Cessna's Independence, KS, Facility Receives Much Needed
Some welcome news for the folks working at Cessna's Independence
(KS) facility was announced Monday morning. Before an enthusiastic
crowd of Cessna team members, government officials, and aviation
representatives, Cessna Aircraft Company's President and CEO Jack
J. Pelton announced that the company's newest business jet, the
Citation Mustang, will be assembled in Independence. Cessna
officials decided to assemble the Mustang at the Independence
facility and manufacture the Mustang wings at their Columbus
facility. With over 200 orders already taken, Cessna anticipates
Citation Mustang deliveries to be higher than any other Citation
If all goes well, Dr. Gus McLeod will have crossed the South
Pole by the time you've finish reading this issue of Propwash. The
Maryland-based pilot is trying to make history by becoming the
first person ever to fly around the world (over both poles) in a
single engine. According to spokesman Josh Brooks, Gus McLeod has
crossed Drake Passage and safely touched down Saturday afternoon at
Argentina's Mirambio base. Brooks says he has not had voice
contact with McLeod, but he believes the pilot is probably checking
for the kind of ice build-up which forced him to fly back to South
America after arriving in Antarctica last week. If all went well,
McLeod flew over the South Pole and is returning to Argentina to
continue his trek nor
It's not the schmaltziest announcement we've ever gotten... but
it's close (grin).
Extra Aircraft notes that "February is traditionally celebrated as
the month of romance, and EXTRA Aircraft has its own heartfelt
announcement to make: The world's best loved sport, performance and
unlimited category aerobatic aircraft is now available through a
newly established, worldwide dealer network."
Extra Aircraft has hand-picked three new EA-300L dealers to sell
this sweetheart of an airplane, and is committing significant
resources to its marketing, sales and support.
The South Carolina Aviation Association said it supports the
state's general assembly bill SB 822, which will benefit general
aviation by moving the Division of Aeronautics from the Department
of Commerce to the Department of Transportation as in most other
states. The bill also would allow taxes from jet fuel to be
deposited in the state's Aviation Trust Fund and not in the General
Fund. Currently only taxes from Avgas go to the Aviation Trust
Fund, which is the source of funds for general aviation airport
Planning to attend the upcoming WAI Conference? If so, you may
want to wear your Sunday best. The 15th Annual WAI Conference will
include a Virtual Career Center hosted by Aeroindustryjobs. The
event will be held on-line, on the Aeroindustryjobs web site from
March 8-14, and will include a WAI Resume Board and WAI Job Board.
WAI Conference exhibitors are welcome to post open job positions on
the WAI Job Board and view or download resumes from the WAI Resume
Board. Resumes will be available for viewing during the event, from
British pilots’ leaders will fly to the United States
today for talks on airline security amid continued concern about
the number of flights being cancelled on the strength of
intelligence information. The British Airline Pilots Association
(Balpa), which has called on the Government to check out
information from the US which was leading to so many flight
cancellations, said it had a number of outstanding issues to
discuss with the American airline pilots’ association.
General secretary Jim McAuslan said talks would be held on the way
intelligence was gathered and how it was tested.
NASA's Spirit rover stopped to examine an unusual, flaky rock on
the surface of Mars Sunday as scientists prepared to send it on a
trek that would more than double its one-day distance record. The
Mars Explorer team hopes the rover will travel about 82 feet by
Tuesday morning and make the same distance again during the
afternoon. Spirit's longest previous trek was 70 feet in a day, the
record for any robot on the Martian surface. Before setting out on
Monday's trek, Spirit is examining the flaky rock, dubbed
Evangelical Remarks Not Part Of Flight Plan, Boss Says
The chief of American Airlines apologized for the actions of a
proselytizing pilot, an airline spokesman said Saturday. Earlier
this month, at the start of a cross-country flight, Captain
Roger K. Findiesen asked Christian passengers to identify
themselves by raising their hands. He then suggested that those did
not raise their hands use the flight time to query those who
What's going on at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport? Swiss media
report a total of 14 incidents since January 2003 involving near
misses between taxiing aircraft, other aircraft on the ground and
airport ground vehicles.
Singapore's government says it plans to install anti-missile
defenses on passenger jets flown by national carrier Singapore
Airlines and a subsidiary. Authorities are developing a defensive
device that they hope to have ready for use by Singapore Airlines
and SilkAir planes in two years, Ministry of Defense spokesman Alex
Tan said Sunday. The government has not yet determined how it will
spread the cost between the government and the airline, Tan
A strike by French air traffic controllers caused the mass
cancellation of flights at Orly airport, south of Paris Monday.
Charles de Gaulle airport, to the north of the capital, was
unaffected. However, the national civil aviation agency (DGAC) says
the strike over reorganization of air traffic control could spread
as the week goes on. The focus of the labor conflict is a plan to
relocate more staff in the Roissy region where Charles de Gaulle
airport is located, around 35km north of the capital.
DFW Airport is being recognized by the FAA Southwest Region
Office for an unprecedented safety performance over the past year
-- the FAA found DFW in full compliance with all federal rules and
regulations, with zero discrepancies for the third consecutive
year. More than 300 Airport employees are involved in DFW's safety
Team US101 Delivers Marine One Helicopter Proposal To Navy
If we were only so lucky. A combat proven EH101 helicopter
landed last week at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent
River (MD) bearing Lockheed Martin's proposal to provide the
president of the United States with a new Marine One helicopter
fleet. The 5,000-page proposal describes the US101 team's technical
solution for a Marine One helicopter. The aircraft delivering the
proposal is one of two Royal Air Force helicopters that served in
Bosnia last year in support of the United Nations security force.
Four countries currently operate 92 aircraft in a variety of
mission roles. The US101 medium-lift platform offered by the US101
team will be an American-built variant of that proven platform.
Investors woke up in a bad mood last week, quickly dumping
shares of Garmin for not living up to lofty expectations. Shares in
the maker of global positioning (GPS) equipment were smacked down
over 10% to $46.82.
While Garmin's fourth-quarter performance outpaced expectations,
its forward guidance didn't sit well with analysts.
The National Aeronautic Association awarded the 2003 Frank G.
Brewer Trophy for aerospace education to Phillip Woodruff, for
nearly 40 years of work in promotion of aviation programs.
Woodruff, 59, a senior manager with the Federal Aviation
Administration headquarters in Washington, D.C. — has also
held aviation education-related posts with the U.S. Air Force and
Cessna Aircraft Company. Woodruff’s greatest contributions
have come as an aviation and space education advisor and program
director, and in his work fostering lasting partnerships among
government, industry and education.
Just given the history of what's
happened on planes in this country, anything can happen at this
point. So we weren't sure if something was going to happen at
takeoff, if he was going to wait until JFK to do
Source: American Airlines passenger Karla
Austin commenting about the recent flight where the Captain Roger
K. Findiesen asked Christian passengers to identify themselves by
raising their hands. He then suggested that those did not raise
their hands use the flight time to query those who did. THe
airlines has apologized for his actions.
Brandon Psencik has joined American Jet International, Inc.
(AJI) as director of maintenance. In his new position, Psencik will
oversee the maintenance requirements for all 18 of the
company’s aircraft fleet. He will also supervise two
mechanics and one assistant.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced
the recent promotion of Walter L. Desrosier to the position of Vice
President, Engineering & Maintenance. Desrosier was previously
GAMA’s Director, Engineering & Maintenance. In his new
capacity, Desrosier will continue to work with Bill Schultz,
GAMA’s Special Technical Advisor and a recognized
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced
the promotion of Ronald L. Swanda to the position of Sr. Vice
President, Operations. Swanda previously served as GAMA’s
Vice President, Operations. Swanda is the only representative of
the U. S. aviation industry granted approval to participate in the
European Joint Aviation Authorities' deliberations on operational
rules and regulations. He was also designated as a member of the
U.S. delegation to the International Civil Aviation
Organization’s 12th Air Navigation Conference on
implementation of the Global Navigation System.