Reaction To 'We The People' Petition Response Overwhelmingly
ANN certainly struck an nerve when we asked for your comments
following a fairly perfunctory response from the Office of
Management and Budget concerning a petition against aviation user
fees. Some went to far as to call for a boycott, with pilots
refusing to fly for a day in an effort to point out how GA and the
economy are intertwined.
Total Contract Value Placed At Around $115 Million
The Polish Ministry of National Defence has signed an agreement
with PZL-Swidnik for the supply of five W-3WA Sokól
helicopters and the upgrade of 14 helicopters. The manufacture and
upgrading activities will be undertaken at the PZL-Swidnik factory
in Poland, and the total value of the contract is placed at about
$115 million (US).
World's Only Airworthy B-29 Superfortress To Visit Florida This
The Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron is proud to
announce that the world’s only flyable Boeing B-29
Superfortress “FIFI” is going to visit Florida during
the month of March. While in Florida “FIFI” will be
visiting, Gainesville, Daytona, Titusville, Ft. Lauderdale, Punta
Gorda, Lakeland and Tallahassee.
Non-Military Aircraft In Development For Long-Haul Offshore
Bell Helicopter is reportedly getting very close to unveiling
its new civilian helicopter, which it is developing for
use primarily in the offshore oil market. The aircraft
will fill a niche transporting oil and natural gas workers more
than 200 miles off shore.
Upgrade Also Improves Resolution In 'Virtually All' Areas
Aspen Avionics Tuesday announced the availability of an improved
Jeppesen terrain database that expands the Evolution Synthetic
Vision (ESV) operation area to regions outside of the continental
United States. The new terrain database significantly improves
terrain data resolution in virtually all operating areas, enabling
the Evolution System to display synthetic vision most everywhere
Aspen customers fly.
Pressure On Republican To Break Ranks, Support Union Election
A series of radio ads sponsored by the Communications Workers of
America has been launched in some Minnesota markets. The target of
the ads is Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack, who has been in
favor of the version of the long-term FAA funding bill coming out
of the Republican-controlled house which supports changes in union
API Claims Significant Fuel Savings For Business, Commercial
As of 1456 PST on Sunday, January 15, 2012, the patented Blended
Winglet Technology developed by Aviation Partners Inc. has saved
the worlds' commercial and business aircraft operators an estimated
three billion gallons of jet fuel, according to a company news
Since 2006, when US Aviation opened their service department,
they have written up 10,000 work orders covering everything from
annual inspections, to repairs for gear up landings and burned out
tail lights. They are one of the largest Cessna repair facilities
in the south, and have become a factory authorized service center
for Mooney, Diamond, Centurion, Lycoming, most major Light Sport
Aircraft manufacturers, and are developing relationships with other
GA aircraft companies.
Hilton Software LLC announces WingX Pro7 support for iPhone
including its 3D Synthetic Vision and optional AHRS integration.
Enhancements to WingX Pro7 Synthetic Vision include new
pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-pitch capabilities that provide a pilot
with look-around ability and a new Birds Eye View mode enabling
pilots to get an expansive 3D terrain view.
Fulmar UAV Was The Only Fully Spanish Model Presented To The
European Agency For Border Control Purposes
Thales and Aerovisión have given a real flight
demonstration of the Fulmar UAV for the European Agency Frontex,
which is charged with coordinating the border control operations of
the European Union member states.
Latest Version Improves Worldwide Tracking And Avoidance Of
WSI (Weather Services International) said Tuesday it will soon
be releasing WSI Fusion 4.2. The new version, which will be
available by the end of January, further extends WSI Fusion's
global weather and flight management capabilities for improved
operational efficiency, safety and global decision-support.
AeroMechanical Services (AMA) has signed a contract with an
airline that will become the Company's largest Canadian customer
for seven Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 220
and 12 of the next generation AFIRS 228B, for a total of 19
OK... Let's Start With The Positive Side Of The Situation...
Do we have to tell you that these are difficult times for aviation? After decades of stunted growth, the wiles of a bad economy, tough politics and escalating complication have driven way too many flyers out of the world of flight. Still... it does have a few things that keep people entranced and that said, let's look at the bright side of the issue before we delve into the problems we face. Over the course of a few days at Oshkosh 2011, the Aero-TV crews took a break now and then to question the attendees about what was truly right about aviation.
OK... Let's Start With The Positive Side Of The
Do we have to tell you that these are difficult times for
aviation? After decades of stunted growth, the wiles of a bad
economy, tough politics and escalating complication have driven way
too many flyers out of the world of flight. Still... it does
have a few things that keep people entranced and that said, let's
look at the bright side of the issue before we delve into the
problems we face. Over the course of a few days at Oshkosh 2011,
the Aero-TV crews took a break now and then to question the
attendees about what was truly right about aviation.
Embraer 145 Came Within 300 Feet Of A Cessna 172 At The Same
Today the NTSB cited an operational error by a tower air traffic
controller as the probable cause of a near mid-air collision
involving a commercial jetliner and a small private plane over the
Whistleblower Owed Over $1 million In Back Wages And
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration has ordered AirTran Airways to reinstate a former
pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns.
The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1
million in back wages plus interest and compensatory damages.
The 3rd serial multi-purpose fighter — Su-35S-3 joining
the flight test program Tuesday. Piloted by test pilot Taras
Artsebarsky, the airplane took off from the airfield at the
Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association. Various modes
of propulsion and integrated control systems, as well as stability
and controllability characteristics, were tested in the flight,
which lasted over two hours. Engines, systems and equipment all
reportedly operated 'flawlessly'.
This is one of those stories that is just a little bizarre, and
which could have had much, much more serious consequences. A
mechanic who had been issued a student pilot certificate in 1988
was flying a Bell 407 with passengers on board, and (big surprise)
went down during the so-called joyride.
After hearing he was the grand prize winner in Avidyne's
"FlySafe Giveaway Extravaganza", Piper Archer owner Stephen Gansky
of Newtown, PA's comment was one heard often from contest winners:
“I can’t believe it! I never win anything, this is
Pilot And His Dog, The Only Passenger, Walk Away From The
A 1970 Mooney 20F made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon
on Atlantic Beach in northeast Florida. The pilot was accompanied
only by his pet dog, and both were reportedly uninjured in the
Full Fuselage Trainer Schooled Astronauts In Emergency
Procedures, Cockpit Controls
Most likely by the time you read this, NASA's Johnson Space
Center will have officially handed over the "keys" to the Space
Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer to the Seattle Museum of Flight. The
ceremony is planned for 0830 CST Thursday, and will include an
official signing of the Space Act Agreement that will transfer
ownership of the trainer, which includes both a crew cockpit and
shuttle cargo bay area.
"I've watched as pilots I know who fly for the major and
regional carriers take pay cuts or lose pensions. I've watched as
Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft and others shut down production lines.
And now we are going to turn around and tell these people they have
to pay an additional fee per flight." Source: ANN Reader
Ron Ivey of Leesburg, FL.