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December 07, 2008

Four Lost In Mid-Air Collision Over Florida Everglades

Skyhawk, PA-44 Collide On Training Flights Near FLL

All four occupants of two light aircraft were killed in an apparent mid-air collision Saturday afternoon, about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Airlines' Move Away From ASAP 'Disheartening'

American, Delta, and Comair Drop Program, Draw Fire

The withdrawal by three major airlines from a proven safety program has drawn recent criticism from the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Flight Safety Foundation.

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Bush Establishes Pacific Theater Monument, Honors Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Monument Includes Nine Historical Sites

President George W. Bush signed proclamations Friday establishing a World War II monument to those who fought in the Pacific theater... and commemorating the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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Gov't Pushes Forward With Slot Auction Plan

Amid Much Opposition, Bidding To Commence Next Friday

In a three-hour meeting December 4, the Department of Transportation informed approximately 80 airline executive and lawyers of the details of the DOT's plan to auction takeoff and landing time slots at the New York area's three busiest airports. A similar gathering held Friday covered bidding procedures.

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FAA Warns Winter Travel Delays Possible Due To Runway De-icer Shortage

Canadian Potash Mineworkers' Strike Interrupted De-icer Fluid Production

In a memo sent to airlines October 29, the Federal Aviation Administration advised of potential disruptions in air travel during upcoming winter months due to a shortage of the chemical used for de-icing runways.

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Imposter Posed As Mechanic For Qantas, Now Facing Jail Time

Man Lied About Qualifications For Job

A former Qantas Airways mechanic who lied about his qualifications to get the job is likely facing what a judge indicated will be a substantial prison term.

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Drunk Driver Conducts 'Braking Tests' On BVI Runway

Ohio Motorist Doing Doughnuts... For The FAA

After a late-night "spin" on a snowy runway last month, an Ohio motorist was charged with drunken driving, trespassing with a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding police, defiant trespass, and two other traffic violations.

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Mooney Ditches In British Columbia's Howe Sound

Pilot And Sole Occupant Of Plane Cold And Wet... But Okay

A Mooney was ditched in the frigid water of Howe Sound just yards offshore near Gibsons, BC on Friday afternoon.

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Aircraft Partnership Association Celebrates 1,500th New Member

Organization Matches Planes With Pilots

When ANN first heard of the Aircraft Partnership Association (APA) earlier this year, the airplane "matchmaking" service struck us as one of the more truly innovative ideas to come to general aviation. As it turns out, at least 1,499 other people agree.

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NASA Names Astronauts For STS-130, STS-131 Missions

Shuttles Will Deliver More Components For ISS

NASA has assigned the crews for space shuttle missions STS-130 and STS-131.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.07.08)

Aero-Linx!

The mission of the Strategic Air Command Veterans Association is to honor and perpetuate the memory of the men and women of the strongest, most professional military organization the world has known: officers, enlisted, civilians, their industry partners, and their families that stood guard over our nation for nearly a half century during challenging times, victors in the Cold War who ushered in an era of peace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.07.08): Sidereal Time

Aero-Terms!

Time relative to the stars other than the sun.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.07.08)

"There are at least two sides to every story, but I couldn't care less about either. Safety systems do not belong on the bargaining table. There is simply no excuse."

Source: Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation. The withdrawal by three major airlines from a proven safety program has drawn recent criticism from the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, and FSF... which has decried the airlines' abandonment of Aviation Safety Action Program due to alleged political motivations, and retaliatory action against pilots.

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