Hints At Microscopic Organisms, Possible Liquid Water
A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first
definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This
discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.16.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.16.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Obama and LASP:
01.16.09 (ANN Special Report, with NBAA President
Depositors Say They Have Legal Stake On Unfinished Planes
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.16.08 1430 EST:
Twenty-four depositors whose Eclipse 500 jets were left unfinished
on the production line when the Albuquerque, NM-based company filed
for bankruptcy last year are now in federal bankruptcy court,
pleading that the eventual owners of the assets of Eclipse Aviation
-- presumably, European shareholder ETIRC Aviation, the only
qualified bidder -- should be required to finish their planes,
finish them completely, and at the originally contracted price.
Craig Fuller, who took over the reins of the country's largest
pilots organization at the beginning of the year, will make his
first public comments since assuming his new role at the Wichita
Aero Club's monthly luncheon at noon on January 28, 2009 at the
Wichita Airport Hilton.
With new ownership comes a new record for the company now known
as Daher-Socata. The European planemaker announced this week it
delivered 60 TBM 850 single-engine turboprop business aircraft in
2008, bringing total deliveries for the type to 148 planes.
NASA and Northrop Grumman Corporation have unveiled the first
Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to be used for environmental
science research, heralding a new application for the world's first
fully autonomous high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft. The debut
took place Thursday at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in
Modular Ram-Air Parachute Lowers Heavy Payload Under Autonomous
Parachute manufacturer Airborne Systems announced this week it
successfully completed a test drop deploying an 18,000 lb payload
from 17,500 MSL under a modified modular ram-air parachute. This
testing was conducted as part of a US Army Natick Soldier Research
Development & Engineering Center development program to
investigate the use of a modular design for precision guided
airdrop of heavy payload systems.
Fuel Discount Program Supports Pilots Transporting Those In
Responding to the high price of aviation fuel, Angel Flight West
-- the country's largest volunteer pilot organization arranging and
providing, through its volunteer pilot members, free air
transportation for non-emergency health care issues, is
implementing a fuel discount program to help pilots on AFW missions
pay for fuel.
Executive AirShare, a Kansas City, MO-based fractional aircraft
ownership company, announced Wednesday that Chris Morris has been
promoted to the position of director of safety. Morris is
responsible for overseeing the company's safety management systems
and emergency response plan, and will report to Executive AirShare
Director of Operations Adam Letts.
Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot.
Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know
a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented
in all things rotary-wing related, BJ (pictured below, left,
working on a Helicycle) had a gift for rotors and was a truly
great human being, to boot.
Company Touts Replacement Option, Instead Of Overhaul
made to ANN earlier this week, late Thursday
evening Teledyne Continental Motors announced it has reduced its
list pricing on all aftermarket new and factory-rebuilt engines by
as much as 10 percent.
But Overall Traffic Numbers Continue Steep Decline
The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on
US airlines during October 2008 declined by 7.1 percent from
October 2007, dropping by 4.6 million to 59.6 million, in the 8th
consecutive monthly decline from the same month of the previous
year, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation
Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday.
System May Replace Higher-Cost ASDE-X Installations
The first contract to install and test a low-cost ground
surveillance system intended to improve runway safety at small to
medium-sized airports was recently awarded to Thales ATM by the
Federal Aviation Administration.
New Zealand Air Show Will Continue, Minus Main Attraction
A fully restored World War II fighter scheduled to make its
debut at a New Zealand air show this weekend will instead spend
that time in the hangar, after the plane's landing gear
malfunctioned during a test flight Wednesday.
System Compatible To Varying Degrees With Entegra, Garmin
Avionics maker Avidyne announced Thursday it has received
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Federal
Aviation Administration for the installation of the TWX670 Tactical
Lightning Detection System in the Cessna (nee Columbia) 350.
Avidyne has also submitted paperwork to the FAA and is expecting
STC approval of the TWX670 for the Cessna 400 (Columbia 400) in the
As part of the National Transportation Safety Board's ongoing
review of the safety of medical helicopter operations, on Thursday
the Board released updated information on nine medevac accidents in
2007 and 2008, including the Probable Cause assessments in four of
Looks To Expand Charter Sales, Management Capabilities
Private aviation charter company Avjet Corporation has hired
Diane Saldo to oversee the company's East Coast aircraft charter
and management sales. Saldo will be serving Avjet's clients from
the company's expanded Washington, DC-area offices.
Welcome to the official web site of Aerovision Quebec. Created
in 1991, the Foundation Aerovision Quebec was created to generate
an awareness of the exceptional contribution of the Province of
Quebec has made to the conquest of the air.
"My plane got shot down once and I was badly wounded
and I had to land the thing on its underbelly. Jolly difficult
things they are to land when the wheels are up... So I don't get to
fly in it. It doesn't matter. I am still going down to the
Source: New Zealander John Patterson, 91, who
piloted a Supermarine Spitfire in World War II. Patterson was to
ride along Thursday during a mock "attack" over downtown Wellington
in a restored Spitfire TR.9. Alas, the rare vintage aircraft was
damaged Wednesday in a wheels-up landing... meaning it will not
headline this weekend's Wings Over Wairarapa air show, though the
exhibition will go on nevertheless.