The Lancair Company, manufacturers of the Columbia line of
certified aircraft, announced Monday that it is formally changing
its name to Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (CAM)
Armed with its own database on air ambulance mishaps and spurred
by safety "experts" who say "someone needs to be uncomfortable,"
USA Today Monday published an extensive report on the safety of
medical helicopter flights. The report, which ran across three
pages of the national publication, suggests none of the safety
improvements made in the airline industry have made it into the
highly-lucrative air ambulance business.
When search teams in Equatorial Guinea finally came upon the
wreckage, their worst fears were confirmed: At least 55 people
aboard an Equatair-owned Antonov AN-32 were killed Saturday when
the aircraft went down on a flight from Malabo to Bata.
While NASA Fiddles, Space Station Components Sit Idle On The
NASA's international partners in the International Space Station
are growing anxious about progress on the station's construction as
the space shuttle program continues to struggle with technical
problems and the resulting delays.
ADIZ Violations, FSS Modernization Lead List Of Topics At AOPA
Town Hall Meetings
General aviation pilots in the Midwest last week said that while
additional punishment for violating Washington, DC's restricted
airspace (ADIZ) is probably necessary, the sanctions proposed in
some congressional legislation are way too tough. These pilots also
expressed extreme disappointment over the pending roadblocks to
flight service station modernization.
Lockheed-Martin Re-Evaluating ERJ 145 For Aerial Common Sensor
It was a big, big deal for Brazilian-based Embraer -- and for
Florida. When the Army announced the ERJ-145 had been selected as
the flying platform for the new Aerial Common Sensor program, the
manufacturer broke ground on a new facility at Jacksonville's Cecil
Field. Governor Jeb Bush attended, all a-giggle about the prospect
of a huge aerospace plant at the former Navy base.
CubCrafters tells ANN that the first flight of its newest
airplane, SPORT CUB, has just taken place. All first flight goals
were achieved during a nearly one hour flight at CubCrafters
The following is a weekend statement by Eileen Collins,
commander of the Space Shuttle's STS-114 mission: "My crew will
remain in quarantine for the near future, maintaining our
proficiency for this mission. We are keeping in close touch with
the troubleshooting plan; we have confidence that the best people
are working it. In fact, the plan our engineers have put together
is impressive, and we are very proud of the work they are
The teenagers along for the ride in the aircraft allegedly taken
from the Danbury Municipal Airport last month by Philippe Patricio
have been identified, and told their stories to the police. Andrew
Mentch and Thomas Cascio III, both 16, had agreed to go for a ride
Space enthusiasts in Russia were encouraged late last week as
the Cabinet gave preliminary approval to a 10-year space
exploration program. The program provides for 305 billion rubles
($10.7 billion) to be spent on civil space projects from 2006 to
2015. That's less than the US space budget for one year.
Air Force Pilot Trainees, NCO Face The Music In Cheating
The Air Force dealt harshly with two cheating scandals this
week. One involved officers cheating on academic quizzes in pilot
training, and the other involved an NCO illegally distributing
materials for enlisted promotion exams.
XL-RG project. Have not been able to finish, partner wants out.
This Velocity XL is further along than a fast build, but you can
still customize, this is the plane for you. 817-441-7758. email@example.com
New, will sell for $45,000.00 (or best offer)
"There was nothing basically we could
do. I was thinking that I'm going to die."
Source: Andrew Mentch, 16, along for the ride
in the aircraft allegedly taken from the Danbury Municipal Airport
last month by Philippe Patricio.