While general aviation 'letter groups' attacked the fiscal year
2009 budget plan presented by the Bush administration Monday,
officials with the Pentagon appeared more-or-less content with the
proposal... but noted they need Congress to immediately free-up
more money for current conflicts.
Second-Worst Year For On-Time Performance Since Record-Keeping
The airlines' report card for 2007 is in... and they're not the
kind of grades you'd be eager for your parents to see. According to
information released Tuesday by the Department of Transportation,
the nation's airlines experienced an even-lower rate of on-time
flights, and more reports of mishandled baggage, last year than in
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On Monday, Hawaiian Airlines announced it recently signed a
definitive purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire 12 new
long-range widebody aircraft and secure purchase rights for an
additional 12 aircraft. The signing comes after the airline reached
agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the
introduction of new aircraft -- which had threatened to nix the
deal, as ANN reported.
ANN received tips from several curious News-Spies last month,
noting Cessna had taken down its webpage for the upcoming
Cessna Model 162 SkyCatcher. Requests by ANN for information
from Cessna on the matter were met with, essentially, "no
On Monday, the Bush Administration released its proposed budget
for fiscal year 2009... and it represents more of the same for
general aviation, as the White House continues to push for deep
cuts in programs vital to smaller airports, while continuing to
show an apparent prejudice towards airlines.
Despite a widely-reported TFR and the highly visible presence of
US military aircraft over the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area this
weekend, a small plane apparently violated the no-fly zone Sunday
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.05.08 (ANN's
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ANN Special Feature -- Quest Aircraft Delivers
Its First Two Planes: 02.05.08 (ANN Special Report, with
Quest Aircraft President and CEO Paul Schaller.)
How Can Something This Light and Small Work So Well???
For the last few weeks, you may have read us extolling the virtues of a headset that was the target of our first-ever News-Spy Award program... the TSO'd Clarity Aloft headset by Aloft Technologies. This didn't happen by accident... we were so impressed by the diminutive dimensions and the outstanding performance that it seemed like a worthwhile award -- and it was -- just ask Pilot Sandi Shofner, who won the first of our News-Spy contributor awards and is enjoying her new Clarity Aloft Pro headset as we write this!
How Can Something This Light and Small, Work So Well???
For the last few weeks, you may have read us extolling the
virtues of a headset that was the target of our first-ever News-Spy
Award program... the TSO'd Clarity Aloft headset by Aloft
Technologies. This didn't happen by accident... we were so
impressed by the diminutive dimensions and the outstanding
performance that it seemed like a worthwhile award -- and it was --
just ask Pilot Sandi Shofner, who won the first of our News-Spy
contributor awards and is enjoying her new Clarity Aloft Pro
headset as we write this!
The other shoe has dropped for Silver State Helicopters. Late
Monday evening, the Las Vegas, NV-based helicopter training and
charter operation announced it has filed a petition with the US
Bankruptcy Court for relief under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy
Iran appears to be the latest country capable of sending its own
rockets into orbit... to the consternation of the Western world. On
Monday, the belligerent Islamic state launched what it termed a
research rocket, from the country's new space center.
The red, white and blue jets of the US Jet aerobatic team, and
the black and gold parachutes of US Army Golden Knights, will fill
the skies over Ocean City, MD this June. Both teams will headline
the inaugural OC Air Show, scheduled for June 10-11 over the Ocean
Airline CEO Calls Passengers, Expresses Confidence In Type
Despite efforts by British Airways to console and placate the
passengers onboard one of its Boeing 777s that crashed on approach
to Heathrow last month, the airline still faces a possible flurry
Martin County commissioners could make a final decision Tuesday
regarding the much-contested main runway at Witham Field (SUA.) But
if they decide to fight the FAA ruling that would keep Witham from
shortening runway 12/30... they may have to do so in court.
For the second time in two days, citizens near the border of
North Carolina and Virginia were rattled this weekend by a fatal
plane crash. A pilot flying a homebuilt Vans RV-4 was killed Sunday
afternoon, when his plane went down near Elkin Municipal Airport
It seems even NASA has taken work environment and "people
skills" into account as they start culling for the new round of
space jockeys. New-hire standards include the ability to be
diplomatic, a basic understand of spacecraft systems, taking
prodigious scientific notes, and being able to talk about more than
Tolstoy in Russian.
The following news item -- that the CEO of one of the world's
best known (some would say infamous) airlines looks forward to a
looming global recession -- may strike you a bit odd. Until, that
is, you learn the exec in question is Michael O'Leary, CEO of Irish
ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair.
Carriers Shuffle Schedules, Swap Routes Into Heathrow
The news lately has been full of new transatlantic airline
partnerships, and with the Open Skies agreement between the US and
Europe set to start March 30, the puzzle pieces are starting to
form a picture.
The anniversary passed quietly on Friday, as media attention was
fixed on the Super Bowl. But in Louisville, KY, the 20th
anniversary of UPS Airlines is a pretty big deal. Starting in 1988
with two DC-8s -- which remain in service -- UPS is now the
ninth-largest airline in the world, with 268 aircraft and 3,000
pilots. And it's still growing.
To change the blade pitch of a propeller from the feathered high
pitch, which prevents airloads from causing it to windmill, to a
lower pitch. When a propeller is unfeathered in flights,
aerodynamic forces produced by air flowing over the blades case the
propeller to turn the engine.
"The decision to shut down operations was made only
after the company explored its other available alternatives.
Information for former employees and students will be disseminated
as it becomes available."
Source: Elizabeth Trosper, spokesperson for
Silver State Helicopters. Late Monday evening, the Las Vegas,
NV-based helicopter training and charter operation announced it has
filed a petition with the US Bankruptcy Court for relief under
Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code, confirming earlier statements
made to ANN by a variety of sources.