The pilot of a Marine AV-8B Harrier is safe after ejecting from
his disabled aircraft off the coast of St. Augustine, FL Tuesday
morning, and being plucked from the water by a Coast Guard vessel
about four hours later.
ANN Note: The
attached memo, repeated in in its entirety, was circulated today
among FAA staffers. It outlines an aggressive restructuring of the
FAA's ATO... a move rumored for many months. Having verified the
authenticity of this memo, we expect the next few months are going
to be busy, albeit challenging, times for Chew's
NBAA continues to work, aggressively, to see that harmful
Governmental effects on aviation matters are kept in check.
The association has made available an online background paper that
explains the basics of "The Tax Relief Act of 2005" (S. 2020),
which contains two provisions that are harmful to business
Pratt & Whitney's F135 team has completed the engine that
will power the first flight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The
milestone, marked with the turning of a ceremonial last bolt
Monday, was celebrated at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in
An aging C-130 belonging to the Iranian military (file photo of
type, below) went down Tuesday morning shortly after takeoff,
impacting a 10-story building in Tehran's Yaftabad district. All 94
onboard the aircraft are dead, as are at least 25 people in the
building, according to state radio reports.
As Aero-News reported Monday, there soon will be a new force in the
world of competitive airshows: the highly anticipated
Association of Competition Airshow Pilots, or ACAP, founded by
airshow organizer Rick Rushing. "The demographics of air shows are
phenomenal, and we wanted to create something that could ... really
bring some excitement and consistency to it," Rushing tells ANN
Editor-In Chief Jim Campbell in today's ANN Special Report.
Just when it appeared things were maybe getting better between
the European Union and the United States over the issue of unfair
government subsidies of its aircraft manufacturers, comes word out
of Brussels that no agreement can be reached with the US until the
questions surrounding foreign ownership of US airlines is
Scientists Want Reusable Space Vehicle, Better Satellites
As NASA hopes to remove itself from a financial burden that
overpromised and never fully delivered -- the space shuttle -- to
focus on expendable space vehicles for the next generation of
astronauts, the agency's counterparts in the European Space Agency
are hoping they can learn from lessons the shuttle taught America
in developing their own "space plane."
It's the one word all pilots hope they never have to use:
"Mayday." When it is made for real, it can make a pilot’s
mouth go dry and his stomach cramp. That is the feeling pilot Naim
Fazlija said he when he had to make the distress call to German
radar controllers when his Piper Chieftain twin lost its electrical
system on a flight from the Netherlands to Geneva last month. The
charter plane was flying at 11,000 feet over a hazy Germany.
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One man's determined research into a 38-year-old midair
collision may overturn the NTSB's finding that a private pilot's
deviation from course was to blame for the tragedy that claimed 82
lives in the skies over Henderson, NC.
First Course Scheduled for This Weekend, Another In
Mike Huffman, owner of Sport Aviation Specialties, has announced
FAA acceptance of the company's new 16-hour training course for
owners of experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSAs) to prepare for
an FAA repairman certificate.
Guv Says BRAC Plan Might Leave Two Air Units Without An Air
Representatives of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and
the Pennsylvania National Guard briefed local officials in Horsham,
PA Monday about ideas for the future use of Naval Air Station Joint
Reserve Base Willow Grove.
Architect Helped Camouflage Boeing Plant During WWII
John Stewart Detlie didn't design or build aircraft, but he did
ensure others could at a time when America needed those planes the
most. The architect who designed the effective camouflage used
to disguise the Boeing aircraft factory during WWII, passed away
last week after battling lung cancer, just a few weeks shy of his
Ontario residents would like to know just what, exactly, a DHC-6
Twin Otter owned by a company suspected of being a CIA front was
doing there this fall. The October visit of the mysterious
aircraft, registry N6161Q, is causing concern, curiosity, and
raised eyebrows among those in Sault Ste. Marie. According to the
FAA N-Number registry, the aircraft is registered to Washington,
DC-based Aviation Specialties Inc. -- one of seven companies
identified by the New York Times as CIA proprietaries.
Grandpa Gets Yanked From Family Flight For "Bomb" Joke
When you think about it, who would answer "yes" to the inane
questions they ask when you're checking in at an airline? ("Did you
pack your own luggage, Mr Abu el-Boom-Boom Emir?") So far, these
questions have netted a 100% haul of people who made ill-timed
"bomb" jokes, ranging from former presidential candidate Mike
Dukakis to the latest, Australian granddad Barry Williams.
Program Will End With Transition To Forward Flight
Aero-News has learned the second X-50A Dragonfly -- Boeing's
second canard rotor/wing (CRW) technology demonstrator –- has
successfully completed a four-minute hover flight at the U.S.
Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in southwest Arizona. The aircraft
reached an altitude of about 20 feet above ground.
"The NTSB has done a lot of good work that has
tremendously improved the safety of air travel... and in fairness
to the NTSB, I must point out that this accident was its first big
investigation. I know their procedures have improved in the years
since. But in fairness to the people who died in this accident and
their families, I must also make the point that the NTSB should
admit if mistakes were made. It's the right thing to
Source: Paul Houle, whose initial curiosity
into a 1967 midair collision involving a Piedmont Airlines 727 and
a Cessna 310 evolved into an exhaustive research effort into the
initial NTSB ruling on the accident that the Cessna pilot was to
blame for the loss of 82 lives -- which was perhaps compromised by
the fact the
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