From the NTSB...
The National Transportation Safety Board today released the
following update on its investigation into the crash of a
Bombardier Challenger CL-600 corporate jet on February 2, 2005, in
Teterboro, New Jersey. The airplane overran the departure end
of runway 6 during an aborted takeoff attempt and crashed into a
fence, two cars, and a warehouse. A postcrash fire ensued. The
pilot, copilot, and two automobile occupants received serious
injuries, and a cabin aid and eight passengers received minor
"For Too Long, We've Lived Under An Arcane Set Of
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and ACI
Europe Tuesday sent a joint letter urging European Union Transport
Commissioner Jacques Barrot and US Secretary of Transportation
Norman Y. Mineta to make substantial progress on EU-US air service
negotiations. The letter calls for them to establish a basis for
resuming productive EU/US negotiations at the Ministerial EU-US
meeting which will take place tomorrow in Washington, DC.
Authorities in Rome, NY, were worried at first. They'd found a
white powder in a bag on board a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 cargo
plane being serviced at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
In fact, they were worried to the point where they sent in a couple
of Oneida County Hazmat team members dressed in moon suits to check
it out. They did. It was aspirin.
The crew of a Royal Air Force C-130 that went down January 30th,
killing all ten on board, sent a distress signal before the mishap,
according to a British investigator. That was eight minutes after
the aircraft took off from Baghdad Airport -- and it was followed
only by silence.
Fuel Pump Seized Up, Aircraft Failed To Make Runway
The Australian Transportation Safety Board said an engine-driven
fuel pump aboard a Cessna 404 failed shortly after the aircraft
took off from Perth in 2003. The pump had been recently maintained
-- but with non-standard parts, according to the report.
NTSB Finds Engine Producing Plenty Of Power At Time Of
There were no apparent engine problems and no contributing
medical issues in the crash of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182R
earlier this year. Two people died in the accident when the
aircraft went down on approach to Monroe Regional Airport in
The voluntary agreement between the FAA and airlines serving
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was extended Tuesday through
April 2008. The federal agency said it will review the agreement
every six months to see if O'Hare can accomodate more flight
operations than called for under the accord.
Comes On The Heels Of Government's Operations Warning
Have you ever heard the old saying that astronauts have just one
rule? It is: Don't screw up. Well, Japan Airlines is playing by the
astronaut's rule these days, after getting an embarrassing and
rather dire series of operational warnings from the Japanese
government. So it probably didnt' help matters when JAL
aircraft are involved in more incidents.
More Than Four Times More So Far This Year Than In All Of
There have been 117 incidents of aircraft violating spacing
regulations in the airspace around New York's major airports,
according to the findings of a federal investigation reported
Tuesday. That's more than four times the spacing violations
reported in all of 2004, according to the FAA.
The T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer successfully
completed aerial gunfire testing recently. The T-50 Golden Eagle is
being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the
Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) with technical support from
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has for the first time captured
the light from two known planets orbiting stars other than our Sun.
The findings mark the beginning of a new age of planetary science,
in which "extrasolar" planets can be directly measured and
Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) Tuesday announced
it will purchase up to 40 Next-Generation 737 aircraft from Boeing.
The deal covers 20 firm orders and 20 purchase rights, with
deliveries of the aircraft scheduled between the fourth quarter of
2006 and the end of 2009.
"The fuel vents, instead, were put on
the central fuselage, on the engine cowling. The trouble was, when
the airplane was full of fuel, there's solid fuel in between the
booms and the main fuselage. So as the air expanded in the boom
tanks, as I climbed in altitude, it had the effect of forcing fuel
out the vents instead of air."
Source: GlobalFlyer Pilot Steve Fossett,
explaining the circumstances that led to the globe-girdling
project's concern for his fuel cpacity as the flight neared a
(thankfully) successful conclusion earlier this month.
"Initially, as I was flying over the western states, [the other
pilots] wanted to know where the GlobalFlyer was and asking for
permission to fly closer. The airlines were wanting to show the
passengers the airplane.... But as I was approaching, it was very
interesting that pilots were getting on air traffic control,
congratulating me on behalf of their airline. There must've been 20
of those calls in rapid succession."
Source: Steve Fossett, in an interview with ANN
about his record-breaking flight aboard the Virgin Atlantic Global
Flyer. Fossett and the Flyer will both be at Oshkosh for AirVenture
AD NUMBER: 2005-06-08
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-08
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and A340-300
AD NUMBER: 2005-06-12
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-12
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model
747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-300, 747SP, and
747SR series airplanes.
AD NUMBER: 2005-06-10
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767-200, -300, and -300F
Just two days after AOPA President Phil Boyer blasted the
administration for under-funding airports, members of Congress took
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta to task for lopping half a
billion dollars from airport grants.