffel bag while conducting baggage inspections on
a flight arriving from the Dominican Republic.
A photographer for The Dallas Observer was detained at Dallas's
Addison airport, a reliever airport north of the city and Love
Field, when TSA officials challenged his right to be on the tarmac
taking pictures of a B-24 Liberator which was giving rides for
The UAV purchased by the North Little Rock Police Department
last year suffered a software failure and crashed during a training
flight Saturday. The remotely-piloted helicopter was pretty badly
damaged, and had to go back to the factory in South Carolina for
The DC-3 Aviation
Who doesn't love the venerable DC-3? We recall hearing someone
say once of this classic "If you sat any further forward your toes
would be out in the slipstream." The DC-3 Aviation Museum online
features much of the history and photos of the DC-3 in many of its
incarnations, from airliner to military transport. Another online
walk down memory lane.
"Consideration was given to a temporary solution that
would allow us to fly as scheduled, but we ultimately concluded
that the right thing was to develop, design, test and incorporate a
permanent modification to the localized area requiring
Source: Scott Carson, president and CEO of
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, on the latest delay in the planned
first flight of the Dreamliner.