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January 19, 2006

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.20.06

New Horizons is on its way to Pluto at a record 36-thousand miles an hour.

What will Galileo do for you?

And it looks like the only choices in Northwest's bankruptcy are bad... and

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ANN Special Feature: CMC's Jean-Marc Gagne on Galileo 01.20.06

The European Space Agency and Galileo Industries Thursday signed a deal for the delivery of four navigation satellites... part of the system Europeans are building to rival the US Global Positionin

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.06

New Horizons is on its way to Pluto at a record 36-thousand miles an hour.

What will Galileo do for you?

And it looks like the only choices in Northwest's bankruptcy are bad... and

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Pilot Killed In CA Hornet Accident

It is not yet known what brought down a Navy F/A-18C Hornet over the Southern California Wednesday night, killing the pilot.

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Probe Is Off To New Horizons!

Is Third Time The Charm?

ANN REALTIME UPDATE: 01.19.06 1400 EST: It's away! Right on time... kind of... the Atlas V rocket carrying the New Horizons probe lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, in a dazzling plume of orange flame.

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Eclipse Test Fleet Surpasses 1,000 Flight Hours

Company Appears To Have Home Plate In Sight 

When we last reported on the status of Eclipse Aviation's test fleet in September 2005, ANN commented the company -- with 500 flight hours accumulated among the fleet at that time -- had hit a major milestone, but hadn't quite rounded third base in its quest for home plate. Well, we can now report the company is well past third... and looks to have its eye squarely on the catcher.

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If It Can Be Brought Down By A Kite...

...Can We All Agree The C-150 Is NOT A Terror Threat?

Editor's Note: When basing a story off an FAA Preliminary Report, we usually give a brief synopsis on essential points of the story. Sometimes, however... we can't think of any better way to present the tale... than to let the report stand on its own.

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NWA Says 2006 Losses Hinge On Employee Concessions

It Will Either Be Bad... Or VERY Bad

Nineteen days into 2006, Northwest Airlines is already predicting its financial future for the year... and essentially, the choices are 'bad,' or 'worse.'

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Boeing Gets Contract For Phase II Of CF-18 Upgrade Program

Brings Fleet Up To Spec With Other Allied Fighters

Canada's Department of National Defense has awarded Boeing a $39 million contract for installation of the second phase of an avionics upgrade for its 78 CF-18 fighter aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.19.06

AOPA President Phil Boyer Shares His Thoughts On The ADIZ Hearings

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.19.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.19.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AOPA's President Phil Boyer: 01.19.06  (ANN's Feature News Program, with Phil Boyer's impress

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CASA AD: American Champion

Applicability: Model 7ECA, 7GCAA, 7GCBC, 8KCAB, and 8GCBC aircraft, that were manufactured before 12 August 2005; and have less than 250 hours time in service. Model 7AC, 7ACA, S7AC, 7BCM, 7CCM, S7CCM, 7DC, S7DC, 7EC, S7EC, 7ECA, 7FC, 7GC, 7GCA, 7GCAA, 7GCB, 7GCBA, 7GCBC, 7HC, 7JC, 7KC, 7KCAB, 8KCAB, and 8GCBC aircraft, that have installed, a flight control cable (or flight control cable included in a wing retrofit kit) that was purchased from American Champion Aircraft Corp. (ACAC) before 12 August 2005; and have less than 250 hours time in service since the above installation.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.19.06

Some eye-opening at the ADIZ hearings...

A helicopter pilot is charged with manslaughter...

And a sad discovery near a volcano in Costa Rica

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2006-01-04 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-01-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Raytheon airplanes identified above.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2006-01-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-01-02 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes.

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Hawaii Helicopter Pilot Charged With Manslaughter

First Criminal Case Involving Helo Accident In State History

Not guilty. That's the plea from a Hawaiian helicopter pilot who appeared in court Tuesday on manslaughter charges related to an accident that claimed the lives of three people last year.

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SportPlane Biz Take Note: ANN's SportPlane Resource Guide Surveys Now Underway!

E-I-C Note: Hey Gang... we're about to take on one of the most aggressive and massive projects we've ever undertaken -- trying to "top" our own SportPlane Resource Guide! If you are in the business, pay attention to this and work with us as quickly and completely as you can.

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Residents: Shorten Witham's Runway. FAA: No.

One Of Four Options Presented By County Officials

The NIMBY crowd fighting against Florida's Witham Field received a reality check Wednesday, when FAA officials told residents living near the airport that no -- thanks for the suggestion -- but shortening one of the airport's runways is not an option.

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Fire Department's Response To CA Accident Questioned

Wreckage Found Over Three Hours After Reported

Visalia, CA city and fire officials are investigating the department's response time in a accident Friday that killed a local couple and their two granddaughters.

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Last WC-130H Departs Keesler

The last of a generation of aircraft lifted gently off a runway at Keesler AFB, MS, Jan. 12. “This is the end of an era. For years the H model performed magnificently meeting the needs of the weather mission; however, it is time to move on,” said Brig. Gen. Rich Moss, commander of the 403rd Wing.

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Alaskan Judge Rules Hunters Cannot Shoot Wolves From Air

Program Meant To Curb Impact On Larger Game

A program begun in 2003 to prevent wolves from decimating Alaska's moose and caribou populations has run afoul of an Alaskan judge, who ruled Tuesday licensed hunters can no longer shoot wolves from airplanes.

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Boeing Begins Selection Of Vendors For 747-8

Propulsion System Suppliers Chosen

Boeing announced Wednesday the team of outside suppliers that will provide propulsion systems for the recently introduced 747-8 family of long-haul airliners.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.19.06): Sterile Cockpit

Aero-Tips!

It can be hard work near the ground. On takeoff and landing, obstacles, other airplanes, and departure or arrival tasks all compete for your limited time and attention.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.19.06)

Aero-Linx!

Home of the Hubble Telescope.  Fantastic collection of Hubble images, as well as news and discoveries. Want some out of this world wallpaper for your computer, you’ll find it here...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.19.06): Aerostat

Aerostat A Lighter than Air craft such as balloon or airship. It’s lift caused by buoyancy relative to surrounding air. Some blondes can also fall into this category. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.19.06)

"The only way to correct this is to take conditions back to the way they were in 1998." Source: Stuart, FL resident Lynne Pine, who is also a member of the Witham Airport Action Majority, a group of residents suing Martin County over the 1998 extension of one of Witham Field's three runways. The FAA has rejected a proposal by county officials to remove the extension, and is considering three other suggestions for moving a runway overrun zone away from recent homes built close to the 50-plus-year-old airport.

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