It's been more than seven years since Chicago radio listeners
learned that WGN morning man Bob "Uncle Bobby" Collins (shown
below, right) and two other people had died following a mid-air
collision. A federal judge ruled Friday Collins was only
five-percent at fault for the accident, levelling the rest of the
blame at the FAA and an air traffic controller.
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8497
Issue Date: September 27, 2007 at 1835 UTC
Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE
Beginning Date and Time: October 02, 2007 at 1925 UTC
Ending Date and Time: October 02, 2007 at 2230 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON,
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8779
Issue Date: October 01, 2007 at 1545 UTC
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Beginning Date and Time: October 03, 2007 at 1435 UTC
Ending Date and Time: October 03, 2007 at 1750 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very
Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes
pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the
part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were
all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional
aviation education association.
Greater Focus On Details Credited, As Well As Sheer Luck
A 10-year timeline mandated by the White House commission to
reduce the rate of fatal accidents on domestic airlines --
following two such high-profile accidents in 1996 -- ended Sunday,
and safety advocates note a significant decline in such
He's at it again. New York Senator Chuck Schumer -- who in the
past year alone spearheaded restrictions on low-level flights around
Manhattan, and, oh yeah, called for now-former FAA Administrator
Marion Blakey's head on a platter -- is making more
noise against general aviation.
Does New Technology Increase Complacency? With CFI Bob
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.01.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.07
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Too Much Technology?:
10.01.07 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over
An incursion, is an incursion, is an incursion. The FAA
announced Monday that effective immediately, the agency will use
the definition for a runway incursion adopted by the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) -- in which any unauthorized
runway encroachment, regardless of possible conflict with another
aircraft, is an incursion.
Aero-News has learned Bob Rice, president of the Commemorative
Air Force, announced his resignation in August to accept the
position of executive director for the American Red Cross of
Southwest Texas. Rice, who remained in his capacity as CAF
president through this past weekend's AIRSHO, takes the helm of the
American Red Cross on October 8.
Calling the chances of his following in his father's footsteps
at NASA "a statistical improbability," computer software designer
Richard Garriott opted to take an arguably easier route to the
stars... spending $30 million for a seat onboard a Soyuz capsule,
bound for the International Space Station in 2008.
Recent NTSB reports suggest that there may be some problems in
the way that ATC works with pilots in terms of realying weather
information. Like the sad recent final report published on the
accident that claimed the life of famed aviator Scott Crossfield, a
2005 P337 accident may have been avoided had controllers provided
more timely weather info on the route of flight.
It was an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon that dropped precision
munitions near Al Nussayyib, Iraq, Sept. 25 killing Abu Nasr
al-Tunisi and two other al-Qaida Iraq operatives, according to Air
The president of the "Club Columbia" aircraft owner's group,
Chuck Yanke, has sent a messaage to affected parties seeking help
in organizing an effort to make sure that their interests are
represented in the upcoming Chapter 11 bankruptcy actions involving
Space shuttle Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center, resting on the hardstand by 1:15 p.m.,
Sunday. The shuttle began its slow 3.4-mile journey to the pad atop
the crawler transporter at 6:47 a.m., leaving the Vehicle Assembly
Building in the early morning darkness.
The commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing presented two
squadrons with the Chief of Naval Operations 2006 Naval Aviation
Safety Award at their hangars Sept. 18. Brig. Gen. Robert Schmidle
spoke to the Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 and
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 about the
significance of the award, which is presented to units for having
an occupational mishap-free year.
The F-22 Raptor Combined Test Force staff conducted the first
airborne separation of a small diameter bomb from the internal
weapons bay of an F-22 during a September test mission at Edwards
Air Force Base, California.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making a minor
technical change to a final rule, Commuter Operations and General
Certification and Operations Requirements. This final rule
established the requirements for certain management officials for
In 1974 Burt Rutan left his job at Bede Test Center, moved his
family to Mojave, California and started Rutan Aircraft Factory
(RAF) in order to develop a non-conventional research aircraft he
had designed while still in college-the VariViggen.
"The pilot's continued flight into an area of known
convective weather, resulting in a loss of aircraft control.
Contributing factors were the failure of the FAA center controller
to provide information on depicted severe weather to the pilot and
the controller's delay in providing requested navigational
assistance until it was too late to provide the pilot with
effective assistance in avoiding severe weather."
Source: From the NTSB Final Report on the 2005
P337 accident that claimed the life of pilot Michael Zinn. Like the
sad recent final report published on the accident that claimed the
life of famed aviator Scott Crossfield, a 2005 P337 accident may
have been avoided had controllers provided more timely weather info
on the route of flight.