An enlisted sailor shot two service members before turning the
gun on himself Thursday afternoon at Naval Air Station Ft Worth,
Joint Reserve Base in Texas. All three were taken to area
hospitals, with the suspect in critical condition. According to
Navy Capt. John McCormick, the sailor walked into the base
operations center around 12:30 pm and shot two others, a Navy
officer and an enlisted man. Both men reportedly have
non-life-threatening injuries, McCormick said.
The Department of Defense is not known for changing its mind
about very much, but efforts by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association (AOPA) appear to have led to just that. The National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced earlier this week
that it will continue to provide US pilots with DOD aviation
navigation charts and products.
Mosquito Control Aircraft Collided With Unlit
The NTSB has determined pilot error and improper flight planning
were the likely causes of a September 11, 2004 accident that
claimed the lives of two men aboard a Piper Aztec twin after the
plane struck an unlit television tower outside of Lake Wales,
Could It Soon Be 'Cecil Field Commercial Spaceport?'
The Florida Space Authority -- an economic development agency
based out of Cape Canaveral -- will discuss in a December 7
teleconference a plan to revamp the former Cecil Field Naval Air
Station in Jacksonville (now Cecil Commerce Center) into a
commercial spaceport, where civilians would be sent into space.
ANN Asks AOPA's Gary Crump: Are More Pilots Flying While
Nearly all members of the Aero-News staff noticed it, at almost
the exact same time: "Gee, we sure are seeing a lot of drunk pilot
stories lately..." Is it that more pilots are choosing to fly while
intoxicated, or simply that those pilots are now being noticed
more?While the news reports cannot be ignored, AOPA Director
of Medical Certification Gary Crump says the answer tends
towards the latter.
Another Sign That Animals Are Taking Over The Skies
First it was pigs, now a cat... Aero-News
has learned that Emily, a stowaway feline that made her way from
Appleton, WI to France inside a shipping container over two months
ago, will be flown home across the Atlantic in high style aboard a
Continental Airlines 777.
AgustaWestland announced this week that Estonia's Interior
Ministry Secretary-General, Mart Kraft, and Border Guard
representative Riho Breivel have signed a contract for one
AB139 helicopter with options for a second.
AD NUMBER: 2005-24-08
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-24-08
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain McCauley Propeller Systems propeller assemblies
installed on BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Jetstream model 4100
AD NUMBER: 2005-24-09
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-24-09
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for McCauley Propeller Systems propeller assemblies, models
2D34C53/74E-X; D2A34C58/90AT-X; 3AF32C87/82NC-X;D3AF32C87/82NC-X;
D3A32C88/82NC-X; D3A32C90/82NC-X; and 3AF34C92/90LF-X. This AD
requires, within 10 flight hours or 10 days after the effective
date of this AD, whichever occurs first, removing certain serial
number propeller hubs from service.
Applicability: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
(BHTC), Model 206 series helicopters as follows: Model 206A, 206B
Serial Numbers (S/N) 004 through 660 and 672 through 715 661
through 671 and 716 through 4586 and 5101 through 5305.
Three Died When Plane Went Down After Engine Trouble
Attorneys representing the families of two men who died when
their Piper Malibu lost power and crashed shortly after take-off
laced their opening arguments in a Naples, FL, courtroom Tuesday
with heavy drama, as they outlined their case for damages against a
local maintenance shop.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells Aero-News that
in a speech earlier this week to the Aero Club of Washington, DC,
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey (file photo, right) again said the
agency is nearly broke... and she held out her hat on a possible
Judge Also Rules Northwest Can Reject Plane Leases
Northwest Airlines reported Wednesday the carrier has lost a
combined $346 million during the first six weeks of operating under
Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A US bankruptcy court judge
also allowed the carrier to reject leases on 15
Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets that were part of commuter operator
Pinnacle Airlines' fleet.
SWA Plans Service To St. Louis, Kansas City From
It's official -- President Bush Wednesday signed into law a new
transportation bill, containing a provision exempting Missouri from
the burdens of Wright Amendment -- a decades-old piece of
compromise legislation restricting flights from Dallas' Love Field
to states bordering on Texas... as well as Mississippi, Kansas, and
Bellview Airlines has compensated at least 30 families who lost
relatives in the October 22 downing of one of the Nigerian
airline's 737-200s, according to local media reports. The airline
has also agreed to drill two new wells in the villages where the
Flight Attendant Founded Aid Service After Visits To
Wounded servicemembers recuperating at Landstuhl Regional
Medical Center, Germany, look to doctors and nurses for their
medical care. For creature comforts and a touch of 'home,' however,
they look to the skies.
Ask pilots in the Washington, DC area what they think of the
latest flight restriction over a new house for Vice President Dick
Cheney... and be prepared to duck. Already stressed out over the
Washington ADIZ and the constantly changing restricted space over
Camp David, GA pilots flying near the Chesapeake Bay now have
something else to worry about.
An anonymous Transportation Security Administration official
told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review earlier this week that
TSA chief Kip Hawley is expected Friday to announce changes to the
list of prohibited items allowed in carry-on baggage and to the
airport screening process. Small scissors and tools are among the
items expected to be let back onboard, to the consternation of
flight attendants -- and, those with body piercings.
Australia's Minister of Defence announced this week the
country's Boeing Ch-47 Chinook helicopters are about to undergo a
$25 million upgrade to fit them with electronic warfare and
ballistic protection and advanced communications to ensure they are
combat ready for future operations.
Cargo and charter flight operation ABX Air, Inc. and Innovative
Solutions and Support (IS&S) told Aero-News this week that the
two companies have successfully obtained a Supplemental Type
Certificate (STC) from the FAA for installation of glass panel
technology in the cockpits of Boeing 767s. Under a partnership
between the two companies, ABX Air will install IS&S flat-panel
screens in B757 and B767 airliners, as well as handle training
duties on the components.
"There is no dispute the aircraft lost power. The question is
Source: Attorney John Murray, defending London
Aviation and London Aircraft Services owner John London in a
wrongful death lawsuit brought against him by family members of two
men who died when their Piper Malibu lost power and crashed shortly
after take-off in 2002. Murray is defending London from charges
that a mechanic's failure to properly secure a fuel line after
cylinder replacement work was performed on the Piper's engine,
which led to a fuel leak and fire that caused the power loss
and contributed to the accident.