ANN is monitoring reports of the crash of Boeing MD-11F
Freighter in Shanghai, China. Current reports indicate that the
aircraft was crewed by seven people and that four have survived the
accident with injuries. The accident occurred on takeoff at 0816
local time, while departing from Shanghai Pudong International
Airport's Runway 35R, bound for Kyrgyzstan.
Mary Ellen Jones has been named President of the Engine
Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt &
Whitney. Jones will succeed Jim Moravecek who will return to Pratt
& Whitney in a new leadership position.
"A Very Important Milestone" For The AW159-Based Aircraft
The first of 62 Wildcat helicopters which have been ordered for
the Royal Navy and Army has successfully undertaken its first test
flight at AgustaWestland's Yeovil plant in Somerset. With Chief
Test Pilot, Don Maclaine, at the controls, the aircraft undertook a
short flight to assess handling characteristics.
Twenty-Year Outlook Strong For Efficient, Environmentally
Boeing forecasts that over the next 20 years, Southeast Asia's
airlines will require more that 2,100 new airplanes valued at
approximately $330 billion. Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice
President of Marketing Randy Tinseth shared the company's market
data and forecast Monday at a media conference.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a
request for a rehearing of the Federal Circuit's prior decision
sustaining the government's default termination of the A-12
aircraft contract on Tuesday. General Dynamics and Boeing were
parties to the contract with the Navy.
Huge Victory For Airline Passengers Concerned About Being Stuck
On Planes, Organization Says
FlyersRights.org is praising Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
for his decision to levy total civil penalties of $175,000 against
Continental Airlines, Express Jet, and Mesaba, a code share partner
of Delta Airlines.
Sikorsky and AVIC celebrated completion of the first S-76C++
civil helicopter airframe produced in China on Monday. The airframe
is the first to be built under an agreement between Sikorsky and
Changhe Aircraft. The airframe will be delivered to the Sikorsky
Global Helicopters facility in Coatesville, PA, for
Fuel Simultaneously Transferred To Two Fighter Aircraft
The A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) has performed
the first simultaneous fuel transfer with its all-digital
hose-and-drogue system, fueling two fighter aircraft at the same
time. The A330 MRTT conducted 11 simultaneous airborne refueling
contacts with two NATO F/A-18 fighters.
Michigan Historic Preservation Office and MSHDA Announce
Weather permitting on Monday, November 30, a World War II, F6F-3
Hellcat fighter plane will be raised from the depths of Lake
Michigan off the Chicago shoreline. The plane has rested on the
lake bottom for more than sixty years after crashing during a
"This fine is not only a first, but $175,000.00 is
dissuasive enough that U.S. Domestic airlines will really have to
think about their behavior before putting passengers in harm's way.
No longer can they sit people in hot, sweaty metal tubes without
basic life sustaining services indefinitely, without the threat of
penalties... The DOT appears to be willing to protect us, for
that we are grateful."
Source: Kate Hanni, founder and executive
director of FlyersRights.org, following the massive fines levied
against airlines Continental Airlines, Express Jet, and
Aero-Linx: The Helicopter
The Helicopter Page was designed to be an educational tool for
people who are curious as to how things work. Its designer notes
that "I have tried not to speak in terminology that is foreign to
the person casually acquainted with aviation. I know that many
people who may visit this page will have a higher than average
understanding of how aerodynamics work. It is not that I do not
wish to cater to your needs, but this page is really to explain
helicopter aerodynamics to those who do not know much about