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February 02, 2013

Airborne 02.01.13: LaHood Resignation, 787 Update, HeliSAS Cert

Also: Aero-Integrity, Iran's Monkey-In-Space Program, and Remembering Columbia, Challenger and Apollo 1

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that after serving for four years in President Obama’s Cabinet, he would not be staying on for the second term. In its sixth update on its investigation into a battery fire aboard a JAL Dreamliner January 7, the NTSB said its examination of the damaged battery has transitioned from macroscopic to microscopic. The Islamic Republic of Iran says it has taken another step towards becoming a space-faring nation by launching a monkey into space

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NTSB Issues Seventh Update On JAL Boeing 787 Battery Fire Investigation

No Anomalies Detected After Multiple Examinations

The NTSB on Friday released the seventh update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston.

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Texas GA Caucus Holds Inaugural Meeting

State Has Over 350 Public Use Airports, Only 26 Serve Airlines

State Representative John Kuempel (R-Seguin) chaired the first meeting of the Texas General Aviation Caucus at the State Capitol in Austin this week. “This is an opportunity to provide members of the Texas legislature information on the importance of general aviation in their local communities. General Aviation provides over $15 billion in economic impacts to Texas and over 56,000 jobs – its an industry we need to protect and expand.”

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves Most Of HBCs Joint Plan Of Reorganization

Company Must Make Technical Modifications To The Plan Before It Can Be Finalized

Following its appearance in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Thursday for the Southern District of New York, Hawker Beechcraft said in a statement that Judge Stuart M. Bernstein said he would approve the Joint Plan of Reorganization (Plan) for all but one of its subsidiaries currently under Chapter 11 protection.

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Machinists Pensions Survive Hawker Bankruptcy

Settlement Approved By Judge Thursday

Far exceeding the customary expectations of workers at a bankrupt company, a federal bankruptcy judge in New York today approved a settlement that preserves pension benefits for more than 3,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) at Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) in Wichita, KS.

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Body Of Missing Pilot Recovered From The Adriatic

Family Issues A Statement Through The USAF

The body of the fighter pilot who went missing during a training mission over the Adriatic Sea Jan. 28 was recovered Thursday by an Italian vessel. Capt. Lucas Gruenther, 31st Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, was conducting a nighttime training sortie when contact was lost with his F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Delaware Accident

One Person Fatally Injured When PA-28 Went Down After Declaring An Emergency

The NTSB's preliminary report for an accident which occurred near Dover, DE on January 13th indicates the pilot was experiencing a fuel problem before the PA-28R went down. The pilot, identified by television station WBOC as Dr. Clifford H. Turen, an orthopedic surgeon at Bayhealth medical center in Dover, reportedly had attempted multiple landings at different airports before declaring an emergency.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.02.13)

“This is an opportunity to provide members of the Texas legislature information on the importance of general aviation in their local communities.” Source: State Representative John Kuempel (R-Seguin), chair of the Texas General Aviation Caucus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.02.13): Landing Roll

The distance from the point of touchdown to the point where the aircraft can be brought to a stop or exit the runway.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.02.13)

European Airshow Council

The European Airshow Council consists of a group of like-minded people that meet annually and understand that everyone involved in Airshows should be striving to achieve standards of excellence in their activities.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes (A330)

AD NUMBER: 2013-02-10

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter series airplanes; Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: BAE Systems Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-02-09

PRODUCT: All BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Model BAe 146, and Avro 146-RJ series airplanes.

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