ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:
12.30.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:
12.30.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News
ANN Special Feature: 2010 in Review - Meet Rod
Hightower II - 12.30.10 (ANN Special
Report, with EAA President Rod Hightower)
I hardly know where to begin with this story... because so much
of it is just plain stupid... and ultimately, very disappointing to
those of us who know that most of the aviation world is populated
by great folks with solid ethics and standards. But... this story
is not going to be about them.
When ANN's Nathan Cremisino took over the lead of our Aero-TV
teams, he knew he was in for some extra work and a lot of extra
responsibility. Still... with all that, there ARE times when its
good to be the top guy.... like when our friends at Aspen Avionics
call over and ask if we want to put one of our Aero-TV
videographers aboard a formation aerobatic flight with the world
famous Aero-Shell Aerobatic Team. At such times, its good to be in
a position to say... "Hey, I want to go..." and go.
A Tragic Loss May Someday Be Returned To Flight
It was one of the most aggressive efforts to energize American
air racing... an one of its greatest tragedies... Tsunami, the
first original homebuilt unlimited racer built since 1939, was
designed for speed record attempts and air racing until its loss on
September 25th, 1991. Tsunami crashed while on final approach to
Pierre Municipal Airport in Pierre, South Dakota killing pilot John
R. Sandberg, due to a mechanical control failure that resulted in
an irrecoverable flight condition.
Systems Covered By The Proposed AD Manufactured By L-3
A software glitch in some Aviation Communications &
Surveillance Systems (ACSS) TCAS units has prompted the FAA to
issue an NPRM for an AD on the units. The FAA published the NPRM in
the Federal Register Monday.
Purchase Under An Existing Contract Worth $46.2 Million For
The U.S. Marine Corps placed an order valued at over $46.2
million for 123 new digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems
(UAS) and initial spares packages, as well as 186 digital retrofit
kits, under an existing contract with the U.S. Army.
A fire department located at 8,300 feet above sea level in the
Ecuadorian Andes has acquired a Flight Design LSA as its aerial
support unit. Supported by John Hurst and Jeremy Endsley of Sebring
Aviation, the Basin Fire Department began operations at the
Mariscal La Mar airport.
Patching Runways Is A Weekly Task That Keeps Pilots And
Airplanes Flying, And Landing, Safely
Senior Airman Jacob Cleer of the 386th Expeditionary Civil
Engineer Squadron wrestles his 30-pound jackhammer into place and
begins pounding the pavement on one of two landing strips at an air
base somewhere in the region defined by the military as "Southwest
"If I was FlightPrep, I'd back down from all the
threats, get rid of their delusions of patent grandeur and
seriously look at issuing the Monster Mea Culpa of all time and
then simply plead insanity."
Source: ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell,
commenting on the precarious situation created by the FlightPrep
patent assault on online flight planning websites.