Saturday, November 28, 2009

Delta Flight 60 Lands on Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's Taxiway

On Monday, October 19, 2009 Delta Flight 60, was cleared to land on Runway 27R at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, Georgia, but instead the pilot landed on Taxiway M, which runs parallel to the runway. The flight had 194 passengers and crew on board. But, the good news is that their was no other aircraft on the taxiway and that the airplane and the passengers are ok.

Bravo BP Debuts Bravo Rewards Points Program

Photo: Bravo Rewards Points Program
Air BP has debuted a new rewards program Bravo. Bravo members can spend their points on more than 45 million merchandise options, travel, savings bonds and event tickets.

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum Unviels Lockheed Vega 5B used in Movie "Ameila"

Photo: Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart in the movie, "Amelia" which opened in theaters 10-23-2009
On Friday, October 23, 2009, The San Diego Air & Space Museum unvieled the Lockheed Vega 5B used in the Movie "Amelia," which opened in theaters on October 23, 2009. Hilary Swank played Amelia Earhart.

The plane was created as a prop for the film and was donated to The San Diego Air & Space Museum by Avalon Pictures. Amelia Earhart flew a Lockheed Vega 5B on her historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

This movie features vignettes from her early years when Earhart was captivated by the sight of an aircraft flying overhead on the Kansas prairie where she grew up, her life over the preceding decade gradually unfolds. Also talks about her husband and her historic first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Also about when she failed and needed repair on the Lockheed L-10 Electra.

NBAA & GAMA "E-Valuation" Toolkit Debuts

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has debuted a new service online to help businesses of all types and sizes to calculate and explain the value a business aircraft brings to a company's overall business objectives.

GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce agreed, adding: “With this toolkit, we’ve put the information for articulating the value of a business aircraft literally at people’s fingertips. We’re confident that this resource will be indispensible in helping the industry clearly communicate the benefits of business aviation.”

Presented as part of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, the new Business Aircraft E-Valuation Toolkit identifies five basic resources every company should have for measuring an aircraft’s value – regardless of the size or type of the business involved, which are:

  • A policy statement for use of the company’s aircraft.
  • A method for establishing metrics to quantify an aircraft’s value.
  • A document-retention program to catalogue relevant information about the missions conducted with the aircraft.
  • A presentation for a company’s internal audiences, so that employees can become advocates for the flight operation.
  • A presentation for external audiences – including the news media, lawmakers and others – so that a company can promote the benefits of business aviation.

The toolkit contains documents outlining best practices, sample templates and other resources. The documents are accompanied by a series of tutorial videos that walk viewers through the key considerations for developing the five resources. Each of the video presenters outlines the best practices currently used to measure and explain business aviation value; the presenters also provide tips and tools for applying those best practices.

NBAA and GAMA launched the No Plane No Gain advocacy program earlier this year to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the United States. As part of its mission, the campaign provides advocacy resources for people within the industry.

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PiperJet has Garmin G3000

Photo: PiperJet
Piper Aircraft's PiperJet will have an option for customers to have the new Garmin G3000 in the aircraft. The Garmin G3000 is a 5.7-inch touchscreen controller, GTC 570 for entry. The Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD) are large, high-resolution, wide-aspect ratio displays. It has an enhanced Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for displays three dimensional terrain, obstacles, pathways, and traffic. The PiperJet can reach 360 knots and a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet. It also can seat six passengers.