From the US Marine Corps...
The tragic helicopter crash in western Iraq today claimed the
lives of 30 Marines and one sailor, confirmed Marine Lt. Gen. John
F. Sattler, commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary
Force, in a statement from Iraq.
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. and Velocity, Inc., Sebastian
FL, maker of the popular canard aircraft kit, have announced
that "the design for our XL-5 experimental plane to add the BRS
parachute due to customer requests has reached the final stage and
we have received our first orders..."
NYT Warning On Charters: Do We Have A Problem Here?
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
In my other life -- the one I live before running into the phone
booth, donning my red cape and editing Aero-News every day -- I'm a
local radio news guy. As such, I interact freely with the host of
our morning talk show (WINK/WNOG in Fort Myers and Naples, FL).
Many times, I find myself defending my profession against a barrage
of criticism about media bias. A lot of times, my comments amount
to, "Don't shoot the messenger."
Case in point: a story published in the New York Times on
It'll Still Hurt On April 15th -- But This Could Make It A Lot
The W-2s are in the mail, and you're about ready to schedule
that painful visit with your tax preparation professional. AOPA
can't lessen that pain, but it can give you and your tax advisor
information that may help you with tax issues concerning your
ELITE Simulation Solutions recently completed installation of a
new iGATE Model G500 series Advanced ATD at Daniel Webster
College's Nicholas N. Tamposi Aviation Center. This latest addition
is the school's third ELITE Advanced ATD to join its simulation
Industry Calls For Systematic Approach To Evaluating Threat
The Air Transport Association and its member airlines believe
that the threat of terrorism, particularly aviation terrorism, can
best be defeated by close cooperation between government and
industry. Such cooperation should focus primarily on the rigorous
application of systematic risk management techniques. This approach
permits risks to be assessed and prioritized, and available
resources are deployed accordingly through a layered systems
approach to security. This pragmatic approach offers the best
course for the United States.
Moderate production of aviation turboshaft engines will take
place in the near future despite an essentially flat civil
turboshaft outlook, with the slight uptrend being propelled by
major military rotorcraft programs (including re-engining efforts).
According to Forecast International's "The Market for Aviation
Turboshaft Engines" analysis, several of those programs will hit
their stride later in the 2005-2014 period, compensating for
weakening civilian turboshaft engine production.
Organization Wants Help In Fighting 10-Percent Ethanol
Requirement In Auto Gas
EAA Government Services e-mailed an e-Alert to its Montana
members this week asking for their help to amend legislation that
mandates all gasoline sold to consumers for use in motor vehicles
contain 10 percent denatured ethanol. EAA is concerned because
there are many aircraft that cannot operate safely on fuel blended
with ethanol products.
"While we mourn the loss of these heroes, we will honor their
sacrifice by continuing our mission to bring democracy to the
people of Iraq. To the families of these brave men, our heartfelt
thoughts and prayers go out to you in this most difficult time. All
Marines, sailors and airmen of the 1st Expeditionary Force mourn
the tragic loss of our brothers in arms."
Source: Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler,
commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, in a
statement from Iraq, on the crash of a CH-53 Sea Stallion in
western Iraq early Wednesday. All 31 soldiers on board were killed.
There was no immediate indication whether the aircraft was shot
down -- but Sattler noted the weather was pretty bad in the region
at the time.
AD NUMBER: 2004-26-10
MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce (CORRECTION)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-26-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain RRD Tay 611-8, Tay 620-15,
Tay 620-15/20, Tay 650-15, Tay 650-15/10, and Tay 651-54 turbofan
engines with ice-impact panels installed in the low pressure (LP)