Weather Caused The Shuttle's First Two Landing Opportunities To
Be Waved Off
Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts ended a 15-day
journey of more than 6.2 million miles with a 0908 EDT landing
Tuesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The landing was
made in the third arrival window for the shuttle, after the first
two attempts were waved off due to poor weather.
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ANN Special Feature: Tom Poberezny on Succession
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Redesigned Canopy, Cockpit, And Landing Gear On Australian
The latest version of the TL-2000 Sting aircraft was introduced
at Aero Friedrichshafen, which wrapped up last week. The new Sting
aircraft known as the Series 4, or "S4" for short, features many
improvements which TL says further refine this already mature
The International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) gave its latest
assessment of aircraft valuations, as well as predictions for
future market trends, at the recent 24th Annual Finance &
Commercial Aviation Geneva Conference.
Companies Can't Come To Terms On Modified Agreement
Southwest Airlines notified WestJet last week of its intent to
terminate the agreement to offer connecting service between the
United States and Canada with WestJet. WestJet had recently
requested significant changes to the agreement that the two
airlines have had in place since 2008.
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
has signed an agreement with Great Lakes Helicopter Corporation of
Kitchener to expand aviation education at Conestoga to include
training on helicopters.
Innovation, Appeal, Principal Factors In Determining
Belite Aircraft was named the 2010 Grand Champion Ultralight at
this year's Sun 'n Fun Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The award is
based on innovation, appeal, ease of build and presentation among
Many Citation owners can now get an upgrade to their GPS nav
systems to give them the greatest accuracy possible. Cessna is
offering Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) upgrades for Citation
CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ aircraft as well as certain Citation
Excel and XLS aircraft.
Airplane Suffered Minor Damage, Pilot And Passenger OK
An airplane leaving the recent Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida
Sunday morning experienced an engine failure and made an emergency
landing on a dirt road in Hardee County on its way home to Fort
Ash from an Icelandic volcano continues to wreak havoc with air
flights across Europe, including American military flights.
Thousands of commercial and military flights from Ireland to the
Ukraine have been cancelled as the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which
started erupting last week, continues to spew ash.
Decorated Champion Offers Unique Perspective on Aerobatic Community
On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives. One of the many professionals in attendance was the 2006 and 2008 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, Debby Rihn-Harvey.
Decorated Champion Offers Unique Perspective on Aerobatic
On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel
hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the
2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in
1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community
forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air
shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and
"Ready To Assist" Carriers And European Colleagues
In a statement issued Monday, the FAA says it supports the
decision by the European Commission to resume air traffic in parts
of continental Europe. Safety is the main priority for both U.S.
and European aviation authorities.
U.S. Air Force Chief Of Staff Flew The Airplane, Officially
"Hands Over The Keys"
At ceremonies Monday in Abilene Texas, Air Force Chief of Staff
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz delivered the first of 28 Lockheed Martin
C-130J Super Hercules airlifters to the 317th Airlift Group at
Dyess Air Force Base. Schwartz flew the C-130J to Dyess from Little
Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.
Governments Must Base Decisions On Fact, Not Theory
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sharply
criticized European governments for their lack of leadership in
handling airspace restrictions in light of the Icelandic volcano
eruption and urged a re-think of the decision-making process.
Warns The Deal Is Going Nowhere Without A New Contract, Job
Leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
(AFA-CWA), which represents 16,000 flight attendants at United
Airlines, said again last week that any merger scenario will go
nowhere without a new contract and job security for flight
" During the forum, we will gather information on
the screening, selection and training of pilots and controllers and
methods to reinforce professionalism and excellence."
Source: NTSB Chair Debora Hersman, announcing
an upcoming three-day forum on professionalism in aviation.
With a story today about a renewed competition for a new
Presidential Helicopter, which carries the designation "Marine One"
when the President is on board, we went looking for additional
information about the squadron who's job it is to ferry the
Commander in Chief safely from one place to another.