Local reports say 12 bodies have recovered from an accident
just off the coast of Miami Beach, where a seaplane carrying as
many as 18 onboard went down at approximately 2:45 pm EST. There
are conflicting reports as to any survivors, with varying reports
of two to six passengers now at local hospitals.
It's hard for us to believe that with as much as airport
security has been in the news these past four years, someone could
possibly still think it was okay to bring a grenade onboard an
aircraft -- but that's exactly what happened Sunday night in
Jetblue's terminal at JFK International.
Aero-News has learned British actor Bruce Payne, known to movie
audiences for roles in such films as "Passenger 57" and, well,
"Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team" was arrested
November 30 in London for a disturbance onboard a Virgin Atlantic
flight from the US.
May Offer Significantly Less-Expensive Future Space
The first high resolution images of the Earth transmitted by
TopSat, the micro-satellite designed and built by a consortium of
British firms led by QinetiQ, have been received at QinetiQ's West
Freugh ground station.
Crews continue to search off the coast of northeastern Florida
for the pilot of a Cessna 195 Businessliner that went down Sunday
in rough seas one mile from St. Augustine, as well as his
16-year-old daughter. Another passenger died in the accident, but
there was at least one survivor.
Aero-Craft 101: When To Fly -- And When To Stay On The
It's a decision every pilot faces at one time or another: you
have to be somewhere, and the airplane's fueled and ready down at
the airport. You've checked your planned route, and -- something
isn't right. In fact, it looks like it's going to be a lousy day to
fly... but you have to be home tonight... right?
AOPA tells Aero-News the organization has won a victory against
the City of Pompano Beach. As a result of ongoing efforts by the
organization, the FAA has decreed the city must stop the 10-year
old policies AOPA states restrict general aviation use --
specifically training-type operations -- at Pompano Airpark
Twice is apparently enough in Nigeria. After two aviation
tragedies since October -- including last weekend's accident
involving a Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 that claimed 103
lives -- the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)
has ordered all Boeing 737-100s and -200s in service in that
country to be grounded until they can be inspected in accordance
with an Airworthiness Directive issued more than five years ago by
the FAA in Washington.
Agencies Ask TSA To Help Flight Schools,
Instructors With Security Training
Thanks to direct involvement from the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA), the National Association of Flight Instructors
(NAFI), and other aviation organizations, the TSA has waived a
requirement for flight school employees and independent CFIs to
receive recurrent security training in the same month as when they
received initial security awareness training. The waiver instead
allows 18 months to get annual security awareness recurrency
Scientists at the Moscow Institute have designed an aircraft
capable of carrying passengers from Moscow to Paris in 20 minutes,
and all the way to New York in less than an hour... if only they
had the money to build it.
The world's first-ever mission to Pluto is closer to launch as
the New Horizons probe was moved to Launch Complex 41 at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center. The interplanetary spacecraft was moved to
the pad -- where it will be installed atop its Atlas V booster
rocket -- under heavy security Saturday morning.
Boeing has announced the first delivery of a 747-400 Freighter
to Air China Cargo, one of two new 747-400Fs for the Beijing-based
carrier. The new airplane will be used on Air China Cargo's routes
between China and North America and Europe, and is powered by Pratt
& Whitney 4056 engines.
"This should send a clear message to airport sponsors
everywhere. Treat every user fairly, and don't try to stop legal
operations with illegal regulations."
Source: Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of
airports, on the FAA's decision to crack down on the City of
Pompano Beach over 10-year old policies AOPA states restricts
training-type operations -- such as touch-and-go's -- at Pompano