Is 'Disappointed' In ICAO Position Against The Carbon Tax
The European Union on Thursday said it would proceed with its
plan to assess a carbon tax on airlines operating in European
airspace beginning January 1st despite an ICAO white paper warning
of a potential trade war over the payments.
Surplus Military Aircraft Evaluated As Potential Launch
Vehicles For Nanosatellites
Plans to launch small satellites into orbit from the wings of a
supersonic jet are moving along following a taxi test on the runway
at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test was carried out
to evaluate a newly developed suborbital vehicle that has the
potential to carry nanosatellites into low Earth orbit.
Planemaker May Announce Location In Six To Eight Months
Boeing has committed to the re-vamped 737 MAX, but the company
is holding the location where it plans to build the airplane close
to the vest. And, there is no timeline for the conversion of
provisional commitments to firm orders.
New RNP Procedures Lower Decision Heights, Visibility
A study of airspace around Sun Valley Airport has identified
significant improvements in airport access that could be achieved
during periods of inclement weather with the deployment of new,
advanced instrument approach procedures. The study, conducted by
GE, found that new procedures, using Required Navigation
Performance (RNP) technology, would allow Bombardier Q400 passenger
turboprops to operate at Sun Valley on days of low ceiling and
visibility that currently force diversions and cancellations.
Close Vote Removes John Washington From Advisory Panel
The Scottsdale, AZ, City council has voted 4-3 to remove John
Washington from the Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission.
Washington had reportedly sent a letter to the FAA which questioned
the council's vote to allow an apartment complex to be built near
Scottsdale Airport (KSDL).
Enstrom Has A Contract For A Total Of 30 Helos For The Japanese
Ground Self Defense Force
The second of a planned 30 TH-480B helicopters for the Japanese
Ground Self Defense Force was recently shipped overseas by Enstrom
Helicopter Corporation. The aircraft will be used by the JGSDF to
train flight instructors for the future TH-480B fleet. Aero
Facility will deliver the helicopter to the JGSDF in early 2012 and
then continue delivering the remainder of the fleet through
Former President's Bronze Likeness Unveiled To Celebrate
More than a decade after a Washington, DC-area airport was named
in his honor, former President Ronald Reagan was honored Tuesday
with a nine-foot bronze statue which overlooks the airport
entrance. The Daily Caller reports the ceremony was attended by
luminaries from his era, including Transportation Secretary
Elizabeth Dole, and her deputy James Burnley.
Aircraft Part Of Fleet Replacement Program For South Florida
The Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD) Aviation
Unit has taken delivery of another AS350 B3 helicopter. This is the
fourth AS350 B3, and it will join the department’s Special
Patrol Bureau’s Aviation Unit that includes a fleet of
rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
A video has popped up on the Internet taken from the back seat
of a Brazilian police vehicle which shows the car ramming an
airplane to prevent it from taking off. The clip has a very
Hollywood action movie feel to it ... but it's real life.
One Of The Few Companies Making Real News In BizAv Updates ANN On The Latest
After some two years of doldrums and disappointment, its nice to update a story with real promise. At the 2011 NBAA Convention we sat down (literally) with Alan Klapmeier to find out the latest goings-on in the arduous process of bringing an innovative new turboprop to the market.
Cessna Throws Down The Gauntlet In The
High-Performance Piston Airplane Game
Aero-Note: Since this program appeared last
spring, much has changed. Cessna retired Jack Pelton... while
Cirrus Aircraft, who used to eat Cessna's lunch in this market has
imploded and appears to be heading for even more trouble. All that
being the case... will the Corvalis TTX become the leading edge for
the high-end GA piston market? Hmmmm.... -- Jim Campbell, ANN
The battle for supremacy among the high performance piston
aircraft market just got a great deal more interesting. Cessna has
revamped the Corvalis li
The Face of GA Is Changing... But Is It A Positive Change?
Guest Analysis/Opinion by Rich Belzer
ANN E-I-C Introduction: We continue
to enjoy the contributions of outside experts and their analysis of
the pressing issues that the aviation world is dealing with. And
while we may not agree with their conclusions, methodology or
research, there is no question that there is much to learn from the
contributions of others with unquestioned insight and expertise
into the topics at hand. Herewith, another inriguing analysis of
the changing face of GA... by someone who has worked in the
trenches of this business. And agree or disagree, we find a lot of
food for thought in the following extrapolations... -- Jim
Campbell, ANN E-I-C.
Layers Of 'Middle Management' Cut In Adjustments To Staffing
Some 436 captains and majors in the United States Air Force are
finding that joining the military was not necessarily a guarantee
against losing their jobs. The Air Force plans to lay off that
number of mid-grade officers as part of a staffing level adjustment
due the services' highest retention rate in 16 years. The move
was one of several announced by the Air Force Wednesday.
New Airplane Has Received More Than 600 Order Commitments From
The new 737 family, designated 737 MAX, will be powered by CFM
International LEAP-1B engines with a 68-inch fan diameter. The
optimized engine design will provide the lowest fuel burn and
operating costs in the single-aisle market, the company says.
Says Democrat Has 'Risen To Her Level Of Incompetence'
Investors Business Daily (IBD) Tuesday published a very blunt
criticism of California Democrat and former House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi for her recent comments suggesting that if workers don't
belong to a union, they deserve to be unemployed. IBD observes,
"The Peter Principle applies to politics, and former House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi should be its poster child, having risen to the level
of her incompetence."
Founding Executive Director John Gedmark Welcomes His Successor
Eric Anderson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Commercial Spaceflight Federation, is pleased to announce that the
Federation has selected Dr. Alexander Saltman as the
organization’s Executive Director. Saltman is a physicist who
has most recently served as the Legislative Director for
Congressman Adam Schiff of California.
Charter Pioneer Clay Lacy Among Four 2011 Inductees
From the time he was a young boy growing up in the farmland of
Wichita, Kansas during the Great Depression, veteran pilot and
business aviation pioneer Clay Lacy experienced a natural
fascination with flight. He first took to the air at age eight and
began working at a local airport in exchange for flying time at age
12. He has since spent nearly every day of his life around
But Comments Point Out Confiscated Items Were Not Threats
Lots of kids put on costumes and went door-to-door
trick-or-treating on Monday, but some of the surprises that arrived
at airport security checkpoints were not received as cute or funny
by TSA. In its official blog, the agency cites some examples of
items passengers tried to bring through checkpoints.
"(T)his decision will affect neither the EU's commitment
to working within ICAO to agree on a global solution nor our
adopted legislation to include aviation in the EU
ETS" Source: EU climate action commissioner
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