Forty California pilots were charged with making false
statements to a government agency or similar charges Monday.
Officials allege that the pilots in question concealed serious
medical conditions, in many cases while collecting disability
Two aviators were hospitalized in serious condition at a
California hospital Tuesday morning after their F/A-18F collided
with an E-model over the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. The
search continued Tuesday morning for the pilot of the E-model.
But It Requires GA Security Review
The US Senate passed the Department of Homeland Security
appropriations bill late Thursday night -- without an amendment
that would have imposed severe fines, extended loss of flying
privileges, and aircraft confiscation for violating the flight
restricted zone (FRZ) inside the Washington, DC, Air Defense
Identification Zone (ADIZ).
The intruder walked onto the runway brazenly, as if it cared
nothing for the aircraft that might be landing at the airport in
Watertown, NY. But when a US Airways Express commuter aircraft
approached, the intruder apparently stopped cold like a deer
in the headlights (well, landing lights, but we're going for a
certain effect here).
Look For Another Fuel Tank Test Between Now And Then
The space shuttle Discovery won't be flying this week. That word
comes from NASA, where a spokesman told reporters the massive
orange fuel tank may have to be tested again before the orbiter is
cleared for liftoff.
Aloft Technologies will add stereo sound to the list of benefits
provided by their headsets in time for the EAA AirVenture Fly-In
taking place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 25- 31. Previously the
Clarity Aloft headsets were offered in monaural only.
No, Paul Revere doesn't need to ride through the streets of
Oshkosh shouting it out. It's obvious that the British (and
everyone else) are coming -- by Air. People from all over the world
will be there to see the latest and greatest in aviation. And Yes,
ANN will be there to cover it all... as ONLY ANN
The National Museum of Naval Aviation has a Finnish Brewster
Buffalo in its possession, and the Fins want it back. The airplane
had ditched into a Russian lake in 1942 and was recovered in the
1990s by an American businessman.
New BAE Systems Typhoon project pilot Will Jonas was not only
one of the first RAF pilots to fly the new-generation, multi-role
fighter, he was also honored in the Queen’s Birthday Honors
List last month, for his role in development of the aircraft which
will provide a cornerstone of the UK’s defence capabilities
for the next 30+ years.
National Transportation Safety Board Member Richard F. Healing
has announced his retirement from government service. He will leave
his position as Member of the National Transportation Safety Board
on August 1st.
Northrop Grumman's prototype of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned
aerial reconnaissance system reached its 7,000th total flight hour
on June 22 during a combat mission supporting the global war on
terrorism. The US Air Force's fleet of Global Hawk unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAVs) has now flown more than 4,300 hours in combat.
Jeppesen says it's recently started adding lightning weather
maps to its lineup of weather products. The lightning data is
provided by the US Precision Lightning Network (USPLN), a
partnership between TOA Systems and Weather Decisions Technologies
(WDT). TOA Systems designed, built and installed the lightning
sensors, and WDT distributes the data and provides applications
that display the data.
Steve Hampton, associate dean for research in the College of
Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach,
FL, has been appointed to the management council of the Next
Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) Institute. The
institute was created by the Federal Aviation Administration to
assist the federal government as it defines and implements a new
air traffic control system.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $4.6 million contract to
supply turnkey installation of a Raytheon airport surveillance
radar (ASR) for Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas,
Venezuela. Consorcio Hardwell Computer, Inc. of Caracas is the
prime contractor for the project. Maiquetia Simon Bolivar
International Airport, known as the "doorway to South America," is
the primary airport for the Caracas region.
"Pilots understand the need for a twenty-first-century FSS
system and the need to significantly reduce the costs of providing
that service. They understand that ultimately a few hundred people
might lose jobs but have a hard time trading that off for the needs
of more than 600,000 pilots."
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer during a town
hall meeting, talking about FSS modernization.