The September 13 announcement sent shivers through the
collective spine of the GA community: the unexpected news of the
removal of Chuck Suma, New Piper Aircraft's popular and highly
visible President and CEO, in favor of relative unknown James K.
Boeing 737 Remained At End Of Runway For Four Days
The Air Sahara Boeing 737 that blocked traffic on the main
runway at Mumbai, India's international airport could have been
moved sooner -- but airport officials had no guarantee from the
airline that it would pay for freeing the aircraft from the soft
dirt in which it was stuck.
The FAA has issued its Record of Decision (ROD) on the
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s (MWAA) proposal
to build two new runways and related improvements at Washington
Dulles International Airport (IAD), saying that plan is the best
alternative to improve safety, increase capacity and reduce delays
with the least environmental impact.
Taking off in a T-38 Talon usually requires two engines, but in
the case that one of those engines fails, pilots and engineers here
are working to determine the safest single engine takeoff speed for
this pilot training aircraft.
First 1,000 Customers Also Entered into Drawing for
A year from now, one lucky customer of Circle Around The Moon
could be preparing for the ride of a lifetime. The company recently
launched the first sweepstakes to offer a trip around the moon.
Each purchase at CircleAroundTheMoon.com earns an automatic entry
into the sweepstakes.
The semi-government corporation that guarantees pensions has
thrown a wrench into United Airline's attempts to exit from
bankruptcy court, objecting to the company's plan to dump its
employee pensions. The Pension Board Guarantee Corporation says
what's now before the court in United's reorganization documents
isn't what was agreed upon in negotiations earlier this year.
"Unaware" Pilot Blunders Into Camp David Airspace Sunday
It's getting to be a familiar refrain -- unaware pilot bumbles
into a flight-restricted area and is escorted by well-armed
fighters to a landing at a nearby airport. This time, the
restricted airspace was over Camp David, where the president was
spending the weekend and the plane was a Firefly (we're not sure of
the exact type or manufacturer) and the pilot... well, the Secret
Service isn't releasing his name.
"We did not know if Air Sahara would pay us for recovering the
disabled aircraft as no authority from Sahara approached us with
the required go-ahead."
Source: Air-India's Mumbai airport manager, Vidya
Lokhande, quoted by the Mumbai Mid-Day News. The paper reported
Lokhande refused to move an Air Sahara 737 stuck at the end of the
runway after skidding off the pavement for four days, until he was
able to extract from Air Sahara promise of payment. The airline
thought the airport would take on the financial responsibility of
moving the plane and so the 737 sat... and sat...and sat while
other aircraft operations were conducted from a much shorter
runway. That caused a lot of delays and made passengers so angry
that at one point, they chased India's transport minist
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