ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.14.09 1430 EST: The odd
saga of Marcus Schrenker's mysterious disappearance began Sunday
night, when he allegedly told air traffic controllers the loss of
his Piper Meridian's windscreen had left him covered in blood. It
ended 48 hours later, when federal agents found him bleeding
profusely at a Florida campground, following an apparent
Plane Lost At Least 10,000 Feet Before Control Regained
The National Transportation Safety Board has joined with the Air
Accidents Investigation Branch of the United Kingdom to investigate
a curious, and disconcerting, incident onboard a Boeing 737-700
over East Anglia Monday.
Weathering Last Year's "Perfect Storm," With EAA President Tom
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.14.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.14.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Weathering The "Perfect Storm":
01.14.09 (ANN Special Report, with Tom Poberezny,
President of the Experimental Aircraft Ass
The future isn't a bright one for beleaguered Mesa Air Group...
which finished 2008 with a $31 million quarterly loss, fueled by an
underperforming joint venture in China and an ongoing contract
fight with an airline customer.
Passenger Numbers Down, But Worker Ranks Remain Steady
The airlines are cutting back, airplane manufacturers are
cutting back, and there's even talk of delaying NASA's
constellation program. But there's one corner of the transportation
industry that's continuing full-steam ahead, regardless of the
Boeing on Monday received a $1.1 billion contract for C-17
Globemaster III total systems support from the US Department of
Defense. The award is part of the fiscal year 2009 C-17 Globemaster
III Sustainment Partnership (GSP), a performance based logistics
(PBL) program. It includes a previous award of $514 million for the
first six months of FY 2009, and extends the period to September
Amazing Technologies Produce Extraordinary Simulation Capabilities
To many, the complex mathematical issues involved in modeling intricate aircraft operations may not be all that interesting... kinda like watching paint dry, to some. That is, until you understand what is involved here. Some of the most difficult tasks to perform require the most difficult computations to simulate... and the minute that you can perform such complex modeling, the potential to train to an even more rigorous standard becomes possible... and then we all win.
Schrenker Taken To Hospital Following Apparent Suicide
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 01.14.09 0001 EST:
They've got him. Authorities say they have arrested Marcus
Schrenker, 48 hours after the embattled businessman allegedly
jumped out of his Piper PA-46 Meridian in an apparent effort to
fake his own death.
Amazing Technologies Produce Extraordinary Simulation
To many, the complex mathematical issues involved in modeling
intricate aircraft operations may not be all that interesting...
kinda like watching paint dry, to some. That is, until you
understand what is involved here. Some of the most difficult tasks
to perform require the most difficult computations to
Hearing On Wednesday To Debate Removal Of Ban On BizJet
As it turns out, rumors of the death of anti-bizjet language in
the Troubled Asset Relief Program reform bill were somewhat
exaggerated. However, several Congressional lawmakers remain
optimistic that stipulation will be gone when the full bill goes to
vote later this week.
Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) tells ANN it will invest $149.4
million in research and development over the next five years,
following the Canadian government decision to support a initiative
to develop a new commercial avionics and communications platform
through a repayable investment for R&D.
Intrepid Spacecraft Enroute To Rendezvous With Comet Tempel
On January 14, NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft will fly by Earth
during a gravity assist maneuver that will increase its velocity
and sling shot the spacecraft into an orbit to meet up with comet
Tempel 1 in February 2011.
Billed As New England's Only Air and Space Science Center
Be inspired, have fun and learn something new, in the spirit of
Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard. A new full-service science
center, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, opens on March 6,
2009 in Concord, NH.
Will Join Four Test Aircraft, Two Other Production-Spec
The VH-71 presidential helicopter program reached another
milestone with the maiden flight of the third pilot production
helicopter Tuesday. This is the seventh presidential helicopter
built for the program by manufacturer AgustaWestland under prime
contractor Lockheed Martin.
Formed in 1970 at Brampton, Ontario in Canada, this
all-volunteer group is dedicated to recreating the sights, sounds
and feel of World War One combat aircraft. In doing so, they honor
the pilots who served with gallantry and distinction during the
Great War of 1914 - 1918. They build, maintain and fly World War
One replica fighter aircraft. They also have a display of precious
artifacts to take you back to that time in history.
"Why someone would jump out of a plane and leave it on
autopilot with his training and his background is beyond me.
There's no reason for him to do it other than trying to stage
Source: Tom Britt, an acquaintance of fugitive
pilot Marcus Schrenker. The 38-year-old embattled businessman was
reportedly taken into police custody Tuesday night, 48 hours after
Schrenker bailed out of his Piper PA-46 Malibu in an apparent
attempt to fake his own death.