On 06 March 2005, Air Transat Flight 961, an Airbus 310-308,
Canadian registration C-GPAT, serial number 597, lost the major
part of its rudder while in flight from Varadero, Cuba, to Quebec
City, Canada. The flight returned to Varadero where an uneventful
landing was carried out.
They're Standing In The Way Of Branson's Virgin Galactic
Burt Rutan is a little peeved these days, put off by rules that
govern the export of technology from the United States. Those rules
could very well delay the launch of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin
Galactic, an enterprise aimed at putting big money passengers into
"I've been hit, Arnie! Radio in I've been shot."
That's what Clay County, MO, pilot Mike Spicer remembers shouting
across the cockpit of his Cessna 150 last Friday as he helped law
officers search for a man who fled a traffic stop. Spicer, who runs
the airport in Clay County, has helped law enforcement by flying
airborne search missions several times in his 35 years as a pilot.
But, he said, this is the first time anyone ever took a shot at
Embraer has finally started talking, publicly,
about strengthening its position in the business aviation
market with new products and services -- including the first
concrete details about their much-rumored VLJ.
Saying there is no crisis in the Aviation Trust Fund, National
Air Traffic Controllers Association Executive Vice President Ruth
Marlin told the House Aviation Subcommittee Wednesday that "we
should not underestimate the strength of the current Federal
Aviation Administration funding system and we should not tamper
with it lightly."
Coyne Testifies Before House Aviation Subcommittee
At a US House of Representatives committee hearing on the
financial condition of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund Wednesday,
NATA President James K. Coyne warned of the adverse effects that
altering the funding stream for the trust fund could have on
general aviation and other aviation businesses.
There are only four B-36 Peacemakers left in the world and the
Air Force has decided one of those precious few will soon be
leaving Fort Worth, TX. Sometime in the next few months, the
massive warbird will be packed up and trucked out to Arizona, where
it will take up residence at the Pima Air and Space Museum.
On April 29, Osprey No. 24 returned to NAS Patuxent River
following its second six-month season of icing tests around
Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pilots for the transit were Maj. Frank
Conway, USMC, and Maj. Steve Augustine, USMC. Flight test engineer
Jason Patterson performed crew chief duties.
Preflight, preflight, preflight... this could have turned out a
lot worse than it seems to have. Every fuel stop is an opportunity
to make sure your airplane is airworthy... but also creates the
possibility of hazards induced as a function of
By ANN Contributor Jon Thornburgh
A new trike handbook received wide acclaim at the April 2005 Sun
'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. The book was available at the
Air Creation display in the ultralight area.
By ANN Contributor Patrick Puckett
Since I do the engineering and oversee and manage the
maintenance of about 70 various items of equipment (most of it
diesel) and our shop handles almost every bit of maintenance
including complete overhauls. And, oh yes, I am the company
pilot... which now brings us to diesel powered aircraft.
"In fact, if you grounded general aviation tomorrow, the cost of
the system would not go down appreciably."
Source: NBAA President Ed Bolin, in an interview
with ANN after completing his testimony against user fees before
the House Aviation Subcommittee. Bolen was one of four alphabet
group leaders to testify before the subcommittee. All warned that
attempts to tamper with the way the Aviation Trust is funded is
ill-advised. They also warned members of the committee that user
fees would defeat efforts to make aviation safer and more