Issues Probable Cause Report In July 2006 Twin Otter
The National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday its
special investigation report identifying several recurring safety
issues with parachute jump operations, and recommending
improvements in aircraft maintenance and pilot training.
CTS800-4N Powers Sikorsky X2 Prototype; Slated For Use In
Future Lynx Helo Fleet
The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50/50
joint venture between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce, has achieved
European Aviation Safety Agency Type Certification for the
CTS800-4N engine that will power the UK’s Future Lynx
We admit, this is the kind of story that appeals to our sense of
schadenfreude... though as pilots, perhaps we may be
forgiven for feeling some "shameful joy" upon hearing about a
man who apparently 'tagged' the wrong low-flying aircraft with a
handheld laser beam.
As Airlines Fly Less, They're Employing Fewer People
The tide has finally turned. After reporting 17 consecutive
months of increased employee ranks at the nation's airlines, the US
Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics
announced Tuesday scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.8 percent
fewer workers in July 2008 than in July 2007.
Investigators Warn Final Cause Has Not Been Determined
A number of Spanish newspapers reported Tuesday the Spanair
plane that crashed on takeoff last month in Madrid did not have its
flaps properly deployed... though officials have not released any
official statements to that effect, and the investigation is still
Protest Airline's Latest Effort To Bleed Customers Dry
Saying that United Airlines management is trying to treat its
customers as ATMs, on Monday the carrier's pilots said they
strongly oppose the airline's plan to double the fee it charges passengers for
checking a second bag.
Is There A Pilot Shortage? With AIR Inc.'s Kit Darby
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.16.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.16.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Is There A Pilot Shortage?
09.16.08 (ANN Special Report, with Kit Darby of
Aviation Information Resources.)
NASA for the first time last week used microgravity research
flights aboard commercially-owned aircraft to test hardware and
technologies. These flights, on an airplane operated by the Zero
Gravity Corporation, simulated the weightless conditions of
Flights To Shift To New Gates Beginning At 0400 Local
After more than three years of planning, design and
construction, the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) is set to
open its new North Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) on
Wednesday, September 17.
Carrier Doesn't Want Inefficient Planes... But Someone
AAR announced this week it has been selected by United Airlines
to remarket and provide technical advisory services for United's
fleet of wholly-owned Boeing 737 aircraft, which the company has
previously announced will be retired from service.
Rotary Motivations: The RotaMax Powerplant Program
In the midst of all the amazing things that comprise the annal Oshkosh Fly-In, Aero-TV took some time out at the 2008 rendition to talk with Eric Barger, president of RotaMax Rotary Engines. This company is introducing a line of aviation rotaries based on a long-established, non-automotive design. The company recently signed a tentative OEM agreement to furnish a twin-rotor powerplant for an upcoming light-sport aircraft.
Given the ever-slackening US economy and mass layoffs at several
airlines and manufacturers, one would think now wouldn't be the
best time for labor unions to take a hard line in demanding better
and compensation. For the most part, you'd be right... but workers
on strike at Boeing say they have the power.
Money Will Cover Costs Incurred In Legal Challenges
Officials with Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (HVN) in
Connecticut are trying to move forward with a renovation project,
which includes federally-mandated runway safety zones. But the
airport is $235,000 dollars in debt, largely due to legal
challenges to the airport's runway expansion by the adjacent town
of East Haven.
Presidential Candidate Slams Opponent; In Other News, Sky Is
We thought the Pentagon's recent decision to
cancel the competition to build the next US Air Force
tanker would end the debate for a while. It turns out
all it's done is move the soap opera to a different channel.
The Airbus A380 superjumbo has already faced two development
delays totalling almost two years. Airbus recently made a slight
downward revisions in production numbers in May, but insists there
will be no more delays, despite new rumors.
How high will they go? We shudder to ponder the possibilities.
Now that United Airlines passengers are getting accustomed to
paying $25 to check a second bag on domestic flights, parent UAL
Corp announced Monday it's doubling the fee to $50 one-way.
Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing launched dozens
of flights Monday to take photographs of damage in Houston,
Galveston and other parts of east Texas, after Hurricane Ike
devastated the state when it made landfall early Saturday.
Linden Blue Among Speakers At "Spectrum Of Aviation"
The Lindbergh Foundation announced Monday three prominent
leaders from the aviation community will speak at its "Spectrum of
Aviation" hangar party at the Golden Wings Museum at the Anoka
County Airport in Blaine, MN on Saturday, September 27.
The aim of this site is to try to keep track of preserved Axis
aircraft and projects aiming at preserving and restoring Axis
aircraft. Currently this site contains more than 1950 entries and
some 1750 photos.
Optical depth is a measure of the transparency of a ring system.
When a ring is "optically thick" (i.e., the optical depth is
large), the ring is nearly opaque and very little light passes
through. When a ring is "optically thin" (i.e., the optical depth
is small), very little material is present and most of the light
"This is a good example of why manufacturing is leaving
Source: University of Maryland international
business professor Peter Morici, commenting on the ongoing strike
by 27,000 Boeing workers represented by the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.