High-Flying Con/Flyer Gets Wings Clipped... By LA Court
It finally happened... after countless episodes of "how long can
he keep getting away with this nonsense?", Convicted Felon and
occasional aero-embarrassment, David G Riggs (48), was sent to jail
a few hours ago after a Judge affirmed his 2010 conviction for a
dangerous high-speed jet buzz job over the Santa Monica Pier in
2008. Riggs will also have to pay some $6000 in court costs and
associated fines and fees. Riggs became a pilot in 1984, and has
multiple convictions for wire fraud, bank fraud and passport
The absence of progress this week in contract talks between AMR
Corp. management and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) raises the
risk that American Airlines will be forced into a Chapter 11
bankruptcy filing. Fitch Ratings sees agreement on terms similar to
those proposed by management as essential if the carrier is to move
toward a sustainable operating profile in 2012 and beyond.
Company Official Says The Powerplants Are 'On Track' For
Pratt & Whitney has successfully completed more than 1,000
hours of full engine testing on its PurePower engines for its first
two applications – the PW1500G engine series for the
Bombardier CSeries aircraft and the PW1200G engine series for the
Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Four PW1500G engines and two PW1200G
engines have undergone testing to date. Each engine model will run
a total of eight test engines leading to engine certification.
Each year, the Wolf Aviation Fund provides grants for a number
of individuals and organizations doing great work in general
aviation. To date 307 projects or programs have received awards,
with their applicants receiving the funding and recognition that is
vital for folks working on new ideas.
The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to undergo change incorporation
work in San Antonio, Texas, returned to Everett on November 13. The
airplane completed an eight month change incorporation program and
will now go through final preparations in Everett before delivery
to Japan Airlines (JAL).
WebTrak System To Allow Residents To Monitor Nearby Flights And
Report 'Excessive' Noise
The Jacksonville (FL) Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that it
has added the WebTrak Flight-Tracking and Noise Information system
to the Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) page of the
Shows Off Advanced Communications And Navigation Displays
A full-scale flight deck demonstrator for the all-new CSeries
aircraft is making its world debut at the Dubai Airshow. Visitors
to the Bombardier CSeries aircraft dome are able to experience
first-hand the most advanced flight deck demonstrator in the
Officials with the FAA, DFW International Airport's Department
of Public Safety and American Airlines are all trying to figure out
how an incoming flight from Charlotte, using an automated docking
system to pull up to a gate, had its wing strike a fire truck
parked in a designated fire lane last Thursday.
Donations To Help SAFE Accomplish Its Education Mandates
In cooperation with Stallion 51 of Kissimmee, FL, the Society of
Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has launched a fundraising
campaign that offers donors a shot at an introductory flight in the
dual-control P-51TF Mustang known as The Little Witch. Valued at
$3250, the session includes two hours of pre- and post-flight
briefings, plus one hour in the aircraft with a Stallion 51
AFSCME: Wayne County, MI, Airport Authority Has Made Poor
Financial Decisions Which Has Led To Their Current Situation
A number of American Federation of State County and Municipal
Employees (AFSCME) Local Unions that represent workers at
Michigan's Wayne County Airport said Monday that they will
propose ways to ensure better airport safety, less waiting for
planes, and cheaper airplane ticket prices.
Witnesses Say She Walked Toward Plane After Arrival
A woman described as being in her 70s, but otherwise
unidentified, is reported hospitalized with life-threatening
injuries after walking into the propeller of an idling aircraft at
Viared's air field outside Borås, in southern Sweden
Gulfstream's Fly-by-Wire BizJet Gets Ready For Prime-Time
Just a few weeks ago, the power players at Gulfstream updated one and all on the final details leading up to eventual production of Gulfstream's most ambitious and capable bizjet, yet, the G650. Gulfstream officials noted that the aircraft has moved several steps closer to its anticipated certification later this year after completing tests of its fly-by-wire system, engine inlet compatibility and operation in hot weather, among other tests. At the time of this update, the four aircraft remaining in the flight-test program had accumulated more than 2,077 hours on more than 626 flights.
Gulfstream's Fly-by-Wire BizJet Gets Ready For Prime-Time
Just a few weeks ago, the power players at Gulfstream updated
one and all on the final details leading up to eventual production
of Gulfstream's most ambitious and capable bizjet, yet, the G650.
Gulfstream officials noted that the aircraft has moved several
steps closer to its anticipated certification later this year after
completing tests of its fly-by-wire system, engine inlet
compatibility and operation in hot weather, among other tests. At
the time of this update, the four aircraft remaining in the
flight-test program had accumulated more than 2,077 hours on more
than 626 flights.
Issues A Statement Strongly Opposing Plan To Charge For Chart
The FAA's recent announcement that it will begin charging for
the download of airport and approach chart information used by
popular mobile device apps like WingX has drawn sharp criticism
from the IMC Club's board of directors.
Airline CEO Said European Planemaker Should 'Go Back To Basics'
The CEO of Qatar Airways unexpectedly pulled the plug, at least
temporarily, on a $6.5 billion deal with Airbus, saying at the
Dubai Air Show that the European planemaker is "still learning how
to make airplanes." But later in the day, the two kissed and made
up and signed the deal.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has granted Type Certificate
Validation for the Total Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet. Making its first
appearance at the 2011 Dubai Airport Expo and Airshow, Eclipse
Aerospace has already secured commitments and contracts for 5 Total
Eclipse aircraft to customers who will register their aircraft in
'Smokey' Young Used Green Fuel to Make Aviation History
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) will award the
Louis Bleriot Medal to air racing pilot Richard
“Smokey” Young, director of Orange Coast College's
pilot aviation training program, at a ceremony in Los Angeles
November 17th. Young set a world speed record last year in a
piston-engine aircraft fueled by a new high-octane biofuel.
Circulate Report Critical Of The Airline's Safety On Capitol
A 101-page report critical of United Airlines is being passed
around Capitol Hill by pilots who fly for the carrier. The report,
which was prepared by ALPA, blasts the airline for its use of
computer-based training as the primary tool for teaching procedural
changes following the merger with Continental Airlines, and the
lack of classroom sessions or simulator time to reinforce the
Weekend Poll Shows Mexican Citizens Skeptical Of Blame On
Official government statements about Friday's crash of an AS332
Super Puma helicopter near Mexico City, which killed the nation's
Interior Minister Francisco Blake Mora and seven others, suggested
the tragedy might have had to do with bad weather. Some Mexican
citizens are skeptical, instead suspecting action by drug cartels.
Now, news has surfaced that there may have been issues with
maintenance performed after the aircraft exhibited problems two
days before the accident.
"Besides its immediate impact on aviation safety, this
FAA action will set a sad and dangerous precedent for the future of
aviation in the United States. It will open the door to imposing
future additional charges such as weather briefings, calls to ATC
while enroute, and formerly free usage of the ATC system."
Source: Excerpt from a statement made by the IMC Clubs
International Board of Directors.