Comments overheard by flight attendants about a bomb aboard a
Southwest Airlines flight that had just left Burbank Friday
afternoon led the flight crew to turn the plane around shortly
after takeoff. After landing, approximately 130 passengers were
evacuated from the jet in an isolated area of the airport.
It's official: Aero-News has confirmed that Potomac Airfield,
which has been in the spotlight of late as a kind of 'ground zero'
in the Washington D.C. ADIZ crisis, has reopened for business
as of 2:00 EST Friday afternoon. "I got a call yesterday from the
TSA, and then a couple of congressmen last night," said Airport
Manager David Wartofsky.
Airline Confirms 12 Firm 777-300ER Orders, Purchase Rights For
Boeing representatives tell Aero-News the aerospace manufacturer
signed the formal agreement Thursday with Cathay Pacific Airways
for the purchase of 12 Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners,
and purchase rights for 20 additional 777-300ERs.
Aero-News has learned that McCook, NE-based Pawnee Aviation
successfully completed the first hover test of its planned
kit-built Chief helicopter this week, one of at least four flights
the Chief completed. The results of the tests allow the company to
lockdown final design details of the helicopter, and may even mean
the company will be able to ship kits as early as January.
Applicability: Agusta-Bell Model 412 EP
helicopters equipped with external rescue hoists with the following
part numbers (P/N):
412-8800-01-202 (Breeze-Eastern BL-20200-402)
412-8800-01-412 (Breeze-Eastern BL-20200-412)
IBIS Aerospace's Ae270 Receives EASA Certification... Now
IBIS Aerospace has just received type certification from the
European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) for the new Ae270
Propjet, and the company anticipates FAA certification in the near
future... but will that be enough to bring the rakish Ae270 to a
hangar near you? Wayne Plucker, IBIS Aerospace's North American
General Manager, told Aero-News recently that while the company has
accomplished a lot, there is still a lot to do.
Lockheed Martin's F-22A Raptor surpassed a monumental milestone
Thursday when the United States Air Force declared the Raptor has
reached initial operational capability -- meaning it is officially
ready to serve on the front lines. General Ronald E. Keys,
Commander of Air Combat Command, made the historic announcement at
Langley Air Force Base, VA, from a Raptor hangar near his
(Editor's Note: The following is the
unedited text of the updated factual report issued by the National
Transportation Safety Board Thursday, regarding the December 8
accident at Chicago's Midway Airport involving Southwest
Shenzhou, Long March Also Displayed At Shanghai Show
China's Xinhua news agency is reporting the country's first true
regional jet, the DC-9-size ARJ-21, is set to make its maiden
flight in 2008, with commercial operations set to begin
approximately one year after that.
As part of ongoing disciplinary actions over a crippling strike
among ground workers at London's Heathrow Airport back in August,
British Airways reported Thursday it has fired one of three
employees the airlines says helped organize the strike.
Ibis Aerospace Ltd, a joint venture company consisting of Aero
Vodochody of the Czech Republic and AIDC of Taiwan R.O.C.,
announced Thursday Aero Vodochody has received European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Ae270 single-engine
Modified Aircraft Will Transport 787 Components And
Boeing announced Thursday the company had selected McMinnville,
OR-based Evergreen International Airlines, Inc. to operate the 747
Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) fleet, consisting of specially modified
747-400 jets that will be used to transport major assemblies for
the upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In a deal valued at more than $240 million, Korean Air has
selected the GEnx engine to power its order for 10 Boeing 787
Dreamliner aircraft, as well as its option for 10 more should the
airline exercise it. Engine deliveries are set to begin in
"They may live in fancier houses, but we've lived here
Source: An unidentified resident of southern
Las Vegas, NV, in a town-hall meeting regarding the FAA's plan to
reroute as many as 1/3 of McCarren International Airport's daily
departures -- approximately 200 aircraft -- over the northwestern
part of the city, which is densely populated with new residential
development. For years, most of McCarren's departing traffic was
routed over the older southern portion of the city.