Another tragedy has added to the New Year's rash of airline
accidents, as a Yakovlev 40 crashed Tuesday on approach to the
airport in Uzbekistan's capital of Tashkent. A top United Nations
(UN) official was on Uzbekistan Airways flight 1154, which claimed
the lives of at least 35 passengers.
Ya Wanna Land? That'll Be $20!
ANN has received a number of complaints in the last few
days describing the "exorbitant" new landing fees enacted by the
Catalina Conservancy that controls the once popular Catalina
The airport, which has been a popular "100 Dollar Hamburger"
destination (there is a restaurant near the airport with pretty
good '$120' burgers...), is located in the center of the Island, at
1602 feet elevation. It hosts a single 3250 foot runway and is
managed by The Catalina Island Conservancy.
Built in 1946, the airport was constructed to improve access to the
island, which was formerly accessible only by boats and amphibious
aircraft. The runway was constructed by blowing up two local
mountains and using "200,000 truckloads of r
Methinks We're About To Get Screwed... Again
Tuesday night's promos for the Wednesday edition of CBS's
much-maligned (for good reason) Evening News is carrying a story on
GA Airport Security and it does NOT look good. One of the text
promos starts out, "There are thousands of general aviation
airstrips around the country with little or no security. How can
that be after 9-11? We'll have the story on Wednesday's CBS Evening
There is also a video promo on the CBS Evening news site. The promo
starts with what appears to be a Cessna 172 flying into the center
of the screen with the header "Garage For Your Plane?"
It then segues into, "But What About Local Airport
Security?" Uh oh... It gets worse.
The next sound byte is particularly w
Some 45 aircraft operated by the US Air Force Academy have been
grounded for safety issues. An Academy maintenance contractor was
found to have some discrepancies in their record-keeping of USAFA
aircraft, described as "contractor maintenance irregularities"
during a January 9th investigation, causing the Air Force to issue
a grounding order until the matter can be properly
Academy staffers indicate that the order will remain in place until
an investigation is conducted and completed, "Academy officials
will keep affected aircraft on the ground until confidence is
restored in the safety of the maintenance program and permanent
fixes are in place for all discrepancies identified."
The contractor, Doss Aviation, of Colorado Springs has ordered an
internal audit o
An Apache helicopter went down near Fallujah, Iraq, Tuesday
according to US Central Command officials. There were no injuries
and the incident is under investigation.
The downing is the third in two weeks, though in this case, the
aircrew emerged unscathed. The area around the AH-64 was secured
quickly and an inspection of the aircraft conducted. A military
spokesman, Col. William Darley said, "It was apparently downed by
The AH-64 Apache gunship was hit near the town of Habbaniyah, close
to the western region near where a medevac helicopter was downed a
week ago with the loss of all none aboard. A Kiowa was shot down
Jan. 2nd, killing the pilot.
ISS Status Report #04-3, 2 p.m. CST, Monday, Jan. 12,
With the help of Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and
Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, flight controllers traced the
apparent cause of a tiny pressure decay on the International Space
Station Sunday to a braided flex hose that is part of the window
system in the U.S. Destiny Laboratory.
After extensive pressure checks on Saturday and Sunday in the
Russian Progress resupply ship, the Pirs Docking Compartment, the
Soyuz return vehicle and the U.S. Quest Airlock revealed no leaks,
the crew used an ultrasound leak detector device for a second time
at the Lab window, and detected an audible hissing noise emanating
from the flex hose. That hose is hooked up to quick disconnect
devices as part of a system
Here's some aggressive marketing that should get a few folks to
look closer at Air Chartering... NetJets has announced that
beginning February 1, 2004, it will expand the operating area for
its Gulfstream IV-SP and Gulfstream V aircraft, allowing the
company to waive ferry charges for owners of these aircraft when
flying aboard these aircraft. The ferry charge waiver applies to
flights that originate or terminate in the continental US.
"At NetJets we recognize that our NetJets owners frequently use our
large cabin aircraft for international travel," said Richard
Santulli, Chairman and CEO of NetJets.
"This is another example of NetJets being responsive to the needs
of our owners by providing them the ability to use NetJets aircraft
when pursuing international business o
AOPA and the T-34 Association are telling the FAA that the
proposed timeframe for owners of Beechcraft T-34 Mentors to comply
with an airworthiness concern is too short and needs to be
The FAA issued an Airworthiness Concern Sheet (ACS) following a
recent fatal T-34 accident involving a wing-spar failure. The FAA
also issued Flight Standards Information Bulletin FSAW 03-11,
Special Inspection for T-34 Mentor Aircraft, which requires each
flight standards district office to inspect every T-34 in its
district for compliance with an earlier wing spar airworthiness
directive (2001-13-18), annual or 100-hour inspection, and general
aircraft condition. The FAA also intends to require owners to
comply with Raytheon Service Bulletin SB57-3329. But doing so could
mean owners woul
The NTSB recommends that the FAA:
Require that Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60 series engine
starter-generators be electrically isolated from the rest of the
Require that Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes up to serial
number (SN) 231 be equipped with a central advisory and warning
system that will display engine magnetic chip detector warnings
during all phases of flight. (A-03-59)
Require on Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes the
installation of a magnetic chip detector, in accordance with
Pilatus Service Bulletin No. 79-005, or an equivalent device, in
the accessory gear box oil-drain to monitor the Pratt & Whitney
Canada PT6A-67B engine's entire oil system, as soon as the
necessary parts become available. (A-03-60)
As previously reported on ANN, USUA has announced that 3rd party
liability insurance is now available for USUA members. And now, the
applications for this program have been posted online. This new
USUA program is being administered by First Flight Insurance Group
located in Kitty Hawk NC- a leading provider of sport aviation
insurance- and underwritten by Lloyds of London.
USUA states that, "It is important to note that this policy will
offer 3rd party liability insurance coverage for non-commercial
operations only. First Flight presently offers a more comprehensive
coverage package to commercial operations (instructors and flight
schools), and have done so for several years. They offer a variety
of plans ranging from commercial 3rd Party Liability to full
coverage, designed to fi
Another VIP TFR
Issued: 01/13/2004 17:00
Effective: 01/14/2004 05:10 - 01/15/2004 19:05
Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.
Description: FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY
13-15, 2004 LOCAL
American Utilicraft Corporation's FF-1080, a cargo-plane project
that was hampered by the damage done to aviation in the
wake of 9/11, may be on the mend. AUC and WSI Hong Kong, Ltd.,
have jointly announced that the companies have entered into an
arrangement for 300 aircraft and exclusivity for the Far East
air freight markets.
John J. Dupont, President and CEO of American Utilicraft
Corporation, and Ruben O. Caputo, President and CEO of WSI Hong
Kong, Ltd., signed a Letter of Intent to facilitate on-going
discussions and negotiations for positions on 300 FF-1080 Freight
Feeder Aircraft, including exclusive rights for sales and support
in the Far East Markets. This represents the Company's efforts to
launch "back into the market" post 9/11, and solidifies the
Veteran NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao (right) will replace William
S. McArthur, Jr., as the commander of Expedition 9, the next
mission aboard the International Space Station.
The change in crew assignment is a result of a temporary medical
issue related to McArthur's qualification for this long duration
flight. Because of medical privacy considerations, no information
about McArthur's condition will be made public.
As a member of the Expedition 9 backup crew, Chiao has been
training alongside McArthur for months. Chiao joins Russian Flight
Engineer and Soyuz Commander Valery I. Tokarev for the six-month
mission. The Expedition 9 crew is scheduled for launch aboard a
Soyuz spacecraft in April. European Space Agency astronaut Andre
Kuipers is the Board Engineer rounding out the
Strike fighter aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, flying
from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
in the North Arabian Gulf, attacked an enemy mortar position near
Balad, Iraq, north of Baghdad, Jan. 9, in support of Operation
Two Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 F/A-18 Hornets from
Enterprise’s embarked carrier air wing each dropped a
1,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition in the attack, striking
the enemy position.
This strike was the carrier’s first use of precision-guided
munitions since the beginning of the new year. Enterprise strike
fighters last struck a target in Iraq Nov. 28.
PC Aviator Inc, has released its MegaScenery USA 2004 Volume 2:
New York, a high-resolution photorealistic scenery for
Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2004, featuring New York city
and 22,000 square miles of surrounding area.
MegaScenery USA Volume 2: New York is the second title in the
MegaScenery series and features some of the USA’s (and the
world’s) busiest airspace, and the world’s biggest
metropolis New York City and surrounding areas including areas of
New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Created from 5 meter per pixel satellite imagery, MegaScenery New
York captures the true essence of this area of North Eastern United
States. Flight simulator pilots can now cruise the skies above New
York city (The Big Apple), plus an extensive 22,000 squ
I continue to be amazed at all the ways the intensely rugged
little R-22 (file photo, below) is being worked throughout the
world.... but herding cattle?
This, I gotta see...
A MESQUITE HELICOPTER SERVICE, N7061V, ROBINSON R-22 ROTORCRAFT,
WHILE HERDING CATTLE, TAIL ROTOR STRUCK A TREE AND THE AIRCRAFT
CRASHED, NO INJURIES REPORTED, 10 MILES SOUTH OF ENCINO, TX
A group of Air National Guard F-16 fighters, recently re-engined
with new Pratt & Whitney (P&W) F100- PW-229 engines, has
achieved a year of flying in which the engines have performed
flawlessly -- a condition known as "Code One" (and better known to
pilots as "Thank God").
The aircraft are of the "Block 42" F-16 configuration. Block 42
aircraft were originally built starting in 1988 and powered by
P&W F100-PW-220 engines. The -229 retrofit program was
initiated by the Air National Guard in 2000 to provide a more
powerful engine and bring the Block 42 F-16s up to current combat
capability. Thus far, 15 out of 51 aircraft have been
"Demands on the Air National Guard are increasing, and the need for
increased thrust and more reliable aircraft has never
For Sale: Robinson Heli R22 (all)
Beta 685hrs SFOH, KY197A, KT76A, Apollo GPS,
bubble doors, aux fuel, digital clk, vert.compass, primer,
Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9
Used, will sell for $109,700.00
(or best offer)
Appointed Senior Manager – Areas Sales
Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) has appointed Tom
Genovese as Senior Manager – Area Sales.
In this capacity, Genovese will oversee all RAS regional sales
managers and drive new sales in the areas of aircraft maintenance,
avionics, refurbishments and modifications. He reports to Skip
Madsen, vice president – Operations for RAS.
Genovese is a graduate of Wichita State University, and most
recently served as Central Region Area Sales Manager for Honeywell.
He is an IFR-rated pilot with 500 hours.