Company Reports 35 Orders Over Three Days In Orlando
As ANN readers know, the National Business Aviation Association
held its annual convention last week in Orlando, FL -- and for Bell
Helicopter, it was a record breaking show, as the company reports
it took orders for 35 aircraft during the three-day convention,
more than tripling its NBAA order number from last year.
As you may have already seen in today's edition of Aero-News, on
Wednesday the FAA submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a
potential Airworthiness Directive aimed at McCauley C406 and C409
propellers mounted to Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) IO-520,
TSIO-520, or IO-550 reciprocating engines. The news came as a shock
to the AOPA's Luis Gutierrez, who is Director of Regulatory and
Certification Policies for the organization.
While the glamour of piloting a UAV may not match that of flying
F-15 Eagles or F-16 Fighting Falcons, a group of enlisted airmen at
Ali Base, Iraq are using their wings to perform much the same tasks
as those flying the heavier equipment -- providing security,
through air superiority.
Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) destroyed a ballistic
missile target outside the earth's atmosphere during a Missile
Defense Agency/ Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program
flight test Thursday over the Pacific Ocean. It was the sixth
successful intercept for the Aegis BMD program using the SM-3.
The FAA has submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a
potential Airworthiness Directive aimed at McCauley Propellers,
specifically model 3A32C406/82NDB-X and D3A32C409/82NDB-X
Propellers (hereafter referred to as C406 and C409, respectively)
mounted to Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) IO-520, TSIO-520, or
IO-550 reciprocating engines.
One of two TSA screeners fired after a fake bomb slipped through
a Newark Liberty International Airport checkpoint last December has
been reinstated... and she plans to return to her post at the
It's official: in opening remarks Wednesday, Delta Air Lines
asked a US Bankruptcy Court judge to void its contract with Delta's
pilots' union, in hopes the $325 million the carrier hopes to save
by slashing its collective bargaining agreements with pilots will
help the carrier emerge from Chapter 11.
In an EU release, Executive Director of the European Aviation
Safety Agency Patrick Goudou welcomed the Commission's proposal to
extend the Agency's regulatory powers to air operations, flight
crew licensing and oversight of third-country airlines.
Landing Jet Narrowly Missed Another Holding On Same
On the heels of the NTSB's strong recommendation to the FAA that
the agency needs to do more to stem runway incursions, comes word
such an event occurred last week -- as a landing airliner came
within 100 feet of an RJ holding on the active runway.
Two New -- And Heavy -- Telecom Satellites Now In Orbit
After a rough start marred by several delays, Europe's most
powerful rocket yet lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana
Wednesday night, carrying two communications satellites weighing a
combined 17,500 lbs into orbit -- a new world record.
Northrop Grumman -- in competition with Britain's BAE Systems
for a federal contract to equip commercial airliners with a missile
defense system -- took the wraps off their proposed method last
week in Mojave, CA.
Dismantled Gun Found In Carry-On Bags, Child's Toy?
Four Australian woman and a young boy were detained Thursday in
Syria -- not a good place for that to happen -- after a dismantled
gun was found inside their carry-on items and baggage. The group
was attempting to board a Gulf Air flight in Damascus bound for
Australia, with a stopover in Bahrain.
Two Day Search Reveals Frustrating -- But Happy -- Ending
After a 48-hour search in strong winds and rain, rescue workers
have determined a plane did not go down Monday night in northwest
Ohio. In fact -- and we say this only because the story has a happy
ending -- the whole event was triggered by a comedy of
"I say you're throwing darts at the pilots because they're
smaller than you are and you think you can stomp on them. That may
or may not be true. I don't think this matter will be resolved
until I hear what the pilots have to say and what you have to
Source: US Bankruptcy Court Judge Prudence
Carter Beatty to lawyers representing Delta Air Lines, during
opening arguments Wednesday in the airline's request to
axe its collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line
Pilots Association. Delta is hoping to save $325 million
by voiding the current contract with its pilots.