Cape Air Pilot in 2002 Incident Had Diabetes, Criminal
by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose"
In the latest example of Federal authorities getting tough with
pilots who fib on their medicals, Ronald Newton Crews, 53, of
Centerville, Massachusetts, has been indicted in Federal District
Court in Boston with four felony counts of Making False Statements.
Aero-News has previously reported the
indictment but we have uncovered further significant
details: Crews allegedly concealed diabetes and a criminal record
for drug trafficking and gun violations from the FAA, as well as
from the airline that em
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has
announced its newest selections for its prestigious "Master CFI"
designation, a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of
these very special aviation educators. To help put this achievement
in its proper perspective, there are approximately 87,000 CFIs in
the United States. Fewer than 500 of them have earned the Master
designation thus far.
By all accounts, it's good to be Boeing right now. With the days
counting down to the end of 2005, it looks all but assured the
Chicago, IL-based aerospace manufacturer will accomplish their goal
of besting rival Airbus for the commercial airliner sales crown for
the first time in five years, on sales almost exclusively from
overseas carriers in India and the east. The company, already on
track for its best sales year in almost two decades, is also
working to bringing innovative new products such as the 787
Dreamliner to the market, while also updating its standard-bearer
747 to better compete with the mammoth Airbus A380.
Three pilots from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light)
(HSL) 43, homeported at Naval Air Station North Island in San
Diego, CA, shared their experiences from providing humanitarian
relief following both the Southeast Asia Tsunami and Hurricane
Katrina to 6th- through 8th-grade students last month at Montgomery
Middle School in San Diego.
Key Part Of President's Immigration Plan May Be
When President Bush announced his broader immigration initiative
plan last week, deployment of additional unmanned aerial vehicles
along the US-Mexico border was a major part of it. Increased
coverage at lower cost in manpower and equipment to the agency were
cited as reasons... however, another government agency may keep
those UAVs grounded for the future.
While the Fighting Irish's 9-2 record in football this season is
nothing to sneeze at, Aero-News is more excited to learn three
former students of the fabled Notre Dame University have helped
bring back an elective course at the college that helps teach
students how to fly.
Pilot May Have Attempted To Go Around Thunderstorms
It appears the pilot of a Piper Chieftain carrying well-known
Australian cattle baron Peter Menegazzo and his wife was attempting
to fly around a violent thunderstorm when the aircraft went down
Friday outside of Condobolin, New South Wales, killing the four
Representatives with Northrop Grumman told Aero-News last week
the company has created an organization dedicated to developing and
executing the company's growing list of space exploration
opportunities with NASA. Art Stephenson, a former director of
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, has been appointed sector vice
president of Space Exploration Systems to lead the new project.
City Finds Part Of Wastewater Plant Lies On FDK
The resolution to an ongoing dispute between Frederick, MD
officials and the Federal Aviation Administration over the location
of a wastewater treatment plant may be as simple as a schoolyard
lunch trade: can we swap?
"That was sad. Those people didn’t have anywhere to live
and no food to eat and stuff. Some of them were even our age. Some
people couldn’t even find their parents. It makes me very
Source: Cruz Otero, a 7th-grade student at San
Diego's Montgomery Middle School, following a presentation by three
officers from NAS North Island. The officers shared with
with the students some of their experiences providing
humanitarian relief following both the Southeast Asia Tsunami and