The increasingly political issues surrounding a crash
investigation continue unabated.... and in the case of the
tragic Continental Connection 3407 accident, the political
commenting and interference is reaching a fever pitch.
Union leaders for the pilots of Spirit Airlines have announced
that they have been authorized by their pilots to call for a lawful
withdrawal of services if stalled negotiations do not result in a
A Sheppard Air Force Base T-38 Talon veered off the runway
during takeoff at about 2:10 p.m. CDT May 14 at Sheppard, AFB, TX.
The crew of two experienced minor injuries and received treatment.
The airfield was temporarily closed except for military aircraft
returning to Sheppard AFB.
As acrobatic aircraft buzzed overhead as part of the run-up to
the annual air show here this weekend, Air Force Lt. Col. Derek
Routt paid more notice to the parked, baby-blue and white business
jets on the ground -- aircraft used by the nation's elected and
Boeing has confirmed that it will relocate the headquarters for
its Missile Defense Systems (MDS) division from Arlington, Va., to
the company's facilities in Huntsville, starting immediately. The
move will ensure MDS remains aligned with its government customers,
while adding to Boeing's presence in the Huntsville community.
'Heartened By Participation In Congressional Forum'
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) President, Sandra
Kinkade, has urged greater inclusion and consideration of
air-medical and critical-care ground transport services in evolving
Cessna has delivered two Citation XLS+ business jets to
Lufthansa, the first deliveries of the model to a European
customer. The aircraft have entered service alongside two Citation
CJ3s and one CJ1+ in the Lufthansa Private Jet fleet, which
provides point-to-point flights among 1,000 destinations in Europe
Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
An orbiting telescope that collects light
from celestial objects in visible, near-ultraviolet, and
near-infrared wavelengths. The telescope was launched April 24,
1990 aboard the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery.
Aero-Linx: AirLine Pilots
The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the
largest airline pilot union in the world and represents nearly
54,000 pilots at 36 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Founded in 1931,
the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour
Congress. Known internationally as US-ALPA, it is a member of the
International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations.
"We intend to complete our investigation in as timely a
fashion as possible. As you know, our primary products are safety
recommendations aimed at preventing similar accidents from
occurring again. Such recommendations can be issued at any time
during the course of an investigation."
Source: Acting NTSB Chairman, Mark
Rosenker, responding to political inquiries over the Continental
Connection 3407 tragedy, and concerns expressed about the upcoming
Probable Cause report.