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November 23, 2013

Transportation Leaders Question DOJ Proposed Airline Merger Settlement

Letter Sent To Attorney General Eric Holder Concerning The Proposal

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, along with Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concern over the proposed settlement agreement with US Airways and American Airlines.

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Vangrunsven, Brown, Pasahow Join EAA Board Of Directors

New Board Members Bring Extensive And Diverse Aviation Community Backgrounds

Three aviators with extensive experience in diverse areas of the aviation community have joined the top leadership of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the newest members of the EAA Board of Directors. Dick VanGrunsven, Joe Brown and David Pasahow were invited to join the board during the group’s fall meeting on Nov. 14-15 at Oshkosh, WI.

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FCC Plans To Open Discussion Of Cell Phone Use On Airliners

Proposal On The Agenda For The Commission's December 12 Meeting

The Tentative Agenda for the FCC meeting on December 12, 2013 includes an item that will address the use of mobile communications on commercial aircraft ... essentially discussing whether to allow airline passengers to use their cell phones during flight.

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Airport Operator Charged With Flying An Airplane Without A Proper License

Also Accused Of Lying To The FAA About His Qualifications

Paul Douglas Tharp, 53, of Greensboro, NC, was arrested Wednesday on a federal criminal indictment charging him with lying to the FAA about his qualifications as mechanic and a pilot and for flying an airplane without the proper pilot’s license, according to a news release from Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The five-count criminal indictment was unsealed following the arrest of Tharp by law enforcement in Winston-Salem, NC.

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Gone West: Tuskegee Airman John Suggs

Combat Pilot Flew 70 Missions During WWII

Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. (Ret) John J. Suggs passed away in October at the age of 98. Suggs had flown 70 combat missions as a pilot for the iconic unit during WWII, and had continued his Air Force career through the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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Textron to Acquire Two Suppliers Of Flight Sim, Aircraft Training Products

Companies Expected To Broaden Textron’s Flight Simulation Capabilities In Commercial And Military Markets

Textron has signed agreements to acquire two flight simulation and aircraft training product companies – Mechtronix Inc., located in Montreal, Quebec and OPINICUS Corporation, located in Lutz, Florida.

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New Location Announced For Indiana Air Show

South Shore Air Show Moving To Nearby Agri-Tourism Attraction

Northwest Indiana's South Shore Air Show will return in 2014 at a new location. Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Gary Corbett, CEO of Fair Oaks Farms, announced that Fair Oaks Farms will play backdrop to the event at a press conference on Thursday.

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Bombardier Deems Dubai Air Show A Success

Collected Firm Orders For As Many As 38 Aircraft Worth Over $2 Billion

Bombardier Aerospace said it had a successful week at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, having announced firm orders and commitments for up to 38 aircraft valued at up to $2.01 billion.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.23.13)

"(W)e fully anticipate that many of the slots and gates will ultimately be awarded to LCCs [low cost carriers]; we just believe the process should be open to all carriers.” Source: Letter from House and Senate Transportation Committee leaders to Attorney General Eric Holder.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.23.13): En Route Flight Advisory Service

A service specifically designed to provide, upon pilot request, timely weather information pertinent to his/her type of flight, intended route of flight, and altitude. The FSSs providing this service are listed in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.23.13)

The US Coast Guard Aviation Association

The organizational objectives outlined by the founders remain the same but the scope and reality of today's organization is probably far greater than originally envisioned.

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