NY Senator Wants To Track All GA Flights Over New York
Perhaps Sen Charles Schumer (D-NY) just doesn't get it. Perhaps
he knows something we don't. Schumer, still fretting over the
possibility of a terror attack involving GA aircraft, now wants the
FAA to shut down the Hudson River approach -- forever. He also
wants tighter security at New York's many heliports.
Charles Sweeney was convinced he did the right thing. On August
9th, 1945, the 25-year old Sweeney piloted a B-29 he called "Bock's
Car" on the second and last atomic bombing mission of World War II.
The bomb his crew dropped over Nagasaki killed 70,000 people and
hastened the end of the war.
Sweeney died Thursday in Boston at the age of 84.
When You Care Enough To (Keep) Sending The Very Best!
Coalition aircraft hit a stronghold of fugitive terrorist Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi outside Fallujah, Iraq, Sunday. Forces attacked
the site using precision-guided munitions. News reports indicate 14
people were killed and three injured, but a coalition statement did
not include casualty figures.
Businessman Could Soon Build New 5,000 Ft. Runway Near Valley
Remember this name: Dan Claassen.
He's the guy a lot of people in Sedgewick County (KS) believe will
build the next local airport. The Wichita Eagle quotes anonymous
sources as saying Claassen is looking into funding a private strip
north of Wichita, near Valley Center.
Special Military Team Searches For Aircraft Cracks
All combat aircraft go through extreme stresses when completing
their missions. Those stresses can cause metal fatigue -- tiny
cracks in the joints and welds of the frame or invisible fractures
in the metal.
EAA Concedes Its B-17 Bomber Will Not Make Oshkosh
Despite its best efforts, EAA announced this week that there
simply is not enough time to prepare its B-17 Aluminum Overcast for
a planned ferrying flight from California to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh. EAA had hoped it could pull off both readying the
replacement B-17, Fuddy Duddy, and Aluminum Overcast so that both
could appear at the annual aviation event, but now it's clear that
available time and resources will only permit work on Fuddy Duddy
to be completed.
As one of Europe's biggest air shows gets underway this week,
one of the first things you'll notice is the huge US military
presence. After pulling back from the Paris Air Show last year
because of France's failure to support the war in Iraq, the
Pentagon is putting on the dog at Farnborough.
The NTSB says 27-year old Wyatt Zane Rodgers shouldn't have been
flying VFR on June 27th. That's when Rodgers and two passengers,
Kendall and Kelly Loudermilk, were killed when Rodgers' R-44 (file
photo of type, below) went down near Barnesville (GA).
Well, we're off. ANN Publisher Jim Campbell officially hit the
road on Sunday, planning to be in Oshkosh (WI) plenty early for
this year's AirVenture. He should be there Monday to set up the
fabled work trailer (near the control tower) and put together a
top-notch array of computers and computer networks in time for the
rest of the staff to arrive.
"We really busted our guts to get both airplanes ready in time.
We just plain ran out of time for Aluminum Overcast. But we are
very pleased to report that annual inspection work on Fuddy Duddy
is complete, and pilot checkout flights are slated to begin early
Source: EAA Museum Director Adam Smith, in
announcing the bad news -- Aluminum Overcast, the B-17 damaged when
its landing gear collapsed in California last month, won't make it
to this year's AirVenture. Another Flying Fortress, Fuddy Duddy,
will fly at Oshkosh this year. The EAA says there are plenty of
seats still available for those who want a ride.
ANN has also learned that a principal measure of the Sport Pilot
rule, the much vaunted and overhyped driver's license medical
provision, may have a catch. While the driver's license medical can
apparently be used in absence of an FAA medical, it may
only applicable to those who have not had an FAA medical
certificate suspended or revoked, and/or replaced with a special