It may not carry quite the cachet within aviation circles of the
Collier Trophy, but Eclipse
Aviation isn't complaining. The company told ANN this week that the
Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Eclipse with a 2007
Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for the development of the
PhostrEx Fire Suppression System.
Aero-News received word Thursday the 114-passenger Embraer 190
twin jet has received its first ETOPS approval from the FAA. The
aircraft obtained the same rating from ANAC (Agência Nacional
da Aviação Civil), the Brazilian aviation authority,
two weeks ago.
After a somewhat rocky gestation period, on Wednesday the first
flight operating under the Compass Airlines banner carried 43
passengers from Washington Dulles International to Minneapolis...
and did so two minutes ahead of schedule.
Military Deserters Attempted To Hijack Flight Out Of Cuba
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 05.03.07 1620 EDT: At least
one of three military draftees who fled from a Cuban military base
this week is dead, following a shootout with police Thursday
morning on the ramp at José Martí International
Airport. The group allegedly attempted to commandeer a flight out
Panama's Copa Airlines placed an order this week for four Boeing
737-800 airplanes, in a deal valued at approximately $282 million
at list prices. The order brings to 34 the number of
Next-Generation 737s Copa has ordered.
Shared Ownership Program Lands At Three SoCal Airports
AirShares Elite told ANN this week about the opening of the
shared ownership operaton's first West Coast-based operation,
located in the metro Los Angeles area. AirShares Elite has selected
the John Wayne-Orange County, Santa Monica, and Van Nuys airports
to launch the western expansion of its popular aircraft shared
Today, ANN's Paul Plack discusses the conversion of the former
Plattsburgh Air Force Base into Plattsburgh International Airport
with Gary Douglas, President of the Plattsburgh-North Country
Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Santa Monica, CA and the FAA are at odds after the
airport commission voted unanimously last week to cordon off nearly
1,200 feet of runway, ostensibly to enhance safety at Santa Monica
Municipal Airport... despite an FAA 'suggestion' the city reduce by
half the 900 feet of recommended safety area.
Says Congress Would Still Have Power Over What FAA Could
Do With Fee Revenue
In a telephone conversation with Aero-News last week,
representatives with the Federal Aviation Administration rebuked
many of the points presented by the Alliance for Aviation Across
America, in that group's rebuttal to the FAA's policy document released April
23 on the subject of user fees. Over the next several
days, ANN will present those arguments, and the FAA's contrasting
position on each issue.
Board Says "Critical Safety Issue" Exists With TCAS
In response to last year's midair collision over Brazil
involving a private Embraer Legacy 600 business jet, and a Gol
Airlines 737, on Wednesday the National Transportation Safety Board
issued three safety recommendations geared at solving what the
Board calls a "critical safety issue" when traffic collision
avoidance systems (TCAS) fail, without the flight crew's
Fresh out of bankruptcy, Delta Air Lines is wasting little time
in its attempt to reconnect with passengers, seeking to attract the
support of undecided travelers while holding onto its faithful
The University of Arizona in Tucson is preparing to launch a
Mars probe in August, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center... and the
craft will have much to prove. Mars missions have held more than
their share of disappointments lately.
The Lindbergh Foundation told ANN this week of a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for pilots and aviation enthusiasts
nationwide. In connection with the Foundation's 30th annual
Lindbergh Award Celebration, a silent auction will be held for a
dream-day with John and Martha King, founders of King Schools,
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a
probable cause report, stating a Northwest Airlines captain's
decision to shut down the left engine on a DC-9 was responsible for
the jet's May 2005 ground collision with a Northwest Airbus A319 at
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Source: Jesse Champion, one of five people
killed in the April 22 crash of a Beechcraft Baron 58 near
Hamilton, GA. Friends of the pilot say Champion had talked of
rolling his Baron, similar to a Beech 18 pilot's performance at the
recent Lakeland Fly-In.