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November 10, 2012

Airborne 11.09.12: GAMA Sales Are Up, New Blue Angel Boss, Quicksilver Approvals

Also: Jack Greiner, Bombardier, Horizon Air, Ditching Video, Obama's 2nd Term

With a challenge to legislators and a promise to industry regulators, GAMA on Wednesday released the results of the first nine months of general aviation industry shipments and billings for 2012. Airplane shipments increased .2 percent compared to 2011 while the accompanying value of the airplane deliveries rose 1.4 percent. Cmdr. Tom Frosch relieved Capt. Greg McWherter as Blue Angel commanding officer/flight leader and commented on his optimism for the future and pride in taking command of the prestigious squadron. Kit builders will be pleased to learn that Quicksilver Aero

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Hawker Beechcraft Planning More Layoffs

As Many As 410 Additional Jobs In Four States On The Chopping Block As Bankruptcy Proceeds

It would appear that more layoffs are in the offing as Hawker Beechcraft moves through the bankruptcy process. The company said it plans to cut just over 400 more jobs in four states as part of its restructuring.

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UAS Integration Supported By Broad Spectrum Of Aviation Organizations

Letter Sent To Acting Administrator Huerta Supporting His Position Urges 'Responsible Integration'

A coalition of 20 aviation organizations has written a letter to acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta supporting his recent remarks on the agency's commitment to safely integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS).

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FAA Whistleblower Reinstated With Back Pay And Damages

OSHA Orders Northern Illinois Flight Center To Re-Hire Worker After Investigation

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Northern Illinois Flight Center violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, known as AIR21, by illegally terminating an employee.

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Klyde Morris Celebrates 10 Years With Aero-News

And Sometimes We Really Wonder How That Happened ...

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Klyde Morris cartoon strip’s first appearance on Aero-News. To help mark the occasion we contacted Wes Oleszewski, who draws the cartoon, by phone in his high-tech, heavily wired, storm reinforced, EMP protected tree house located somewhere near Washington DC and we asked him some questions that we thought our readers may want him to answer.

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Gone West: Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter

Passed Away In Alabama At The Age Of 95

Retired Col. Herbert E. Carter died Thursday at East Alabama Medical Center, according to a news release from Tuskegee University. He was 95. Carter was a university alumnus and member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

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Arizona Helo Pilot Cited, Fined For Aerial Animal Harassment

Reportedly Flew Too Low Over A Herd Of Elk In Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has cited a medical helicopter pilot from Arizona for harassing wildlife after a group of hunters observed him flying his ship very low over an elk herd in a canyon near the headwaters of Granite Creek, southwest of Grand Junction.

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Iran Fires On U.S. Drone

Su-25 Aircraft Were Unable To Hit The Predator Aircraft

Iranian Air Force fighter jets reportedly took a shot at a U.S. Predator drone flying over the Persian Gulf on November 1st, but were unable to hit the UAV. The Predator was on a routine surveillance mission in international airspace, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said during a news conference.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.10.12)

"We understand that observing wildlife from aircraft can provide great views, but it is very harmful to wildlife and can lead to a citation, or in some cases, the confiscation of the aircraft." Source: Ty Smith, District Wildlife Officer in Grand Junction, CO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.10.12): Gradient

A rate of change with respect to distance of a variable quantity, as temperature or pressure, in the direction of maximum change.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.10.12)

Diamond Aviators Association

The Diamond Aviators Association (the DAA) is a membership organization established to educate, promote the safety of, and support the owners and pilots of certified aircraft manufactured by Diamond Aircraft Corporation, encourage ownership of these aircraft and provide social activities for its members.

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AD: Aeronautical Accessories, Inc.

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-06

PRODUCT: Aeronautical Accessories, Inc. (AAI) high landing gear forward crosstube assemblies (crosstubes) installed on Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB412 and AB412EP; and Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) Model 205A, 205A- 1, 205B, 212, 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters during production or based on a supplemental type certificate (STC).

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