From the Hero's List... #7: Scaled Composites, One and
Burt Rutan and his troops have undertaken the 'improbable' and
turned it into recorded history. Burt and his troops have taken the
'nearly impossible' and made it look (dare I say it?) 'easy.' 2007
was the year that Burt and the folks at Scaled Composites found out
that every revolution oft requires a price be paid for the
challenges you undertake. This year, despite incredible safety
measures, and a nearly flawless record, Scaled Composites found out
how costly their dreams can be.
From the Hero's List... #8: Eclipse
Aviation's Vern Raburn
Having Vern on this list is likely to earn me as much hate mail
as praise... and for (pretty much) all the same reasons. Still; I
truly believe that this guy demands a prominent spot on the heroes
list.Yeah, I know all the nay-sayers will talk about busted
schedules, the rumors of financial problems (more from hope than
actual evidence, we think), and dozens of other issues, but the
fact of the matter is that Raburn and the Eclipse troops have
pushed the entire industry to react, and adapt, to the challenges
he has put before a biz that was so mired in the same old BS, that
many honestly feared (at times) the business would sink out of
sight and no one would notice.
The security of the nation's airspace, airports and aircraft is
every pilot's concern. As the voice for general aviation, the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has teamed with the
Transportation Security Administration to develop an exciting new
online course to help flight schools, FBOs, aircraft owners, renter
pilots and flying clubs enhance aviation security.
The Space Shuttle Program met Thursday to assess the progress
made to troubleshoot an issue with the engine cutoff sensor circuit
that occurred during the recent launch attempts and tanking test.
Instrumentation installed for the tanking test indicate that there
are one or more intermittent open circuits in the area of the feed
through connector on the external tank’s liquid hydrogen
New US DOT Hazmat Safety Rule to Place Lithium Battery Limits
in Carry-on Baggage on Passenger Aircraft Effective January 1,
Passengers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium
batteries in checked luggage beginning January 1, 2008 once new
federal safety rules take effect. The new regulation, designed to
reduce the risk of lithium battery fires, will continue to allow
lithium batteries in checked baggage if they are installed in
electronic devices, or in carry-on baggage if stored in plastic
ANN has been enormously gratified by the response to our
sneak-peek at Aero-TV and with the first debut of SCHEDULED
programming coming up (WAY TOO) quickly, it's time to fill in some
more staffing requirements (oh, my aching payroll...). Mind you,
what you've seen so far is a TINY fraction of what we have in our
action plan -- not even the tip of the iceberg -- but apparently it
was enough of a start for thousands of you to let us know that YOU
want your Aero-TV!
FMI: I Want To Be One Of The Faces Of Aero-TV!
From the Hero's List... #8: Cessna Boss, Jack
Over the last few years I've humorously asked the question,
"what in the heck are they putting in the drinking water in
Wichita, Kansas these days?" The reason for such an inquiry is the
aggressive (and dare say) nonconformist behavior of Cessna's CEO,
Jack Pelton. Cessna has been known as a bastion of solid
conservative aviation business for quite a few years, and under the
legendary leadership of folks like Russ Myers, it often seemed as
if Cessna could do no wrong (and for many years, it didn't)...
though real change came about at a slower than desired pace.
From the Hero's List... #9: Alternative Fuels/Powerplants
AvGas is lovely stuff... but it's getting more expensive by the
day -- and there are rumors that its availability may soon be
endangered by any number of unseemly factors. Be that as it may...
it's time for a change and the rush to alternative fuels and
alternatively fueled powerplants couldn't come fast enough for
those of us at ANN. We're happy to say the the alternative fuel
revolution is in full swing.
2008 ACSS To Include Walk Through of Reconstructed TWA Flight
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has informed ANN that
the 2008 Air Charter Safety Symposium, entitled "Developing a
Healthy Safety Culture" will take place February 19-20, 2008, at
the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in
Ashburn, VA, just west of Washington, DC.
ARINC is now supporting the Rockwell Collins eXchange broadband
communications system for business jets. Rockwell Collins announced
the availability of eXchange with service by SKYLink earlier this
A team of weapons specialists has loaded a 20-foot mock bomb
into the bomb bay of a simulated aircraft Dec. 18 at Whiteman Air
Force Base. The bomb was a mock up of the 30,000 pound Massive
Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000 pound bomb that has yet to enter
production, and the aircraft was a mock up of the B-2 Spirit. The
MOP is approximately 20.5 feet long, with a 31.5-inch diameter and
a total weight of slightly less than 30,000 pounds.
December 28th, 2007 Austin Press Conference Canceled - No Room
At The Inn For Stranded Passengers
Kicked out of an aviation venue for speaking your mind and
trying to right some wrongs? Outside of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In (and
Gulag), who would think that such a thing was possible in the good
ol' USA? Well... according to CAPBOR's Kate Hanni, the spirit of
censorship is alive and well in... Austin, TX.
787 Program Reaches 787th Order Milestone With Prominent
British Airways Order
Boeing and British Airways have finalized an order for eight
Boeing 787-8s and 16 787-9s, raising the total number of 787s
ordered worldwide from 766 to 790 and taking the 787 order book
past the 787th mark. The order is valued at $4.4 billion at list
prices. British Airways also placed options for 18 787s and
purchase rights for an additional 10.
Icing Aero-Tip #2
If you inadvertently enter icing conditions, your primary
responsibility is to maintain control of the aircraft. Activate all
anti-icing and de-icing equipment. If equipped, turn cabin heat on
full defrost, turn on the pitot-heat, and activate the alternate
induction air. Communicate the state of your situation to air
traffic control. Clearly state the urgency of your situation...
Roger Ramjet and George Jetson may soon find themselves with
something to be jealous of... as a new generation of exciting GA
birds start showing their feathers in the skies over North America
-- in the next few years. The dream of being a jet pilot,
especially of a jet you own and operate yourself, is about to
become a reality for hundreds of pilots who have lined up (so far)
for their chance to plunk down at least a million bucks and break
free of their piston-powered chains and limitations. Three machines
(so far) have shown how intensely intriguing this market segment
It's tough to do your job when so many around you seem to be
doing all they can, consciously or otherwise, to keep you from
succeeding... we see this as part of the burden that America's PASS
members must deal with each and every day. Though not
totally blameless for their plight, the fact of the matter is
that PASS has been given a tough job to do and seems to have been
left deliberately unequipped to do what it must to succeed, due to
any number of factors, most of which seem well outside of their
Announces Plan for Fleet Modernization and Renewal
GOL has decided to exercise firm orders for 34 Boeing 737-800
NGs, completing the purchase option for 121 aircraft negotiated in
October 2006, and has signed a new contract for the acquisition of
40 additional aircraft for delivery in 2012-2014.
"...the one year reunion and press conference planned to
commemorate the incident that spurred the popular airline
passengers' rights movement in the U.S. has been canceled. The City
of Austin, its airport and the Airport Hilton declined to welcome
The Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights
Source: From a statement by The Coalition for
an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights (CAPBOR)... December 29, 2007
will mark the one year anniversary of the stranding in Austin.
Coalition members had planned to return to the city to thank its
citizens for their kindness and hospitality last year.
Unfortunately, the City of Austin Aviation Department declined to
allow the organization to hold a press conference anywhere on
airport property. The Airport H