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January 18, 2009

USAF Proudly Hails 'Hero Of Hudson River Landing'

Service Notes Sullenberger's Accomplishments

Within hours of Thursday's 'perfect ditching' of a US Airways A320 in New York's Hudson River, the US Air Force proudly noted the pilot who crash-landed the crippled airliner, saving 155 lives on board, is an Air Force Academy graduate who received his pilot training in the Air Force.

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British Government Approves Third Heathrow Runway

Completion Not Expected Until 2019 At The Earliest

Despite strong opposition, the British government gave approval last week for the construction of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport. Although the project won't be completed until 2019, officials state the move to increase capacity is necessary to compete as a major European destination.

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Denver Woman Sentenced For Making Airline Bomb Threat

Ordered To Three Years' Supervised Probation - With No Alcohol

A Denver woman who made a bomb threat to Southwest Airlines last April has been sentenced in US District Court, Acting United States Attorney David Gaouette and FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis announced.

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City Officials Hope Eclipse Will Stay In Albuquerque

Bankruptcy Court Judge To Give Decision On Proposed Sale Tuesday

City officials in Albuquerque, NM anxiously awaited word of an outcome to Friday's hearing in a Delaware bankruptcy court -- hoping that if ETIRC, the proposed buyer of Eclipse Aviation's assets, gets the nod of approval, the company will elect to keep the manufacturing plant in the city.

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Another CEO Blasted Over Wasteful Use Of Corporate Jet

$15 Million Gulfstream G150 Allegedly Used For Personal Flights

Gaylord Entertainment Company -- owner of the upscale Gaylord Hotels, the Grand Ole Opry, and other entertainment properties -- has drawn sharp criticism from TRT Holdings Chairman Robert Rowling for poor performance, excessive overhead, and corporate waste... the latter, alas, in the form of alleged excessive personal use of the company's corporate jet.

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NTSB Chief Law Judge Dismisses FAA Emergency Order of Revocation

Judge Says Case Should Never Have Been Brought Against Mechanic

Following a two-day hearing in Philadelphia, the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the National Transportation Safety Board dismissed an emergency order issued by the Federal Aviation Administration that sought revocation of the Airframe & Powerplant, Inspection Authorization, and Commercial Pilot certificates held by a New Jersey aircraft mechanic.

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Sea-Tac To Provide Gateside A/C For Idle Airliners

With Piped-In Air, Shutting Down APUs Makes Green Sense

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has received federal funding to construct a central utility plant capable of providing conditioned air to airliners parked gateside, saving fuel while cutting noise and pollution caused by auxiliary power units.

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NBAA Announces Recipients Of 2009 Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships

Awards Given To 12 Individuals Seeking To Advance Their Aviation Careers

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee announced last week that $40,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to 12 individuals seeking to advance their aviation careers through continuing education.

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Bell Delivers First Nine Safety Enhancement Program OH-58Ds Ahead of Contract

New Tools, Processes Increase Production Rate By 50 Percent

Bell Helicopter closed out 2008 with delivery of the ninth OH-58D aircraft to be modified under the current Kiowa Warrior Safety Enhancement Program contract.

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Sting S3 Sports New Wheel Fairings

More Aerodynamic Design Increases Performance And Fuel Efficiency

New wheel fairings are now standard equipment for the Sting S3 SLSA. Retrofit kits are available to replace wheel fairings on existing StingSport and Sting S3 aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.18.09)

Aero-Linx!

Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum - as well as having one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country. This famous heritage site began as an airfield in the First World War and also played a vital role in the Second World War, firstly as an RAF fighter station and later as an American fighter base.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.18.09): Apoapsis

Aero-Terms!

The point in orbit farthest from the planet.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.18.09)

"I guess the lesson we learned is buyer beware. The good news is we have a bunch of infrastructure out there ready to go when the economy turns around."

Source: Albuquerque, NM city councilman Michael Cadigan, commenting on the looming sale of Eclipse Aviation to a European investment concern. As that sale comes closer to becoming a reality, some are wondering if the new owners will keep the plant in Albuquerque... or if all their efforts, and taxpayers' dollars, were in vain.

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