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Issue Date: January 03, 2008 at 1735 UTC
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Beginning Date and Time: January 07, 2008 at 1505 UTC
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EAA's Earl Lawrence Weighs In On What's Ahead In 2008
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.03.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.03.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- What's Ahead For EAA In
2008: 01.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with Earl Lawrence, VP
of Industry and Regulatory Affairs for the Experimental Aircraft
An incentive program announced by US Airways in November,
intended to motivate workers to improve the carrier's atrocious
on-time and mishandled luggage ratings over the holiday season,
failed to deliver the goods.
They waited until the absolute last minute... but Boeing made
good on reports it would announce its 2007 sales total Thursday,
and touted a mind-boggling net order total of 1,413 -- smashing the
planemaker's previous record of 1,044 sales in 2006, and marking
the third year in a row Boeing surpassed the 1,000-order mark.
Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Robert Sturgell,
who's still awaiting Congressional confirmation to take over the
post under a five-year contract, has asked for a second meeting
with Patrick Forrey, president of the National Air Traffic
Controllers Association. The two are expected to meet Thursday.
But Some Passengers Say They Won't Be Along For The Ride
Upstart ultra-low-cost carrier Skybus still plans to expand
service at North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport in
coming weeks, despite the setback caused by cancelled flights on
A scrapped environmental impact statement has forced the
groundbreaking for New Mexico's Spaceport America to be delayed to
November 2008. But a spaceport official says the opening of the
facility is still scheduled for early 2010, to coincide with anchor
tenant Virgin Galactic's start of operations.
The Associated Press reports for the third year in a row,
according to preliminary FAA data for 2007, Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport retained its title as the
nation's busiest airport, measured by number of flights.
Boeing announced Thursday it submitted its final KC-767 Advanced
Tanker (AT) proposal for the US Air Force's KC-135 Tanker
Replacement Program... the latest development in a saga that spans
over five years, and one prior awarding of the contract to the
Consortium Notes 'Competitive Success' Against KC-767
The Royal Saudi Air Force announced this week it will acquire
EADS A330 Multi-role Tanker/Transport (MRTT) -- a move EADS says
puts its offering in the USAF KC-X contract bid in an even better
competitive position, and further consolidates the MRTT's position
as the most operationally flexible global aerial refueling
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For those of us who wearied of all the "Bravo-Sierra" that came our way from the airline side of the equation, it is a breath of fresh air to see a reasoned approach to the User Fee dilemma.
Watching the AOPA crew, especially Phil Boyer, shoot down all the nonsense about various user fee arguments is a bit of art... simple, verifiable, straight-to-the-point, honest. And he uses facts and verifiable details, even!!
User Fees: A Reasonable Analysis... AOPA President, Phil Boyer,
Discusses The User Fee Issue At AOPA Expo 2007
For those of us who wearied of all the "Bravo-Sierra" that came
our way from the airline side of the equation, it is a breath of
fresh air to see a reasoned approach to the User Fee dilemma.
Watching the AOPA crew, especially Phil Boyer, shoot down all the
nonsense about various user fee arguments is a bit of art...
simple, verifiable, straight-to-the-point, honest. And he uses
facts and verifiable details, even!!
FMI: www.aopa.org, www.aero-tv.net, I Want My Aero-TV!, <
The staff of ANN has looked into our crystal balls, and brushed
up on our tarot-reading techniques, to determine our best guesses
to what we consider the 10 Unanswered Questions of 2007, as we face
the new year. Hopefully, the new year will bring some much-needed
If you aspire to become a fighter pilot, you may want to
instead brush up on your video game skills. As the US military
increasingly relies on unmanned aerial vehicles in the warzones of
Iraq and Afghanistan, more and more pilots are being reassigned to
drone duty, reports The Associated Press.
Toni Mullee, Executive Director of the International Women's Air
& Space Museum (IWASM), tells ANN that IWASM plans to build on
its offerings and exhibits spotlighting the contributions of women
in aerospace for 2008 -- Ed.
In a recent letter of interpretation (which is still being
"clarified"), the FAA Eastern Region offered a definition of what
is considered known icing conditions. The letter states that known
icing conditions exist when visible moisture or high relative
humidity combines with temperatures near or below freezing.
It's hard to believe... but one of the most innovative suppliers
of high-tech flight-training simulators has been around for 50
years. Frasca International tells ANN it plans to celebrate a
half-century in the business in 2008.
From the Heartbreaker's List #8--Foreign Mismanagement of
If there ever was textbook case of mismanagement of an aviation
company, Columbia Aircraft would seem to be it. Bad luck or not,
they had a solid product, a growing market, and a promising
company. And, they were downed by what appears (in the overview) to
be nothing more than neglect and indifference from its foreign
Sierra Indsutries told ANN this week certification testing of
the modification company's Super II is proceeding at a rapid pace
-- with 30 test flights, totaling over 40 hours to date, and more
than 50% of total flight testing completed by Christmas.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes
pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the
part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were
all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional
aviation education association.
While no one will tell you that aviation is cheap, fuel costs
have made a bad situation worse... and in ways that have not only
affected how much people are flying, but WHAT they are flying.
Reports of $6 and $7/gallon Avgas prices are not at all that
unusual and it's a rare find to buy the stuff anywhere near the low
end of the $4 range anymore...
"I think right now the demand for the capability that
the unmanned system provides is only increasing. Even as the surge
ends, I suspect the deployment of the unmanned systems will not go
down, particularly for larger systems."
Source: Army Col. Bob Quackenbush, deputy
director for Army Aviation, commenting on the increase in
operations by unmanned aerial vehicles in combat zones in 2007.