It's flying. Well, at least the engine is.
The Citation Mustang PW615F engine successfully completed its
maiden flight Tuesday. The 1.9 hour flight was flown on a
CitationJet test bed from Cessna's facility in Wichita (KS).
The biggest aerospace defense contractor in America will
reportedly have to lay off some 500 workers from its plant in Fort
Worth (TX) by the end of the year. The reason: production of the
venerable F-16 line is slowing down.
Sounding a conspicuously conciliatory note, the chief of ALPA's
Delta pilots' says he thinks the union and the airline can cut a
deal. But Duane Woerth is a cautious man.
"It's hard to close a deal until you see what you are talking
about," Woerth was quoted in media reports as saying.
Little Difference Found Between Private And Federal
Rear Adm. David M. Stone, Acting Administrator for the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), last week released
the executive summary of a commissioned report that compares the
agency's federal airport screeners with privately contracted
screeners working in five test-bed airports. Kansas City
International Airport, which is handled by FirstLine Transportation
Security, in partnership with the TSA, was cited for excellent
Skytruck Corporation says its PZL M28 Skytruck has received full
FAA Type Certification. "This is an extremely exciting time for us
and for everyone involved in the certification process," said
Skytruck President Lance Maclean. "The certification of the M28
Skytruck has been a multi-national bilateral effort between PZL, a
major Polish aircraft manufacturer, and several American and
Canadian aerospace companies. Our goal has been to provide a
versatile STOL (short take off and landing), utility aircraft that
will cost-effectively meet the needs of western operators."
Ahh, spring. It's time to be optimistic. Take, for instance, the
eternal hope of a baseball coach just before the first official cry
of "Play ball!" For the boys of summer, spring means every hitter
is a triple-crown winner, every fielder a Golden Glove winner.
Every game is a winning streak and every team can win the
Have you ever noticed how much like baseball forecasting the summer
is for airlines?
It's a scene increasingly familiar at airports across America.
This time, it was played out in Burlington and Harwinton (CT),
where some 500 residents showed up Monday night for an informal
little chat about what to do with Johnnycake Airport. It's an
argument that splits both communities -- and apparently splits the
co-owners of the land as well.
ARINC Joins RAA, Hoping To Improve Communications With The Big
ARINC Incorporated has expanded the range of services it offers
US airlines and is seeking to establish closer relationships with
domestic regional carriers. The company has been named to the
2003-2004 Associate Member Council of the Regional Airline
Association, and plans to assume a higher profile at industry
forums and conferences.
A US Army UH-60 is missing, somewhere in South Carolina.
The aircraft, with three soldiers on board, was on a "routine"
flight from Fort Bragg (NC) to Florence (SC) Monday when it dropped
off radio and radar.
"What is the worst for me is the time it will take to resolve
this. Until this is resolved, we can't live a normal life. I have
three children who are in school and it disturbs their studies. I
don't want them to fail their courses."
Source: Francoise Jolin, widow of Quebec pilot
Gilbert Paquette. His Cessna ran into a broadcast tower three years
ago. Now, the broadcasters who used that tower are suing the family
for a total of $3.5 million, far more than Paquette's $1 million
life insurance policy will cover.
Gilbert Paquette had a million-dollar life insurance policy when
his small Cessna became impaled on a broadcast tower in Quebec
three years ago.
But in a move that left his survivors flabbergasted, the
broadcasters that used the wrecked tower are suing the family for
all that and much more.
Support poured in from throughout the nation over the past few
days for EAA's sport pilot/light-sport aircraft petition to the
federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), resulting in
signatures from more than 10,000 EAA members, other pilots, and
aviation enthusiasts. The petition drive ended early Sunday
morning, April 25.
The EAA AirVenture Forums scheduling team has posted the initial
schedule of EAA AirVenture forum presentations on the
organization's website. Hundreds of presentations feature virtually
any aviation topic, including aircraft design, history, vintage
aircraft, family aviation, medical certification, piloting,
insurance and of course, sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, to name
Barry Squire was minding his own business, flying along in his
1960 Nesmith Cougar (file photos of type, right and below) shortly
after take-off, when he realized he was about to miss his
So he made what the Florida Highway Patrol says was a perfect
landing on Florida's Turnpike in northern St. Lucie County.
The second Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference
and Exhibition (LABACE2004), held April 15 to 17, surpassed even
the most optimistic projections of both organizers and Exhibitors,
registering 3,735 people, a 30 percent increase over last year.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched
a new Website with a new domain name: www.nata.aero.
NATA says the new site features a more user-friendly homepage and
certain sections that are password-protected and accessible only by