The strange circumstances surrounding the September 6, 2006 loss
of a California Department of Forestry OV-10 Bronco spotter plane
just became a lot stranger. The CDF announced to attorneys this
week a bottle of alcohol and a gun were found amidst the wreckage
of the crash, that killed two airborne firefighters.
Harold Schoeffler just couldn't let the wreckage go. It had
obviously been there awhile, judging from the rust and a tree
having grown around the planes foot pedals. As ANN reported, the
businessman stumbled onto the wreckage during a February hunting
trip near the Atchafalaya River in southern Louisiana.
Lack Of New Orders May End Production Of Transport
For the second time in as many years, Boeing laid down an
ultimatum Friday -- announcing it will cease ordering parts from
suppliers for new C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft that
aren't already under contract, or have firm commitments.
Friday afternoon, US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters
announced negotiators with the United States and the European Union
reached a tentative agreement on easing restrictions on
COO Says Management Reorganization 'Not A Sign Of Trouble'
Aero-News received a News-Spy tip early Friday regarding
layoffs at Liberty Aerospace. Subsequently, ANN has confirmed that
approximately 20 people lost their jobs Friday morning, as part of
what the company is calling a "management reorganization."
During the Vietnam War, the average age of aircraft used by the
US Air Force was nine years. Now, the average age is 24 years...
with aircraft such as the B-52H Stratofortress logging in at
greater than 40.
Aero-News got word on the floor of Heli-Expo 2007 the United
States Coast Guard has awarded Jet-Care International a five-year
contract to provide oil and debris analysis for the Turbomeca
Arriel 2C2CG engines that power the service's HH-65 Dolphin
helicopters. Jet-Care will provide analysis for more than 200
From the "two can play at that game" file... one day after being
reportedly caught off guard by the announcement Airbus was
suspending development of its A380 Freighter, sole remaining
customer UPS responded by stating it will scrap its $2.8 billion
order for 10 of the aircraft.
"Of course, our critics are eager to triumphantly say
"I told you so!" And perhaps they are right -- for the near term. I
have often told you that although Eclipse is not yet as good I
believe we will eventually be at avoiding problems, I’ll put
our ability to solve tough problems up against that of any other
individual or company. Pundits have predicted our demise an almost
incalculable number of times... There is zero doubt in my mind that
our current challenges will produce a stronger company, and a
better product. We’ve done it before, and we will do it
Source: Eclipse Aircraft CEO Vern Raburn, in a
letter to customers Friday detailing the reasons for a regretable
slip in the company's planned production schedule through