Recent reports of financial problems at Safire Aircraft were
confirmed yesterday by President and CEO Camilo Salomon. ANN had
received several insider reports of a number of financial
difficulties that included missed and late payroll (two
periods, accordingt to one report) that cast a pall over the
fledgling Bizjet manufacturer. Citing a "slight hiccup in funding,"
Salomon admitted that they had been through a rough spot, but that
the future looked a bit brighter when questioned, late
Promises $66 Million On More Firefighting Aircraft
A top official at the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday
"no prudent person" would have continued to fly aging firefighting
tankers after the government decided there was no way to guarantee
that they're airworthy.
Computer Glitch Cancels 90 Flights At Seven Airports
It appeared to have been the mother of all computer glitches,
shutting down several airports in Britain and grounding more than
90 flights Thursday. It happened during tests on an upgraded
The long-awaited Sport Pilot rule has passed a major milestone
and has been resubmitted to the White House Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) for approval. In March, the FAA temporarily
withdrew the proposed rule so that the agency could address
questions about the economic cost/benefits raised during the OMB
By ANN Correspondent Tyson Rininger
(Every time Tyson Rininger picks up a camera and points it
at an aircraft, we at ANN wait with baited breath for the results.
This time, he went after the USAF Thunderbirds. Here's what he had
to say... and what he shot -- ed.)
Schweizer Aircraft says it's signed a deal with Helicopter
Adventures Inc. (HAI) for the largest single fleet order of 300CBi
helicopters to date. Helicopter Adventures is the largest
commercial helicopter flight training school in the world. The
order is for twenty-three (23) 300CBi helicopters with options for
up to ten additional units.
Small Radios now Available for Ultralights and Light
By ANN Correspondent Jon Thornburgh
Becker Avionics has come up with the solution to fitting a radio
(or "transceiver," as it's called in aviation) into an instrument
panel with limited space, or a small instrument pod that's bolted
to the frame of an ultralight. The answer is to separate the
control head, which changes the frequencies, from the "body" of the
transceiver, which actually processes the electronic radio waves.
In other words, the transceiver comes in two parts-the control head
and the remote transceiver.
"I have no doubt that pressure (by the Lake Group) led to this.
Absolutely. The lawsuit... was ratcheted up."
Source: Unnamed source familiar with a
lawsuit filed against LanShe Aerospace by the Lakes Group. LanShe,
which purchased the rights to produce Lake amphibian aircraft, shut
its doors Thursday, leaving the futures of its staff and its two
aircraft lines -- Lake and Micco -- very much up in the air.
DFW Quickly Returns to Normal Operations After Two Days of
It wasn't just trouble -- it was double trouble... On
Wednesday, June 2, 2004, DFW International Airport experienced a
severe weather event for the second successive evening. Based on
National Weather Service warnings, the Airport Operations Center
(AOC) began preparing for the incoming storms at about 6pm.
AOPA's Boyer Flies Left Seat With South Dakota Senator
The leader of the Democratic Party in the US Senate, Tom Daschle
(D-SD), joined AOPA President Phil Boyer in the cockpit this week.
During a three-hour flight, the two discussed a wide range of
issues important to general aviation pilots, such as privatization
of the air traffic control system, post-9/11 security restrictions
like the Baltimore-Washington Air Defense Identification Zone
(ADIZ) and the "rolling" TFRs (temporary flight restrictions) that
cover Presidential campaign swings, and GA's own efforts to make
local airports more secure.