FAA Administrator Marion Blakey spoke to a crowd of passionate
aviators Wednesday while introducing a new security program and
holding firm to some less popular positions. Specifically, general
aviation pilots still face medical restrictions and the potential
of user fees in the future.
Where Governments Failed, Relatives And Friends Succeed
After the Canadian government said it could find no trace of a
deHavilland Beaver that went down off of Quadra Island near
Vancouver, British Columbia last February, Lilianne Langevin, Kevin
Decock and other relatives of the five victims on board simply
couldn't stand it. They needed closure.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
has announced that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action
from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned
to their families for burial with full military honors.
Tiger Aircraft LLC announces the appointment of Tule River
Aero-Industries (TRAI) as the authorized Tiger Sales and Service
Center for sales and customer product support on the West Coast for
the Tiger AG-5B aircraft.
Vertical Aviation Technologies, Inc. of Orlando, Florida has
announced a recent change in the price of the Hummingbird four
place helicopter kit. The Hummingbird is being offered for a
limited time at a price of $123,750.00.
From Space, Shuttle Commander Reflects On Return To Flight
"On the evening of our first day in space aboard the Space
Shuttle Discovery," Discovery Commander Eileen Collins from orbit
Tuesday night, "the STS-114 crew would like to send our thanks to
the teams who've worked so hard over the past two and a half years
to return the fleet to orbit. Our thanks go out to all the
managers, the engineers, the technicians and everyone. Give
yourselves a pat on the back. This is work well done."
On behalf of all Americans, I wish the crew of the Space Shuttle
Discovery a safe and successful mission. Today's launch marks
NASA's return to flight following the tragic loss of the Space
Shuttle Columbia crew in February 2003...
This month's series of airshow tragedies has just added another
soul to the roster. A North American P-51 Mustang, reported in
general media as a D model bird, was lost during the Tuesday
afternoon warbird fly-bys at the Oshkosh EAA Airshow.
ANN Flies The Eclipse 500... and The Eclipse Lives
AVIO... Its genius is not necessarily in what it does, but
rather the manner in which it does its job. Eclipse's Matt Brown,
AVIO Project Manager, briefed ANN for a number of hours on the
capability and operability of AVIO.
Columbia Aircraft’s service network, Columbia Aircraft
Repair and Maintenance Associates (CARMA), has dramatically
increased in size this month providing Columbia owners more
convenient access to factory-authorized maintenance and repair
Lycoming Engines is offering will free training sessions in
piston engine care and maintenance at its booth during EAA
AirVenture. The training schedule will include two daily
demonstrations in general maintenance procedures and will include
instruction on engine assembly and disassembly.
Sikorsky Aircraft continues to expand the S-92 flight envelope
with new flight manual procedures for European offshore operations
that allow the aircraft to either land safely on the helideck or
continue flight if an engine is lost during takeoff or landing.
By John Dorcey
The count stands at seven so far and hey, who knows, there may
be one or two more out there - anyone have a 727 available for a
flight to Oshkosh? Greg Herrick provides four examples of classic
"It's time for you to return to flight. Our hopes and
prayers go with you... See you in a couple
Source: A NASA staffer, communicating with the
crew of STS-114, as it prepared for its launch into orbit... the
first since the loss of the Shuttle Columbia over two years