CAPT Program at Embry-Riddle Marks Successful First Year
The CAPT (Commercial Airline Pilot Training) Program at
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has had a successful first
year, with more than 50 students enrolled heading toward jobs, and
Diamond Aircraft's innovative new DA42 Twin Star due to join the
In the midst of a torrent of Oshkosh news, GAMA has
announced that billings for general aviation airplanes rose
significantly in the first half of 2004—up 16.6
percent compared to the same period last year. Shipments,
however, were down 1.7 percent.
Dr. J. Victor Lebacqz is a tall, patrician-looking man with a
challenging name ("Lebask" is close; his father was from Belgium).
He also has a very significant job. As Associate Administrator for
Aeronautics, he is NASA's top guy for the "aeronautical" part of
what many Americans think of as "the SPACE agency." Despite that
public perception, NASA has a wide-ranging field of programs that
Dr. Lebacqz administers, plus a new one that is just about to kick
off: Scholarships for Service.
NATA Speaks Up At NTSB Hearing On Cockpit Video Recorders
The camera wars are heating up. NATA's manager of flight
operations, Jacqueline Rosser, expressed her concern over the
NTSB's continued support cockpit cameras into turbine-powered
aircraft operating under Parts 135 and 91.
Mooney Sells First Plane Minutes After Opening Of 2004
Within minutes of the official opening at Oshkosh this week,
Mooney Airplane Company sold its first plane –- an Ovation 2
GX, featuring the Garmin G1000. Mooney team representative,
Mark Woods, successfully sold the top-of-the-line airplane to Gary
Gongola on Tuesday.
The latest scandal from the Transportation Security
Administration centers on the embattled Computer-Assisted Passenger
Prescreening System (CAPPS II) airline-passenger-data-mining unit.
Unlike previous CAPPS scandals, which centered on wholesale leaks
of sensitive personal information to unsupervised outside firms, or
GAOs scathing charge that CAPPS II fell short of seven of eight
inportant measures, this one centers on Deputy Chief of the TSA's
Office of National Risk Assessment, W. Stephen Thayer III.
233 Kts, FL230, 26 Minutes From Brake Release... Wow! Part
Time for launch… uh, takeoff. There is a throaty and
reassuring nature to the TCM that defies precise
description… but it’s a good feeling… and it
only gets better as you put the hammer down on that critter. There
are 310 ponies up front and ain’t nary a one that’s
bashful about it.
Rotary-Powered Piper Arrow Flies To Oshkosh Airventure
You might say it's the airplane with an engine that goes
Mistral is showing off its test bed aircraft, a Piper Turbo Arrow
III, which flew into Oshkosh from the company's plant in Daytona
(FL), powered by a 230 HP turbo charged to the AirVenture airshow
in Oshkosh (WI). The company says it plans to certify the engines
for use in production aircraft, but will also enter the
experimental sport aviation market early next year.
What do you do when you're a technology inventor and your one
technology demonstrator is tied up in a series of projects for
various government contracts? Oh, and no hope of just throwing
together a duplicate of your technology demonstrator, because it's
so loaded with advanced technology it took a lot of time and
resources to get together in the first place.
Lancair’s certified aircraft are made for fast and
comfortable cross-country travel and accurate, up-to-date weather
information is imperative to making this happen. The Lancair
Company announced today that it is now offering the new XM WX
Satellite Weather system as an option on all new Lancair Columbia
350 and 400 models.
On Wednesday, EADS invited -- in the words of CEO Stephane Mayer
-- "media, customers, our partners for US distribution, supporters,
partners, and aviation authorities," including a couple dozen of
its favorite journalists, to celebrate a milestone and hear the
latest from the GA branch of the aviation conglomerate based in
Billed by its web site as the world's first sport-utility
helicopter, the LAF-01 cuts a unique picture here at Oshkosh
AirVenture. Made of molded and composite materials allows
rigid body construction and weight savings. The twin blades are
also composite materials.
Things you Never Knew About The World's Biggest Fly-In
Ever wonder how many hot dogs are sold at Oshkosh EAA
AirVenture? How many volunteers donate their time? Wonder no more,
here are some little know facts about the air show, some are from
2002, some from 2003.
"It is a little like the Clinton era's, 'Don't ask don't tell.'
If the FAA knows somebody has a medical condition, they won't let
them fly. But if FAA doesn't know about someone's medical problem,
FAA will let them fly a Light Sport Aircraft."
Source: FAA Administrator Marion Blakey responding
to a question Thursday at Oshkosh. Pilot Mimi Steel told Blakey,
"Take two pilots. One has the 20 hours minimum training required by
Sport Pilot] and has never been to an FAA doctor. The other is a
one-thousand hour pilot who had a medical denied, but has a valid
driver's license. The rule will prevent the one-thousand hour pilot
from flying a Light Sport Aircraft. That doesn't seem fair."
AD/F406/11 Fuselage to Center Wing Connection 10/2004
Applicability: Model F406 series aircraft,
serial numbers 001 through 089, and 091.
Requirement: Action in accordance with Reims
Aviation Industries Service Bulletin No. F406-54, dated 16 March
2004. Note: DGAC AD F-2004-114 refers.
Compliance: At the next scheduled 600 hour or 12
month inspection after 7 August 2004, whichever occurs first. This
Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 4 August 2004.
DCA/BK117/14 — Emergency Airworthiness Directive Kawasaki
This AD is prompted by continuing airworthiness information
received from the manufacturer and the state of design regulatory
authority. Investigation of an incident overseas revealed a fault
may occur in the winch controls, which causes it to continue
raising or lowering the cable uncontrollably.