Airbus Industrie has announced sales of its new A318 Elite
corporate jetliner (top) have reached double-figures, with
five firm orders from an undisclosed multinational corporation. The
deal takes A318 Elite sales to 13 aircraft plus eight options, and
those of the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) Family to more than
We're not quite sure what exactly happened Monday aboard a
Continental flight at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, but
at least a few passengers were irked as a dispute involving the
wife of pastor Joel Osteen delayed holiday travel plans for
If you're traveling on Garuda Air Indonesia, you might want to
think twice about ordering the noodles. They were the last thing
democracy and human-rights activist Munir Thalib ate -- because, an
Indonesian court ruled Tuesday, they were laced with arsenic. And
the man that did the lacing, according to the court, was Garuda
pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto.
Score Another One For All-Time Best-Selling Airliner
The record-breaking Boeing 737 -- an aircraft that almost didn't
make it past its first few years of production due to niggling
problems and sluggish sales -- just set a new milestone likely to
remain in the books for a long while. With an order for 10 737-800s
from Xiamen Airlines, total orders for the all-time, best-selling
737 have surpassed the 6,000 mark.
NTSB investigators on the scene of Monday's tragic crash of a
Chalks Ocean Airways seaplane off the coast of Miami said Wednesday
the Grumman Mallard had cracks in its main wing spar that had
likely gone unnoticed for some time -- but stopped just short of
saying that was the only reason the aircraft's right wing separated
from the airplane just after takeoff.
Aero-News has learned Scottsdale, AZ-based Sawyer Aviation is
donating a portion of their Discovery Flight gift certificate
proceeds for December to the state chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis
A Bombardier Learjet 45, N417FX, with nine people onboard
made a successful emergency landing at St Louis's Lambert Field
just after 11 am EST Wednesday, after the plane's nosewheel did not
retract fully after takeoff from a nearby airport.
Part Two Of ANN's Interview With The EAA's Tom Poberezny: The
Year That Will Be
It was an interesting year for the Aero-Biz... and few
organizations had as big a stake in 2005 as did EAA. Boss Tom
Poberezny went through the year, warts and all, with ANN
Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell to talk out the best and worst of
2005, and to check with the Poberezny crystal ball for a gander at
our collective prospects for 2006.
Yet another showdown is brewing between private pilots,
corporate airlines and airport operators, with Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport considering charging
landing fees for private aircraft.
And Yes, The Gravity Sensors Are Installed Correctly
NASA is expected to announce Wednesday all systems are go for
next month's expected return of the Stardust space probe.
Scientists are also confident the ending will go much better than
the last time the agency tried something like this.
For any of our readers on the remote island state of Nauru, we
suggest you get used to staying put for a little while... or,
buying a plane of your own. Aero-News has learned that island's
one-and-only airline, Air Nauru, has had its only aircraft
With the installation of horizontal tails on the first F-35, the
Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) team has completed
assembly of the aircraft's major structural components. The next
milestone in the aircraft's march to first flight is engine
installation, planned for early 2006, with the jet's first flight
expected in Fall 2006.
-- whose Boeing 737 went down outside Lagos in an October 23
accident that claimed all 117 people onboard -- has become the
third airline to be grounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation
Authority (NCAA) this month. The move comes one day after another
Bellview aircraft made an emergency landing in Accra, the cap
Symphony Aircraft Industries tells Aero-News the company has
signed an agreement with LetsFly.org to participate in its
cooperative program. This partnership makes it possible for LetsFly
members to own a share of a brand-new Symphony 160 for a nominal
initial investment, low monthly fees and reduced per hour flight
costs. It also allows pilots to open a local flight center
cooperative with ownership of a Symphony 160.
Boeing has delivered the first AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role
combat helicopter for the Japanese government to Fuji Heavy
Industries (FHI), the Japanese aerospace company teamed with Boeing
to produce the Apache Longbow in Japan. Two AH-64DJP Apaches will
be delivered to the Japanese government by FHI in March 2006.
"This isn't designed to make a portion of general
aviation traffic go away. The intent of the program is to share the
Source: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Airport aviation director Tom Jorgiello, on the airport's
consideration of collecting user fees from corporate and private
pilots operating from the field. Airlines operating from FLL, such
as Spirit Air, have called on GA to start paying their "fair share"
of expenses to maintain the airport -- as well as in hopes of
potentially driving the costs to the airlines down. Proposals
ranging from a flat fee for all aircraft under 15,000 -- penalizing
pilots of Piper Cubs as much as corporate Lear operators -- to an
increase in the airport's 6-cent-per-gallon fuel tax are being