Cessna Aircraft Company's Citation Mustang received Type
Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA Thursday, a
significant step toward certification and first customer delivery
in late 2006. TIA signals the FAA's approval for the Mustang
prototype to begin accumulating flight hours that will apply toward
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 12.22.05 1415 EST: Search
teams have found the charred remnants of a missing aircraft that
went down Wednesday night near Gilroy, CA. None of the four
passengers onboard the vintage 1956 Cessna 172 are believed to have
survived the accident.
Airlines -- and corporate buyers
-- interested in the Airbus A318 now have two choices for the
aircraft's powerplant. Aero-News has learned the Pratt &
Whitney PW6000-powered A318 has been granted its type certificate
by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This follows an
extensive year-long test period, comprised of approximately 540
flight test hours in around 240 flights.
Collective Bargaining Pays Off For USA 3000 Pilots
Last Friday, Teamsters Local 747 certified vote results of the
first Collective Bargaining Agreement for the crewmembers of USA
3000 Airlines -- and the pilots approved the agreement by a 91
percent margin. Teamsters representatives tell Aero-News the new
contract provides USA 3000 crewmembers with much improved working
conditions, better wages and an overall higher quality of life.
You may feel you're bombarded by junk mail whenever you open
your mailbox -- or turn on your computer (except for Propwash, of
course) -- but citizens in the Marshall Islands were literally
bombarded with air mail Wednesday, when a cargo door popped open on
an Asia Pacific Airlines plane as it was taking off from Majuro
Eclipse Aviation tells ANN that FAA certification of the Eclipse
500, which was originally scheduled for March 2006, will move to
late Q2 2006. The schedule change was driven by supplier delays,
including a slip in one major supplier's delivery program.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Wednesday
expressed support for a bill (HR 4582) introduced by New Jersey
Congressman Rob Andrews that would require anyone who works on a US
aircraft at an outsourced repair station -- either domestically or
overseas -- to undergo an FBI background security check.
Even as NTSB investigators say they still have no definitive
idea what caused a Southwest Airlines 737 to skid off the runway at
Chicago's Midway airport two weeks ago today, now comes word two
passengers, Mariko L.A. Bennett and Stanley L. Penn, are suing the
airline for negligence.
AOPA Cites High Operating Costs, May Conflict With Existing GA
The cost of operating unmanned aerial vehicles along the border
may not be a good idea for a few reasons, according to the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) -- and one of
those reasons has little to do with the UAVs' impact on
China Southern Airlines has announced its plan to spend more
than $134 million to upgrade its operations at Beijing's Capital
Airport. The plan includes a brand new International terminal, with
accommodations to handle the airline's five upcoming Airbus A380
and 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, both scheduled for deliveries
beginning in 2007.
Government Wants SU-30s, Military Chief Prefers F-18s
One bird for another? That seems to be at the core of a reported
deal between Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and
Russia involving the possible purchase of 12 Sukhoi SU-30s for that
May Have No Choice But To Introduce Fourth Variant
Even as components for the first Boeing 787 prototype are only
now beginning to come together, Boeing is already talking with
airlines about a stretch version of its new, fuel-efficient, and
surprisingly popular 787 jetliner.
Also: NASA Makes List, Checks Twice, Clears Santa Claus
For KSC Landing
Aero-News has learned that after several months of negotiations
-- with plenty of paperwork flying back and forth between
Washington and the North Pole, along with a few "naughty"
accusations against unnamed FAA personnel -- Santa Claus has been
given unrestricted access to the nation's airspace.
"Santa can now focus on making his list and checking it
twice, without the hassle of government paperwork. Thanks to this
agreement, the only time he needs to worry about Red Tape is if he
wants to use it to wrap presents."
Source: US Department of Transportation
Secretary Norman Mineta, on the "official" decision to open up
national airspace for a certain jolly visitor on December 25. The
move signifies new hope for pilots struggling to gain improved
access in the face of ever-tightening security restrictions --
because let's face it, if some clown in a red suit pulled along by
flying reindeer can fly through the Washington DC ADIZ, anything's
possible. (If you believe we're serious... get help, now.)