REAL TIME UPDATE - 1520 EST: It won't be the
last flight of White Knight and SpaceShipOne, but it will be one of
them. That's how commercial astronaut Mike Melvill described his
trip to Mojave with the record-breaking duo as Scaled Composites
sends them to Oshkosh, WI, for AirVenture 2005.
Historic Civilian Spacecraft To Be On Display All Week
SpaceShipOne, the world's first successful civilian-built
spaceship that captured the world's attention last fall by winning
the $10 million Ansari X Prize, is coming to Oshkosh! The
history-making spacecraft and its carrier aircraft, White Knight,
have been confirmed for arrival at EAA AirVenture, July 25-31 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Boeing Company and Onex Corporation say they've reached an
agreement under which Onex will acquire the Wichita/Tulsa Division
of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The transaction includes Commercial Airplanes facilities and assets
in Wichita, Kansas, and Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma. Transaction
consideration to Boeing includes approximately $900 million cash,
transfer of certain liabilities and long-term supply agreements
that provide Boeing ongoing cost savings.
Just when you thought it was safe to leave the protective
goggles in your flight bag comes word that no fewer than six
commercial flights were "lit up" by lasers on approach to
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Sunday night. All six
aircraft were headed for landings on DFW's Runway 18R.
An Indonesian Casa 212 went down on approach to a remote
airfield in the waters off New Guinea Tuesday, killing 15 people
and injuring three others. Officials said pilot reported engine
trouble just before the mishap.
Been stuck in an airport recently or missed an important
business meeting because you couldn't get a flight? Daydreamed
about owning your own plane only to talk yourself out of it because
"It's too expensive" or "I don't travel enough"?
A Bell 206B-1 helicopter configured for medical transport went
down in northwest Arkansas Monday, killing the patient and injuring
the three crew members on board, according to local authorities.
Federal and state investigators rushed to the scene on Tuesday,
looking for clues.
Boeing says development of the 747 Large Cargo Freighter is
proceeding according to plan and the modified freighters will be
ready to support final assembly of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners
Part Of Celebration Of 60th Anniversary Of Allied Victory
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II,
the Collings Foundation is pleased to announce the Spring/Early
Summer 2005 schedule of the nationally-acclaimed Wings of Freedom
Tour of the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator for the
Southwest and West Coast of the US.
US Airways has a new friend in WisconsinAir, the nation's
biggest privately-held regional carrier. WisconsinAir now has a
$125 million stake in the Virginia-based legacy carrier, as US
Airways struggles to emerge from its second trip to federal
A commemorative ceremony and historical reunion honoring the
Centaur stage booster, "Celebrating Centaur: Then and Now," will
take place from to 1530 Friday, at the Lockheed Martin Atlas
Spaceflight Operations Center on Cape Canaveral Air Force
Pilot Steve Fossett has called off plans to launch the Virgin
Atlantic GlobalFlyer record attempt on February 25 due to a
forecast of unacceptable ground winds at Salina (Kansas) Municipal
Airport and turbulence during the flight's ascent. Both factors
present significant risks, Fossett said in a February 22 e-mail to
his mission control.
Conduct Your Own Safety Seminar On Military "Lights Out"
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's newest interactive program on
airspace is now available as a Seminar-in-a-Box. The dynamic
36-minute program, titled "Mission: Possible -- Navigating Today's
Special Use Airspace," shows pilots how to deal with military
lights-out training, an operation now being conducted in many
military operations areas around the country.
To help the Space Shuttle safely return to flight, NASA
engineers are acquiring data on how insulating foam debris or
"divots" behave when these small pieces are shed from the Shuttle's
external fuel tank during launch.
Ron Wagner, Manager, EAA Field Relations, will present a sport
pilot/light-sport aircraft briefing plus meet with EAA members at
the Montana State Aviation Conference in Butte, Montana, March 3-5.
His presentation is on Saturday morning, March 5th.
Air Chef Holdings Caters To The Fast Growing Private Jet
Meridian Venture Partners (MVP), one of the Mid-Atlantic
region's leading private equity firms, says it's backing the
acquisition of Air Chef Holdings, a Columbus, Ohio-based provider
of in-flight catering services for the private jet industry.
Million Air Long Beach and Million Air Interlink, Inc., a
franchise of fixed-base operation (FBO) facilities, today announced
Eric Hill has been hired as general manager of California's Million
Air Long Beach. Hill, who began work on Feb. 7, will be
responsible for overseeing both the general and commercial aviation
activities at the Southern California-based FBO.
"Right now we're characterizing it as having observed laser
activity. It would be different from somebody actually getting
targeted with a laser light."
Source: FBI Special Agent Lori Bailey in an
interview with the Dallas Morning News, after six commercial flight
crews on approach to DFW were "lit up" by lasers pointed from the
ground. The laser light eminated from a group of houses near
Argyle, TX, Sunday night.
AD NUMBER: 2005-04-10
MANUFACTURER: General Electric
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for
General Electric Company (GE) CT58-140-1, CT58-140-2, and surplus
military T58-GE-5, -10, -100, and -402 turboshaft engines with
certain serial numbers (SNs) of stage 1 compressor disks, part
number (P/N) 5001T20P01, installed.
AD NUMBER: 2005-04-08
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-08
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
Priority Letter Airworthiness Directive (AD) for Hartzell Propeller
Inc. model HC-B3TN-5/T10282 propellers.
AD NUMBER: PL2005-05-51
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive
SUMMARY: The FAA has received reports of and is
analyzing data from cracks found in the wings of two Cessna Model