FAA's Staffing Plan "Wal-Mart Solution In A Tiffany Box"
Not everyone is happy with the FAA's plan to hire new
controllers. There's this from NATCA...
Confirming what controllers have been saying for years, the Federal
Aviation Administration Tuesday released its long-awaited report to
Congress stating that there is a looming air traffic control
staffing crisis. The fact is that in some cities, the shortage is
already occurring. Consequently, if you are flying to or through
one of these cities, there are already too few controllers watching
But FAA Won't Send Money Until Stage 2 Jet Ban Lifted
If you fly into Naples Municipal Airport in Florida, look
closely along the side of the runway. You'll see a very long
extension cord -- it's what's feeding electricity to the runway
"Our lighting went out in the middle of the summer when all the
hurricanes were hitting," said Airport Authority Executive Director
Ted Soliday, in an interview with the Naples Daily News. "We had
three or four direct (lightning) hits to our power on our main
runway. We had hundreds of yards of power line that was literally
fried.... We went almost a week without lights on our main
Gordon Bethune steps down as chief of Houston-based Continental
Airlines next week, leaving the company in about the same shape it
was in when he took the reigns ten years ago. For instance, USA
Today reports, losses are on the rise. The availability of cash is
fast becoming a worry and the airline industry as a whole is
suffering the worst churn it's seen since deregulation. But in
spite of all that, Bethune told the nationwide newspaper, ""We've
got, I think, a company that works."
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23rd and 24th, and will then be on hiatus on December
25th and 26th...
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Cessna brass and prominent Kansas government officials broke
ground Tuesday for Cessna's new $20.4 million expansion to its
Independence, KS, facility. The expansion will include the
construction of two new stand-alone buildings: a 90,000 square foot
flight/delivery building and an 11,000 square foot aircraft
We have no evidence to confirm the rumored presence of a
Roadrunner's involvement in this incident, but for the moment local
coyotes can breathe easier. The Husky (file photo below), though,
has seen better days. Thankfully; there were only minor
Advocacy Groups Like AOPA Trying To Ease The Impact
As of now, any non-US citizen who is beginning training for a
new certificate or rating in any size powered aircraft must be
cleared by the Transportation Security Administration, including
those who have previously held pilot certificates. This alien
flight training rule applies even to resident aliens with a "green
Audience Journeys Into Space With SpaceShipOne Pilot At EAA
In a tribute to Orville and Wilbur Wright, a sellout crowd of
more than 500 people gathered in Oshkosh, WI, to see and hear one
of today's true aviation pioneers at the EAA Wright Brothers
Memorial Banquet Friday night at EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle
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cartoon compendium from Wes Oleszewski.
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Raytheon Missile Systems says it has achieved Capability
Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 certification from the
Software Engineering Institute. The certification demonstrates that
Missile Systems incorporates the best business practices to ensure
predictability and improved quality in performance.
2005 NBAA Meritorious Service To Aviation And Doswell
The NBAA says it is now accepting nominations for its two most
prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and
the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. Nominations for both awards are
due by February 25, 2005. The 2005 award winners will be officially
recognized at the Annual Gala of the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting &
Convention in November 2005.
Members Say It's Worth The Price Of Membership Alone
AOPA has provided members with information and counsel on
medical certification challenges for many years. Members who have
taken advantage of the service consider it to be one of their most
valued basic membership benefits. Yet, as membership grows we find
that new members, and even many long time members, aren't aware
that this level of assistance is available to them as part of their
$39.00 annual dues.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. has received two new orders from
the United States Government for spare parts for the F-16 Fighting
Falcon. Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of
"This staffing plan is a Wal-Mart solution in a Tiffany's box.
The FAA has acknowledged that there is a problem, but solutions are
not in the cards for the flying public. It's gratifying that the
FAA has joined us in stating that we need to hire thousands and
thousands more controllers, but we remain concerned about the
shortage that has already hit cities across the country."
Source: NATCA President John Carr, reacting to
news that the FAA plans to hire 12,000 new controllers over the