I'd planned on telling you today all the reasons why I felt Hawker Beechcraft’s planned sale to Superior Aviation Beijing was very likely on the verge of unraveling. I’ll still do that, but the story took on a new dimension when a press release from Hawker Beechcraft arrived in my e-mail inbox at 8:05 this morning proclaiming the deal was dead.
As we made our way east home from AOPA Summit at FL410, smoking along at 475 knots over the ground — it’s fast for a CJ — one airline pilot after the other on freq kept asking Albuquerque Center the same question: “Are they jumping today?”
“Yes, they are,” was all the word we got most of the time, though one controller added that the ascent was under way.
At AOPA Summit there was a great deal of enthusiasm in the air for ... well, for flying. Whenever you get a lot of pilots together to talk about flying you don’t really need much buildup or much hype. The recipe is simple: Take a bunch of aviators, add a nice pleasant Southern California atmosphere with gorgeous weather, good food and, voila, instant good times. As usual, AOPA has done a masterful job of creating the right tone at the show.
I attended a forum last weekend at the Museum of Flying adjacent to Santa Monica Airport in which the Friends of Santa Monica Airport (FOSMO) presented questions to potential Santa Monica City Council members. I was shocked at the lack of factual information with which some of the potential council members are basing their decisions and even more shocked at the unwillingness of some to listen to the facts.
I was on a flight to Brazil as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in their first presidential debate in Denver last week, and so I missed the live airing of the event. But as soon as I arrived in Sao Jose dos Campos to meet with executives at Embraer (mostly to talk about the new Legacy 500 business jet before its first flight), the debate was the top topic on everybody’s mind.
On days when the political ads just keep coming, we're inclined to side with Sporty's Pilot Shop, which recently posted the image to the right on Facebook in conjunction with the tagline, "If we were running for president, this would be our platform."
Unfortunately, when it comes to choosing a president, things aren't quite that simple. As the debates roll on, we're interested in what major issues are most important to fellow pilots. Tell us what you think in the quick survey below.
We thought we’d share with you some more photos of that supposed midair collision between a Syrian Airways Airbus A320 and a Syrian military helicopter, possibly a Russian-built Mi-8, near Damascus last month.
A recent article published in a competitor’s publication has taken the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to task for moving in the wrong direction in a number of high-profile programs. In the first of a promised series of articles on AOPA’s missteps, ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell criticizes AOPA for a number of programs designed to stem the financial losses the organization has suffered due to lower revenues from membership declines and lower advertising revenues.
This week, I had an opportunity to learn more about upset recovery training at APS Emergency Maneuvers Training at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in the southeastern edge of Mesa, Arizona. With temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside, it was nice to step into the air-conditioned CAE full motion Level D ERJ 145 simulator at the Arizona State University campus across the street from the APS facility.
My wife, Erika, texted me while sitting in traffic on the Mopac Expressway (the latter part of that highway’s name being very wishful thinking) while on her way to work the other day here in Austin saying that the Space Shuttle had just flown over at low altitude on the back of a 747 (see photos of the flight here). It’s not the kind of thing you see every day.