ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.10.08 1700 EST: In one
of the most intense air strikes to date in the nearly five-year
Iraq war, on Thursday US aircraft unleashed a massive barrage of
firepower against suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq safe areas south of
Back in September, the Philippine government requested bids to
provide six new attack helicopters to aid in the fight against
communist rebels and Islamic militants. Boeing partner Asian
Aerospace Corporation won the bid... but now, the government is
investigating irregularities in that process.
RANS told ANN Thursday its S-19 has achieved SLSA certification,
and will enter series production as the S-19LS. Certification was
granted December 21, and delivery of the first S-19LS planes should
begin in 10 months.
Days after submitting its final proposal revision for the US Air
Force combat search and rescue helicopter contract, Boeing
announced Wednesday it delivered 36 Chinook helicopters to US Army
and international customers in 2007, meeting scheduled commitments
and matching the program's performance during the Army's model
upgrade program in the early 1990s.
It's gonna be close. On Thursday, EADS Chief Executive Louis
Gallois teased industry watchers eagerly awaiting next week's
announcement of Airbus' 2007 orders numbers, saying the Airbus
total "will be approximately the same as Boeing."
NASA announced Wednesday that Lisa J. Porter, the agency's
associate administrator of the Aeronautics Research Mission
Directorate, will leave the agency February 1 to become the first
director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects
Air Combat Command officials cleared a portion of the F-15 Eagle
A through D model aircraft January 9 for flying status, and
recommended a limited return to flight for Air Force units
worldwide following engineering risk assessments and data received
from multiple fleet-wide inspections.
"We told you so!" So says the National Air Traffic
Controllers Association, which this week announced its worst
predictions about how veteran controllers would react to being
forced to work under an FAA-imposed contract have come to pass.
Many Feel Merger Imminent; Strike Team Reactivated
More signs that Delta Air Lines may soon announce plans to merge
with another carrier. On Wednesday, the executive council of the
Delta branch of the Air Line Pilots Association convened to discuss
the ALPA response should Delta chose to merge with another
Leaking Galley Drip Tray Leads To Loss Of Electrical Power
Australia's Transport Safety Bureau and Civil Aviation Safety
Authority, Boeing and Qantas are all involved in an investigation
into an incident Monday, in which a Qantas 747 flying 344
passengers from London to Bangkok lost main electrical power during
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It has classic looks, 4 seats, plenty of interior room and STOL-type behavior -- and it just plain flies great. The Avipro Aircraft Bearhawk is getting serious ganders wherever it taxis by... especially from those who have become acquainted with the specs and performance of this surprisingly agile kit-built aircraft. But, most of all, it's just a solidly good-looking conventionally geared aircraft with GREAT manners.
It has classic looks, 4 seats, plenty of interior room and
STOL-type behavior -- and it just plain flies great. The Avipro
Aircraft Bearhawk is getting serious ganders wherever it taxis
by... especially from those who have become acquainted with the
specs and performance of this surprisingly agile kit-built
aircraft. But, most of all, it's just a solidly good-looking
conventionally geared aircraft with GREAT manners.
On Wednesday, British Airways made good on earlier statements it
planned to create a separate airline to take advantage of last
year's "open-skies" agreement between authorities in the United
States, and the European Union.
A possible structural defect in the F-15C Eagle, which led to a
November accident -- and, subsequently, the grounding of much of
the F-15 fleet -- will likely mean the end of the line for close to
200 of those fighters, anonymous USAF sources told The Los Angeles
Times this week.
Reports last week that China intended to merge its two aviation
companies into a common entity, to be tasked with producing a large
commercial airliner, gained added weight this week with the
announcement China plans to launch the new company in March.
LCC Adds To Denver Operation; Cuts Other Flights Back
When it comes to the impact a declining economy has on airlines,
not even mighty low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is immune. On
Wednesday, the Dallas-based carrier announced it would cut dozens
of flights, and add that capacity to busier markets.
American Legend Aircraft Company is doing all it can to keep the
Cub legacy alive and well. The Sulphur Springs, TX planemaker
announced recently it will host a three-day seminar next month
with fabric aircraft restoration expert Clyde Smith Jr.
Enstrom Helicopter Corp announced a new member of its worldwide
dealership network this week. Beeline Helicopters, Inc.
(BHI), a new enterprise under the BMG group of companies, recently
purchased an Enstrom 480B turbine aircraft to support the marketing
and operations of Enstrom aircraft in the Philippines.
It's one small step for capitalism... and a potentially giant
leap for the continued existence of Kuwait Airways. On Wednesday,
the Kuwaiti parliament approved the long-delayed, government-backed
plan to sell 40 percent of the troubled airline to the public, and
another 35 percent to a long-term investor within the next two
"All in all, it's been a challenging but productive
year for the agency... [FAA employees did] whatever was necessary
to keep the [air traffic] system safe -- and after all other
factors are taken into account, that's the one that matters the
Source: FAA acting administrator Robert
Sturgell. Most of the FAA's 45,000 employees will receive a 3.08
percent raise this year, and an additional one-percent raise, on
average, based on geographic location. Nearly 85 percent of agency
workers are also eligible to receive additional raises, based on
individual job performance... but overall, FAA employees failed to
meet all the agency's performance goals for 2007, including in the
areas of customer service and financial management. Had those goals