ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.03.09 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.03.09 (ANN's Long-Form
Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Ric Peri, AEA, Part II -
06.03.09 (ANN Special Report, with AEA's Ric
A-12 Stealth Attack Aircraft Contract Killed in 1988
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a
judgment upholding the Navy's termination for default of a contract
with McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics for the A-12 stealth
attack aircraft, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Center Will Expand Research, Accuracy, and Availability of
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is launching the
International Center for Aviation and Wildlife Risk Mitigation to
help manage this growing hazard. The new Center, based at
Embry-Riddle's Prescott, Ariz., campus, will bring together top
aviation wildlife experts to share and develop new research and
management solutions to reduce the dangers and serve as a resource
to airports around the world.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents say the latest twist in
bringing illegal drugs from Mexico to the U.S. is ultralight
aircraft, after one didn't make it last Saturday. As smugglers find
it increasingly difficult to drive across the border, they're
becoming increasingly desparate, says one Border Patrol agent, and
they're looking for creative ways to make the trip.
New Firm Will Market Kits, Fully Assembled Versions
Wichita, Kansas-based aviation enthusiast and entrepreneur James
Wiebe and his wife, Kathy, have acquired the production rights to
the Kitfox Lite, and have formed Belite Aircraft to bring it to
market. The couple says the airplane will incorporate stronger,
lighter carbon fiber components that will allow it to easily meet
Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 103 weight requirements.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego May 28 on a
deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. The
carrier joins the other ships of its strike group which departed
the day prior...
Despite The Hype, There's No Denying That They Keep Offering New Airframes
Epic Aircraft is one of those companies that is, at times, awfully hard to figure. Despite a lot of hype, more than a few disappointments and some claims that got them in hot water, Epic remains a player (albeit controversial) on the high-performance aircraft scene and (now) in the LSA scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a
runway incursion that occurred on Friday morning at the Charlotte
Douglas International Airport (CLT) involving a general aviation
aircraft and a regional jet airliner bound for New Bern, NC
Despite The Hype, There's No Denying That They Keep Offering New
Epic Aircraft is one of those companies that is, at times,
awfully hard to figure. Despite a lot of hype, more than a few
disappointments and some claims that got them in hot water, Epic
remains a player (albeit controversial) on the high-performance
aircraft scene and (now) in the LSA scene.
For those of you who get around in one of Cessna's T210L
Centurions, you now have a new pop alternative that offers a
significant upgrade to what you've had before. Hartzell Propeller's
newest three-blade Scimitar Top Props are equipped with a propeller
The Grant-Valkaria, Florida Planning and Zoning Board
rejected the ordinance 5-1, but the full council passed it,
unanimously, on first reading anyway. These are the lastest twists
and turns in this increasingly strange story about an apparent
attempt to ban flight instruction at Valkaria Airport.
A North American B-25J "Mitchell" World War II bomber returned
to the skies today after a 28 year restoration performed by
volunteers of the Commemorative Air Force aviation museum in Mesa,
AZ. Named "Maid in the Shade" in reference to its long stay inside
the museum's hangar, the aircraft lifted off the Falcon Field
runway at 0915 last Friday in front of a small crowd of pilots,
mechanics and enthusiasts.
Nearly 500 Technicians Also Honored With Individual Awards
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has announced that its
factory-owned service centers received the FAA's coveted Diamond
Award. HBS maintenance centers in Little Rock, Tampa, Atlanta,
Indianapolis, Wichita, Houston, and San Antonio, met the
requirements for the FAA's highest distinction for excellence in
aircraft maintenance training
This might have come in really handy duing the spate of bad
Florida weather that kept ANN's ... and lots of other airplanes ...
on the ground last month. Logitech today unveiled the its Flight
System G940, which the company says will provide flight simulation
enthusiasts with a realistic experience.
Also known as air brakes, they are surfaces that are normally
flush with the wing or fuselage in which they are mounted, but
which can be extended into the airflow to create more drag and slow
Aero-Linx: Shuttle Carrier
NASA uses two modified Boeing 747 jetliners, originally
manufactured for commercial use, as Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
(SCA). One is a 747-100 model, while the other is designated a
747-100SR (short range). The two aircraft are identical in
appearance and in their performance as Shuttle Carrier
"Folks, this is a watershed event... it can not be
allowed to continue unchallenged... it is simply a case of one
narrow-minded, selfish, group trying to exert their will over
another... about as anti-American a concept as I know. The
Grant-Valkaria insanity needs to be fought aggressively, publicly
and with an eye towards not only defeating the madness but
making the idiocy of Grant-Valkaria's rule-making an example
for all others to avoid. The aviation community needs to band
together and show these narrow-minded, elitist, fools the
error of their ways..."
Source: Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief,
reacting to the continual attempts by the City Government of
Grant-Valkaria, FL, to control a county-operated airpor