Air Force Reserve Command's Hurricane Hunters are being hunted
again. This time "Jeanne" is chasing them out of Homestead Air
Reserve Base (FL) and forcing them to return to Keesler Air Force
South African Engineer Comes Up With Way To Light Rural
We pilots have it pretty good in the US. Most every town has an
airport and most every airport has runway lights. But such is not
the case in other countries, like South Africa, home to more than
2,000 unlit fields.
Verily, Gavin Brown said, let there be light.
The problem at McClellan-Palomar Airport in San Diego County
(CA) is pretty clear cut. The airport wants to evict a flying club,
pilot supply house and a retired commercial pilot as part of a $30
million renovation. The evictees have filed a complaint with the
FAA, saying their being illegally kicked out so the airport can
make room for better-paying bizjet customers.
Pioneering Weightless Flight Kicks Off Society's 30th
The National Space Society was the first public organization to
charter a Zero Gravity Corporation parabolic flight. The flight,
dubbed NSS-1, took off aboard ZERO-G's specially-modified Boeing
727 aircraft from Los Angeles' Burbank Airport on Friday, September
Iraq Airways Resumes International Service After 14 Year
At first glance, there was nothing special about the Iraqi
Airways Boeing 737 as it took off from Amman, Jordan, headed for
Baghdad and then on to Damascus, Syria. But for a country ruled by
a madman for nigh unto 30 years and an airline that hadn't flown
internationally in 14 years, it was a milestone event.
A passenger aircraft on approach to Newark's Liberty
International Airport runs into a flock of snow geese. Passengers
are frightened at the sound of impacts on the hull and one engine
is shut down before the plane lands safely. A Boeing 737 climbing
out after departure from Lambert Field (MO) hits three snow geese,
causing over a half-million dollars in damage. An American Airlines
Super-80 climbing out after departure from Chicago's O'Hare
International hits a double-breasted cormorant, causing a fire in
the number one engine and scaring the hell out of passengers before
it makes it safely back to the airport.
TSA Pledges $3.4 Million For Explosives Detection Systems At
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to
commit $3.4 million to Allegheny County Airport Authority for
improvements to be made to the existing checked baggage screening
system in the North Landside Terminal of Pittsburgh International
Airport, Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary
of Homeland Security for TSA, announced today.
Background Checks Now The Responsibility of DHS And
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) says it's
pretty happy with the TSA's release of the alien flight training
interim final rule. As required by the Century of Aviation
Reauthorization Act (VISION-100), the rule transfers the
responsibility for background checks of aliens seeking flight
training from the Department of Justice to the Department of
Homeland Security and the TSA.
Airbus says it has successfully completed the first in-flight
trial of GSM personal mobile-telephones aboard an airliner, paving
the way for their future widespread use. The trial, which took
place aboard an Airbus A320 flight-test aircraft flying from, and
back to, Toulouse, is part of an ongoing technical development
project to provide an in-flight mobile telephony service to airline
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
has chosen Patrick Waddick as the 2004 recipient of its Hap Arnold
Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management. The award
is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the
management of a significant aeronautical or aeronautical related
program or project.
The Raptor industry team has reached a new level of program
maturity with reliable production, solid performance and expanding
capabilities, Lockheed Martin's Deputy Vice President for Business
Development Rob Weiss said last week.
Engineers have removed more than 2,700 pounds of unwanted
estimated weight from the short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL)
version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, while increasing
propulsion efficiency and reducing drag. The result is an F-35 JSF
design recommendation that is expected to meet or exceed all of its
While More Than Half The Country's F-16 Fleet Is Grounded By
Perhaps it's like having the best of both worlds. The Venezuelan
Air Force has reportedly signed a deal with Russia for 50 MiG-29s,
all equipped with the latest in armaments and avionics, according
to UPI. The wire service cited US and South American sources
suddenly very worried about what Venezuela might want to do with
that kind of firepower.
"It would be disingenuous to be flying air shows when we can be
doing good work here."
Source: Cmdr. Russ Bartlett, US Navy Blue Angels,
in an interview with the Associated Press upon the unit's return to
NAS Pensacola (FL). The base was hard-hit by Hurricane Ivan,
forcing the Angels to cancel appearances in Nantucket (MA) and at
NAS Oceana (VA).