By Senior ANN Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
Andy has flown a lot of missions in the Cardinal. "I have a lot
of test flights programmed in here," he explained. He frequently
flies to check out changes to the camera unit of the software. "My
co-workers' houses, mostly. I think I have the coordinates of every
GeoVantage employee's house..."
Sikorsky Aircraft says it has signed contracts worth C$5-billion
with the Government of Canada to provide and maintain 28 Sikorsky
H-92 maritime helicopters. The new H-92s will replace Sea King
aircraft currently in service with the Canadian Forces and
deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2008.
"From an aviation standpoint, closing Crystal Airport
makes no sense. It handles 188,000 operations (takeoffs and
landings) on its four runways annually. That's 94,000 aircraft.
Those aircraft would not just disappear. They'd land someplace else
in the Twin Cities area — most likely in Northwest Airlines'
front yard —- at MSP."
Source: Bill Dunn, AOPA's Vice President for
Aiports, testifying at the Minnesota State Capitol on the proposed
closure of Crystal Airport.