By ANN Contributor John Ballantyne
FAA's Manager of the Light Sport Aviation Branch, Martin Weaver,
Monday announced that the first eight Sport Pilot Flight Instructor
Examiners were appointed on Saturday, January 22nd, in Sebring,
Cutting Fares Was One Thing; Playing With The Clock Is
Something Altogether Different
Aero-News has devoted plenty of bandwidth to Delta Airline's
"Simplefare" plan -- a cap on even last-minute fares that means no
coach passenger will ever pay more than $499 for a domestic
round-trip ticket. But that's only part of the Atlanta-based
airline's plan to climb out of a swimming pool full of red ink. The
other shoe is about to drop at the end of the month. Delta calls
it, "Operation Clockwork."
If you hear a happy tune in Chicago these days, chances are,
it's being sung by United Airlines CEO Glenn Tilton. But the
chances are equally good that not everyone close to United's
bankruptcy ordeal is singing the same song.
I'm going to keep this missive short and sweet...
Most folks equate the word "hero" with some feat of
death-defying risk and risky behavior. I don't. While it comes
in many forms, Heroism (as I see it), comes to pass when someone
puts the welfare of others before their own... even when risk is
not part of the equation.
From Conklin & DeDecker...
VLJ's are still hot. Eclipse flew their certification flight
test aircraft at the end of 2004. Right on schedule. Their website
has a timeline which gets updated. Anyone interested can see what
progress is being made. Certification is still expected early in
Thousands Of Flights Delayed, Canceled; Logan And Philly Close
Travelers are calling it "Stormageddon," the powerful winter
storm that roared across the Northeast over the weekend, dumping as
much as 38 inches -- more than three feet -- of snow in places like
The Jetpod operating principle of using a through-wing vertical
thrust component, along with its unique wing-shape, have been
confirmed by City University in London. City have confirmed that
the aircraft can take-off or land in a distance of less than 125
meters (410 feet). Also, that the unique wing shape is well suited
to low-high speed flight. The Jetpod can cruise at 300 kts (350
mph). The Jetpod halves conventional jet noise. The Jetpod passing
overhead at just 300 feet will not be heard over and above normal
street traffic. The Jetpod civil airtaxi and personal jet versions
have been designed to fly fast and quietly into the heart of major
cities. The Jetpod will use very short STOL landing strips that are
one tenth of the size of a conventional
Sikorsky And Friends Blast "Foreign" Manufacturers
You wouldn't think, at first glance, that a company founded by a
Ukranian whose family came from Poland and then moved to America
would make an issue out of foreign competition. But that's just
what's happening at Sikorsky Aircraft, where executives say the
President of the United States shouldn't go hither and yon in a
helicopter of foreign manufacture. That might come as a surprise to
Sikorsky's competition in the race to build the next Marine One.
The competition, in fact, is led by none other than America's
second-biggest defense contractor -- Lockheed-Martin.
An update on the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule and
the progress on the infrastructure to make it a success will be
held at the EAA Aviation Center on Friday, Jan. 28, beginning at 6
p.m. (Central Standard Time). The briefing will also be available
live on the members' area of the EAA website.
Buying an onboard GPS is no small investment -- in terms of
money and time invested. Now, you can find out what it's like to
fly with the Garmin G1000 integrated glass-panel avionics system in
Sporty's latest DVD, "Flying the Garmin G1000."
FAA Finds Zero Discrepancies, Airport Attains
DFW International Airport says it's been recognized by the FAA
Southwest Region Office for its safety performance over the past
year - the FAA found DFW in full compliance with all federal rules
and regulations, with zero discrepancies for the fourth consecutive
year. More than 300 Airport employees are involved in DFW's safety
operations every day.
"Bankruptcy court won't fix your company. A judge, quite
frankly, doesn't know the front end of an airplane from the
Source: Former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune, who
once brought that airline back from the edge of the financial
abyss, speaking in an interview with the Chicago Tribune about
United's promise to emerge from its own bankruptcy by the fall.
While refusing to comment specifically on United's situation,
Bethune said that too many companies ignore fundamental problems.
"It's not about just low cost," he said.
SUBJECT:Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-04
SUMMARY:The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for the McDonnell Douglas airplanes MD-10-10F,
MD-10-30F, MD-11F, DC-10-10F and DC-10-30F.