ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.25.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.25.09 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Former Piper Aircraft CEO Jim Bass -
06.25.09 (ANN Special Report, with Piper CEO Jim
ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.26.09 (ANN's
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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.26.09 (ANN's Long-Form
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ANN Special Feature: Robert Poole - Clear Program's Demise -
(ANN Special Report, with the Reason Foundation's
Final Numbers Released On Attendance And Exhibitors
The 100th anniversary of the Paris Air Show saw solid numbers
for attendance and participation by vendors, despite opening
against a backdrop of global economic recession which is affecting
air travel, business, and general aviation.
Thousands In Service For Training, Commercial, And Personal
Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, Wednesday
marked the 25th anniversary of the first delivery of the aircraft
now known as the S-300C helicopter. The first 300C helicopter
manufactured by Schweizer was delivered to the Baltimore Police
Department on June 24, 1984.
Embraer held a delivery ceremony Wednesday at the
Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos,
Brazil, of an Embraer 175 jet to Trip Linhas Aéreas, the
largest Brazilian regional airline. The company has five firm
orders for the Embraer 175, in a deal that includes options for
another ten aircraft .
The Digital Map Generator System (DMGS) from EADS Defence &
Security (DS) has been certified for use on board the A400M
military transport aircraft. Approval for use in flight was granted
as part of a first flight acceptance review carried out by
The Airplane Flies Its First Route The Day After Delivery
Airbus delivered the first A320 aircraft assembled at its Final
Assembly Line China (FALC) in Tianjin on Wednesday. At a grand
ceremony, the aircraft was handed over by Airbus President and CEO,
Tom Enders, to the Chairman of Dragon Aviation Leasing, Li Hai. The
aircraft will be leased to and operated by Sichuan Airlines.
10-Fold Increase in Real-Time Performance Predicted
Boeing and GE Aviation have jointly developed a simpler method
to implement condition-based maintenance systems on aircraft. It is
called the Open System Architecture for Condition-Based Maintenance
(OSA-CBM). This will become an industry standard, according to the
Rolls-Royce has achieved a significant milestone in the Adaptive
Versatile Engine Technology (ADVENT) research program, delivering
the adaptive fan system rig on schedule to the U.S. Air Force
Compressor Research Facility (CRF). Rig testing will commence and
will validate the performance of a key component of the
LibertyWorks ADVENT engine.
Next Best Thing To Being There, If You Could See It
Well, this might have made that investment in your 60 inch HD
LCD television and home theater all worthwhile, if NASA select was
available in HD. NASA Television broadcast a high-definition tour
of the International Space Station recorded by the Expedition 20
crew Wednesday, morning.
One of the more stirring presentations at the International Space Development Conference was the updated briefing on the Virgin Galactic commercial space program. Virgin Galactic is a company owned and established by Richard Branson's Virgin Group to undertake the challenge of making private space travel available to everyone and by creating the world's first commercial spaceline.
In light of the recent Department of Homeland Security Inspector
General's report, in which the IG concluded “We
determined that general aviation presents only limited and mostly
hypothetical threats to security,” the Alaska Congressional
delegation has renewed its call for the Department of Homeland
Security to reconsider the proposed TSA rules on general aviation,
as the negative consequences seem to outweigh the potential
One of the more stirring presentations at the International
Space Development Conference was the updated briefing on the Virgin
Galactic commercial space program. Virgin Galactic is a company
owned and established by Richard Branson's Virgin Group to
undertake the challenge of making private space travel available to
everyone and by creating the world's first commercial
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Wednesday announced an
expedited review of flight and rest rules and called on U.S.
airlines and unions to respond, by July 31, with specific
commitments to strengthen safety at regional and major airlines by
insisting that airlines obtain all available FAA pilot records,
among other actions.
Thirty-two Air Race Classic teams departed Centennial
Airport in Denver, CO, Tuesday, racing a roundabout route to
Atlantic, IA in the 33rd annual event ... a four day rally-style
competition where the airplanes race against a clock, not
head-to-head. It object of the game is to fly accurately and
Looking For Unusual Activity In Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence
Even though local authorities are unable to get permission from
the FAA to use UAV's for police work, the Customs and Border Patrol
have been testing a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
stationed at Fort Drum since early June for a possible border
System Allows Crew To Fly A Second Remotely-Piloted
Boeing announced Wednesday that the AH-64D Apache Block III
prototype helicopter successfully demonstrated Level IV unmanned
aircraft system (UAS) connectivity on June 8 during a flight test
over the Arizona desert.
The Spacecraft Will Eventually Crash Into The Moon
The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)
successfully completed a critical swing-by maneuver of the moon at
5:20 a.m. PDT on June 23. This maneuver puts LCROSS, built under
contract to NASA Ames Research Center, on a trajectory to complete
its mission to search for water ice on moon in early October.
"We know that the airline industry is committed to
operate at the highest level of safety. Now is the time to
push these initiatives forward."
Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt
announcing expedited review of flight and rest rules.
Here's a real back-to-basics term that we need to be aware of
even in this age of NextGen and glass cockpits. Compass Course is
a bearing as indicated by the horizontal angle between the
compass needle and the centerline of the aircraft. A Compass Course
is equal to a True Course ± variation and deviation; also
equal to a Magnetic Course ± deviation.
We reported today about the Air Race Classic, a rally-style
event exclusively for women in aviation. In case you didn't follow
the FMI link on the story, we thought we'd give you another chance
to learn about the race.