In the battle for the hearts and minds of airline companies
between Boeing and Airbus, Boeing clearly believes it's won -- this
America's aerospace giant Monday announced it had sealed a deal
with Japan's All Nippon Airways for 50 (yeah, that's right, fifty)
7E7 Dreamliners. That, says Boeing, means the Japanese at least
agree with its philosophy that bigger isn't necessarily better.
A recently-revealed USAF memo accuses Boeing of using a
competitor's proprietary information not once -- but twice -- in
hopes of winning a contract from the Pentagon. In one case, the
aerospace giant succeeded for a short time. In the other, Boeing
withdrew from the bidding after the anomaly came to light.
The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot
Associations has just concluded its 22nd biennial World Assembly in
Toulouse, France, determined to protect general aviation and aerial
work (GA/AW) from overzealous security precautions and excessive
The Kinder, Simpler, MORE Affordable Diamond Four Seater (Part
Howdy folks… we left you hanging yesterday before we
finished our flight test of the DA40-180-FP… but have no
fear, this is the end of this particular magnum opus… It's a
story quite worth telling… because as you can guess, we
found the FP version of the Diamond Four seater to be an
exceptional and cost-effective little airplane.
It's a symbiotic relationship that's all too familiar to airport
managers. Just ask Ben DeCosta, the general manager at Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
"The airport does well because Delta is here, and Delta does well
because the airport is here," he says.
But what if Delta wasn't doing so good (hint: it's not)? The
airline continues to struggle, spilling red ink by the bucket-load
as it wrestles with high labor costs and the rising price of fuel.
And then there's the airline's staggering debt load -- Delta
Airlines owes $20.6 billion.
So it's perhaps not an unfair question to ask what happens to
Hartsfield if Delta bites the bankruptcy bullet?
By Richard I. Ward, President, Twin Bonanza Association
While filing an IFR flight plan for a fairly distant trip from
my home base in Three Rivers (MI) in T-Bone N800EX, the Lansing FSS
fellow asked me if I had checked on the current Temporary Flight
Restricted areas (TFRs) on my route. My response was (I wonder what
yours would be) "No! I never do that as long as I'm on an IFR
flight plan, nor do I file around restricted areas when filing a
direct to clearance." His following comeback was emphatic "Having
you avoid these areas is in no way the legal responsibility of Air
Traffic Control, and it is your complete responsibility."
Marines Using 5-Foot Long Aircraft To Hunt Iraqi
You carry it around in a kit that looks suspiciously like a golf
bag. When you need it, you can launch it by simply turning it on
and throwing it into the air. It's an unmanned aerial vehicle of
the personal variety and soon, American Marines in Iraq will be
able to use them to spot insurgent troop movements as much as 10
The Navy's Chief of Air Training, Rear Adm. George E. Mayer, has
made his decision. He's picked Cmdr. Stephen R. Foley to lead the
Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, for the
2005-2006 show seasons.
"I think we'll see something happening in China in the
relatively near term."
Source: Boeing 7E7 Senior Vice President Mike
Bair, announcing the company has just inked a deal with Japan's All
Nippon Airways for 50 7E7 Dreamliners. The order is worth $6
billion at full sticker price. Which just goes to show the old
salesman's lament holds true: "That's fine," says the sales
manager, "but what have you done for me lately?"
Rear Adm. George E. Mayer, Chief of Naval Air Training (USN),
has relieved Capt. Chaunce Mitchell, commander, Training Air Wing
(TW) 6 (below, at podium), of command due to a "loss of confidence
in his ability to command."
"We were outside barbecuing and here comes a low-flying plane.
Then we heard this giant thud."
That's how Virginia Lansdale knew something was terribly wrong
Saturday, as a Cessna 172 went down in Jones County (MS), killing
all three people on board.
Northrop Grumman and its partners on Lockheed Martin's F-35
Joint Strike Fighter team recently continued laying critical
groundwork for the aircraft's operational effectiveness by
conducting a weapons-loading demonstration with military ordnance
crews from the United Kingdom. Involving operational users early in
the design of key aircraft components is unprecedented in military
AD NUMBER: 2004-08-16
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-08-16
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for
certain serial numbers (SNs) of NARCO Avionics Inc. AT150
transponders. This AD requires modification to the transponder by
adding a resistor and transistor to the circuit board. This AD
results from reports of AT150 transponders not recognizing and
responding properly to Mode S interrogations from Mode S ground
stations and Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS-II)
airborne equipment. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of
aircraft airspace separation and the possibility of mid-air
AD NUMBER: 2004-08-19
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-08-19
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A330-200 series
airplanes. This action requires certain modifications of the rudder
servo controls.This action is necessary to prevent failure of the
driving finger of the rudder servo control and consequent loss of
the rudder servo control function in driving the rudder to its
commanded position, which, if combined with an engine failure
during takeoff or go around, could result in lossof control of the
airplane. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe
AD NUMBER: 2004-08-18
MANUFACTURER: AvCraft Aerospace GmbH
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-08-18
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Dornier Model 328-300 series
airplanes, that currently requires repetitive inspections of motive
flow check valves and adjacent parts for fuel leaks, and
replacement of the valves if leaks are detected. This amendment
requires new repetitive engine operational tests. This amendment
also requires replacement of the motive flow check valves with new
parts, which would constitute terminating action for the repetitive
inspections and engine operational tests. The actions specified by
this AD are intended to prevent leakage of fuel from the motive
AD NUMBER: 2004-08-17
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-08-17
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models
208 and 208B airplanes. This AD requires you to inspect any upper
and lower wing strut attach fitting nut for existence of the
corresponding cotter pin and do any necessary corrective action.
This AD is the result of a report of one airplane having loose and
improperly tied nuts on the wing struts upper attachment bolts. We
are issuing this AD to detect and correct loose and improperly tied
nuts on the wing struts, which could result in an attachment nut
coming off the bolt. This could lead to the failu