Cessna has delivered its 5000th single engine piston aircraft, a
Skylane, since the restart of production in Independence, Kansas.
This milestone took place only seven years after the delivery of
the first Independence-built airplane. The 5,000th airplane was
purchased by Mr. Karl Fillip of Alliance Equipment Leasing, LLC.
Hill Aircraft and Leasing Corporation, a Cessna Sales Team
Authorized Representative (CSTAR) in Atlanta, was instrumental in
the sale of the aircraft.
Mineta Says New Office Is For Overwatch Of Air Traffic
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today
announced the establishment of an office to provide independent
safety oversight of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO). The
office's primary responsibility will be to ensure the safety of
changes to air traffic standards and procedures. The creation of
the new Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service, based within the
regulation and certification organization of the FAA, follows a
recommendation of the 1997 National Civil Aviation Review
Commission (NCARC) chaired by Secretary Mineta.
We're expecting a release shortly, but we've received info that
indicates that FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has named Cendant
Corp's Ramesh Punwani to be the FAA's new CFO. Punwani holds a
Master's in business administration in finance from New York
University and a Master's in management science from Cornell
University. He received a Bachelor's in industrial engineering from
the Indian Institute of Technology (India). More recently, Ramesh
was VP of tour and cruise relations and director of business
development for American Express before joining Travelocity.com.
From September '93 to '96, he was Sr. VP and CFO for Empire Blue
Cross and Blue Shield.
Pilots flying into the Albuquerque within the not-too-distant
future will see evidence of progress at the area's general aviation
airport. The FAA has released $3.1 million to fund runway upgrades
at Albuquerque's Double Eagle II Airport. The money will be used to
rebuild runway 17-35 at the general aviation facility that supports
240 aircraft and 120,000 takeoffs and landings each year. Within
five years Double Eagle is expected to be home to Eclipse
Aviation's new $90 million manufacturing facility as well as a host
of Eclipse's suppliers.
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is to begin
working with leaders in flying training to develop fresh
initiatives to deliver the best possible flying instruction to all
students, from beginners to experienced pilots refreshing or
upgrading their skills. The aim will be to find more effective ways
for CASA to help trainers provide the highest possible standards of
instruction. The new commitment to flying training follows an
initial study by CASA of general aviation fatal accidents over a
Boeing Announces Additional 7E7 Work for Hamilton
Boeing and Hamilton Sundstrand are expanding their partnership
on the all-new 7E7 Dreamliner passenger airplane with the selection
of the United Technologies unit to provide the airplane's primary
power distribution system. That system includes six large power
panels containing equipment that controls, protects and distributes
electrical power on the 7E7.
The search for a helicopter lost in the Gulf of Mexico has ended
on a sad note. Rescuers found four bodies in the Gulf of Mexico on
Wednesday believed to have been among 10 people on a helicopter
that disappeared overnight en route to an oil exploration ship off
the Texas coast. An offshore supply vessel assisting in the search
discovered two bodies about 60 miles south of Galveston. A separate
debris field and two additional bodies were then located nearby.
The search continued for the other six people on the flight that
left Galveston Tuesday. The helicopter carried a pilot, a co-pilot
and eight workers.
The search for a missing plane came to a sad end on Wednesday.
Searchers found the wreckage of a Piper Saratoga that crashed while
carrying three Illinois couples home from a NASCAR race in South
Carolina. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said there were no
survivors. Ground crews had been searching a heavily wooded
mountainside in southeastern Kentucky near where the plane was last
spotted on radar Sunday night. Cory said investigators from the FAA
and National Transportation Safety Board were enroute to the
Time is money, especially when working on a high-priced
government contract. Just ask the Navy and Marine Corps, who are
warning Congress that every year of delay adds $1 billion to the
cost of the Joint Strike Fighter program. Military leaders pleaded
with lawmakers not to impose further delays on the aircraft's
development. Navy Secretary Gordon England, Adm. Vern Clark, the
chief of naval operations, and Gen. Michael Hagee, the Marine Corps
commandant, made their case during a hearing of the House Defense
A Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on a routine training mission
crashed at about 12:30 p.m. EST March 24 off the coast of South
The pilot was rescued uninjured and taken to a hospital at Hunter
Army Air Field near Savannah, Ga., for observation.
The aicraft was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 82 based
at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. Known as the
"Marauders," the squadron returned Feb. 25 from a six-month
deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 aboard the Norfolk,
Va.-based aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
We got a great note from ANN Reader, Roy, who sent us the
following humorous missive because, "It seems like everything is so
serious these days, (so) I thought you might like to hear about the
following exchange that occurred a few days ago."
The pertinent details have been changed to protect the guilty, from
those bereft of a funny bone...
C-5 Galaxy mechanics here recently found that making new
aircraft floorboards rather than repairing used ones saves nearly
$5.5 million per year and reduces work-flow days from 42 to nine.
When a C-5 floorboard team started rethinking their work process,
923 floorboards were on backorder, and C-5s were being held up in
the depot because of it. The crew discovered a way to create their
own parts, thus saving time and money.
The head honcho at US Airways is keeping his eye on southwest
airlines, as the low-fare carrier begins service in Philadelphia.
US Airways chief executive David Siegel warned Wednesday that
survival is at risk now that the airline is bracing for competition
at its Philadelphia hub from Southwest. Siegel said US Airways has
twice gone head-to-head with low-fare king Southwest and lost --
once on the West Coast and once at Baltimore-Washington
Forget about Hawaii or the slopes of Aspen, future vacations
could truly be an out-of-this-world experience. This is what some
scientists believe may be the future fad in holiday travel. They
claim everyday space travel could become affordable for tourists
and sightseers within a few years. This group of entrepreneurs and
scientists made their case Wednesday at a hearing on travel to the
moon and then to Mars. The meeting at the Georgia Institute of
Technology is part of a series of public hearings before a
presidential commission about the feasibility of the moon-Mars
concept. The commission will forward its findings to the president
"What we need is a vibrant, real
marketplace. We need thousands and millions of
Source: Peter Diamondis, chairman of the X
Prize Foundation, testifying before a presidential commission about
the feasibility of the civilian space travel and Moon-Mars
exploration. Diamondis joined a group of entrepreneurs and
scientists who made their case Wednesday the meeting held before a
presidential commission. The hearing, held at the Georgia Institute
of Technology, is part of a series of public hearings before a
presidential commission about the feasibility of the Moon-Mars
concept. The commission will forward its findings to the president