The chance that America's shuttle fleet will return to flight by
September or October is growing mighty slim. So says NASA
Administrator Sean O'Keefe.
"I have my doubts the September-October time frame will be met,"
O'Keefe said. "We will determine that next week."
SkyWest Airlines says it's thrilled to welcome a third aircraft
type into their modern fleet of regional aircraft, the 70-passenger
Bombardier manufactured Canadair Regional Jet 700 (CRJ700). The jet
will begin service on Sunday, February 15, between Salt Lake City,
Denver, and Wichita, Kansas.
Two more influential members of Congress have weighed in on the
proposed FAA rule on FAR Part 91 charity and sightseeing
operations, saying it is a bad one that should not be implemented.
In separate letters, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) of the Senate
aviation subcommittee and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) of the House
aviation subcommittee say the FAA's analysis of the need for the
rule is flawed. In formal comments filed with the FAA, the
government of the State of Tennessee agrees. Larsen and the State
of Tennessee call for a complete reevaluation of the FAA's
On Thursday, bankrupt United Airlines launched a new lower-fare
affiliate called Ted, with an inaugural flight from Denver to Ft.
Lauderdale. Billed as a hip alternative to such low-fare rivals as
JetBlue and Southwest Airlines, Ted supposedly combines bargain
prices with outstanding service.
United may be one of the finest in the air for passenger service,
but is this really a differentiator in the world of no-frills
airlines? Uh, no.
Within the coming year, Boeing Commercial Aircraft sales reps
could see their travel reduced considerably from going around the
world to going across the parking lot. The client: Boeing's defense
The Lockheed Martin Low Cost Autonomous Attack System (LOCAAS)
has been selected as a finalist in the Missiles and Military
Aviation category of the Flight International Aerospace Industry
Awards 2004. The final winners will be announced at a ceremony on
the evening of February 25 at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel in
Singapore during the Asian Aerospace show. This is the second
consecutive year that the Aerospace Industry Awards committee has
selected LOCAAS for recognition.
"I have my doubts the September-October time frame will be met.
We will determine that next week."
Source: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, who says
the shuttle program's return to flight may be delayed well into
2005. The space agency faces problems meeting recommendations from
the Columbia Accident Investigation Board -- recommendations
O'Keefe has personally promised to put into practice before the
shuttles fly again.
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