ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.23.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Ten Years of ANN, Part II -
12.23.09 (ANN Special Report, with ANN's Paul
Plack and Jim Campbell)
Passenger Traffic, Freight Both Show Marked Declines
Scheduled passenger traffic on airlines of Member States of the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) declined some 3.1
percent overall in 2009 compared to 2008, according to preliminary
figures released Friday by the Organization.
Mechanics for Continental Airlines engaged in informational
picketing at the airline's major hubs in Newark, Cleveland,
Orlando, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle Tuesday.
The mechanics are represented by the International Brotherhood of
QinetiQ Brings Combined Aerial Target Service For Mirach Online
QinetiQ has officially brought into service the Mirach advanced
sub-sonic aerial target, as part of the Combined Aerial Target
Service (CATS) contract for the UK's armed forces, having completed
a series of complex verification and operational evaluation
Clay Adams and the American Barnstormers
Re-Capture the Golden Age
Between World War I and World War II, civil aviation experienced
an extraordinary surge in both technological advancements and
daring accomplishments. From Lindbergh’s heroic flight
across the North Atlantic to Jimmy Doolittle’s development of
instrument flight, this “Golden Age of Aviation”
ignited the public’s curiosity and introduced the world to
the “unimaginable.” There was, however, no greater
introduction than the barnstormers.
ANN had the chance to put a number of questions to the FAA's
unusually responsive Administrator, Randy Babbitt. The questions
ran the gamut of what might be done to further the cause of
aviation to one of our pet projects from a number of years ago...
namely, the institution of a Pilot's Bill of Rights. Babbitt took
on all questions, ducked nothing and seemed to relish the
opportunity to talk real-live aviation with real-live aviators.
Operations Will Be Consolidated In North Charleston, SC
In a move intended to consolidate and exercise more control over
the Dreamliner manufacturing process, Boeing said Tuesday it has
acquired Alenia North America's half of Global Aeronautica, LLC, a
South Carolina fuselage subassembly facility for Boeing's 787
53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Will Fly First Winter
Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler
AFB in Mississippi have been tasked by National Weather Service
officials to fly their first winter storm of the season on the East
Coast starting Christmas day.
3 Percent Pay Boost And Incentive Program Included In The
Horizon Air and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA have
jointly announced ratification of a new two-year contract for the
airline's 584 flight attendants. The ratification vote concluded
Six years ago, Hillsboro County, Florida, which includes much of
the Tampa area, bought a Beech King Air for about $700,000
primarily as a mosquito sprayer. What they didn't appear to know at
the time was that a spray system for the aircraft didn't exist.
Aero-News Quote of the Day
"There are some 5,000 salt trucks in New York City
alone. If you collect the right information at the right
place -- over the Pacific Ocean -- you can make a big impact to the
forecast four to five days later."
Source: Lt. Col. Jon Talbot.
A departure option for an IFR aircraft, operating in visual
meteorological conditions equal to or greater than the specified
visibility and ceiling, to visually conduct climbing turns over the
airport to the published "climb-to" altitude from which to proceed
with the instrument portion of the departure.
Reading today about the Hurricane Hunters helping predict winter
storms, and the news coverage of last weekend's record snowfalls,
got us thinking again about winter flying, and some of the unique
challenges it can bring.