Glitch In Aceh Tsunami Relief Airlift Put Right -- By Airlifted
Last Wednesday we told you about the water buffalo (in some wire
stories, a less-exotic "cow"-- hey, we went with the waterboo) that
got onto a runway at Aceh in the tidal wave-flattened isle of
Sumatra, Indonesia. As you might expect for any incident in which a
two-ton animal tangles with a good-sized jet transport, everybody
loses -- the critter (maybe the confusion on species came about
because of the state it was left in by the jet's turbofans?), the
jet, which suffered at least a main landing gear failure, but most
of all the people of the battered region.
The Great Lakes International Aviation Conference will host the
premier Airport Managers and FBO Expo, Jan. 20 - 22, 2005, at The
Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. A new Thursday, Friday,
Saturday format at the 2005 GLIAC will see an important addition to
this fifth annual aviation event-the Airport Managers and FBO Expo.
The Expo will be the focus of the day on Thursday and will continue
Worried About The Future, Flight Cadet? Analysts Say...
Pilot recruitment on the part of the airlines was better last
year than in 2003 -- but still not great. But take heart. At least
some of the people who watch the people who hire people in this
business say things are looking up.
You know the drill: your first flying job is a time-builder --
such as flying a traffic reporter around town every morning and
every afternoon. Then you move up to the small freight company.
Then a bigger freight company. Then you hire on at a regional
airline. Then flying regionals for a bigger airline. Finally,
you're in -- a full-blown, grown-up, big-iron airline pilot.
Sunstate Rotor Club Recovering From the Hurricane Season
If you wanted to see a sad face, you could have visited
Wauchula, Florida (KCHN), the home of the Sunstate Rotor Club,
right after Hurricane Charley in August. The glum members of the
club thought they'd have to cancel the club's flagship event,
Bensen Days, which takes place in April. There was no thought at
all that they might be able to run their next most popular event,
the New Year's Weekend Fly-In.
In an age where wars are fought with pinpoint accuracy and
lowering "collateral damage" is one of the main operational goals,
it sometimes escapes us that mistakes can and do happen. Such was
apparently the case in northern Iraq over the weekend, where an
F-16 dropped a satellite-guided munition on the wrong house,
killing five Iraqis inside.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes
pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the
part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were
all designated Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the
European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) are pleased to
announce that European Business Aviation Convention &
Exhibition (EBACE) dates have been confirmed for 2006 through 2009
at the Geneva Palexpo Conference Center. EBACE is the only European
exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation.
The Finnish Aviation Academy, Pori, Finland, has received FNPT
II approval for their two Frasca A36 Bonanza devices and STD 2A and
FNPT II MCC approval on their King Air device. The Bonanza devices
include Computer Generated Instruments, CGI, and 220-degree visual
systems. The King Air also includes Enhanced Ground Proximity
Warning System (EGPWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS),
and Weather Radar.
Avtech Corporation announced today that it has been selected by
Boeing to provide a Flight Deck Communications System (FDCS) for
the E-3 AWACS Block 40-45 upgrade. The system will be comprised of
an Audio Management Unit, Flight Deck Interface Unit and four Audio
Control Panels. The system interfaces with an Audio Switching Unit
(ASU) in the mission area of the aircraft facilitating flight
deck-to-mission area communications.
Aerial mapping company BlueSky Monday launched Point-Z, a
national database of land and building height measurements that
holds the height above sea level for any given point in Great
Britain. Point-Z comprises a grid of billions of survey points
collected every 5 meters or less using sophisticated remote sensing
technology. Height accuracy varies from less than 1 meter to as
little as 5 centimeters for selected areas such as high-risk flood
plains and coastal zones.
Pemco Aviation Group, Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Company
(TAECO), and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company
(STAECO) signed an agreement in Jinan on January 7th establishing a
cargo conversion partnership for China and the Asia Pacific region.
Under the agreement, the companies will jointly market freighter
conversions and perform conversions at TAECO / STAECO's facilities
"We were setting all-time highs and all-time records a couple of
years back, but then 9/11 happened and the industry started having
problems. But recovery from all that has bottomed out and now we
are back on the increase."
Source: UAL Captain Kit Darby, in an interview
with the Chicago Tribune. Darby runs Aviation Information Resources
and is a frequent contributor to ANN.
AD NUMBER: 2005-01-12
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-12
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF,
and -200CB series airplanes, that requires an inspection of certain
ball screws of the trailing edge flap system to find their part
numbers, and replacement of the ball screws with new, serviceable,
or modified ball screws if necessary.