An R44 Raven II helicopter piloted by Quentin Smith and co-pilot
Steve Brooks landed at the South Pole on January 18, 2005. This was
another historic first for the two British pilots, as they were the
first to land an R44 helicopter at the North Pole in June 2002.
Congress continues focus on security Aviation not alone in the
spotlight during Chertoff confirmation hearing Yesterday was Tom
Ridge's last day as Secretary of Homeland Security. Today his
likely successor, federal appeals court Judge Michael Chertoff,
confidently told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security what
things would be like on his watch. AOPA legislative affairs staff
present at the hearing report that Chertoff said it was important
that the department not focus on just one segment like aviation
while ignoring significant problems in other areas, such as the
vulnerability of the nation's seaports.
Seven people are dead in the wake of a crash involving an
Ilyushin IL-76 near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum Thursday.
Among the dead were six Russians and one Sudanese. Sudanese
officials praised the flight crew, saying they went to
extraordinary lengths to avoid going down in a populated area.
When you're flying at 47,000 and you suddenly lose cabin
pressure -- that's bad. And that's just what happened to adventurer
Steve Fossett as he was ferrying the Rutan Global Flyer from
Mojave, CA, to its start/finish point at Salina, KS. But thanks to
a quick-thinking, resourceful engineer at Kansas State University,
Fossett and Flyer are flying again.
The fate of the much-acclaimed Hubble Space Telescope no longer
rests in the hands of mission managers at NASA. It reportedly rests
instead in the hands of NASA accountants, whose system of
prioritizing has been referred to as "Byzantine."
Mexican Officials: "There Is A Demand For Precisely This Type
Handing over the certificate to Kamov's President and General
Designer Sergey Mikheev, Pedro Cerisola y Weber, Mexican
Communications and Transport Minister, said: "I thank you for
opening doors to Mexico for Ka-32. I do trust that this helicopter
will help build Mexico as a country with competitive economy."
US airlines experienced a higher rate of flight delays, more
reports of mishandled baggage and a higher number of complaints
about airline service in 2004 than in 2003, according to the US
Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Air Travel Consumer
Report which was issued today. However, the performance figures for
2004 were better than those for most previous years.
Warbird Adventures is living up to its name. For years they have
been the place to go for both pilot and non-pilot alike to fly an
authentic WWII T-6/SNJ advanced fighter trainer. The adventure also
included flights in their Bell 47 MASH helicopter over the sites of
Central Florida's attractions. Warbird Adventures is adding
complete-start to finish flight training in the Bell 47 to their
school of higher education for the pilot who wants to do and know
more. What will set Warbird Adventures' program apart from others
is that after the student pilot has successfully completed the
course work and required flight training time, they will be able to
rent the Bell 47 for SOLO flight.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered two huge
intergalactic clouds of diffuse hot gas. These clouds are the best
evidence yet that a vast cosmic web of hot gas contains the
long-sought missing matter - about half of the atoms and ions in
Book By Phil Croucher
Ever felt like you needed a law degree to understand the Federal
Aviation Regulations (FARs)? Well, Phil Croucher has written a
plain-language FAR book that is much more understandable than the
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has announced
that they, together with the American Association of Airport
Executives (AAAE), will be hosting their third FBO Symposium during
the NATA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, March
10, 2005. The past two FBO Symposiums were hosted by AAAE in 2001
Becomes Business Operations Vice President At
Lockheed Martin has named Leonard Hicks as Vice President of
Business Operations for its Simulation, Training & Support
operating unit. Hicks will oversee business matters relating to
accounting, compliance, contracting, facilities, financial systems,
planning and property management.
"We will certainly encourage Judge Chertoff to point Homeland
Security at the areas where there are truly significant threats to
Americans, because tonight, with the Washington ADIZ closed for the
State of the Union address, and TFRs popping up across the nation
the rest of the week for the President's travels, general aviation
feels like it remains in the spotlight. And we have demonstrated
over and over that our small, slow aircraft aren't the real
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, speaking
earlier this week on the nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge
Michael Chertoff to replace Tom Ridge as Secretary of Homeland
Security. Chertoff could be confirmed by the Senate as early as