Investor Group Walks After Union Rejects Buyout Plan
In a familiar refrain that likely marks one of the last nails in
the coffin of Italy's troubled flag carrier, unions at Alitalia SpA
rejected a buyout offer put forth by an investment group on the
grounds it would cut too many jobs, and cut their pay. As a
result... no one at Alitalia may soon have jobs, period.
Says Cert Process Was Performed Safely, But Communication Needs
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed Friday to act
on the recommendations of a team that reviewed the agency’s
certification of the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The team found
that the airplane was certificated in accordance with safety
regulations, but that the agency could improve policies and
communication procedures used during the VLJ certification
It's a tremendous opportunity, though it comes under less than
desirable circumstances. The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team announced
Friday the addition of Bryan Regan as its newest member. Regan,
former team lead of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron, will be stepping
in to fill the role of interim team lead while Alan Henley, Team
Founder and team lead recovers from a serious injury he sustained
in late July.
Growing fractional charter provider XOJET announced an
unprecedented move Friday, one that we can only hope other charter
providers -- and some commercial airlines -- will emulate.
XOJET announced it has reduced its fuel surcharge for on-demand
flights, put in place in the wake of record-high oil prices, by 9
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Adds Bankrupt Airline Has Failed To Demonstrate Need To Extend
The Teamsters union on Thursday said it will oppose Frontier
Airlines Inc.'s attempt to subcontract maintenance work. Frontier
reportedly told the union during negotiations that it intends to
outsource all of the heavy C-check work to a foreign country.
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
AL have completed first-round testing of a critical motor for
NASA's new two-stage Ares I rocket, which will launch astronauts
aboard the Orion crew capsule on missions to the International
Space Station and to the moon by 2020.
Funds To Be Used To Combat Management's Outsourcing Plan
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) has allocated $2
million to support the Midwest Airlines pilots' fight to protect
their jobs as they begin contract negotiations with an increasingly
Where AOPA And The Air Safety Foundation Are Going
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Report, with AOPA's VP of Public Relations Greg Romano and ASF VP
ASF's Vice President of Operations Talks About Air Safety Programs
AOPA... well-known as the 600 pound gorilla of aviation associations, has a cousin that isn't as well-known... though it should be. Cognizant of the issues involved in aviation safety -- and the many controversies surrounding how to deal with them, the Air Safety Foundation has NOT sat on the sidelines of this issue... but instead has taken a leading role in the examination of a myriad of safety issues and the subsequent education of the pilot population so that those issues might be better understood, throughout the industry.
ASF's Vice President of Operations Talks About Air Safety
AOPA... well-known as the 600 pound gorilla of aviation
associations, has a cousin that isn't as well-known... though it
should be. Cognizant of the issues involved in aviation safety --
and the many controversies surrounding how to deal with them, the
Air safety Foundation has NOT sat on the sidelines of this issue...
but instead has taken a leading role in the examination of a myriad
of safety issues and the subsequent education of the pilot
population so that those issues might be better understood,
throughout the industry.
Also Calls Builders To Action, And Plans October ARC Meeting
Sonex Aircraft, LLC formally submitted its comments to the FAA
this week, regarding
proposed policy changes to the Experimental-Amateur
Building regulations which empower thousands in the
United States with the privilege of constructing and flying their
own homebuilt aircraft.
Canada's national government has responded to calls for an
airline passengers bill of rights by announcing a program it calls
"Flight Rights Canada." But political opponents say the program
does nothing to further protect the flying public.
Cuts Back On Plans To Fly LAX/SFO Routes With 777-200LR
This hasn't been a great week for Dubai-based Emirates, when it
comes to service cutbacks. On the heels of its announcement that
Emirates' first Airbus A380 was grounded this week due to
unspecified problems with the superjumbo's electrical wiring,
Emirates said Thursday it was advised of a delay to the delivery of
three Boeing 777-200LR widebodies due to a strike at the
This story reminds us that we should always fly within gliding
distance of the shore, that we should make sure to look at the
gauges once in a while... and perhaps most of all, that sometimes
it's better to be lucky than good.
Mission Control Moved Inland, Progress Docking At ISS
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX closed at noon CDT
Thursday, and will remain closed until the threat of Hurricane Ike
has passed. Ike, a Category 2 hurricane in the western Gulf of
Mexico, is expected to cross the Texas coast early Saturday as a
Category 3 storm.
Tracking statistics are revealing the popularity and broad reach
of new airport safety training now available free and online for
New Jersey's Teterboro Airport, according to the National Air
If you've ever travelled Europe, you know that hostels can
provide an economical alternative to hotels, allow you to
experience local culture, and introduce you to some interesting
characters. That is, if you're willing to share tight quarters and
a bathroom with strangers.
World War I. It's often hard to picture the beauty of the
airplanes that flew in this conflict because, photographically, it
was a "black-and-white" war. In reality, WWI airplanes were often
painted in vivid colors, and flew through blue skies over green
fields and forests.
"The key to the continued success of the Exp-Amateur
Built rules depends on the consistent enforcement of the rules
already in place. The resources required to carry out this
enforcement have not been made available by the FAA over the last
few years. Without these resources, enforcement loosens and the
rules are pushed beyond their spirit and intent, compromising the
rules continued existence."
Source: Jeremy Monnett, Sonex Aircraft CEO and
General Manager, in a letter sent Thursday to Miguel Vasconcelos of
the Production and Airworthiness Division of the FAA. Monnett's
letter concerned the FAA's proposed changes to the so-called "51
Percent" rule, governing homebuilt aircraft. Monnett implored the
FAA to enforce the rules already on the book