At the end of a flawless six-month mission Europe's first
Automated Transfer Vehicle "Jules Verne" undocked from the
International Space Station Monday at 23:29 hours CEST. The ATV has
now embarked on the last leg of its journey in space, which will
end with a controlled destructive re-entry into the Earth's
atmosphere on September 29.
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.08.08 1530 EDT: The
reposting of a six-year-old news report was to blame Monday for
panic among investors in UAL Corp., parent company of United
Airlines... who dumped their shares in the troubled carrier,
believing UAL had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second
time in six years.
Just the other day, the ANN staff noted with our eyebrows raised
we hadn't seen a single "stupid TSA" story for the past couple
weeks or so. We even questioned whether that could be a sign the
embattled agency was (finally) getting its act together. Yeah, we
knew that trend couldn't last, too.
As workers represented by the International Association of
Machinists began their first week walking the picket lines outside
Boeing plants in Washington, Oregon and Kansas, analysts and
industry pundits seem to agree the walkout will last at least a
month... but after that, it's anybody's guess.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.08.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.08.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- A Challenging Cross-Country:
09.08.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller
of "Over The Airwaves.")
Reduced Work Week Curbs Need For Furloughs For Now
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Monday the company is taking
immediate action to reduce production volumes on certain Boeing
products as a result of the International Association of Machinists
(IAM) strike at the American planemaker.
Austria's Hannes Arch won his second consecutive Red Bull Air
Race today with a thrilling victory in Porto and Gaia in front of
650,000 spectators, beating American Kirby Chambliss and knocking
Britain's Paul Bonhomme off the top of the World Championship to
take the lead.
59-Minute Trip To Orbit Followed By Successful Deployment
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, on behalf of Boeing
Launch Systems, successfully launched the GeoEye-1 satellite at
11:51 am PDT on Saturday. Blasting off from Space Launch Complex 2
at Vandenberg AFB, it marked the second ULA Delta II mission from
Vandenberg in 2008.
Delta, Southwest Only Remaining Options To Fly With At Least
One Bag Free
Customers have complained loudly about all the new fees for
checked bags being charged by most major US airlines. But the
airlines bet that we'd keep on flying... and apparently, they're
winning the bet.
Electronics Package To Prevent Ice Build-up On New Korean
Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. has awarded Curtiss-Wright
Corporation a contract to provide an electronics package that will
provide protection against ice build-up on the engine air inlets,
windshield and main and tail rotor blades on a new utility
helicopter. The contract has a potential value in excess of $18
million over a 12-year period.
This Episode Features A Presentation By Kit Darby, AIR Inc. (Part One In A Series Examining A Ponderous Issue)
We've been hearing about it for years... a pilot shortage... a critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it sounded like good news... at least if you were on the bottom rungs of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your way up. However; after engaging in discussions thorough the industry over the last year and in attending a particularly pointed (and very well-organized) presentation at the FAA Forecast Conference some months ago, ANN and Aero-TV are left with the troubling impression that aviation has a BIG problem on its hands.
Griffin Expresses Significant Doubts in Current NASA
Leaked to the Orlando Sentinel, an email written by NASA
Administrator Mike Griffin is raising serious eyebrows... all over
the world. Read the following missives (and Griffin's public
addendum) to see why...
This Episode Features A Presentation By Kit Darby, AIR Inc. (Part
One In A Series Examining A Ponderous Issue)
We've been hearing about it for years... a pilot shortage... a
critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it
sounded like good news... at least if you were on the bottom rungs
of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your
way up. However; after engaging in discussions throughout the
industry over the last year and in attending a particularly pointed
(and very well-organized) presentation at the FAA Forecast
Conference some months ago, ANN and Aero-TV are left with the
troubling impression that aviation has a BIG problem on it
Friday/Saturday, September 19-20, 2008, Mexico Memorial
Airport, Mexico, Missouri
Zenith Aircraft Company's 17th annual OPEN HANGAR DAY and Fly-In
Gathering is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2008 (with some
seminars starting Friday, the 19th), at the factory located at
Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts,
especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are
invited to drive or fly-in for the day.
The "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 celebrated
their 32nd change of command Sept. 1. Cmdr. Gordon Cross relieved
Cmdr. Gregory Huffman in the ceremony held aboard USS George
Washington (CVN 73). Huffman served as commanding officer of the
Royal Maces since August 2007. Prior to assuming command, he served
as executive officer of the squadron.
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will accept
scholarship applications from Sept. 5, 2008, through Jan. 16, 2009,
for the academic year beginning in fall 2009. NASA expects to award
20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in
aeronautics or related fields.
"The rational approach didn't happen, primarily because
for OSTP and OMB, retiring the Shuttle is a jihad rather than an
engineering and program management decision."
Source: NASA Administrator, Mike Griffin, in an
email leaked to the Orlando Sentinel, in which a number of his
concerns, over the future of NASA manned spceflight operations,