Boeing and Airbus may be locked in a battle over government
subsidies, but there's a much more tangible war being fought in the
marketplace. It's a back and forth war fought with financial
calculators and marketing presentations, but a war nonetheless --
and as that war is fought in Asia, Airbus may soon score a big
Expert: This One Won't Be Solved Through Settlement
Now that Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher has reportedly pushed the
Bush administration into filing a complaint with the World Trade
Organization about Airbus government subsidies, it looks like the
nation's top aerospace manufacturer will have to settle down for
the long haul.
Now that pilots for Northwest Airlines have approved a new
contract that cuts their pay and benefits, the question is: will
that be enough to save the airline from bankruptcy. From all
indications, it's going to be touch and go.
Stun Guns Approved On Korean Airlines Flights In US
Scottsdale (AZ)-based Taser International says it's received
approval from the Department of Homeland Security to put its energy
weapons on board Korean Air flights operating in US airspace. The
guns will be available to "specially trained personnel," according
to Taser President Tom Smith, who called the government approval an
"exciting new opportunity."
In Afghanistan, Air Force Reserve and active-duty pilots have
teamed together to protect US and coalition forces from attackers
whose aim is to disrupt national stability and to prevent
infrastructure improvements, including the building of wells,
schools and roads.
Boeing Invites EADS To Help Upgrade NATO AWACS Platforms
EADS is participating in the modernization of NATO’s AWACS
early warning fleet. As announced on Thursday, Boeing has awarded
EADS Defence Electronics an order for the delivery of AWACS mission
computers and Multi-Sensor Integration (MSI) computers for
NATO’s E-3A AWACS aircraft following successful
The Naked Truth Raises Privacy Concerns Across The Pond As
Monday, we told you about a TSA demonstration of new
"backscatter" X-ray technology -- the kind that can see everything
-- and we mean EVERYTHING -- when a person walks through the
scanner. While that technology is being displayed here in the
States with promises that it won't be used until screeners can
either come up with some sort of electronic fig leaf or hide the
scanner from public view, the technology is already at work in
London's Heathrow Airport. And yes, passengers in Terminal 4 are
A large and moderately complex sunspot group, NOAA Region 696,
was responsible for a series of eruptions on the surface of the Sun
known as solar flares, including a significant eruption on 7
November 2004 at 9:06 a.m. MST. A radiation storm, currently at the
moderate (S2) level, began soon after the eruption was observed on
the Sun. Solar flare activity over the past few days has resulted
in a series of Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that
have impacted Earth's geomagnetic field with severe (G4)
geomagnetic storming. Today's large eruption on the Sun may produce
further periods of strong geomagnetic storming on 9-10
No Ill Effects Seen After Rocket Withstood Hurricanes Frances,
The Delta II rocket may have sat on the launchpad while the
erstwhile winds of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne blew through Cape
Canaveral (FL), but when it came time to fly, the storms apparently
had no ill effects. Saturday's rather ironic launch of the Delta II
with a GPS satellite aboard appeared to go without a hitch.
"Father Of Ultralight Aviation" Still Has Long Recovery
I'm happy to announce that John Moody has been released from the
Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. John was scheduled to get
out of the hospital on Sunday but remained here for more care and
more surgeries. Arrangements had been made for a hospital bed to be
delivered to the house loaned by Gary Ward and a wheelchair had
been located for him to use.
Falcon Insurance has appointed Bill Tabbert to the position of
Vice President and Manager for Falcon Insurance Agency of Dallas,
Incorporated. Company President John Allen said, "Bill has been a
solid and dependable member of the Falcon organization and I am
pleased to move him into this important role". Allen added, "I am
looking forward to Bill’s leadership, which will move our
successful Dallas Office to the next level."
The University Aviation Association (UAA) recognized its 2004
Collegiate Aviation Award recipients during the Fall Education
Conference Awards Banquet in Toronto, Ontario. The organization's
renowned William A. Wheatley Award was presented to Dr. Paul A.
Craig. Other award recipients included: Dr. Kent Backart, V. L.
Laursen Award; Dr. Manoj S. Patankar, Frank E. Sorenson Award; and
Dr. Robert P. Olislagers, W. W. Estridge Award.
For 10 years in a row, Comair has been awarded the Federal
Aviation Administration's (FAA) most prestigious safety honor - the
Diamond Award for excellence in aviation maintenance training.
Comair's 10th consecutive Diamond Award is an industry leading
achievement that underscores the airline's commitment to safety and
"It was really horrible. It doesn’t leave much to the
imagination because you’re virtually naked, but I guess
it’s less intrusive than being hand searched."
Source: Unnamed female passenger at Heathrow's
Terminal Four in an interview with the Sunday Times of London. The
woman was reacting to new backscatter X-ray technology being tested
as a weapons detector. While the system can spot anything solid
underneath layers of clothing, it doesn't leave much to the
imagination. The US is demonstrating the system, but says it won't
be deployed until someone can figure out how to place an electronic
"fig leaf" over the image.
Issued: 11/08/2004 17:50
Effective: 11/12/2004 16:00 - 11/12/2004 22:59
Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.
Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS
Description: NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE NV. FOR THE AVIATION NATION
AD NUMBER: 2004-23-03
MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-03
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent700 series
turbofan engines. This AD requires initial and repetitive borescope
inspections of the high pressure-and-intermediate pressure (HP-IP)
turbine internal and external oil vent tubes for coking and carbon
buildup, and cleaning or replacing the vent tubes if necessary.
The diesel revolution is moving forward. According to the folks
at Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE), the 310 HP Centurion 4.0
"has achieved type certification according to EASA requirements for
the CENTURION 4.0 on 28 October 2004."