ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.19.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.19.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- "Three Questions" For AOPA Fly-In
Attendees: 08.19.08 (ANN Special Report, Jim
Campbell asks three questions of pilots attending the annual
0.1 Percent Increase Over 2007 Smallest In Over A
US scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.1 percent more
workers in June 2008 than in June 2007, the 17th consecutive
increase in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the
scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous
year, according to the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of
Plane Became Entangled On Approach To Land In Germany
A dangerous accident and potentially life-threatening situation
came to a happy ending this weekend, after rescuers were able to
extract a couple from their Europa light aircraft that became
entangled in high-voltage power lines near Ulm, Germany.
Estimate 3.1 Million Came To 50th Annual Air & Water
Hey, maybe they all came out to see
Bill Murray's parachute jump. Attendance
figures cited by the city of Chicago for last weekend's 50th Annual
Chicago Air & Water Show invited skepticism, and called
attention to the imperfect (cough) science of gauging crowd
attendance at air shows and other large public events.
General Dynamics announced Tuesday it has agreed to acquire
Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation for approximately $2.25
billion in cash, in a move aimed at strengthening the company's
presence in the lucrative international business jet service
Cutting Purchases For Rest Of Year, First Half Of '09
A picture of future events for Albuquerque, NM-based Eclipse
Aviation is starting to come together. On Tuesday, composites
supplier Albany International Corp. said its sales growth for the
remainder of the year will take a significant hit, due to cutbacks
in planned production rates at Eclipse.
Compact 8" PFD4000 Joins Massive 15" Systems From Avidyne -- With Synthetic Vision!
It's been an interesting year for a renewed and reinvigorated Avidyne. Avidyne Corporation had a message for pilots, manufacturers, and the general aviation industry as a whole, at AirVenture 2008: the company's back, and anyone who had written them off should take notice.
Compact 8" PFD4000 Joins Massive 15" Systems From Avidyne -- With
It's been an interesting year for a renewed and reinvigorated
Avidyne. Avidyne Corporation had a message for pilots,
manufacturers, and the general aviation industry as a whole, at
AirVenture 2008: the company's back, and anyone who had written
them off should take notice.
There's no other way to say it: NASA's planned reliance on
Russian Soyuz capsules to carry astronauts to the International
Space Station, once the space shuttle is retired in 2010, is
looking increasingly dubious in the face of that country's
continued strong-arm tactics in the former Soviet state (and US
ally) of Georgia.
With most of the world's attention this weekend focused on
Russia's military action in the former Soviet state of Georgia --
and, oh yeah, the Olympics -- Iran announced Sunday it successfully
tested a rocket capable of lifting a satellite into orbit. But
officials in the United States say that's highly unlikely.
With one F-35 Lightning II aircraft in structural testing, two
in flight test, six in final assembly and another 14 in various
stages of production, Lockheed Martin added to the program's
momentum Saturday by finishing assembly of the fourth F-35
aircraft, a short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B.
Avemco Insurance Company recently launched a new specialty
insurance product for aircraft traders -- insurance coverage for
those aircraft owners who buy and sell aircraft on a part-time or
Union Compares Venue To "Hotel California" -- But Not As
"It's a lockdown." That's how International Association of
Machinists (IAM) leader Tom Wroblewski terms a planned meeting this
Thursday between union leaders and executives at Boeing, where they
hope to hash out a new contract and avoid a crippling strike.
A Science Teacher And State of Kentucky Team Up To Promote
On Monday, ANN examined efforts by the
Thomas Wathen Foundation to extol the virtues
of flight to students. Our next story is about the role of a
teacher (with great networking skills) as a champion for aviation
The identity of human remains from a 60-year-old crash site in
Alaska have finally been identified. In this case, DNA analysis and
advanced fingerprinting techniques appear to have finished the race
in a dead heat.
General John D.W. Corley, Air Combat Command commander, with
concurrence from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, announced
Monday that Holloman AFB near Alamogordo, NM has been selected as
the preferred potential location for an additional unmanned
aircraft system formal training unit.
The European Airshow Council consists of a group of like-minded
people that meet annually and understand that everyone involved in
Airshows should be striving to achieve standards of excellence in