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September 08, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.08.11

A Yak 42 airliner is down in Russia.
A new problem could be serious for the F-35 program.
And unions rally to get FAA funding through Congress.

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Update: FAA Sez Grounding LSA Manufacturer Not 'Heavy-Handed'

The Grounding Of Criquet Raises Industry Fears About FAA Attitude Towards LSA

ANN RealTime Update, 09.08.11, 1121 ET: The FAA has refused further comment on this story and our attempts to interview staffers from AIR-200 have been politely turned away. Questions about the specifics of the grounding order and the reasons for its imposition remain unanswered. ANN reported the first known 'grounding' of an LSA manufacturer, by the FAA, last week when a memo produced by the FAA's AIR-200 was forwarded to us shortly after it was prepared. The August 30th Memo sent to "All Manufacturing Inspection Offices, All Manufacturing District/

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G-YROX Stalled By Russian Bureaucrats

Enthusiasts Again Lobby Embassies To Allow Circumnavigation Attempt

The attempt of an Irish cancer survivor to become the first person in history to circumnavigate the globe in an autogyro is again at risk of being interrupted for the winter.

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NTSB Prelim Suggests Todd Green Lost Grip On Both Aircraft In Transfer

Apparently Attempted To Grab Helo Skid Before It Was In Place For The Stunt

The NTSB's preliminary report in the accident which fatally injured air show stuntman Todd Green suggests he attempted to reach for the skid of the helicopter before it was in the correct position to complete the stunt. Green lost his footing on the Stearman biplane in the attempt to transfer between it and a helicopter flying overhead during an air show at Selfridge Air National Guard Base on August 21st.

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