Targets $3 Billion in Annual Financial Improvement by 2017,
Requires Significant Cost Reductions, Including Employee-Related
Savings Across All Work Groups
American Airlines has released a business plan which targets an
annual financial improvement of more than $3 billion by 2017,
including $2 billion in cost savings and $1 billion in revenue
enhancements. The airline says additional cash flow will enable
American to renew its fleet and to invest several hundred million
dollars per year in ongoing improvements in products and services
to deliver a world-class travel experience for customers.
New Datalink System Interfaces Between Pilot And ATC
Universal Avionics Systems Corporation has partnered with Air
Training International Ltd. (ATI) to provide Future Air Navigation
System (FANS) operational training for UniLink UL-800/801 Airborne
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test
fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical
role in the company’s efforts to change the future of human
spaceflight. “SuperDraco engines represent the best of
cutting edge technology,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and
Chief Technology Officer.
Sprint Nextel Has Given The Company Another Six Week
LightSquared has until mid-March to resolve its issues with the
FCC over its proposed 4G broadband network under an extension of
its deal with Sprint Nextel. The move comes after a 30 day
extension was granted to the company at the end of 2011. Approval
of the service from the FCC is a condition of a 15 year agreement
between the wireless provider and the start up broadband
Join Pilots And Flight Instructors In Clearing The Way For
Flight Attendants from Southwest Airlines, represented by the
Transport Workers Union (TWU) 556, and AirTran Airways, represented
by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) Council 57, voted
Tuesday to ratify their Seniority Integration Agreement.
PBGC Files $91 Million In Liens Against The Airline
As part of it bankruptcy reorganization strategy, AMR corp has
discussed the possibility of shedding its pension obligations to
bring the company back to solvency. The Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corp. (PBGC) doesn't think that's a very good idea, and has filed
$91 million in liens against the airline in an effort to pressure
it to hang on to its retirement plans.
At a time when deficit spending and a business exodus in
California threatens the state with a fiscal crisis next month,
aviation business advocates are warning a lawsuit against the
leaded avgas supply chain could devastate the aviation business in
Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) has contracted with Diamond
Aircraft, in conjunction with their Australian distributor Hawker
Pacific, for the purchase of up to 26 DA40 aircraft, to be based at
Parafield, Australia. The first four of eight 2012 deliveries will
be made midyear, with options for 18 additional aircraft scheduled
for 2013 and 2014 delivery.
Letter Sent To EASA Board Of Management "Expressing Concern"
Over GA Fee Structure
The entire aviation world has mounted a concerted challenge to
EASA over its scale of fees and charges, which are characterised as
inexplicably high and are acting as a major drag on the aviation
industry in Europe. IAOPA has joined organizations representing
every facet of regulated aviation on the EASA Advisory Body in
writing to the Chairman of the EASA Board of Management expressing
concern at the damaging effect of EASA’s fees.
Bell Helicopter has delivered the 4,000th commercial product
since it began production at its Mirabel, Canada, facility 25 years
ago. During a small ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s facility in
Mirabel, long-time customer, Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH),
took delivery of the 4,000 aircraft – a Bell 206L4.
Tells Attendees 'Turbulence Is Inevitable, But Misery Is
Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest and Braniff Airlines,
presented his views on leadership Tuesdays as the keynote speaker
for the second day of the Naval Academy Leadership Conference.
"Attitude starts at the top," said Putnam to an audience of
students and faculty from both military and civilian universities.
"Make your vision clear, and if you say your people are important,
you better mean it."
A resident of Lakeside, California was reportedly killed when
the propeller of a Piper PA-28R-200 he was hand-propping struck him
in the head at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The accident happened
Monday at about 0830, and has elicited numerous comments within the
community about the proper technique for hand-starting, and whether
it should be attempted at all.
Transport Workers Union Launches Site As Lobbying Tool
Representatives of the Transport Workers Union, Local 514, have
launched a website it hopes will rally support for unionized
American Airlines workers by emphasizing how jobs could be affected
by the airline's bankruptcy filing. The union says that to date,
nearly 2,000 individuals have added their names to the list of
Changing Your Mind Is Not An Easy Thing To Do When You're IFR... But R9 Makes It SO Much Easier
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
Changing Your Mind Is Not An Easy Thing To Do When You're IFR...
But R9 Makes It SO Much Easier
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at
the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass
panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more
knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than
Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the
chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a
few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most
usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so
with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
Industry Support Is Strong For Long-Term Funding For The
Following the announcement late Tuesday that House and Senate
negotiators had reached an agreement on a long-term authorization
bill for the FAA, several of the industry's organizations were
quick to express their support for passage of the measure.
The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (EAD)
(2012-02-51) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell)
Model 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 helicopters with certain
main rotor blades installed.
The Information Age makes secrets harder than ever to keep. The
one major announcement we know has been saved for Heli-Expo 2012 is
slowly leaking out. Star-Telegram.com is reporting that Bell
Helicopter, which has been readying what it calls a clean-sheet,
turbine twin helicopter code-named "Magellan," will apparently call
the model "Relentless" upon introduction.
The Pentagon announced this week it has suspended high-speed
ground and flight operations of more than 15 Lockheed Martin Corp
F-35 fighter jets after discovering improperly packed parachutes
under the pilot's ejection seat. The decision will affect six Air
Force variants of the F-35 fighter jet based at Edwards AFB in
California, which will halt flight testing there until the
parachute issues are resolved.
World Watching After Five Failed Russian Missions In 2011
The International Space Station got a delivery of supllies
including water and fuel Saturday, as a Russian Progress M-14M
unmanned capsule docked with the station in orbit. The Progress
ship had launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early
Thursday, and arrived at its destination at 0008Z, according to
mission control sources quoted by AFP News.
International Air Travel Could Be Disrupted If The Volcano
Creates An Ash Cloud
The Alaska Volcano Observatory is reporting on its website that
renewed eruptive activity of Cleveland Volcano has been observed in
satellite data, and AVO is raising the Aviation Color Code to
Orange and the Alert Level to Watch. A new lava dome has been
observed in the summit crater, and as of 30 January 2012 was
approximately 130 feet in diameter.
“After a five-year delay and 23 temporary
extensions, this measure is key to advancing the nearly eight
percent of our nation’s economy impacted by the aviation
industry.” Source: Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL).
Says FAA Has Agreed With Three Of Five Recommendations.
A report issued by the Department of Transportation Inspector
General on the FAA's oversight of staffing and training at its most
critical air traffic control facilities indicates that staffing
levels and training at some of the nations' most critical Air
Traffic Control facilities is not up to par.
The Association of Experimental Rocketry of the
AERO-PAC is the Northern California and Northern Nevada
prefecture of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Three high-power
rocketry launches are held each year at their launch site in the
Black Rock Desert.