On the heels of their announcement of an unprecedented 116 new aircraft orders for
the month of November, Cirrus Design Corporation
announced Thursday plans have been finalized to open their first
Cirrus sales center in China. The inaugural China sales center will
open at the General Aviation airport in Shanghai during the first
half of February, 2006.
The hard-working and long-suffering gnomes that publish ANN will
finally get to take a short holiday break this week [we gnomes
thank you --ed]. ANN's normal DAILY news will be presented through
December 24th, and will then be on a brief Holiday
schedule, December 25th and 26th.
Last-Minute Christmas Gifts For The Aero-News Type
If you're one of the majority of our readers that celebrate
Christmas, you're probably hoping for an aviation-related gift.
Here's what's on our wish list this Yuletide -- if you agree, you
might want to forward this page to your own personal Santa (maybe
with an item highlighted!)
Representatives from General Electric told Aero-News Friday that
2005 has been a record-breaking year of sales for GE's newest large
commercial engines, the GE90 and GEnx, with more than 750 engines
UPS announced Friday the federal mediator in charge of
negotiations between UPS and the Independent Pilots Association
(IPA) has put the talks in an indefinite recess. The main contract
items still on the table are compensation and benefits.
It's tough being caught between a rock and hard place -- but a
rock and a helicopter? A diver whose tender boat lost power south
of New Zealand's Island Bay Thursday decided that, given the choice
between finding refuge from the sea on a large rock or being lifted
to safety by a helicopter -- he'd take the rock.
While the official reason the largest formation ever of C-17
Globemaster IIIs from a single base took off Thursday morning from
Charleston AFB was to demonstrate the strategic airdrop capability
of the Air Force... ya can't deny it also just looked really,
"I was quite amazed that he refused to be rescued. I
have been working on the helicopter for nearly 15 years and
although I have seen people reluctant to be rescued, I have never
met anyone who flatly refused."
Source: Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman Dave
Greenberg, after a diver stranded on a rock off the coast of
Wellington refused to be taken aboard a rescue helicopter due to
the man's fear of heights. The man was later rescued -- by a