Led Effort To Subdue Passenger Trying to Break Into
A man who frightened passengers by attempting to break into the
cockpit of an AirTran flight on its way from Atlanta to Kansas City
was subdued by a fellow passenger, who is now being hailed widely
as a hero. Jabir Hazziez, Jr. is an unlikely candidate to be viewed
as a hero, especially on an airliner in 2011 - he's Muslim.
India, one of almost two dozen nations gearing up for a fight
with Europe over the imminent launch of a unilateral carbon
licensing system, warns that the unilateral action by Europe could
lead to international retaliation. Official sources now say India
will decide on a formal policy sometime in February, according to a
report in The Economic Times of India.
But Analysts Wonder If UAS Jobs Will Equal F/A-18 Jobs
The Israel Defense Forces recently reported that they are now
flying more hours with unmanned aircraft than with manned craft.
The US military may not be far behind. What does this trend mean
for Boeing in general, and for the company's St. Louis workforce in
particular? So far, says Boeing, its future in the city remains
New Rules 'Allow For Increased Flight Time And Fail To Address
It wasn't hard to predict that the release of the FAA's long
awaited regs on crew rest and duty times would see some flak... but
the chorus of opposition keeps growing. This time, the US Airline
Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways,
have expressed concerns over the new FAA Flight and Duty Time rule
addressing pilot crew rest. The new rule is the result of efforts
to address pilot fatigue, brought to light primarily as a result of
the fatal accident of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo, NY that
occurred in May 2009.
Jolly Old Elf Helps Deliver Fuel To Remote Bases In
Santa Claus paid a surprise visit to the 816th Expeditionary
Airlift Squadron here Dec. 23 to assist in an airdrop delivery to
remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan. "I just wanted to
bring a little holiday cheer to the men and women of the 379th Air
Expeditionary Wing and help out with a very special holiday
delivery," chuckled Santa, portrayed by Tech. Sgt. Mike Morris,
816th EAS Loadmaster Flight NCO in charge and native of Charleston,
S.C. The delivery - 160 barrels of fuel - was loaded onto a C-17
Globemaster III aircraft under Santa's command.
The 'Association of Old Crows' Calls For Retest Of New
The LightSquared controversy rages on... The 'Association of Old
Crows' notes that the November 2011 testing of LightSquared's
wireless broadband service proposal found no significant
interference to cellular phone text and voice capabilities but did
find significant disruption of most all general purpose approved
Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. GPS receivers are used
throughout our National infrastructures, in aviation flight safety
systems and by private users and emergency services. The AOC is an
international Electronic Warfare/Information Operations (EW/IO)
association which promotes EMS operations and related activities
across military, civilian and commercial applications.
Phone Volunteers Included First Lady Michelle Obama
The NORAD Tracks Santa program grew immensely after it was first
presented on the Internet in 1998.This year, the live
operations center staffed for 25 hours by more than 1,200
volunteers blew out all previous records for traffic.
There's Little Point In Having Fuel If The Tank Isn't
OK... this is one of those moments that has happened to many of
us... the improper selection of the fullest tank. And when the
improper tank happens to be empty, which appears possible according
to an NTSB Factual report following the ditching of a Beech F33A.
Keep checking your tanks, your respective fuel quantities and make
sure that you keep doing so throughout a flight to prevent an
inopportune walk/swim home.
First Of Three Prototypes Prepares For Certification
Embraer rolled out its newest executive jet, the midsize Legacy
500, last December 23, from the production hangar at the São
José dos Campos headquarters, in Brazil. This milestone
rollout will allow development and test engineers to perform
important ground tests, prior to the aircraft’s first flight,
which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2012.
The US Customs and Border Protection received an Unmanned
Aircraft this week, the fourth to be based at National Air Security
Operations Center Sierra Vista, Ariz. Flights performed from this
location reportedly will provide critical aerial surveillance to
CBP border security personnel on the ground along the Southwest
border. The arrival of the Predator-B marks the second of two
unmanned aircraft earmarked in the supplemental budget provisions
identified in August 2010.
'Disability' Is A Mental, Not Physical, State... This Marine
Adam Kisielewski shouldn't be alive. From the instant he passed
through an explosives-rigged door in Iraq on August 21st in 2005,
Adam has been living his second life, the one given to him by his
own fighting spirit and the wonders of modern battlefield medicine.
It was only a month and two days after Adam's deployment to Iraq
began when his squad was given the assignment of clearing a school
of suspected insurgents. The blast cost Adam his left arm at the
shoulder and his right leg below his knee, and it cost the life of
his fellow Marine, Lieutenant James "Cat" Cathey, mortally wounded
as the two men were on a room to room search. The actions of his
squad, an immediate evacuation in a Humvee to a field ho
New Skyhawks Come Equipped With G1000 and Autopilots
The aviation program at Kansas State University's Salina campus
has added five new Cessna Skyhawk 172 G100s to the university's
fleet of learning aircraft. "In addition to having the G1000
avionics system, these new planes have autopilot. This means that
our students get a well-rounded experience in our Cessna 172
aircraft. They start learning in a gas gauge environment and, as
they build flight time, move into more technologically advanced
aircraft," said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head.
Cutter Aviation Holds Certificate To Install Gogo
An STC for in-flight, high-speed wireless connectivity for the
Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP family utilizing Aircell Gogo Biz
in-flight broadband has been granted to Cutter Aviation in Phoenix,
AZ. Cutter developed the STC in partnership with Aircell utilizing
the its ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems for installation in the
Avidyne's Revolutionary Glass Panel/Autopilot Solution Proves Its 'Ease of Use'
A few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the plant,m as far as R9 is concerned than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot. Trip, by the way, has served as a Platinum CSIP instructor, head of the Avidyne National Flight Standards Team, and was formerly a check pilot for
Pilot Was President of SK Jets and A Highly-Experienced
News/Analysis By Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief, Comm. Heli
Few real details are emerging in the tragic Monday accident that
claimed the lives of three people and may yet still claim a
fourth... the patient in need of a heart transplant who didn't get
the heart in time for its transplantation. The pilot was SK Jets
President, Hoke Smith (68), described as a "highly decorated
Vietnam Pilot with commendations that include The Bronze Star, The
Purple Heart, and The Distinguished Flying Cross." Smith founded SK
in 1997 as the sole owner and operator of one helicopter, expanding
the business to seven jets, two helicopters, and 40 employees.
Will File Suit with Court of Federal Claims on US Air
Force Light Air Support Contract Bidding Process
It's still a mystery... but it's one that Hawker Beech intends
to get to the bottom of... Hawker Beechcraft has confirmed that
they will file a suit with the Court of Federal Claims following
notification late last week that the Government Accountability
Office (GAO) has declined to review its protest of the decision by
the U.S. Air Force to exclude the company's Beechcraft AT-6 from
the Light Air Support (LAS) competition.
Avidyne's Revolutionary Glass Panel/Autopilot Solution Proves Its
'Ease of Use'
A few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the
expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's
most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more
knowledgeable people on the plant,m as far as R9 is concerned than
Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the
chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a
few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most
usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so
with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot. Trip, by the way,
has served as a
Unmanned Helicopter Makes First Delivery For Marines
The US Marines tell ANN that unmanned systems have
revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in
the fight against terror with surveillance and close-air support.
And, they're proving it. Recently, a detachment of Marines from
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan added
aerial resupply to the list of UAV capabilities. The detachment
completed its first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a
combat zone using a helicopter in Afghanistan, Dec. 17.
Government Says It Will Add 25 Passenger Planes To Civil
The US and some other western nations are working to isolate the
government of Iran over alleged nuclear weapons development, but
some nations are exploiting the trade restrictions as an
opportunity to gain new market share. Embraer has come under fire
for its willingness to discuss supplying Iran with fighters. Now,
Iran's minister of transportation says his government is
considering buying new civil aircraft from Russia.
As the countdown continues to the January 1 start of the
European Union's new unilateral carbon tax on airlines, including
portions of flights outside its jurisdiction, China has announced
it will go forward with a suit against the plan, notwithstanding a
recent defeat in European courts of a similar challenge brought by
Tentative Transition Agreement To Be Voted Upon Within The
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing
2,400 Flight Attendants at AirTran Airways, announced a Seniority
Integration and Transition Agreement, this week, with Southwest
Airlines, AirTran Airways and Transport Workers Union Local 556,
which represents Southwest Flight Attendants. The agreement
outlines the full integration of AirTran Flight Attendants into
Southwest as the two airlines merge. The agreement will be sent to
Flight Attendants at both carriers for ratification.
"We are disappointed in the GAO's decision as we were
relying on their investigation to provide transparency into what
has been a bidding process of inconsistent, irregular and
constantly changing requirements. We find ourselves still
without answers, which is unacceptable, and continue to believe
that our exclusion from this important contract was made without
basis in process or fact."
Source: Bill Boisture, Hawker Beechcraft
chairman and CEO, in comments associated with their decision to
fight the USAF/GAO dismissal of their request for reconsideration
following their being dropped from the LAS bidding process in favor
of a single foreign competitor.
The Australian Warbirds Association was incorporated in 1989 as
a non profit company to bring together aircraft owners, operators,
restorers, maintainers, historians and enthusiasts to share their
passion for ex-military aviation and to promote and preserve
Australia's proud military aviation heritage.