Teledyne Continental Motors has issued its first revision to a
Mandatory Service Bulletin issued last month, calling for
replacement of certain cylinders. The updated MSB adds 300
additional cylinders, manufactured since August 2006... 15 months
longer than the original timeline.
Lack Of Equipment, Inspectors May Prevent Full Screening By
An ambitious plan by the Transportation Security Administration
to screen all 7.6 billion pounds of cargo transported annually on
passenger airliners may come up short, according to a Government
Accountability Office study.
US scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.9 percent fewer
workers in January 2009 than in January 2008, reports the US
Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation
Statistics (BTS). That was the seventh consecutive decrease in
full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled
passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year and the
largest year-to-year decrease since December 2003.
Secretary Of The Army, Former Team Members Gather At Fort
The Golden Knights, the US Army's official parachute
demonstration team, kicked off their 50th anniversary this wek
during a special ceremony that celebrated the team's half century
of serving the country as Army ambassadors while also representing
more than one million American Soldiers.
The group at Airfarewatchdog.com warns the traveling public of
recent changes to fee structures that indicate the economy
continues to impact major airline operations. Despite recent
headlines about the disappearance of some unpopular fees, airlines
continue to charge fees for booking flights, checking bags, using
frequent flier miles, and flying with pets and minors.
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Five Carriers Share Antitrust Info With DOT On Request
They have nothing to hide... and they want the US Department of
Transportation to know it. On Friday, five "oneworld" alliance
airlines seeking global antitrust immunity responded to a request
for additional information from the DOT, regarding their plans to
form a massive trans-Atlantic alliance.
A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope offers a rare
view of an imminent collision between the cores of two merging
galaxies, each powered by a black hole with millions of times the
mass of the sun.
AgustaWestland announced this week its AW109 Power Level D Full
Flight Simulator, located at the Alessandro Marchetti Training
Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy, has received Brazilian
Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC)
Coalition jet fighters shot down an Iranian drone that was
hovering over Iraq late last month, Multinational Force Iraq
officials confirmed Monday. The incident occurred February 25,
about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, officials said.
We're not out of this recession yet... and Cessna recently
announced it will further cut back production of its highest-dollar
aircraft, as the US economy continues through a "difficult and
After being caught off guard last week,
officials at NASA kept close track Monday of yet another chunk of
space trash that threatened to come uncomfortably close to the
International Space Station, as the shuttle Discovery maneuvered to
a Tuesday rendezvous with the orbital outpost.
Before the Hudson River
ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 on January
15, the following news item probably wouldn't have made many
headlines. A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta made a
precautionary landing back at Louis Armstrong International Airport
in New Orleans Monday morning, after striking a bird on climbout
Carriers Say Change Is Needed... But Process Must Be
In the face of considerable resistance and a threatened lawsuit
from the airlines, the FAA has backed down on imposing new crew
rest requirements for long-haul flights until a formal rulemaking
process can be conducted.
2009 Wing Commanders Course To Be Held At End Of Month
Top Civil Air Patrol members will increase their sophistication
as leaders of the future, thanks to the 2009 Wing Commanders Course
to be held March 29-April 4 at CAP National Headquarters, at
Maxwell AFB in Alabama.
EMS Now Approved For Socatas, Mooneys, Grummans, And
The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted approval to
New York-based Xerion Avionix LLC for installation of the AuRACLE
CRM series Engine Management Systems into all 4 & 6-cylinder
Mooney, Grumman, Rockwell Commander, Socata, and Extra
Now Making 2,900-Mile Cross-Country Journey From UT To KSC
The final pieces of the Ares I-X flight test rocket left the
Alliant Tech Systems manufacturing facility in Promontory, UT
Thursday and began a 2,917-mile journey to its launch site at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This group is made of retired McDonnell Engineers, most of whom
began their careers at MAC either on the F101, F3H or F4H programs.
They worked together on those programs as well as the DC-10, F15,
F18 and AV8 programs. They get together once a month for lunch
maintaining a camaraderie that they shared for years as Teammates
"As you are well aware, the global economy remains
unstable and the international community faces tremendous
challenges. While these steps have been painful for us all, they
Source: Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, in a memo
Friday to workers stating the planemaker will scale back production
of its Citation CJ, Sovereign and Citation X bizjets at its main
Wichita production facility. In the coming weeks, Cessna also plans
to announce furloughs for some workers on those production lines...
on top of the 4,600 layoffs previously announced by the
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