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July 04, 2004

MedJets Air Ambulance Crashes in Panama City Airport

An 1979 model IAI-1124 Westwind jet registered to MedJets crashed into an airport hangar at Tocumen International Airport at Panama City airport in Panama during takeoff Friday and burst into flames, killing seven people.

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Exclusive Interview with ALA Founder Ernesto Rois-Mendez

On June 15, ANN Publisher Jim Campbell and Associate Editor Juan Jimenez attended ALA's conference at the Radisson Miami Hotel and Convention next to the Miami International Airport. We were granted an exclusive interview with ALA President and Founder Ernesto Rois-Mendez. This is the second and final part of this interview.

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Five Air Tankers to Return to Service

Five P-3 Orion air tankers that had recently been grounded have passed FAA inspections and will return to flight status on Monday. The five aircraft are owned by Aero Union Corp. and were among the total of 33 aircraft that were grounded in May due to airworthiness concerns. 

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Russian Families Sue US Companies for Plane Crash

The families of six Russians who perished as a result of a mid-air collision over Germany have decided to sue Honeywell and other aviation equipment manufacturers in the US, blaming the TCAS systems on both aircraft for the crash that killed 71 people in 2002.

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First Twister Kit in North America Flies

On June 29th the Twister kit plane serial no. 5, was awarded its Airworthiness Certification. The next day, June 30, 2004 and three months after getting the go ahead for building to begin, Mike Friend, kit owner, took the Twister on its first flight.

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V22 Osprey Completes Phase IV of Sea Trials

On June 29 the V-22 Integrated Test Team completed Phase IV of the Osprey's shipboard suitability testing, the fifth of six at-sea periods the tiltrotor will go through during the aircraft's developmental testing. 

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Embry-Riddle Career Expo On Track

More than 100 employers in aviation/aerospace, business, engineering, and high-technology are expected to be on hand to talk with jobseekers at the 2004-2005 Industry/Career Expos at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's two residential campuses.

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Alaska TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/6376  Issued:  07/03/2004 02:44  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  23 MILES NORTH OF FAIRBANKS, AK.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/6365  Issued:  07/02/2004 22:24  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  KERNY, ARIZONA.

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Nevada TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/6372  Issued:  07/02/2004 23:27  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NV  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  VERDI, NV.

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Alaska TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/6261  Issued:  07/01/2004 20:34  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  DELTA JUNCTION, AK. 

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Florida TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/6383  Issued:  07/03/2004 16:19  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  OCALA, FL.

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Oklahoma TFR: 7/4/04

NOTAM:  4/6289  Issued:  07/02/2004 13:45  Effective:  07/04/2004 20:00 - 07/04/2004 23:59  State:  OK  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  TINKER AIR FORCE BASE,OK.

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West Virginia TFR: 7/4/04

NOTAM:  4/6364  Issued:  07/02/2004 22:01  Effective:  07/04/2004 14:05 - 07/04/2004 18:55  State:  VA  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, JULY 4, 2004 LOCAL.

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Pennsylvania TFR: 7/4/04

NOTAM:  4/6325  Issued:  07/02/2004 17:33  Effective:  07/04/2004 13:00 - 07/04/2004 17:00  State:  PA  Facility:  ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY.  Type:  VIP  Description:  PHILADELPHIA, PA, JULY 4, 2004.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (07.04.04)

"It is hard, because we get so many invitations and we simply cannot accept them all, or be part of all of them. That is the biggest challenge, to be able to do the many things that the people who appreciate us would like to see us do. We are pretty high on the learning curve, and of course we will never stop learning, but we've been doing this for ten years now and we know what we are doing. I am not concerned for the health of the organization, it will be healthy and it will stay there. We may not be very profitable, but that's all right -- we're established. My concern is the expectations of people, that we can actually meet them." Source: ALA President and Founder Ernesto Rois-Mendez, commenting on what he feels is the biggest

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