AOPA is aksing the aviation community, "Does the 9/11 Commission
want ADIZs everywhere?" Perhaps. In the commission's latest "report
card," it gives the government a B- for homeland airspace defense.
The commission notes that there is "no overarching plan to secure
airspace outside the National Capital region."
ANN Reporting 1430 EST, 12.07.05: ANN is
monitoring a story in which shots were allegedly fired, for reasons
as yet unknown, by a Federal Air Marshal. According to a number of
sources, American Airlines Flight 924 was the scene of a shooting
incident. The aircraft is currently surrounded by law enforcement
personnel, is still attached to an airport jetway and the matter is
reportedly "under control."
Will Provide Daily Aero-Tips, As Well As Weekly Aero-Craft
Our regular readers will recognize the name Tom Turner -- and
maybe, some of you have even been fortunate enough to meet him. Tom
is one of THE people to talk to on matters of aircraft systems and
Sales Of Pendants, Ornaments, Teddy Bears Help Support
Angel Flight(R) Southeast (AFSE), a nonprofit charity that has
coordinated nearly 3,500 free medical and humanitarian flights in
2005 alone, is offering a variety of gifts appropriate for holiday
giving. These include a limited-edition, three-dimensional
gold-plated ornament, a custom-designed pearl pendant by Lake
County artist Marie Len, aviator teddy bears, angel bears and logo
clothing, including a t-shirt remembering the victims and
volunteers of Hurricane Katrina.
In a joint statement, Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced
Tuesday the firm-order agreement for four 787 Dreamliners, with an
option for the purchase of one additional airplane. The first 787
is scheduled for delivery in late 2008.
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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
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You can fly it... but can you fix it? Mike Huffman, owner of
Sport Aviation Specialties, hopes to put wrenches in the hands of
many owners of both ELSA (Experimental Light Sport Aircraft) and
SLSA (Special Light Sport Aircraft) airplanes. He is currently
offering a 16-hour course to owners of ELSA aircraft, that upon
successful completion will allow owners to handle their own
maintenance work --including annuals -- legally.
Wins Scholarship For His Answer To The Dirichlet Problem
Michael Viscardi may have the answer to a 200-year-old question:
how to build a better wing. The California teen isn't sharing the
details at the moment -- which is fine for us, as we're still
trying to figure out how many orders Boeing REALLY has for 2005 --
but suffice to say, the answer could lead to even more efficient
aircraft wing designs.
Washington, Oregon Workers Approve Their Deal With Aerospace
Aero-News has learned engineers at The Boeing Company's Wichita
Integrated Defense Systems are planning to return to the
negotiation table, after voting to reject the company's offer for a
new employment contract. However, the union's members in Washington
and Oregon who work for Boeing's Commercial Airliner division were
also presented with a new contract, which that union approved
last week -- with nearly 90 percent of its membership voting yes on
the three-year deal.
The first RANS SLSA has been flying for several weeks
now. The S-7LS is the sport plane version of the Courier, a kit
plane that began production in 1985, and received Primary Type
Certification in September of 2001. Deliveries from the plant,
located in Kansas, have begun.
When the Spirit rover landed on the Martian surface on January
3, 2004, not even the most wide-eyed optimist in the NASA community
believed that the rover would still be functioning nearly two
earth-years later. After all, the rover was built for a mission
expected to last only 90 days, with stress tests for only three
times that number.
Several analysts taking part in the Reuters Aerospace and
Defense Summit this week said it's a real possibility. One says
Delta could very well sell what's left and lock the doors if it
doesn't fare well in bankruptcy court during the coming year.
Naval Airship Veteran, Was On Hindenburg Ground Crew
Aero-News was saddened to learn from one of our readers that
John Antonio Iannaccone, 94, died Friday, December 2. He was a
retired Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy and a veteran of
the Navy's World War II blimp program, as well as one of
the last remaining "Sky Sailors" from the Navy's rigid airship era
of the 1920's-1930's. Iannaccone was also the last
known living US Navy ground crewmember from the Hindenburg
"Our team is very disappointed in the approach
management took. For the first time in history, [Boeing's] Wichita
management tried to give us lower wage pools than are provided to
Puget Sound engineers."
Source: SPEEA Midwest director Bob Brewer, on
the union's rejection of a three-year contract for workers in
Boeing's Wichita plant. According to the union -- which represents
802 employees at the plant -- the vote tally showed 71
percent of the voting members cast ballots to reject the offer.
However, Brewer said he was optimistic a compromise agreement would
soon be reached.