Engines Should Be Pulled From Service Pending Checks, Board
As a result of its ongoing investigation of an incident
involving a Pratt & Whitney PW2037 engine experiencing an
uncontained failure, the National Transportation Safety Board
issued an urgent recommendation Thursday to the Federal Aviation
Administration to require all Pratt & Whitney PW2037 engines be
removed from service for inspection of the second stage turbine
hubs when they have accumulated significantly fewer hours (10,880)
and/or cycles (4,392) than the incident engine.
Imagine being poked by a large needle in front of total
strangers during your next layover at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson,
New York JFK or Chicago O'Hare. No, we're not talking about the
latest TSA "security" initiative... particularly since this program
may actually benefit travelers, for a change.
So Far, So Good In Returning Observatory To Functional
NASA reports that Wednesday night, Space Telescope Operations
Control Center engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
turned on and checked out Side 'B' of Hubble's Science Instrument
Control and Data Handling (SIC&DH) system... powering up a
backup system the space agency hopes will return the orbiting
observatory to near-full functionality.
* If You Ignore The BIG Hit The Airline Took On Fuel
Fuel hedges are wonderful for airlines when oil prices are high,
as they were this summer... but when the price of oil falls, those
hedges are a noose around an airline's fiscal neck. Just ask
British Airways' grand experiment to take advantage of the
19-month-old "Open Skies" agreement between the United States and
the European Union has launched its second route. OpenSkies -- the
airline -- launched new service Wednesday between New York's John
F. Kennedy Airport and Amsterdam's Schiphol International
Airmen of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe), supported by
Lockheed Martin and the US Army Lower Tier Project Office,
successfully conducted the second international PAC-3 Missile
flight test Thursday at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The test
successfully fired a PAC-3 Missile from a German Patriot fire unit
with Configuration-3 upgrades.
As the unmanned aerial system mission continues to grow in the
Air National Guard, the 163rd Maintenance Group is stepping up its
training program to ensure the availability of enough highly
skilled people to support these systems.
Fallout From Failed Buyout Plays Out In Dueling Press
Sometimes, it's best to simply sit back... and let two warring
parties duel it out, until either a victor emerges or both
combatants are too tired to continue. With that in mind, ANN
presents two press notices that came across the wire this week,
concerning what obviously seems to be the total breakdown in
communications between two charter aircraft companies, Jet One Jets
and Halcyon Jets.
More From The NBAA 2008 VLJ Panel -- Will DayJet's Closing
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.16.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.16.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- What Impact Will DayJet's Closing
Have On The VLJ Market? 10.16.08 (ANN Special
Report, more from the VLJ Panel at NBAA 20
Whole-aircraft emergency parachute manufacturer Ballistic
Recovery Systems announced this week it was notified of an aircraft
accident this past Sunday, October 12, in northern Spain... where
its parachute recovery system saved the life of the pilot and two
Rotax's 'Mighty Mite' Remains One Of The Best Bets In Sport Or General Aviation
At the US Sport Aviation Expo, Aero-TV caught up with an old friend, Eric Tucker... a guy who is known worldwide as "Mr. Rotax." The most well-known (and easily the hardest working) expert on the Rotax 900 series sport and certified engines, Eric took a few minutes to help us profile each of the amazingly compact, powerful and fuel-efficient 900 series engines starting with our personal favorite... the 115 HP Turbocharged Rotax 914.
Rotax's 'Mighty Mite' Remains One Of The Best Bets In Sport Or
At the US Sport Aviation Expo, Aero-TV caught up with an old
friend, Eric Tucker... a guy who is known worldwide as "Mr. Rotax."
The most well-known (and easily the hardest working) expert on the
Rotax 900 series sport and certified engines, Eric took a few
minutes to help us profile each of the amazingly compact, powerful
and fuel-efficient 900 series engines starting with our personal
favorite... the 115 HP Turbocharged Rotax 914.
Carrier Finally Commits To Big Dreamliner Deal... Sort Of
A long-expected order announcement from American Airlines,
stating the carrier plans to purchase as many as 100 Boeing 787-9
Dreamliners, came to fruition Wednesday... but the order is far
from a done deal.
European planemaker Airbus has weathered this year's economic
crises relatively well, with orders for 737 planes so far in 2008
and deliveries expected to come close to 470 aircraft. But that
doesn't mean Airbus expects the good times to last.
Lockheed Martin Says Time Included First Combat Missions Flown
The Italian Air Force has achieved 75,000 flight hours with its
fleet of C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, according to
manufacturer Lockheed Martin. That time included the first combat
missions flown in the C-130J, as well as the delivery of
humanitarian relief supplies.
Flown To MD Anderson For Treatment For Lung Cancer
Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the national public charity that
provides free air transportation to treatment for cancer patients
by using empty seats on corporate and fractional aircraft,
announced Wednesday the flight of its 30,000th cancer patient.
Patria of Finland recently flew CMC Electronics' Cockpit 4000
integrated avionics suite on the Hawk Mk51 trainer aircraft from
Halli Airfield, Finland. CMC's avionics suite performed
successfully during the one hour and 40-minute first flight, which
was flown by two Finnish Air Force test pilots.
The Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve and exhibit
historically significant air and space artifacts that provide a
foundation for scholarly research and lifelong learning programs
inspiring an interest in and understanding of science, technology
and the humanities.
"Even as we battle the challenges of volatile and
historically high fuel prices and serious economic uncertainty, we
must continue to prudently invest in our Company for the long-term
benefit of our shareholders, customers, employees and the
communities we serve. The 787 will help reduce our fuel and
maintenance costs, lessen our environmental impact, and support our
goal of providing industry-leading products and services over the
long haul. Fortunately, our agreement with Boeing, our long-time
partner, allows for significant flexibility to manage our fleet
replacement and growth plans in the way that best meets all of our
Source: Gerard Arpey, CEO of American Airlines
parent AMR Corp, in announcing Wednesday t