Since Vietnam helicopters have proven how invaluable they are in
day-to-day operations in a combat zone because of their
flexibility. Today's helicopter crews must be "jacks of all trades"
ready to fly whatever mission they're assigned to.
DOD Agrees To Work With AOPA On GA Navigation Requirements
In a meeting with AOPA this week, Department of Defense (DOD)
charting officials acknowledged general aviation's concerns about
the sale and use of its charting and navigation products and
expressed a willingness to work with the association in addressing
GA requirements. You may recall that the DOD wants to stop the
public sale and distribution of its aeronautical charts and
navigation databases, and AOPA filed extensive comments on why that
was a bad idea.
Say... this isn't DFW!
That would have been the reaction of passengers who might have
slept through the hour-long delay in landing for American Airlines
Flight 1496 from Long Beach, CA. The aircraft diverted from DFW to
Fort Worth Meachum Field Thursday night as strong storms blanketed
North Texas, north and east of DFW International.
The FAA has ordered Platinum Jet Management to pay a $1.8
million fine in the wake of a February 2nd mishap at Teterboro
Airport in New Jersey, accusing the company of bypassing safety
regulations and altering records on the aircraft's weight and
balance prior to the flight.
SPACEHAB says it's started development of a fully commercial
roundtrip delivery service to low earth orbit and beyond. This
initiative is a natural next step for SPACEHAB which has been a
pioneer in space commerce for more than twenty years.
The TSA is suspending the section of a Security Directive that
has required all passengers flying into and out of Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport to be seated for 30 minutes after
departure or before arrival. The rule will be suspended as of 1800
Major Employers Scheduled for Embry-Riddle Industry/Career
More than 100 employers in aviation/aerospace, business,
engineering, and high-tech fields will be on hand to talk with
jobseekers at the 2005 Industry/Career Expos at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University's two residential campuses.
"If helicopters have to add a few extra minutes onto their
flight by flying over water, so be it. There’s no reason [the
FAA] shouldn't [enact the proposed legislation]."
Source: US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), demanding
that helicopters be banned from flying low over Long Island, NY.
Instead, he demands they fly over water and has made his request in
writing to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.