Airmen Call On 'Smurfs' To Help Predict Storm Behavior
Hurricane Hunters from the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing at
Keesler AFB in Mississippi spent the third anniversary of Hurricane
Katrina flying into yet another tempest, Hurricane Gustav, which
made landfall Monday just west of Grand Island, LA.
Committee Aims To Fill In Missing Names, Raise Funds For
For the first time in its 45-year history, the General Aviation
Awards Program has a place to call home -- and a place where the
names of the annual recipients of the national awards can be
publically recognized and honored.
Another week... another threat to NASA's Kennedy Space Center
from inclement weather. KSC managers say they will closely follow
Tropical Storm Hanna to determine when would be the best time this
week to move space shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad.
The End Game: Motivating Flight Students To Continue Training,
With CFII Bob Miller
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.02.08 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.02.08
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- The End Game: Motivating Flight
Students To Continue Training: 09.02.08 (ANN
Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller
And From All Indications, Fellow Competitor Chuck Walz Is One
VERY Lucky Guy
The results are in from the 2008 US National Hot Air Balloon
Championship, held last week in Anderson, SC -- with Joe Heartsill
of San Angelo, TX named the overall winner out of 46 pilots
competing in the annual event, which was held concurrently with
Anderson's Great Southeast Balloonfest.
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.02.08 1600 EDT: Their
attention diverted from looming hurricanes and political
conventions for the moment, all three major cable news networks
offered breathless coverage Tuesday of an American Airlines Boeing
737-800... that made a thoroughly routine emergency landing at Los
Angeles International Airport, after blowing out one of its left
maingear tires on takeoff.
With today's soaring fuel prices, smaller airlines flying
economical turboprop planes seem to have a leg up on their much
larger competitors. Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that
Toronto-based Porter Airlines has signed a contract to acquire two
more 70-seat Q400 airliners, by converting existing options.
While perusing the wares at HAI 2008, we had the chance to catch
up with a helicopter that, frankly, rarely seems to get the
attention it deserves.Enstrom's 480B, a carefully updated and
accomplished turbine helicopter may be one of the industry's best
kept secrets but we're pleased to see that the secret seems to be
finally giving way to more attention for a solid rotorcraft.
Well, here's a bit of welcome news for a change! Oil prices slid
to four-month lows Monday, closing at $110 per barrel in London
trading as speculators showed confidence Hurricane Gustav
represented little threat to oil rigs and production facilities in
the Gulf of Mexico.
CASA Orders Audit To Airline's Maintenance Procedures
It's official. Investigators with Australia's Civil Aviation
Safety Authority have ruled an exploding oxygen bottle was behind
an incident onboard a Boeing 747-400 flying for Qantas, in which a
two-meter-long hole was blown out the side of the plane's
With slightly more than a month remaining in an official
public-comment period, EAA President Tom Poberezny encouraged
members and other concerned pilots to express their views to FAA
policymakers in Washington. The comment period pertains to FAA
proposals regarding the agency’s interpretation and
enforcement of the "51% Rule," the requirement that amateur
builders personally perform at least 51 percent of the tasks in
constructing their aircraft.
Below is the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary
report on the August 12 downing of a Beechcraft G35 Bonanza near
Boston, MA. As ANN reported, the pilot and his two passengers
onboard were killed when the aircraft spiraled out of the clouds,
and impacted a strip mall parking lot...
Embraer delivered the first Embraer 190 last week to TACA
Airlines, from El Salvador. The deal was announced last October,
and the aircraft will be used on several routes in the Caribbean
and Central America.
A measurement of a rocket's relative performance. Expressed in
seconds, the number of which a rocket can produce one pound of
thrust from one pound of fuel. The higher the specific impulse, the
less fuel required to produce a given amount of thrust.
"Unfortunately, in attempting to address these
concerns, the FAA is proposing an approach that would
overcomplicate builders' attempts to comply with, and the FAA's
attempts to enforce, the 51% Rule. Our primary message to the FAA
is, 'Keep it simple.'"
Source: Tom Poberezny, president of the
Experimental Aircraft Association. Poberezny encouraged members and
other concerned pilots to express their views to FAA policymakers
in Washington, regarding the comment period on FAA proposals
regarding the agency’s interpretation and enforcement of the
"51% Rule," the requirement that amateur builders personally
perform at least 51 percent of the tasks in constructing their