Industry Associations Band Together To Present United Front
Against $100 Per Flight ATC Tax
Reaction from the nation's leading general aviation (GA)
associations was quick, and without exception they forcefully
opposed user fees for GA flights proposed in President Barack
Obama's proposal for addressing the nation's deficit and job
Proposes $100 Fee Per Flight For BizPlanes using Controlled
News/Analysis By J. R. Campbell, CEO/Editor-In-Chief
Folks with greater insight into the mindset of the bizarre
critters that inhabit our government will have more to say in the
next few hours, but ANN is inspecting portions of the President's
convoluted 'Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction' and
we've gotten one hell of a shock. Those aviation-hating folks in
OUR government are attacking us again.
But... Will This Mean Real Change For The 'Troubled'
Cirrus Aircraft has confirmed persistent rumors of the imminent
departure of CEO Brent Wouters after 2 and a half years of tough
times and some questionable decision-making. Cirrus Co-Founder Dale
Klapmeier has been named Chief Executive Officer. Brent Wouters,
previously President and Chief Executive Officer, is
reportedly "no longer with the company."
California's Woodland Davis Aeromodelers will host an event
called "The International Helicopter Scale Masters - Fly for the
Cure for Autism" over three days, Friday through Sunday, September
23-25 on County Road 29 north of Davis. The event will have many of
the features of a full-scale helicopter airshow.
Pilot Landed On Remaining Runway After First Takeoff Attempt,
Went Down On Second
The NTSB's preliminary report for an accident involving a Kitfox
in which two people were fatally injured offers few clues as to
what may have gone wrong. A witness told investigators that the
pilot said he would be making a "short landing" following a takeoff
attempt, and later heard the same pilot announce a "straight out"
departure from Caldwell Industrial Airport (KEUL), in Caldwell, ID.
That second takeoff resulted in the pilot and his wife being
fatally injured when the Kitfox, which the pilot had built in 2008,
More Than 300 Attendees And 85 Aircraft Gathered In Colorado
The TBM Owners and Pilot Association (TBMOPA) ... the
independent users group of DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM 700 and TBM 850
very fast turboprop aircraft ... welcomed more than 300 attendees
taking part in its annual convention held August 31-September 5 in
Colorado Springs, Colorado. The presence of over 85 TBM
aircraft on the ramp represented an increase of 12 percent compared
to last year.
Dentist Was Working On Powered Flight 40 Years Before
An exciting find in a rare-book store suggests that an inventor
wanted to build a powered-flight military aircraft 40 years before
the Wright Brothers, for use by the Confederacy to conduct
surveillance missions over Union forces during the Civil
War. It's not clear how plausible the design was, but such a
development might have affected the outcome of the war.
Parachutes Can Be Carried On Board Commercial Airliners
The TSA has issued a set of guidelines to its screeners that
will make it easier for skydivers to travel with their gear ... AND
avoid checked baggage fees. The new guidelines clarify that
parachutes equipped with an Automatic Activation Devices (AAD) are
not hazardous, and supplies guidance for X-ray screeners when they
encounter those devices.
F-16s Scrambled In Three Cases Involving 'Suspicious' Lavatory
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 prompted evaluation of the
measures taken in the years since to protect the US from further
attacks by terrorists. But the behavior of law enforcement
agencies, spring-loaded by a TSA alert for the anniversary, also
produced some new examples of abuses.
The first flight test program for the PW1524G engine for the
Bombardier CSeries aircraft has been completed after logging 25
flights with 115 flight hours. "We are very pleased with this
initial flight test program," Bob Saia, vice president, Next
Generation Product Family, said announcing the milestone
Component Was Produced At Airbus’ Center Of Excellence
For Composite Materials In Spain
The first A350 XWB wing lower cover (WLC) has been transported
from Airbus’ composites manufacturing site in Illescas,
Spain, to Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, United
Kingdom, where it will be installed on to the wing of the first
A350 XWB to fly, MSN001. The wing lower cover was recently produced
at Airbus’ Center of Excellence for composite materials in
Component Manufactured In GA Headed To Assembly Line In TX
The first F-35 Lightning II center wing produced at Lockheed
Martin's Marietta, GA, facility has been completed and is en route
to the F-35 final assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas. “The
delivery of this center wing is doubly important for Lockheed
Martin’s Marietta site. Not only does it usher in a new era
of aircraft assembly, but it also continues a strong 5th generation
fighter tradition inherent to this facility,” said Shan
Cooper, Lockheed Martin vice president and Marietta site general
Airplane Features Special Livery To Mark The Milestone
Boeing and Indonesia's largest private airline Lion Air
celebrated the delivery of the 50th Next-Generation 737-900ER
(Extended Range) to the airline on Wednesday. "This is a major
milestone for Lion Air and Boeing," said Lion Air President
Director Rusdi Kirana. "We've operated the 737-900ER since 2007 and
that airplane has allowed us to grow because of the low operating
cost and comfort for our passengers."
Clears Path For Delivery Of Strategic Transport Variant Of A330
Tanker For UK RAF
Airbus Military has obtained military and civil certification
for the Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) version of the
A330 MRTT for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. This paves
the way for first delivery of the aircraft to the RAF in the coming
Another Entrant In The Aero-iPad Wars Shows Promise...
It's a war, I tell you... just about the time that you figure out which super-duper new bit of iPad-centric software is the end-all and be-all for your aviation pursuits, someone comes along and challenges the whole works. Here's another way to make use of your iPad for flight planning purposes. iFlightPlanner is a suite of web-based tools for general aviation pilots, accessible from your web browser or your mobile device. Plan and log your flight from your home or on the go.
ANN RealTime Update, 09.19.11, 1204ET:
We have been informed that the death toll has risen to ten people
and that a number of identifications are now being released. We'll
have more info shortly...
Original Report: The truly horrific
events of the weekend are still reverberating throughout the
aviation industry as knowledgeable aviation people dig in to deal
with what happened in a professional manner and the "Insta-Pundits"
continue to misinform the public and embarrass the human race. An
NTSB Briefing concluded late Sunday, with additional details, but
it's obvious that they have dug in and are giving this matter very
Avidyne tells ANN that Multi-Touch capability will be included
with their recently-announced IFD540 GPS/ Navigation/ Communication
system. Multi-Touch allows pilots to gesture using two or more
fingers on the capacitive touch screen to easily scroll and zoom
the map range setting in and out. "In addition to all the great
features we announced at the introduction of the IFD540,
Multi-Touch is one of the 'additional capabilities' we said that we
would be rolling out over the next several months," said Patrick
Herguth, Avidyne's Chief Operating Officer.
Another Entrant In The Aero-iPad Wars Shows Promise...
It's a war, I tell you... just about the time that you figure
out which super-duper new bit of iPad-centric software is the
end-all and be-all for your aviation pursuits, someone comes along
and challenges the whole works. Here's another way to make use of
your iPad for flight planning purposes. iFlightPlanner is a suite
of web-based tools for general aviation pilots, accessible from
your web browser or your mobile device. Plan and log your flight
from your home or on the go.
Delivers Free Traffic, Weather To Portable Cockpit
SkyVision Xtreme, LLC Wednesday announced support for iPad and
Android devices in its ADS-B traffic and weather
system. Xtreme Vision brings together ADS-B technology,
PC-based devices, and now the iPad tablet computer and Android
mobile devices to enhance a pilot’s situational
Industry Group Estimates As Many As 400,000 Jobs Could Be At
The Air Transport Association of America said Thursday that a
proposed FAA rule changing the number of hours that pilots are
allowed to fly will not improve the industry's strong safety
record, and could lead to as many as 400,000 lost jobs. The ATA
said carriers support changes to this outdated rule that would
improve safety. However, the current proposed rule ignores proven
science and operational data.
Airline Offers Immediate Response Concerning Training Of Flight
The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $1,892,000 against
Colgan Air, of Manassas, VA, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines, for
allegedly allowing flight attendants to work on 172 revenue
passenger flights when they were not properly trained to use the
planes’ cabin fire extinguisher system.
Fatal Accidents In Experimental Aircraft Under FAA Targets
The EAA reports that the fatal accident rate in the
Experimental-Amateur Built (E-AB) category continues to decline,
and has renewed its call for separate accident statistics in that
category. The FAA tracks accidents by fiscal year, which concludes
at the end of this month.
Aero Linx: Jimmy Leeward
He was an amazing member of our aviation community and one of
the most competitive pilots in the world. We don't have to
reiterate what happened in the last few days, but we thought it
might be nice to show you the link to Jimmy's Facebook page so that
you can send your condolences to his family and, if appropriate,
your remembrances of a flyer that NO ONE will easily forget.
Predicted conflict, within URET, of two aircraft, or between
aircraft and airspace. A Red alert is used for conflicts when the
predicted minimum separation is 5 nautical miles or less. A Yellow
alert is used when the predicted minimum separation is between 5
and approximately 12 nautical miles. A Blue alert is used for
conflicts between an aircraft and predefined airspace.
"The airlines have to properly train crewmembers on the
use of emergency equipment. The flight attendants’ primary
responsibility is to know exactly how to handle emergency
situations, and they can’t carry out that responsibility if
they’re not properly trained."
Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt,
following the imposition of a fine against Colgan Air.