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May 09, 2009

Resigned: Louis Caldera, White House Military Office Director

Resigns in Wake of New York Fly-by

The director of the White House Military Office has submitted his resignation in the wake of an April 27 aerial photo shoot with a presidential aircraft over New York City. Louis Caldera, who served as secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration, resigned his office effective May 22.

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OUCH! Boeing Hemorrhages $4.4B On B787 Order Cancellation

2009 Is Creating Major Pain For Airliner Builders

Like the news about Airbus A380 delivery cutbacks, there continues to be some serious pain occurring on the Boeing side of the airline building business. Media reports confirm that Boeing has lost a 25 airplane order from an unnamed customer for a whopping 25 B787 Dreamliners... a order that should have totaled about $4.4 Billion.

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NTSB Determines Cause Of Arizona EMS Helicopter Mid-Air Collision

Failure To "See and Avoid" Cited

The NTSB has informed us that the probable cause of a midair collision between two emergency medical service (EMS) helicopters last year was that both pilots' failed to see and avoid the other helicopter on approach to the helipad.

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VA CAP Conducts Massive Search Op

Missing Hiker Found Safe

Here's yet another way in which the world of aviation impacts the lives of regular Americans. On Friday, May 1st, members of the Prince William Composite Squadron (PWCS), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) got their "Call for Duty".

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American Airlines To Use Narrow-Body B757s on Int'l Routes

American Provides Updates on Additional Refurbishment Efforts

Customers onboard American Airlines Flight 172 from New York (JFK) to Brussels (BRU) last Thursday, were among the first to experience American's newly-reconfigured Boeing 757 international aircraft on a trans-Atlantic flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.09.09):

Altimeter Setting That pressure value to which an aircraft altimeter scale is set so that it will indicate the altitude above mean sea-level of an aircraft on the ground at the location for which the value was determined. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.09.09)

  Aero-Linx: US Air National Guard The Air National Guard enforces federal authority, suppresses insurrection and defends the nation when mobilized by the president, Congress, or both. Units augment the Air Force by participating in operations and exercises worldwide by direction of the Air Staff, major commands or joint/unified commands.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.09.09)

  "Neither helicopter was equipped with a traffic collision avoidance system, nor was such a system required. Had such a system been on board, the Board noted, it likely would have alerted the pilots to the traffic conflict so they could take evasive action before the collision. However, according to Federal regulations, ultimately the pilots are responsible for maintaining vigilance and to be on alert and avoid other aircraft at all times." Source: From Probable Cause statements by the NTSB in regards to a fatal mid-air collision that occurred between two Bell 407 EMS helos over Flagstaff, AZ, on June 29, 2008. 

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-09-08

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 747 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-09-08

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-09-06

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, - 300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-09-06

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AD: BAE

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-10-02

MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems (Operations) Limited (Jetstream) Model 4101 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-10-02 

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: AD 2009-09-07

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, - 300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive AD 2009-09-07

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