Citing a bank restriction following a dispute over its cash
flow, Anchorage, AK-based Era Aviation filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy Friday. The company is expected to continue normal
operations while under reorganization.
Editor's Note: The Federal Aviation
Administration has just issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive
affecting all Frakes Aviation (Gulfstream American) Model G-73
(Mallard) and G-73T (Turbine Mallard) aircraft. The unedited text
of the Emergency AD is below.
A British Airways 747-400 with 300 people onboard made an
emergency landing Thursday night at New York's Kennedy
International Airport after its number 2 (inboard-left) engine
caught fire after takeoff.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) reported on
their website Friday that almost 57 percent of the union's voting
membership rejected the latest settlement proposal from Northwest
Airlines. It was hoped the proposal would end the four-month old
mechanics strike at the beleaguered carrier.
If you wanted to own the original American Autogyro Incorporated
Sparrowhawk gyro, it's too late. Since December 1st AAI buyers have
been getting the new Sparrowhawk II, a machine with a number of
detail improvements that are primarily responses to builder and
Part One Of ANN's Year-End Interview With NBAA's Ed Bolen
ANN Daily Touch N Go:
12.30.05 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:
12.30.05 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: NBAA's Ed Bolen
Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 12.30.05
(ANN's Feature News Program, with NBAA's Ed Bolen, P
Wanna Fly Drunk? Wanna Reach Your Destination? Then Do NOT Fly
By ANN Associate Editor Rob Finfrock
With the holiday season waning and the New Year fast
approaching, the gang at ANN thought we'd take the time to share
this fractured -- but true -- fairy tale, for any of you who may be
feeling a little low on holiday cheer.
Says Contract Company Is Safe; Passengers, Pilots Disagree
Alaska Airlines said Thursday the airline is standing by
the company whose employee accidently rammed a baggage tug into the
side of an MD-80 airliner Monday while it was at the gate in
Seattle. The mishap left a crease in the plane's skin that later
grew into a foot-long hole once the plane climbed to altitude.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are
heading to the scene of a fatal small plane accident in a suburb
west of Omaha, NE. The wreckage of a Piper PA-28 Cherokee was
discovered Thursday morning in a sod field about five miles
southeast of the Millard Airport (MLE).
Aero-News Staff -- And Readers -- Reflect On 2005, Look Ahead
As you may be able to tell by looking at a calendar, turning on
the evening news or listening to VH1 (it only hurts when you
actually watch the videos... or, eep, shows) the end of 2005 is
almost here... and with it, comes the time for EVERYONE to reflect
on the events of the past year, and well as to speculate on what
the new year -- by our best estimates, that'd be 2006 -- will
Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award, Pilot Of The Year Recipients
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has announced two
more of its 2005 award recipients. Dr. Walter B. Comeaux, a former
member of HAI’s Board of Directors, and a former HAI Safety
Committee Chairman, is the 2005 recipient of the Lawrence D. Bell
Memorial Award, while John Holland, Regional Aviation Director for
Air Methods Corporation in Macon, GA will receive HAI’s 2005
Pilot of the Year Award.
That Makes... Carry The Three... A Lot Of Orders For Boeing In
Boeing announced Thursday the manufacturer has signed a deal
with Ireland's Avion Group for the purchase of four 777 Freighters.
The airplanes are in addition to an order for four 777 Freighters
that Avion Group placed with Boeing last September, and were
previously posted as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders &
China Southern Participates In Anti-Hijacking Drill
China Southern Airlines announced Thursday it has fully
participated in the first-ever anti-hijacking drill staged at the
new Baiyun International Airport (right). The large-scale drill was
held recently at the Guangzhou airport, and was carried out by the
newly created Guangdong Province Anti-Hijack Team.
"The enraging fact is that a non-union baggage handler
ran into the side of the plane moments prior to take-off... and
that it was never reported."
Source: Alaska Airlines Flight 536 passenger
Jeremy Hermanns, recounting on his blog the incident aboard
Monday's flight from Seattle to Burbank, CA. A crease in the MD-80s
fuselage, caused by a baggage handler who ran into the plane with a
tug (and who failed to report the incident), blew at 26,000 into a
footlong hole -- causing the aircraft to depressurize and the
flight crew to beat a hasty retreat back to Sea-Tac. The incident
has called into question the safety of Alaska's use of contract
employees from Menzies Aviation, instead of unionized company