"Let me give it to you straight," says Senator Bill Nelson
(D-FL), a former NASA astronaut. "When the president announced this
last week, I was one of his biggest cheerleaders. Only one week
later, lo and behold, it looks like they dropped it like a hot
Nelson was talking about the president's space iniative -- plans to
establish a colony on the moon and send a manned mission to Mars.
Nelson says, as of now, that plan has been shelved.
And the pictures are stunning. NASA's second rover to land on
Mars this month made it safely to the surface, amid the distant
cheers of ground crew members at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena (CA). It was, to coin a phrase, a "nominal" landing and a
feather in the space agency's cap.
"I am flabbergasted. I am astonished. I am blown away. Opportunity
has touched down in an alien and bizarre landscape," Steven
Squyres, the mission's main scientist, said early Sunday. "I still
don't know what we're looking at."
In response to recommendations from EAA, AOPA and other
organizations, the Transportation Security Administration and FAA
have agreed to reinstate expedited ingress and egress procedures
from several airports around the fringes of the Washington ADIZ on
a long-term basis. The TSA and FAA were urged to move forward in
implementing those procedures on a permanent basis when the
national threat level was lowered from orange to yellow on January
9, rather than undertake another study.
A 60-day test program, started on November 1, was nearly complete
when the increase in the national terror threat level on December
21 prompted the government to discontinue the test procedures in
the name of security around the national capital region. All
indications at that time were that the test pro
The team of Federal Aviation Administration investigators being
sent to the Chicago approach control facility in Elgin (IL) this
week to review air traffic control issues in the wake of a rising
volume of flights and corresponding increase of errors is doomed to
fail, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers
"While we're pleased the FAA is finally devoting attention to
critical issues impacting the safety of our skies, we do not
understand why they are not talking to the people who guide our
nation's planes home day in and day out," said Ray Gibbons, NATCA
facility representative for the Chicago TRACON. "It would seem to
be in the best interest of ensuring safety that air traffic
controllers be included in the review. Our exclusion is proof that
the FAA doesn
In what may be the first of many marketing moves that will take
place in the kit plane industry, as the Sport Pilot rule nears
completion (perhaps by April), SkyStar Aircraft Corporation Friday
announced a management reorganization that demonstrates just how
serious they are about capitalizing on this new opportunity.
SkyStar Aircraft has divided itself into two parts. The part
we are all familiar with, that is, makers of the famed line of
Kitfox Aircraft, will now be known as SkyStar Aircraft Corporation,
Experimental/Manufacturing Division. This division will be
headed by a new President and CEO, Frank Miller. The newly
created SkyStar Aircraft Corporation, Sport Plane Division will be
under the direction of former SkyStar President, Ed Downs.
Mr. Downs w
Here's a story you should know
About Eenie, Meenie, Minie and Moe.
A pair of sisters sued on the basis
Eenie, Meenie and Minie are racist.
Southwest Airlines' Jennifer Cundiff
Thought of herself as quite the pundit.
As passengers boarded her flight that day,
Jennifer was heard to say:
"Eenie, Meenie, Minie Moe,
"Pick a seat, we gotta go."
NASA was set over the weekend to conduct drop testing on
the second of three unpiloted X-43A vehicles the Hyper-X program.
The test is a dress rehearsal for its free flight currently
scheduled for Feb. 21, 2004.
Pending thorough evaluation of all flight data, the captive-carry
test could lead to the February launch of the X-43A stack. The
stack, consisting of the X-43A and its modified Pegasus booster
will be air-launched by NASA's B-52 carrier aircraft at 40,000 feet
altitude. The booster will accelerate the X-43A to Mach 7 at
approximately 95,000 feet altitude. At booster burnout, the X-43
will separate and fly under its own power on a preprogrammed
Open Text(TM) Corporation, provider of Livelink�, a
collaboration and content management program, says Britannia
Airways has extended its Livelink deployment to provide PDA and
laptop access during flight, giving pilots and cabin crew members
real-time access to critical flight data on the aircraft.
The PDA's have been rolled out to Britannia cabin crew and are used
to record and transact in-flight retail purchases and present
flight documentation which is downloaded using wireless technology
at the bases prior to the flight. The solution builds on Britannia
Airway's original Livelink application-a flight briefing system,
which provides pre-flight data, such as passenger manifests, staff
schedules and security information.
The "glass cockpit revolution" will be one of the main topics
for the Great Lakes International Aviation Conference at the
Lansing Center in Lansing (MI). The conference takes place February
"The Garmin G-1000 is coming out," says conference organizer Philip
Tartalone, with the Michigan Department of Transportation. "It's
going in the Diamond, it's going in the Cessnas, and that is the
big deal in aviation."
The membership of Airports Council International-North America
(ACI-NA) has elected its 2004 Board of Directors, naming Patrick
Graham, Executive Director of the Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport (GA), as the aviation association's 2004
chairman. Graham has served as Savannah's Executive Director since
Airport CEOs from Canada and the United States make up the Board. A
representative from ACI-NA's corporate members and two
representatives of airport commissioners also have seats on the
With one aircraft in International Falls (MN)undergoing cold
weather evaluation flights (and it doesn't get much colder than in
International Falls) and the other two conducting test flights at
the Patuxent River Naval Air Station (MD), the AH-1Z test fleet
exceeded 1,000 flight hours last week.
The AH-1Z Super Cobra is the attack helicopter component of the
Marine Corps' H-1 Upgrade program to remanufacture the existing
AH-1W SuperCobra and UH-1N twin-engine Huey into the 84 percent
identical AH-1Z and UH-1Y configurations.
EAA AirVenture Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of the
birth of a true aviation legend, S.J. "Steve" Wittman on April 3-5.
A champion air racer, noted airplane designer and builder, airport
manager and flight instructor, Steve provided inspiration to
thousands of people throughout the EAA family and the entire
aviation world. The Wittman Hangar at Pioneer Airport was built and
dedicated in his memory, and will be specially opened each day for
guided tours on April 3-5. Also on Monday April 5 - the 100th
anniversary of Steve's birth-a special evening program, "Memories
of Steve," will be presented. A number of Wittman's closest friends
will be on hand to share their memories, including his biographer
Aaron King, and EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny.
Delta AirElite Business Jets has added a new Citation X business
jet to its operating certificate. The aircraft, which is based at
the San Jose (Calif.) International Airport, joins Delta AirElite's
fleet through a charter management agreement.
With access to more than 400 business jets strategically positioned
throughout the United States, Delta AirElite continues to expand
its charter capability.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and United
Airlines announced last week that they have signed a permit
enabling United to begin construction of facility improvements at
Washington Dulles International Airport that are expected to
provide all United and United Express customers with better access,
more convenient connections and an improved travel experience
overall. Construction is expected to begin within a week. The cost
of the project is expected to be no more than $22 million.
"As for the lawyer, Scott A. Wissel,
And the little lawsuit he hoped would sizzle;
Let this be a lesson, sport, Harmless rhymes are no cause for
Source: The concluding portion of
ANN Associate Editor Pete Combs' humorous rhyme describing the
conclusion of a lawsuit field against SouthWest Airlines by two
sisters who found offense in a simple rhyme recited by a flight
attendant over the cabin loudspeaker.
"Eenie, Meenie, Minie Moe, Pick a seat, we gotta go," was what was
said... but the sisters recall a racist version, NOT recited by
SWA, that they were offended by... and since SWA recited something
distantly related, they felt they need to sue them... go figure.
The jury found for Southwest.<
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Keystone Helicopter, a venerable provider of helicopter services
for 50 years, has promoted Peter Wright Jr. to the position of Vice
Chairman. Wright began his career at Keystone Helicopter
Corporation in 1968, shortly after graduating from Hobart College.
He was appointed secretary/treasurer in 1970, vice president in
1973 and president in 1985.
The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame's Board of Directors elected
Rose Dorcey, Middleton (WI) as the organization's 2004 President at
its January board meeting. As President, Dorcey will lead the
historical organization in its goals of endowing its scholarship
program, establishing corporate sponsorship and youth educational
programs, retaining and recruiting members, and continuing to
recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions
to aviation in Wisconsin.
Dorcey (pictured above with husband, John) has served on the
organization's Board of Directors since 2001 in various positions,
including newsletter editor, fundraising chairperson, and
membership director. Involved in aviation for over 13 years, Dorcey
is an instrument rated private pilot and a freelance wr
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