Good grief... not only do we have to contend with the worst
whims of Mother Nature several times a year, but for some reason
she seems intent in picking on some of the coolest airports on the
face of the planet.
Astronaut Gene Cernan and legendary pilots Scott Crossfield and
Bob Hoover will present the 2005 Combs Award during the Opening
General Session of the National Business Aviation Association
(NBAA) 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005) on
Wednesday, November 9, in Orlando, FL.
The US Marine Corps has accepted delivery of the first
much-modified AH-1Z Cobra and UH-1Y helicopters to enter the Naval
Air Systems Command fleet. The two Bell aircraft are part of the
Marine's H-1 Upgrade Program, and will now be transferred to Naval
Air Station Patuxent River, MD, to begin Operational Evaluation
(OPEVAL) testing and training.
Statewide Rollout of New Technology Expected by 2009
The state of Pennsylvania has announced steps to make air travel
safer and more efficient by adopting a recommendation from the
Governor's Aviation Advisory Committee to begin using new
technology at its airports.
How Did Airports, Installations, Planes Fare Under Wilma?
Hurricane Wilma struck near Ft. Meyers and blasted across
Florida today, passing out into the Atlantic near Hobe Sound in
Palm Beach County. But our interest, as always, is in the aviation
angle. We've heard there's a hangar down in Boca Raton with damage
to the planes inside, and we've heard of planes damaged in other
As Nigerians began a three-day mourning period Monday for the
117 victims of this weekend's downing of Bellview Airlines Flight
210, crews at the accident scene searched for any clue they could
find that could shed light on what brought the B737 down. Word came
early Monday the aircraft's flight data recorders had been located,
although that story was later rebuked by the Nigerian Civil
Northwest Airlines has resumed hiring permanent replacements for
striking Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association members following
the union's refusal last week to put the latest contract offer to a
vote, after the airline allegedly inserted new language into the
previously agreed-upon written offer.
Company Announces First Seven Stops On National Tour
If there's anyone out there who hasn't yet heard of the Eclipse
500, Eclipse Aviation is doing all it can to bring their new Very
Light Jet to your attention. The company has announced
the first seven stops in a planned nationwide tour promoting the
airplane, expected to become the first certified VLJ to reach the
Renovation Of USAF Hangar May Lead To Air Taxi Service... It
May Not, Too
A remnant of the Cold War may soon give way to the future of
general aviation, as ground was broken this weekend on a $2 million
"ground-breaking, skin-changing" renovation project at Westover
"Maverick, You Are NOT Cleared To Buzz The Tower!"
For at least one man, the sight of US Navy pilot Richard Webb
buzzing the runway at San Luis Obispo Regional Airport in his F-18
Super Hornet was all in good fun, or even inspirational. For
others, including Webb himself, it has ignited a firestorm of
"The highlight of my day would be when a military fighter jet
seemingly appeared out of nowhere and made a high-speed low pass
over the runway. Talk about motivation."
Source: Former Navy Pilot Richard Webb, in an
email defending his January 21 flyby over San Luis Obispo Regional
Airport in an F-18 Hornet. According to media reports, Webb flew
the fighter less than 100 feet above the main runway, at speeds
approaching 650 mph. Webb lost his Navy wings over the incident,
although many supporters have defended his actions as
inspirational, and in good fun.