Two weeks after Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing announced the
layoffs of 59 workers, representatives with the Bend, OR planemaker
tell ANN the company has undergone a significant management and
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6352
Issue Date: March 22, 2007 at 1209 UTC
Location: NAS Point Mugu, California near VENTURA VOR/DME
Beginning Date and Time: March 29, 2007 at 1945 UTC
Ending Date and Time: April 02, 2007 at 0030 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the USAF
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Point Mugu (NTD) Base Operations,
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6375
Issue Date: March 22, 2007 at 1407 UTC
Location: MacDill AFB Tampa, Florida near ST PETERSBURG VORTAC
Beginning Date and Time: March 29, 2007 at 1530 UTC
Ending Date and Time: April 01, 2007 at 2100 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue
Angels, other high performance aircraft, and U.S. Army parachute
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Tampa (TPA) Air Traffic Control Tower,
Claims Corporate Aviation Is 'Subsidized' Under Current
There are (at least) two sides to every story. On Thursday, Air
Transportation Association President James May told the Aviation
Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure of the critical need to implement a 21st century
national air traffic control (ATC) system -- and what he considers
the most equitable way to fund such a plan.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.22.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Part Two, Hilton Goldstein:
03.22.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Hilton Goldstein on his
company's WingX software for pocket-PCs.)
Aero-News learned this week NASA selected Space Systems Loral of
Palo Alto, CA and MicroSat Systems of Littleton, CO for award of
two Rapid Spacecraft Development Office -- known as Rapid II --
contracts with a minimum value of $50,000 each.
Officials with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tell
ANN earlier this week, one of the agency's unmanned aircraft
detected and assisted Border Patrol agents in the apprehension of a
wanted fugitive in the vicinity of Anderson Mine, along the Arizona
border with Mexico.
Theater Sports One Of The Largest Movie Screens In Pacific
For the first time ever, moviegoers in Oregon will be able to
experience 3D movies in the most powerful and unique way possible:
The IMAX® Experience. The Evergreen Aviation Museum's IMAX
Theater is scheduled to open Friday, in coordination with a series
of Spring Break festivities at the home of the famous Spruce
Alakai Technologies Corporation told ANN Thursday the Federal
Aviation Administration has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate
(STC) for installation of the company's Engine Trend Monitoring
System (ETMS) on Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft.
America's air transportation system, and the small- to mid-size
businesses in small towns and rural areas nationwide that depend on
general aviation, would be the losers if a user fee plan being
pushed by the airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) becomes law, Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National
Business Aviation Association (NBAA), told a congressional
Oberstar Tells Hearing "We're Going To Do Right By
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells ANN the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) ran into a wall of unyielding
skepticism during a Thursday hearing before the House Aviation
subcommittee on the agency’s funding proposal.
Five-Month Delay Gives Heathrow Carriers Time To Shore Up
Thursday morning, transport ministers in the European Union
unanimously approved an Open Skies treaty agreement with the United
States, that throws open new competition for lucrative
trans-Atlantic airline routes.
Last week, the Inspector General's office for the Department of
Transportation completed its review of staffing at FAA radar
approach control and radar-equipped tower facilities, in response
to Congressional requests in the aftermath of the Comair 5191 crash
last August in Lexington, KY.
They're now heading home... but judging by the crowds of fervent
planewatchers and curious bystanders alike who clogged streets
around New York's JFK International and Los Angeles International
Airport this week to witness the arrival of 555-passenger,
double-deck Airbus A380 on US shores, it's safe to say the massive
airliner created quite a stir across the US this week.
AD NUMBER: PL2007-06-53
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2007-06-53
SUMMARY: The FAA received a report that the aft cargo door
of a Model ERJ 190 airplane opened in flight just after takeoff.
The airplane returned to the departure airport and landed without
On Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board issued
Safety Recommendation A-07-33, calling on the FAA to make a current
service bulletin mandatory for Cessna 150 operators, in the form of
an airworthiness directive.
Angry pilots called for a senate inquiry and an "urgent internal
investigation" after a Qantas ferry flight landed at Sydney
Airport, and the plane's crew discovered its emergency oxygen
system had been sealed by maintenance workers in the
But Air Force Agrees To Hear Lockheed, Sikorsky Protests
Thanks for the suggestions, really... but we're gonna stick with
Plan A. That, in a nutshell, is the message the US Air Force had
for the Government Accountability Office this week, as Air Force
Secretary Michael W. Wynne said the USAF would not reopen
bidding on the $15 billion Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X)
contract awarded to Boeing last year.
AOPA, San Diego Join Forces In Suit Against Construction
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has joined forces
with the City of San Diego in a lawsuit against California
construction outfit Sunroad Enterprises to force the company to
tear down the top two floors of a new office tower near Montgomery
Boeing and Virgin Blue Holdings confirmed Wednesday the
Brisbane-based company has ordered six Boeing 777-300ER (Extended
Range) jetliners, with options for six more, and will lease one
ExxonMobil Foundation announced Wednesday it has made a $1
million contribution toward a new helicopter for Memorial Hermann
Life Flight Air Ambulance in Houston, TX -- and the rescue service
says it comes in the nick of time.
Deal Announced At Australian International Airshow
AgustaWestland told ANN Wednesday that Australian operator
Heliflite Pty Ltd signed a contract recently for eight new
helicopters, including the AW119 Ke light single, the A109 Power,
the Grand light twin and the AW139 medium twin.
Not only do they know what your aircraft is worth, Air Appraisal
Company understands the value that pilots place on their aircraft
and recognizes the importance of establishing an accurate dollar
value for an aircraft.
"We believe there was an obstruction on the airport runway, in
the environment of the airport runway, that was improper."
Source: Attorney Bruce Lampert, who is
representing the family of James A. "Andy" Garratt, copilot onboard
a Cessna Citation 560 that crashed during an attempted go-around at
McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA last year. Five lawsuits
have been filed in connection with the crash.