In the shadow of the great city of St. Louis, on the grounds of
the St. Louis Science Center (a magnificent facility), forward
thinking members of the local community as well as the rest of the
X Prize team gathered together to celebrate the "loss" of 10
A crop dusting aircraft was stolen from Ejido Queretaro, near
Mexicali, Mexico and has now become the subject of an intensive TSA
search. Although there is currently no indication that this has any
connection to terrorist activity, the theft is cause for concern.
Past information indicates that members of al-Qaida may have
planned—or may still be planning—to disperse biological
or chemical agents from crop dusting aircraft.
Israel has long been considered an innovator in UAV technology.
So imagine Jerusalem's surprise when the Israel Defense Force
spotted a UAV flying over northern Israel -- and realized it wasn't
General aviation totaled 340 fatal accidents in fiscal year (FY)
2004 (October 1, 2003-September 30, 2004), well within the 349
"not-to-exceed" cap established by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.
Unfortunately, GA is not off to a very good start in FY 2005 with
39 fatals recorded during the month of October 2004 alone. That's
the second deadliest October in over six years.
Let's face it. Throughout much of America's commercial aviation
industry, morale stinks, companies are going bankrupt and the cost
of fuel going through the roof. Tough times continue for the
The lack of an IFR-certified GPS system and no terrain warning
system may have played a role in the crash of a King Air 200 in
Virginia October 24th. Ten people, including several members of the
Hendrick Motor Sports racing family were killed in the accident on
the slopes of Bull Mountain in Virginia.
It's become something of an annual right in hopes of saving an
endangered species. But the serene flight of a flock of whooping
cranes from Wisconsin to Florida was interrupted by moments of
confusion and panic last month when another ultralight pilot got to
within 100 feet of the processing, scattering the flock and
reportedly endangering the pilot leading them.
Jimmy Goggin was known by his friends as a man who'd turned his
life around. From his drug problems in the 1980s, he
became a completely different man after he was released from
prison. He became a skywriter, often painting inspirational and
religious messages in the sky at his own expense.
American intelligence experts have tripled the number of
shoulder-fired SAM missiles missing worldwide. At least 4,000
MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) owned by Saddam
Hussein's military before the US-led invasion last year are
unaccounted for. That makes it 6,000 MANPADS out there on the loose
somewhere, according to intelligence agencies -- up from the 2,000
they previously estimated missing.
The pilot and technician trainees are back. The process of
rebuilding is underway. If it wasn't for the absence of buildings
that stood on the grounds of NAS Pensacola (FL) just two months
ago, you'd never know that the base was devastated by a
The head of the TSA has made good on a promise to AOPA members.
On Wednesday Rear Adm. David Stone sat down with AOPA President
Phil Boyer and senior members of AOPA's Government & Technical
Affairs (GTA) staff. The purpose of the meeting: Get AOPA and TSA
working together to ensure that security concerns can be met
without imposing onerous or ineffective regulations on general
It's a story repeated across the nation — greedy
developers eyeing airports as prime property for making a quick
buck. This time it's Jekyll Island Airport (09J) in Georgia's
idyllic Golden Isles region. And the AOPA team has sprung to the
If you thought you heard a laugh of derision last week, you were
probably listening to physicists and financial watchdogs keeping an
eye on the military. The reason? An 88-page report posted by the
Federation of American Scientists on its website. In short, the
report has generated a collective "PSHAW!" from serious scientists
in this country.
"There is no evidence that there is a relationship between
financial conditions and safety performance."
Source: Former Vice Chairman Bob Francis of the
National Transportation Safety Board, as the FAA continues to keep
close tabs on airlines awash in red ink. The feds are worried that
poor financial situations and resentful employees could cause
safety problems among the nation's civil air fleet.