Beleaguered Australian aviation adventurer Jon Johanson is
finally back in New Zealand, after his record flight over
the South Pole found him stranded at the joint US-New Zealand base
in the Antarctica.
Johanson, who left Invercargill en route to Argentina December 7th,
ran into serious headwinds after flying over the South Pole in his
homebuilt RV4. Concerned about fuel, he landed at the McMurdo-Scott
Base and instantly found himself at the center of an international
dispute over his trip.
Aviators from around the world are making their way to North
Carolina this week, to celebrate the first 100 years of powered
flight. AOPA members will be well represented with one of the
largest contributions to the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
While AOPA will be joining other exhibitors with temporary aviation
displays, as an Official First Flight Centennial Sponsor, AOPA's
major contribution will have a lasting impact.
"Our contribution is about ensuring the future and inspiring the
next generations of aviators," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.
"AOPA members have given the nation a state-of-the-art pilot
facility at First Flight Airfield right next to the Wright Brothers
Memorial, which will serve generations of pilots and visitors to
For those who can't make
For the second time in as many days last week, a major incident
was narrowly averted in the skies near Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport when two commercial aircraft approaching
parallel runways violated the three-mile separation mandated by
The FAA says it happened at approximately 10:30 pm CST Wednesday
when an Air France 747 veered out of its lane, toward an American
Airlines MD-80. The two aircraft were reportedly 12 miles from the
airport. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro says the vertical separation
between the aircraft was 500 feet. An FAA official said the Air
France plane suddenly veered toward the American MD-80, busting
horizontal separation minimums. The Air France pilot corrected and
both aircraft continued on to safe landings.
In the United States, almost every man, woman and child can tell
you who the Wright brothers were. But ask, "Who was Alberto
Santos-Dumant" and you're likely to get a lot of empty looks. Ask
that same question of anyone in Brazil, however, and they'll tell
you right away: He invented the airplane.
It's a common misconception, widely held in Europe just after the
turn of the century. Santos-Dumont, an eccentric aviation
enthusiast back when there wasn't a whole lot of flying going on,
pioneered personal flight. He kept a dirigible tied to a lamppost
in front of his Paris apartment. On November 12, 1906, he made the
first public powered flight in an aircraft he called the 14-Bis. It
traveled in controlled flight about 722 feet. Because the Wright
brothers flight was conducted in pri
The fuselage of the prototype Warrior (Aero-Marine) Centaur has
been moved to the company's assembly hangar at Sanford Airport (ME)
where the power plant assembly (Lycoming IO-540 J2B) and other
systems are being prepared.
The company calls it "a long awaited milestone and a welcome
Did UPS mishandle aircraft inspections and repair work? Did
later inspections find potentially serious problems with UPS
aircraft? The FAA says no.
A UPS mechanic in Miami told the FAA a UPS supervisor ordered him
not to log repairs to the brakes of a company aircraft. Mechanics
in Philadelphia said they were reassigned to other inspections
after they refused to clear a plane that showed evidence of landing
Greek reports indicate the US military will move operations
currently based at Maron, Spain to the British base on the island
nation of Cyprus.
The Greek Cypriot weekly newspaper Kipros Simera reports one of the
two British bases in Cyprus, Agrotur, would become a US military
It's opening day for the National Air and Space Museum's newest
facility, the long-awaited Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles
Intentional Airport (VA). Vice President Dick Cheney, who dedicated
the extension, called it "a monument to the many great achievements
Cheney said the museum clearly is worth the 30 mile drive from the
Smithsonian's main campus in Washington (DC). "I've been looking
forward to coming here for a tour," Cheney told the crowd at
Thursday's dedication ceremony. "I'm extremely impressed by what I
saw this morning."
The prestigious John Moody Award will be presented to Jack
McCornack at USUA's Annual Meeting And Award Ceremony, this year
held in conjunction with the Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council
meetings on February 28, 2004 in Springfield (IL). He is the
twelfth recipient of the award since its inception in 1991.
McCornack has earned the Moody Award for his more than 25 years as
an educator, designer, writer and pilot. Jack has trained pilots in
preparation for national and international competition. In
addition, he has participated in the World Air Games and the World
Microlight Competition. In 1978, Pterodactyl Ltd. - founded by Jack
was the only ultralight manufacturer withy a formal flight
training system. The training manual entered the public domain when
it was published i
The United States Ultralight Association will hold its 2004
Annual Member Meeting February 28 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
in Springfield (IL). The mid-winter event will be held in
conjunction with the 24th Annual Illinois Ultralight Advisory
Council (IUAC) Ultralight/Lightplane Safety Seminar.
The Meeting and Seminar will be held in the Illinois Building &
Auditorium on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. This building houses
a 400-seat theater and a 12,270 sq. ft. auditorium. Aircraft and
vendor displays will all be under the same roof. These
Manufacturers, dealers, and vendors will exhibit during the
weekend. Registration for both events will begin at 8:00 am at the
When Boeing's board of directors meets in Chicago today, it will
decide whether the company's commercial aircraft division will
build its first new model since 1991 -- or send the Dreamliner to
sleep. Chances are, the 7E7 will get the nod.
That could pave the way for the 7E7 program's official launch in
the middle of next year. But first, Boeing needs to know, if they
build it, will they come?
They were glass negatives of the Wright brothers' famous first
flight and for years, they were hidden away in the archives of the
Library of Congress. Now, they've been digitized and are available
As the worldwide aviation industry continues to suffer the
effects of 9/11, India, for one, is trying to do something about
it. The government in New Delhi, along with airlines in that
country, are revamping, hoping to attract more passengers and boost
"The whole aviation policy is being framed with the consumer in
mind. While the policy-making exercise is still underway, steps are
being taken to set the pace for the smooth take-off of this
industry," says one government official.
As the world gears up to celebrate the first century of powered
flight, you might be wondering what the second century will look
like. In a word: Challenging.
"Aeronautics is not mature. We barely take advantage of it in our
daily lives," says Mark Moore, one of NASA's top thinkers on future
flight. "We haven't achieved the Wright brothers' dream."
Israel will soon put a $15 million telescope into space and it
won't ride atop an American-built rocket or space shuttle. It won't
take flight on a Russian vehicle, nor will it be launched by the
European Space Agency.
Instead, the Electro Optics Industrial telescope will ride into
orbit atop a rocket made in and launched from... India.
Pressure from key members of Congress and AOPA's Washington
staff has forced the US Forest Service back to the table to discuss
the future of backcountry airstrips in central Idaho.
The Forest Service had wanted to close four airstrips, Dewy Moore,
Mile-Hi, Simonds and Vines, located in the Frank Church-River of No
Return Wilderness but is required by law to obtain the approval of
Idaho's Division of Aeronautics before any such closure. The state
denied approval. So instead, the Forest Service planned to restrict
access at the four strips to "emergency use only."
"When I came in here and saw this thing, the symbols, looking
the way it looked, I wanted to get right in there and taxi it
Source: Retired USAF General Paul Tibbets, who
piloted the B-29 Enola Gay on its historic mission to drop the
first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, upn seeing his restored
aircraft on display at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Museum at Dulles
International Airport in Virginia. The museum opens today.
Let's just say the FAA isn't happy with the idea.
The Cumberland Times-News reports the Potomac Highlands Airport
Authority is thinking about allowing four "autocross" events at the
Greater Cumberland Regional Airport next year, an event that could
pad the airport's coffers, but might not sit well with the FAA.
The Bay County Commission (BCC) in Panama City (FL) has approved
a land-use plan one for the proposed relocated Panama City - Bay
County International Airport on 4,000 acres in western Bay County.
The measure was adopted by a vote of 3 to 1.
But the airport isn't built yet. A number of additional regulatory
steps remain before it becomes final, including additional review
by the Florida Department of Community Affairs to determine if it's
in compliance with state law.