When the FAA refused to hold face-to-face public meetings with
pilots and businesses that will be hurt by a proposed
charity/sightseeing rule, AOPA vowed to make sure pilots would be
heard — by Congress if not by the FAA. With the help of the
chairman of a House Small Business subcommittee, AOPA is making
good on that pledge. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), an AOPA member, wants
to hear directly from pilots about what the proposed rule will do
to their business.
Ohio flyers say it's just not fair -- a clause in the state's
2004-2005 General Revenue Budget Bill (HB 95) passed last year by
the Ohio 125th General Assembly. The bill changed the Ohio state
aircraft registration license tax to $100.00 dollars per aircraft,
regardless of the plane's size. Prior to this bill aircraft
registration was based on a per-seat fee of $3.00.
"Our president has introduced a new initiative with renewed
emphasis on the exploration of our solar system and expansion of
human frontiers. This proposal has substantial merit and
Those words from the first man on the moon, former NASA astronaut
Neil Armstrong, speaking to a crowd in Houston last week, come
after the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn, spoke in
sharp opposition to the president's plan.
A USAF accident investigation board last week determined that
failure of the No. 2 engine because of compressor stall, failure of
the auxiliary fuel tanks to jettison and the uneven terrain of the
landing area caused an MH-53 Pave Low to crash Nov. 23.
The Missouri Pilots Association is offering a $600 Scholarship
for a kindergarten though twelfth grade teacher to attend an
aerospace education course. While, the scholarship may be used at
any college or university, historically only Central Missouri State
University (CMSU) at Warrensburg offers an appropriate course.
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) expects deliveries
of PW200 and PT6 turboshaft engines to increase by 30% this year
thanks to the company's exceptionally strong showing in helicopter
competitions in 2003.
Research Frontiers and InspecTech Aero Service plan to make
their biggest-ever foray into the world of rotorcraft next week,
displaying a number of SPD-Smart(TM) aircraft cabin window products
at the Heli-Expo from March 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention
New Piper Aircraft, based in Vero Beach (FL), has gone through
the wringer. Five times in the past two years, the struggling
company has down-sized operations, laying off workers and swimming
hard just to stay above water.
But that may be changing.
The Air Force has agreed to implement a suggestion from the AOPA
that the advocacy group says will protect pilots at Ellsworth
Municipal Airport (9K7), near Lyons (KS), from going head-to-head
with military pilots in the traffic pattern.
Snowbirds anxious to avoid the cold, rain and snow of more
northerly latitudes have been causing big-time headaches for
commercial air travelers at Florida's Palm Beach International
Now, the FAA has come up with a solution to the problem of clogged
runways -- especially on Sunday afternoons. The idea: limit the
number of arrivals so more aircraft can depart.
"I am a long time pilot -- a passionate pilot. I’ve been
flying for more than 35 years. I have a commercial and instrument
rating, and plenty of experience with the air traffic control
system of this nation. I recognize the importance of the FAA and
the air traffic control system, and the need for the modernization
of the system. I see that we need to improve the technology, but we
have the safest system in the world, and I can tell you that
privatization is not going to happen in America."
Source: Senator John Kerry (D-MA), the apparent
heir to the Democratic presidential nomination, speaking at a
Houston town hall meeting last week. He was asked about
privatization by a man claiming to be an air traffic controller.
The Bush administration has said it wants
On the campaign front, Senator John Kerry, the apparent heir to
the Democratic presidential nomination, made a stop in Houston last
week, taking questions from the crowd at a town hall meeting. Some
of those questions centered on aviation.
One man was killed, another hospitalized, after the rotor blades
on a gyroplane apparently came apart during a take-off attempt on
Friday, suggesting that a probable lack of proper rotor RPM
and an "unloaded" rotor led to an uncontrolled flapping action
and the subsequent break-up of the rotor system.
An International Launch Services (ILS) Atlas III rocket blasted
off over the weekend, successfully orbiting the MBSAT satellite for
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). This was the 70th consecutive
successful flight of an Atlas vehicle, and the second launch of the
year conducted by ILS, a Lockheed Martin joint venture.
When Eurocopter recently completed the first flight of its new
European military helicopter, the NH90, it had Goodrich Actuation
Systems' all electric flight controls or "Fly-By-Wire" (FBW)
technology on board.