Pilot Was Only Person On Board On Flight From PA to CA
The CEO of a company which recently opened a solar array
manufacturing facility in Las Vegas was fatally injured when his
airplane went down in Pennsylvania Thursday. Brian Robertson, 38,
was the only person on board the Cessna 441 when it went down two
miles from York, PA.
SR22 Went Down On Approach Following Near Collision With
An accident on December 15th involving two airplanes in the
traffic pattern at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL) in Arizona points to
the importance of the concept of "see and avoid." While there was
no mid-air collision, the pilot of an SR22 who was fatally injured
when his plane went down reported being unable to see a Gulfstream
on final approach because the sun was in his eyes. A passenger on
board the Cirrus was seriously injured, but able to escape the
wreckage of the airplane.
Merger Of The Two Seniority Lists Headed To Members Of Both
Flight Instructor Employee Groups For A Ratification Vote
A tentative Seniority Integration Agreement was reached
late last week between the Transport Workers Union (TWU) 557, the
union representing Southwest Airlines Flight Instructors, and the
Flight Instructors of AirTran Airways.
Flag-Casing Ceremony Held In Mid-December Marked The End To
Units' Operational Status
Four air expeditionary units that were the air and space
components to U.S. Forces-Iraq inactivated during a flag-casing
ceremony December 18. The 467th Air Expeditionary Group, 368th
Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, 321st Air Expeditionary
Wing and 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq stood down
following the conclusion of Operation New Dawn.
Pilot Flew A 16-Year-Old Cancer Patient Home For Christmas On
December 22nd, 1981
From its first flight involving one patient and one airplane,
the Corporate Angel Network has grown to an extensive array of
companies that has helped tens of thousands of people with cancer
reach get access to treatment. The non-profit group, which offers
free flights aboard business aircraft to patients traveling across
the country for medical care, celebrates its 30th anniversary this
Looks For Creative Solution To Keep Law Enforcement Aircraft
Onodaga County, NY, Sheriff Kevin Walsh says he doesn't
particularly like the idea of of a corporate sponsor for the
department's Bell 407, but the alternative, he says, is grounding
the aircraft in 2012.
A Dozen Upgraded Multi-Role Fighters Completes State Contract
The Sukhoi Company has completed delivery of 12 new
multi-purpose Su-27SM(3) fighters to the Russian Air Force. The
last batch of aircraft was sent to an undisclosed place of
deployment. They were released under a state contract, signed
between the Sukhoi Company and the Ministry of Defence at the
MAKS-2009 air show.
Medicine, Blankets And Clothing For Flood Victims Arrived In
Bangkok With New Airplane
The Airbus Corporate Foundation and ‘Luftfahrt ohne
Grenzen’ (LOG or ‘Wings of Help’) have
transported some 12 tons of humanitarian goods to Bangkok aboard
the delivery flight of Thai Airways International (THAI)’s
newest A330-300 from Toulouse, France. The aircraft, which was
delivered late last week, is the first of an order for seven
A330-300s placed last year and joins an existing fleet of 20 A330s
already operated by the airline.
Follow-On To First Order Placed At The Paris Air Show
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and ATR announced an order
for two additional ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft, along with two
options, late last week. This is a follow-on to GECAS’
first-ever ATR order placed in June at the Paris Air Show and
brings the total number of ATRs ordered by GECAS to 17 with 17
Goodies Confiscated At McCarran International In Las Vegas
Add frosted cupcakes to the list of items that can not be
brought through a security checkpoint, at least at MaCarran
International Airport in Las Vegas. That's what Rebecca Hains found
out the hard way last Wednesday when she attempted to clear
security with her red velvet treat, which was packed in an
eight-ounce mason jar.
One Of The Industry's Most Aggressive Product Support Teams Fights The Menace Of 'AOG'
AOG... it stands for Aircraft On Ground and what it really means is that an expensive and critical asset, a company's much needed business aircraft, is not in the air when it needs to be. To the folks at Gulfstream, those are fighting words... even though the Gulfstream line is rumored to boast over a 99% reliability rate.
One Of The Industry's Most Aggressive Product Support Teams Fights
The Menace Of 'AOG'
AOG... it stands for Aircraft On Ground and what it really means
is that an expensive and critical asset, a company's much needed
business aircraft, is not in the air when it needs to be. To the
folks at Gulfstream, those are fighting words... even though the
Gulfstream line is rumored to boast over a 99% reliability rate.
Gulfstream's Airborne Product Support team is ready 24/7/365 in
order to keep down the expenses of 'down time." As a matter of
fact, a timely Gulfstream assistance flight can reportedly save two
days or more of waiting for a replacement windshield or tire. The
Pilot and Two Passengers Swim Away Unscathed After Ditching
Near FL Keys
For reasons yet unknown, a 1989 Waco Classic biplane ended the
year with a splash as it was ditched off Sombrero Beach, FL, near
the Marathon airport in the FL Keys. The Jacobs powered bipe
reported suffered some manner of power interruption, while the
pilot called for a Mayday on the local unicom frequency and managed
what appears to be a pretty well-controlled ditching into the
Atlantic. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office confirms that there
were three people on board the Conch Air Waco flight-seeing
aircraft (three men, according to local media reports), the pilot
and two passengers. All three occupants refused medical attention
(but probably did ask for a towel...) and the aircraft appeared to
Insiders Say Another CR Is The Most Likely Outcome
Washington insiders are saying that it's very likely that the
U.S. Congress will not be able to come up with a compromise on
long-term funding for the FAA, and that a 23rd continuing
resolution (CR) will be passed to keep the agency open beyond
Claims Independent Confirmation Of Its Position On The
As evidence backing up its filing last week with the FCC
claiming owners of legacy GPS equipment have no standing to block
its plan to deploy terrestrial 4G transmitters, LightSquared filed
the first set of data from independent testing of precision GPS
devices which were modified to coexist with the company's proposed
nationwide 4G LTE network.
Strong Markets In Asia, The Middle East, Parts Of Latin
Yet another business aviation forecaster is predicting the start
of a long-term industry recovery in 2012. Forecast International
(FI), a provider of market intelligence, forecasting, proprietary
research and consulting services for the worldwide aerospace,
defense, electronics and power systems industries, expects modest
improvements next year, with stronger growth coming in 2013.
Michelle Obama Answered Calls From Children Across The
For the second year in a row, First Lady Michelle Obama took
time from her schedule to deliver holiday cheer to children across
America by personally answering phone calls on Santa's journey as
part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North
American Aerospace Defense Command.
Parents Say Child Was Removed From A Protective Seat
The parents of a terminally ill eight-year-old child say
Southwest flight attendants insisted they not use a special seat
for the boy because they were concerned it did not meet FAA
guidelines. The family was returning to New Hampshire from a
vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
“Corporate profits and cash holdings have reached
record levels. That, coupled with three or four years of
drastically reduced aircraft deliveries, implies considerable
pent-up demand.” Source: Richard Aboulafia, vice
president of The Teal Group.