Boyer Calls Funding Plan A "Power Grab"... Kids, The
Gloves Are Off
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) blasted
the administration’s proposed FAA refinancing bill as a
"manufactured crisis based on flawed financial assumptions about
the viability of the current funding system and the cost of the
'NextGen' air traffic control system."
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3125
Issue Date: February 14, 2007 at 1334 UTC
Location: Pampa, Texas
Beginning Date and Time: February 16, 2007 at 1845 UTC
Ending Date and Time: February 18, 2007 at 2105 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very
Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry
trade organization for many US airlines, issued the following
statement Wednesday in response to the release of the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill and FAA Cost
Allocation Study on the reauthorization of the Airport and Airway
Trust Fund (AATF).
An ANN News-Spy alerted us Wednesday to a rather significant
accomplishment for Vans Aircraft. In typically understated fashion,
the homebuilt airplane manufacturer didn't shout the news from the
proverbial rooftops... but we will: the 5000th Vans aircraft
builders report was recently submitted!
NATCA Warns Of Coming Controller Retirements, Part One
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.14.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.14.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Retiring Controllers Pose
Problem, Part One: 02.14.07 (ANN Special Feature, with
details from NATCA's press briefing this week.)
The FAA states under its new funding plan -- formally known as
the Next Generation Air Transportation System Financing Reform Act
of 2007 -- passengers travelling on commercial airliners will see
significant benefits, at a time when passenger demand has already
returned to pre-9/11 levels.
Cross-Border, Far East Traffic Show Increases; North Atlantic
The Association of European Airlines informed ANN Wednesday of
the release of traffic and capacity data for its members in
December 2006... giving a first look at the overall traffic and
capacity results for 2006.
US Ambassador Says America Needs To Protect Its Assets
Some high-flying political posturing and rhetoric is coming out
of Geneva, Switzerland... as representatives with the United
States, China, and Russia hurled accusations Tuesday during a
disarmament debate aimed at preventing an all-out arms race in
This week, Adam Aircraft welcomed newly elected Board member
John Wolf as the Lead Director and Board Liaison. Representatives
with Adam state Wolf will provide direction from the Board and will
be an active contributor to company operations.
A late night call, a cancelled sortie and some needed
flexibility led an aircrew from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron at
England's RAF Mildenhall to expedite medical care for more than a
dozen severely injured troops being transported from Iraq to
Andrews Air Force Base, MD on February 7.
Lime Deposit Revenue Would Pay For MIA Cost Overruns
A small airport in south Florida has been sacrificed in the name
of a larger one. That's a common story in aviation... but how
officials with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) plan to
benefit from the destruction of the Opa-locka West Airport (X46) is
Blasts FAA For Poor Oversight And Not Following NTSB
The NTSB Tuesday determined the probable cause of a 2005 fatal
air tour helicopter crash in Hawaii as "the pilot's decision to
continue flight into adverse weather conditions, which resulted in
a loss of control due to an encounter with a microburst."
Recommends New Procedures For Part 91 Air Tour Operators
ANN has learned the NTSB determined the probable cause of a
fatal air tour helicopter crash in Hawaii as "the pilot's decision
to continue flight into an area of turbulent, reduced visibility
weather conditions, which resulted in the pilot's spatial
disorientation and loss of control of the helicopter."
Blame it on the weather. The launch date for the five small,
identical satellites that comprise NASA's Time History of Events
and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) project has
been bumped 24 hours, due to concerns at Kennedy Space Center about
an advancing cold front and the severe storms accompanying it.
"OK... make a shallow left turn... bring us gradually into the
wind, and let's see if we can't get this baby to hover." No, I
hadn't changed my intent to go through sport-pilot
training, to focus on rotorcraft instead.
"Business Combination" Sought To Halt US Airways
How close did Delta Air Lines come to merging with
partner-in-bankruptcy Northwest Airlines? According to the
Atlanta-based carrier's filing in US Bankruptcy Court Monday...
possibly closer than was previously hinted.
That And Other Milestones Reached For JSF Development
ANN has learned Lockheed Martin and partner BAE Systems have
completed testing of the initial flight-clearance envelope on the
Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (affectionately called CATBird), a
highly modified 737 designed to validate the F-35 Lightning II's
Airbus Touts Nine Orders So Far This Year For ACJs
Petters Group Worldwide (PGW) has signed a contract for an
Airbus A318 Elite, becoming the first US customer for the type.
Based in Minneapolis, MN, PGW plans to use its A318 Elite for
flights to Asia and Europe, as well as within the USA.
"The county has an overabundance of general aviation airports
that are underutilized and subsidized by Miami International."
Source: Miguel Southwell, with the Miami-Dade
Aviation Department (MDAD). Southwell commented on plans to mine
the site of the former Opa-locka West Airport (X46) for lime rock,
which the department then hopes to sell to pay off cost overruns
from an expansion at Miami International Airport.