On Monday, the EAA reported that the number of inspectors for
homebuilt aircraft recently took a significant step forward.
Last week, 20 new amateur built designated airworthiness
representative (AB-DAR) candidates completed the first scheduled
course at FAA and TSI (Transportation Safety Institute) facilities
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. EAA staff members Earl Lawrence and Joe
Norris served as instructors along with FAA and TSI representatives
during the three-day course held January 27-29.
In preparation for the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft DAR
(LSA DAR) program, EAA loaned the FAA a Buckeye Dream Machine
powered parachute for additional hands-on training.
Another AB-DAR course is scheduled for June 8-10. Off
Amidst the slew of proposed airport closings across the US, it's
nice to see a local government actually welcome ownership of its
Initial steps are taking place to transfer ownership of the
Everglades Airpark (FL) from the Collier County government to city
officials of Everglades City. In a meeting Monday at Everglades
City Hall, Mayor Sammy Hamilton, County Manager Jim Mudd and
airport authority officials agreed to schedule several meetings in
the coming weeks to discuss details of a possible transfer plan.
The city controlled the airport until 1968, when the government
transferred ownership to county government through a warranty
A joint workshop between the Everglades City Council and Collier
County Commission to d
Air race fans take note: the Wildfire Unlimited Air Racer will
fly again. Dave Morss, test pilot from Redwood City, CA., will be
at the controls.
After a lengthy hiatus, William H. Statler,of Statler Air, LLC
tells us new funding has been obtained, which allows the project to
go forward. Statler says the airplane is nearing completion and
will begin flight tests this spring. If all goes according to plan,
the Wildfire Air Race Team hopes to race at the 2004 National
Championship Air Races in Reno to join the lies of Dago Red and
Rare Bear (pictured, above). Dave Morss, a 24-year veteran Reno
racer and 3 time Sport Champion, will pilot the plane.
Powered by the Pratt &Whitney R2800 engine with a Hamilton
Standard propeller, the airp
It's been a source of some conjecture for several months. An
amazing shot, taken at the very latest fraction of a second, of a
stricken USAF Thunderbird F-16 in ejection mode, has finally been
claimed by its photographer.
Taken at (relatively) close range, the picture shows in
extraordinary detail, the last fraction of a second ejection of
Capt. Christopher Stricklin at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
After an error in judging entry altitude, Stricklin was forced to
abandon his aircraft less than a second before impact, in
the Thunderbirds' number six aircraft.
The amazing photo is the superb work of Air Force Staff Sgt. Bennie
J. Davis III...
U.S. and European negotiators have failed to break a deadlock
over technical standards for Europe's planned multi-billion-dollar
Galileo satellite navigation system, both sides said on Monday. An
initiative launched by the European Union and the European Space
Agency, Galileo will reportedly ensure complimentary
synchronization with the current GPS system.
The United States has offered to share its satellite know-how if
the Europeans agree to a radio frequency that Washington says would
curb potential interference with what it deems a critical, coded
military signal. Some Europeans say the U.S.-backed plan would
undercut Galileo's accuracy in the name of defending allied
security while in fact boost
Closer Cooperation with Swissport Exec. Aviation and
Club Airways has chosen PrivatPort S.A., a recent joint venture
between PrivatAir and Swissport Geneva, for the ground handling of
its flights at Geneva International Airport. Ground services for
Club Airways flights will be provided by Swissport Executive
Aviation at the airports of Basle, Nice, and Zurich; PrivatAir will
take responsibility for the handling of flights at Paris le Bourget
With these new collaborations, the company says members of Club
Airways will experience ground handling services of superior
quality perfectly suited to their needs. Club Airways, in turn,
will benefit from higher visibility at the different locations.
Club Airways will expand its offering by operating wi
Budget cuts are not only a hot issue for this year's
presidential election, but also attract criticism from those in the
affected industries, especially aviation.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) claimed
Monday's White House budget proposal exposes a major credibility
gap in the Bush Administration's aviation policy. The group
specifically criticizes the portion of the budget that proposes a
16 percent cut in spending on air traffic control facilities and
equipment, while simultaneously touting its modernization plan to
drastically add system capacity.
Carr called the Administration's plan to triple air traffic
capacity in the next 15-20 years an "empty election year promise
that sounds good but d
It's kinda like hearing good news from a favorite old
girlfriend. You know the one... the sweetie that "rocked your
world" more than anyone else -- and she wants you back... REAL bad.
On a similarly intense level, one of my favorite airplanes seems to
be calling me... again. The unique and much-celebrated Sorrell
Hiperbipe is in the process of a comeback. Mark Sorrell tells ANN
than an SNS-540 is in the works, a higher-powered and upgraded
version of the two seat, enclosed cabin Hiperbipe SNS-7 aerobat
that seemed to do a little of everything REALLY well. Mark says
it's "for all purposes, (it is) a 7 but improved and redesigned to
accommodate a Lycoming IO-540 with composite 3 blade prop."
Mesa Air Group, Inc. seems to continue growing at a rapid pace,
as the company announced Monday it has reached a final agreement
with US Airways to add eight 50-seat regional jets to its existing
This amendment, which is subject to US Airways Board of
Directors approval, increases the number of 50-seat regional jets
under the contract with US Airways to 67. Mesa currently has 57 of
its 50-seat regional jet aircraft in service with US Airways. The
eight new aircraft, which will be acquired on an operating lease
from a third party lessor, are expected to be placed into service
starting in May of 2004. These aircraft will go into service for
Mesa currently operates 159 aircraft with 1,012 daily system
Boundary Layer Research has conpleted the development of its new
King Air 200 Winglets... designed to aerodynamically enhance the
King Air 200 series aircraft. Certification is expected by the
October '04 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas.
BLR already manufactures performance enhancing winglets for the
Beechcraft Duke, known as Marquis Winglets. The new King Air 200
Winglets will offer similar benefits to King Air 200 model aircraft
and operators. As you may know, winglets increase the effective
wingspan of the aircraft and decrease lift induced drag.
The Coast Guard on Monday located the wreckage of a missing air
ambulance in a tropical rainforest on Hawaii's northeastern coast.
The pilot and two paramedics were killed, officials said.
The Cessna 414 (file photo, right), missing since early
Saturday, was located about 22 miles northwest of Hilo, said Petty
Officer Jennifer Johnson. The wreckage was located by a faint
signal from an electronic transmitter. The wreckage site is about
5,000 feet above sea level in a forest marked by steep cliffs and
The victims were identified as pilot Ron Laubacher, 38, and
paramedics Mandy Shiraki and Joseph D. Villiaros.
The plane was last heard from early Saturday, about an hour
after taking off from Honolulu International
BAA, the international airports group and owner of seven UK
airports, including the world's busiest international airport,
Heathrow, reported on Monday a continued year on year improvement
in passenger numbers, revenue and profit in its third quarter and
said that it expected this trend to continue.
"Operationally, passenger numbers continued to rise, retail
performance has been excellent and operating costs, including
increased security and maintenance expenditure, have come in on
target", commented Mike Clasper, Chief Executive of BAA.
Group revenue was 499 million pounds sterling for the quarter,
an increase of 4.2% on the comparable quarter in 2002 (479 million
pounds restated(1)) while Group operating profit rose 8.
Top officials from the FAA arrived in Hanoi Sunday to discuss
the recently approved Air Services Agreement, and its impact on
bilateral relations. However, the United States wants a review of
Vietnam's airport safety standards before it implements the
landmark bilateral trade pact that would start direct flights
between the two former foes.
FAA Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell and the Assistant
Administrator for International Aviation Douglas E. Lavin are
heading the delegation. Mr. Sturgell will meet with officials at
the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from the US and
Vietnamese airline industries. Officials will discuss the
recently-approved Air Servic
On your next Southwest Airlines flight, you won't be asked to
take a test, but you might be asked to help grade a few papers.
Celebrating its seventh year, Southwest's Adopt- A-Pilot program
has successfully enhanced both educational activities for thousands
of students and community relations for the airline.
The award-winning Adopt-A-Pilot program includes creative teaching
tools and fun classroom activities, enabling Southwest Airlines
Pilots to personally connect with more than 18,000 fifth-grade
students across the country. This year, the free educational
program is also offered in Spanish, providing translated curriculum
and bilingual Pilots to mentor classes with students who speak
Spanish as their primary language.
A report profiling a Crossair crash near Zurich, two years
ago that killed 24 people, says serious pilot errors were to blame
for the accident.
Switzerland's Air Accident Investigation Bureau also criticized
shortcomings of the aircraft operator, Crossair. The Federal
Prosecutor's Office said on Tuesday that it had opened a criminal
investigation into possible negligent homicide and grievous bodily
harm by negligence.
The accident report confirmed that the pilot of the Avro RJ-100
descended below minimums, ignoring automatic alarm signals. The
jet, which was flying from Berlin to Zurich on the night of
November 24, 2001, crashed into woodland just short of the runway,
killing 24 of the 33 people on boa
"Once you lose one (airport), you
never get another one. The airport means a lot to our city. We've
had a lot of things taken away from us. We don't need any
Source: Everglades City Mayor Sammy Hamilton
commenting on the proposed transfer of the Everglades Airpark from
county to city ownership.
Barkhurst And Brookshire Climb The Corporate Ladder
Mesa Air Group has promoted two if its managers to the next rung
in the corporate ladder.
Carla Barkhurst, currently the Company's Senior Director of
Customer Service, has been promoted to Vice President of Customer
Service. Carla has been with Mesa Air Group since 1994, originally
joining the company as Director of Training for Liberty Express, a
Mesa Air Group subsidiary.
Kristen S. Brookshire, currently the Company's Senior Director
of Inflight, has been promoted to Vice President of Inflight.
Kristen began her service with Mesa Air Group in 1999 as Director
Mesa currently operates 159 aircraft with 1,012 daily system
departures to 151 cities, 40 states, the District of Columbia,
Much Respected, Much Loved Flyer Passes On At 89
Legendary flyer, airshowman, prolific author, flight
instructor and unrepentant aviation advocate Duane Cole has gone
west... well beyond the concerns of the merciless FAA that he
fought so bravely, or the aero-ignorance that he battled at every
turn. He was out-spoken, opinionated, tremendously knowledgeable
and about as gifted a stick and rudder flyer as I know... and his
loss seems to bring the cumulative sum of all existent aviation
knowledge down several percentage points.
Duane was 89, and had been ill for quite a while... so the news is
not shocking... though the impact is undeniable. An early founding
member of EAA (member #48, no less), Duane was best-known for his
graceful dead-stick aerobatic routin