Has Been Awarded 31 New Contracts So Far In FY2009
CAE announced this week it recently won contracts to design and
manufacture five full-flight simulators (FFSs) and associated
training devices valued at approximately C$60 million at list
prices. The contracts are with Continental Airlines, Air China, and
Shandong Airlines, and now bring the total FFS sales announced so
far in fiscal year 2009 to 31.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced this week its
Falcon 9 launch vehicle was successfully raised to vertical on
Saturday, January 10 at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape
Canaveral, FL -- two days ahead of schedule. This operation was a
critical step in validating a variety of system interfaces and
launch processes in preparation for the maiden flight of Falcon 9
later this year.
Pratt & Whitney announced Monday that Delta Air Lines
recently signed two 10-year aircraft engine service agreements
valued at more than $1 billion. Under terms of the deals, Pratt
& Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services unit will
provide Delta and Delta TechOps with maintenance, material and
The airline pilot hiring total's are in for 2008... and AIR Inc.
reports the numbers are less than half of what they were this time
a year ago - 6,479 compared to 13,157 in 2007. There were a lot of
factors driving 2008's low hiring numbers -- the softening economy,
the credit crunch, the housing crisis, and the ever increasing fuel
prices to name a few.
Details remain sketchy at this point, and there's some
information that's likely "lost in translation" -- but it appears
an Airbus A320 narrowbody encountered some moderate to severe clear
air turbulence this weekend, which may have been caused by the wake
from an Emirates A380 overflying the smaller plane.
The Upcoming 2009 Nall Report, With ASF Executive Director
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.13.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.13.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Early Results From The Upcoming
Nall Report: 01.13.09 (ANN Special Report, with
Bruce Landsberg, Executive Director of the
As we noted in some of our end-of-year coverage, 2008 was a pretty miserable year for a number of companies eking out their existence in the world of aviation. It was, however, a great year -- maybe even an astounding year, for Aspen Avionics… and it's no wonder. 2008 is the year that Aspen turned the retrofit avionics business on its ear with a glass panel retrofit that was everything an upgrading flyer could ask for… easy to install, simple to use, highly capable, affordable and cooler than the observation deck on the Titanic.
Brings Significant Knowledge, Name Recognition To Company
Contrary to Phil Boyer's statements that all he had on his
horizon was a much-deserved vacation, following
retirement from his 18-year tenure as president of the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association... we had a hunch it
wouldn't take him very long to find a new gig. Sure enough, ANN
received early word Monday of Phil's next endeavor.
As we noted in some of our end-of-year coverage, 2008 was a
pretty miserable year for a number of companies eking out their
existence in the world of aviation. It was, however, a great year
-- maybe even an astounding year, for Aspen Avionics… and
it's no wonder.
S/N 008 Begins Eight-Month Journey To Papua New Guinea
Those who have followed Quest Aircraft's... well, quest... to
bring its single-engine Kodiak turboprop to market know the plane
was designed with mission and humanitarian organizations in mind.
Last week, the first Kodiak to be placed in service with just such
a group was turned over to David Reeves, president of JAARS
New Record Included First Two Phenom 100 Deliveries
Embraer announced Monday it delivered 59 jets to the Commercial,
Executive, and Defense and Government aviation segments during the
fourth quarter of 2008, totaling 204 jets in the year. The
Brazilian planemaker notes that for the second consecutive year,
the company set a new aircraft delivery record -- delivering 20%
more airplanes than 2007's total of 169 aircraft.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company Dallas
Airmotive has relocated its Phoenix area Regional Turbine Center
(RTC) from Scottsdale Airpark (SDL) to a new, larger facility
adjacent to Deer Valley Airport (DVT) in North Phoenix. The
facility is open for business.
Welcome to the RAF (FMS) 214 Squadron Web Site. The main purpose
of the site is to bring the veterans and families of the 214
together to ensure that the legacy of our heroes is passed on to
our grandchildren, great grandchildren and all future generations
of our families to come.
"Nearly two decades spent listening to the concerns and
issues of the nation's pilots, aircraft owners, manufacturers and
regulators has given Phil a deep understanding of the GA industry's
opportunities, as well as its challenges. Phil's extensive
expertise and relationships will be invaluable in helping chart
Aspen's strategic course in the years ahead, and in ensuring that
our products meet the needs of pilots around the
Source: John Uczekaj, President and CEO of
Aspen Avionics. Phil Boyer, who recently retired after 18 years as
president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, recently
joined the Board of Directors at the emerging avionics
manufacturer, becoming the company's first outside Director.