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April 08, 2007

New Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing President Speaks Out

Open Letter To Columbia Owners

In a candid letter this week to owners of Lancair and Columbia aircraft, incoming Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing president and CEO Wan Majid laid out his vision for the company.

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Expedition 15 On Its Way!

Scheduled For Monday Docking With ISS

Two cosmonauts and a 'tourinaut' are well on their way to the International Space Station. NASA reports Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and cosmonaut Oleg Kotov of the 15th International Space Station crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1331 EDT Saturday, to begin a six-month stay aboard.

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FAA's PHL Noise Reduction Plan Doesn't Satisfy

Area Officials, Residents Want More Changes

 Corroborating the adage that you can't make everyone happy all of the time, the FAA's newly revised proposed changes to its plan to reroute traffic leaving PHL to reduce aircraft noise on the ground has once again been met with local criticism.

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Sub-Launched Tomahawk Missile Test A Smashing Success

Ever Wonder What A Missile Looks Like RIGHT Before Impact?

Sources within the US Navy tell ANN the successful first test of a submarine torpedo tube-launched Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile was conducted at the Navy's missile range off the coast of southern California March 26.

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Embry Riddle Moves Beyond Tornadoes

Expansion In Progress At Daytona Beach Campus

All things considered, it didn't take long for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to pull itself up by the bootstraps and develop a plan to not only replace buildings on its Daytona Beach campus that were destroyed by December's tornadoes that ravaged parts of Volusia County, but to fast track expansion projects already on the table.

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Operations Of Aeros 40D Sky Dragon Airship Begin In China

Advertising and Broadcasting Planned For 153-Foot Long High-Tech Blimp

Airship manufacturer Worldwide Aeros Corp announced the successful first flight, March 27, of its FAA Type Certified Aeros 40D Sky Dragon airship, "the most technologically advanced on the market," according to the company.

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Cursing NW Pilot Disrupts Easter Plans For Passengers

"F" Bombs Dropped, Friday Flight Canceled

It was an unhappy Easter-weekend for about 180 passengers, whose flight was cancelled Friday because of some X-rated language the pilot tossed out on board a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit from Las Vegas.

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Dieting Pilot Cleared Of Drinking Charges

Low-Carb Diets May Fool Breathalyzer

 A Virgin Atlantic pilot, having failed a breathalyzer and held at Heathrow March 31 prior to a flight to JFK, is one happy man now, as science and diet have cleared his good name.

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Asian Aviation Faces Leadership Challenges

IATA Urges Asia's Greater Leadership Role In Shaping Global Aviation Industry

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Friday urged one of the major players in the aviation world, Asia, to take a greater leadership role in shaping what is now a global aviation industry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.08.07)


As a pilot, a particular interest of this Webmaster has been the abandoned airfields that dot the landscape of much of this country, both for their potential safety value to a pilot in an emergency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.08.07): NACA


The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA was a government agency that was started in 1917. NACA guided research in aeronautics until 1958 when its name was changed to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.08.07)

"Columbia owners are a passionate and loyal group who expect and deserve the best. We ask your indulgence as we take action in the coming months to improve our business and your ownership experience."

Source: Wan Abd Majid, new president and CEO of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing, in a letter to Lancair and Columbia owners and pilots posted on the Club Columbia website.

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