Manufacture of S-LSA and E-LSA kits now one step closer to
The FAA has accepted the first industry-developed consensus
standards for light-sport aircraft. This brings the reality of
ready-to-fly special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) and experimental
light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) kits one step closer.
By Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien and Senior
Editor Pete Combs
The precision flight team at California's San Jose State
University has been abruptly grounded in what appears to be a
conflict over new insurance rules at the institution. While team
members continue to wrangle with the school administration, it
appears the team may have to miss at least the year's first
Key Aviation Leaders Introduce Legislation To Reopen National
To Charter Operations
A new bill introduced Thursday on Capitol Hill would
require the DHS, in consultation with the Department of
Transportation, to develop regulations within six months of the
bill's passage that would allow charter and general aviation
operations to resume at DCA. Such regulations may include the
screening of all flights entering the airport, physical inspections
of aircraft, advance clearance of passenger manifests by the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and limiting the
airports from which flights into DCA can originate.
Multi-Agency Investigation Continues To Roll Up Cocaine
For the second time in a year, Federal agents have cracked a
drug ring operating at Newark Liberty International, and they hint
that more arrests are to come. The arrests are part of a
wide-ranging probe that has taken over a year and involved scores
of Federal and local law enforcement officers.
Special air fare discounts are now available for EAA members and
others who attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. The 53rd annual
edition of the world's greatest aviation celebration will be held
July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Re-enlistments in the Navy Reserves are memorable occasions as a
Sailor passes a milestone in his or her career and looks forward to
the road ahead. But when Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuels Chief
Thomas E. Wharton raised his right hand and repeated his service
oath almost one year ago, little did he know that this important
milestone would eventually be celebrated at more than 300 knots in
the back seat of a F/A-18 Super Hornet jet.
On the heels of Aerocomp's Comp Air Jet flight test program, its
newest high-tech aircraft -- the Comp Air 12 turbine -- is poised
to enter yet another rigorous flight-test-program at the company's
Merritt Island, FL, plant.
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien
Afghanistan once had a powerful air force with fighter planes,
attack helicopters and transport machines. Indeed, I saw evidence
of it everywhere I went in that country: hangars shredded by AC-130
fire, fighters left derelict, jet pilots working as privates in the
Army. Between the civil war, the end of Russian aid (all military
types were of Soviet origin), and the Coalition blitzkrieg of 2001,
nothing was left but souvenirs.
Northrop Grumman says it recently performed successful
high-speed captive flight tests of its multi-mode air-to-ground
terminal guidance seeker during moving-target engagement exercises
at Eglin Air Force Base.
Source: FAA spokesman Greg Martin, when asked
about the angst surrounding a list of airport control towers where
operations might be curtailed between 0000 and 0500. Martin would
not acknowledge a list of 48 airports contained in an internal FAA
e-mail obtained by ANN, but said there is no imminent decision to
close any control tower during overnight hours.
AD NUMBER: 2005-04-04
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-04
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for all Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series
airplanes. This AD requires a one-time inspection to determine the
part and serial numbers of certain engine vibration isolators
(mounts) and the cure dates of certain molded assemblies
incorporated in those engine mounts; and related corrective actions
AD NUMBER: 2005-04-05
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-05
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD),
applicable to certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135 and -145 series
airplanes. This AD requires repetitive detailed inspections of the
oil in the air turbine starter (ATS) to determine the quantity of
the oil and the amount of debris contamination in the oil.
AD NUMBER: 2005-04-09
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-09
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter
Textron Canada (BHTC) model helicopters that currently requires
certain checks and inspections of the tail rotor blades.