As Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief David M.
Stone learned first-hand last week at AOPA Expo 2004, the new
citizenship check rule has stirred up a firestorm of frustration
and confusion within the general aviation community. Record numbers
of pilots and flight instructors are telling AOPA that they are
upset that there was no advance warning or education on the rule
that requires pilots to verify citizenship with instructors before
they train for additional ratings or certificates.
NOAA's Space Environment Center and National Geodetic Survey
Tuesday released new experimental ionosphere products to help
emergency managers and other users quickly assess the effects of
solar storm on Global Positioning System applications.
Why Robert F. Kennedy's GA Comments Should Be Challenged
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien
We at Aero-News stand accused of partisanship, or worse,
because we ran a story on RFK, Jr.'s comments on the aviation
"threat" to New York's Indian Point power plant.
That was a NEWS STORY. It wasn't
OPINION (THIS is, most
definitely, opinion). It was a factual report of something said by
a sufficiently prominent celebrity that you were going to hear
about it somewhere; better that you hear about it from us, at least
the aviation content.
Professor Kenneth Mease Will Lead Team in Developing Advanced
UC Irvine Monday announced that a researcher within The Henry
Samueli School of Engineering has been awarded a contract with
NASA, through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop
guidance algorithms aimed at pinpointing future Mars landers within
100 meters of the desired site.
By ANN Contributor Aleta Vinas
The airshow circuit is not (yet) filled with an abundance of
women. We all know Patty Wagstaff but who's that other pretty
blonde and what's she doing on the outside of the airplane -- while
it's flying? That lady is the most experienced and recognized
wingwalker at airshows today -– Teresa Stokes.
Move Aimed At More Efficient Operations And Support
The Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security
(BTS), Asa Hutchinson Tuesday announced that the Office of Air and
Marine Operations (AMO) has been transferred intact from US
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to US Customs and Border
Protection (CBP). This planned move furthers the Department’s
intent to integrate air and marine law enforcement personnel,
missions and assets and is consistent with Congressional action in
the FY 2005 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations
Flight Options, a provider of fractional shares in jet aircraft,
says chairman and CEO John P. Nahill is leaving the company to
pursue other interests. S. Michael Scheeringa, currently chief
operating officer, will retain his current responsibilities and has
been appointed acting CEO while a permanent replacement for Nahill
is sought. Scheeringa's appointment is effective immediately.
At Least A Dozen European Airliners Headed For China
Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A319
aircraft, becoming a new customer for the type. The A319 aircraft
will seat up to 132 passengers in a very comfortable and flexible
two-class layout and are equipped by V2500 engines from
International Aero Engines to meet requirements of high-altitude
Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) marked two milestones this
week, as ANA received its first 777-300ER (Extended Range) and,
with that airplane, became the first Asia-based carrier with
"Connexion by Boeing," the aerospace manufacturer's high-speed
mobile Internet service in its fleet. ANA will launch its newest
service on November 15th of this year on the airplane's inaugural
flight from Tokyo, Japan, to Shanghai, China.
"We are taking these concerns directly to the top of the TSA and
making sure our friends in Congress weigh in at the agency. This
rule must be changed."
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer on the TSA's new
Citizen Check Rule. AOPA says the rule has caused massive confusion
for student pilots from both the US and abroad.