General aviation fared very well in the 2004 Congressional
elections, with Ninety-six percent of the 104 members backed by the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Political Action Committee
(AOPA PAC) won their races. Fourteen of 18 AOPA members who were
running for Congress won their seats.
FAA Reportedly Can't Afford To Certify Samoa's Inter Island
For all its effort and expense, Inter Island Air is having a
hard time getting off the ground. The Samoan News reports the FAA
can't afford to send workers from Honolulu to American Samoa to
certify the carrier.
By ANN Contributor Aleta Vinas
(This is the second part of an in-depth look at one of
airshow aviation's cutting-edge performers. Teresa Stokes is a
pilot, artist, wingwalker and a life saver. Here's the rest of her
story. -- ed.)
Reinforces Evolving Role For UAVs in Army Operations
Northrop Grumman Corporation recently used two company-funded
test flights of an unmanned helicopter surrogate to demonstrate key
technologies for its proposed concept for a new US Army unmanned
armed rotorcraft program.
Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 returned home to Naval Air Station
(NAS) Oceana on Halloween from a five-month Western Pacific
deployment with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C.
Stennis (CVN 74).
The 21-percent pay cuts ordered by a federal bankruptcy court
showed up on the paychecks of US Airways workers last week and
nobody's happy about it -- least of all the workers. So said CEO
Bruce Lakefield in his weekly recorded phone message to
A little more history was made on October 4, 2004, than what's
so far been reported. That day will go down in history as the day
Burt Rutan and pilots Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie captured the
X-Prize with the first privately built aircraft. But something
significant rode along in the cargo hold as ballast, creating a new
piece of history – and made a few more dreams come true.
"Each Has Made A Unique Contribution To The World Of
Eight people who contributed greatly to the world of flight are
being honored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the
newest members of the EAA-affiliated Halls of Fame. The group will
be inducted on Friday, Nov. 5, during a program at the EAA Aviation
Center at Oshkosh.
Helping Ease The Suffering In Sudan's Humanitarian Crisis
A C-130 sat unceremoniously on the tarmac of Kigali
International Airport in Sudan Saturday, waiting for the arrival of
For the US airmen who flew in on that C-130, the mission was clear:
transport Rwandan troops and equipment to Al-Fashir, Sudan, where
they will join other African Union troops in mitigating the
humanitarian crisis in the country's Darfur region.
CEO Stevens Says Company Might Compete With Boeing, Airbus
Boeing continues to smart from the Darleen Druyun ethics
scandal, as well as the stolen Lockheed documents scandal. Airbus
and its parent company, EADS are... well, foreign. Now,
Lockheed-Martin may see a chance to make billions by jumping into
the competition for the military's next-generation aerial refueling
"We will see more cuts across the board, all workers, in the
months ahead.... Were it not for Exxon getting most of our money
this year, we would have been able to make some progress."
Source: American Airlines CEO Gerald Arpy in a
statement on the pending layoff of a thousand workers -- including
450 pilots. Arpy says American will pay $500 million more for fuel
in the fourth quarter of this year than it did during the same time
AD NUMBER: 2004-22-09
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-09
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for all Fokker Model F27 Mark 100, 200,300, 400,
500, 600, and 700 series airplanes. This AD requires a one-time
high-frequency eddy current inspection for cracking of the
attachment lugs of the aileron spring tab balance unit, and
corrective actions if necessary.
AD NUMBER: 2004-22-13
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-13
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
(Bell) model helicopters that requires a one-time inspection of the
adjustable stop screws of the magnetic brake assembly; repairing,
as appropriate, certain mechanical damage to the cyclic and
collective flight control magnetic brake arm assembly (arm
assembly), if necessary; and installing the stop screw with the
proper adhesive, adjusting the arm assembly travel and applying
AD NUMBER: 2004-22-11
MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter Deutschland
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-11
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH
(Eurocopter) Model EC135 P1, P2, T1, and T2 helicopters. That AD
currently requires adding the AD or a statement to the Rotorcraft
Flight Manual (RFM) informing the pilot to reduce power and land as
soon as practicable if a thump-like sound followed by an unusual
vibration occurs during flight.
AD NUMBER: 2004-22-10
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-400 and-400F series
airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection(s) for cracks and
fractures of the side guide support fittings in the lower lobe
cargo compartments; and applicable investigative /corrective
actions and operational limitations, if necessary.