As Hurricane Gustav moves closer to the Gulf Coast of the United
States, Civil Air Patrol members are making preparations to
safeguard CAP assets and preparing to respond to requests for
assistance after the storm makes landfall.
Pilot Keeps Crash Wreckage Out Of Relatives' Sights
It was a small gesture... the type that usually goes unreported.
In the aftermath of last week's devastating crash of a Spanair
MD-80 in Madrid, however, even the smallest gestures of kindness
Malaysia Airlines subsidiaries MASwings and Firefly celebrated
the delivery of the first ATR 72-500 for MASwings, and the second
ATR 72-500 of Firefly, in a joint ceremony held at the ATR Final
Assembly Line in Toulouse.
Look Ma... no control linkages! Two days after the helicopter
the first flight of its X2 Technology Demonstrator
rotorcraft, Sikorsky said Friday it completed the
first flight of its UH-60M Upgrade Black Hawk helicopter...
currently the only fly-by-wire rotary wing aircraft in flight test
development within the Department of the Army.
Pilots, Flight Attendants And Ground Workers Join Forces To
While unions at American Airlines have generally enjoyed good
relations with each other, in recent years each major labor group
has flown solo in efforts to recoup wages and benefit cuts. Three
of those unions -- the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the
Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and the
Transport Workers Union (TWU) -- have now pledged to combine
efforts to obtain new contracts for their members.
Latest Reorg Proposal Calls For Merger With Air One SpA
The buzzards have been circling over
struggling Italian flag carrier Alitalia SpA for some time... and
on Friday, airline executives capitulated to the inevitable, and
filed for insolvency and protection from their creditors.
The Brevard County Commission has spoken. Following decades of
rancorous conduct -- and next to nothing in the way of actual
progress -- the Valkaria Airport Advisory Board was disbanded
Thursday, by a 3-2 commission vote.
Behind Modern Crash Investigations, With Author George Bibel --
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In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights March
on Washington, on Thursday Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President and CEO
of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Project Foundation, Inc., announced The Boeing Company will donate
$1 million toward building a lasting Memorial to Dr. King on the
Airline's Latest 737-800 Christened 'Spirit Of Seattle'
Good riddance to old Mad-Dogs. On Thursday, Alaska Airlines
completed its transition to an all-Boeing 737 aircraft fleet with
the retirement of its last MD-80 series airplane, part of a ramped-up plan to increase
the airline's operational efficiency and improve fuel
Continental Airlines announced Thursday travel options for
customers whose flight plans may be affected by Tropical Storm
Gustav, which is expected to develop into a major hurricane over
the weekend, with the US Gulf Coast squarely in its sights.
Reader Plates Offers 13,000+ FAA/NACO Approaches For Sony
Widespread availability of inexpensive electronic book readers
and high-speed Internet connections have opened the door for a wave
of new electronic charting options for pilots. Austin, TX-based
Reader Plates takes advantage of those technologies, to offer GA
pilots a convenient low-cost solution for carrying and updating
instrument approach charts.
Technology Solutions Group Will Be Run By Dr. Gregory
Global defense technology developer QinetiQ North America,
announced Thursday its Technology Solutions Group (TSG) has
appointed Dr. Gregory Duckworth as its first Director of Advanced
Research and Development. Duckworth will be responsible for
identifying critical user needs and developing the technologies,
industry partnerships, and business opportunities to address
May Affect United, American, And Southwest Over Holiday
If you want to make a point about labor... what better time to
get your message heard than just before Labor Day? Airline service
workers representing the 2,500 employees who provide services from
'curb to cabin' at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) walked
off the job at 1:30 pm Thursday, in response to what they term
contractors' civil rights abuses and failure to bargain in good
Chalk one up for the nation's airlines, who -- aided by the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey and NY Senator Chuck Schumer,
among others -- have apparently succeeded in forcing the FAA to
retreat from its plan for slot auctions at the busiest US airports.
How long that victory will last, though, is open to speculation and
Proposed Contract Raises Pay 11 Percent Over Three Years; Union
Vote Comes Next Week
It's in the union's hands now. On Thursday, Boeing presented its
"best and final" contract offer to almost 27,000 employees
represented by the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.
Nearly 5,000 members of the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Wichita and Salina, KS have
reason to celebrate this Labor Day weekend. They'll soon return to
work at Hawker Beechcraft, after winning a new contract that
increases pay by four percent each year, while preserving health
care benefits and the rights of new hires.
While the US domestic airlines use their creativity to find new
ways to strip down service, foreign airlines buying the Airbus A380
superjumbo are working on suites with double beds, and first-class
bathrooms with showers. After all, airliner with almost 50 percent
more cabin space than a Boeing 747 was bound to become a designer's
The Bristol Aero Collection is a museum dedicated to the
preservation and display of artefacts of the Bristol Aeroplane
Company, and its sister companies. On display are aircraft,
engines, missiles, spacecraft, road transport and many more items
designed and built in Bristol in the last century.
"The bill is now due. Either we commit to a decade-long
defense recapitalization and modernization, or we resign ourselves
to a diminutive role on the world stage."
Source: From a briefing paper created by the
Aerospace Industries Association, calling on the next President of
the United States to launch a multi-billion-dollar, decade-long
military modernization drive... or face a loss of US ability to
protect its interests worldwide. Marion Blakey, who segued from the
end of her term as FAA Administrator to become AIA's president and
CEO last year, said Russia's invasion of Georgia supports the
report's underlying premise.
AD NUMBER: 2008-17-15
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-15
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700,-800, and -900 series
AD NUMBER: PL2008-18-52
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2008-18-52
SUMMARY: This superseding Emergency Airworthiness
Directive (EAD) is prompted by two incidents of impaired
AD NUMBER: 2008-17-16
MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-16
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain transport category airplanes identified above.