Mesaba Airlines and the ALPA say they've reached an 11th hour
agreement on a new contract for the airline's 844 pilots. ALPA and
Mesaba have been negotiating since June 2001.
"We look forward to continuing a good working relationship with our
pilots and ALPA," said John Spanjers, president of Mesaba Aviation.
"This deal reflects the professionalism and contributions of our
pilots and how important they are to the success of our
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is launching the next century of flight
during EAA AirVenture 2004, which will be held July 27-August 2 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh (WI).
The 52nd annual EAA gathering, which draws more than 10,000
airplanes and attendance in excess of 750,000 each year, will pay
special attention to the what lies ahead for the world of flight,
along with recognizing the legacy that has been built by a century
Ultralight manufacturer North Wing Design has changed its
product pricing to include BRS parachutes with each aircraft.
"We're doing this for two reasons," said North Wing president,
Kamron Blevins. "First, we think it's the right thing to do for our
customer's safety. Secondly, we see a business opportunity. These
parachute systems are popular and their sale adds to our income.
It's important to stay healthy financially." He says that even the
saving of one life is worthwhile. He personally knows of which he
As Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale celebrated his 47th
birthday on aboard the International Space Station Wednesday and
Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri observed the Russian Orthodox
Christmas, they both concentrated on troubleshooting a small decay
in the Station cabin’s atmospheric pressure.
The pressure decay poses no threat to the crew's safety or to the
continued operation of the Station and its systems, but Russian and
US engineers are conducting a thorough investigation of the
decrease, which appears to have begun about Dec. 22. The decline
occurs at a rate so small, only a few hundredths of a pound per
square inch (psi) of pressure per day, that it is difficult to
George "Poppy" Bush is no stranger to skydiving. In fact, he
made his first jump in 1944 at the tender age of 20. He called it a
"non-elective" jump, after his Navy torpedo plane was shot out from
under him by groundfire as he was flying operations in support of
US troops on the Japanese-held island of ChiChi Jima in the
Speaking at dedication ceremonies for the National Museum of Naval
Aviation in Pensacola (FL) over the weekend, Bush told the audience
he's jumped twice since then -- in 1997 and on his 75th birthday in
1999. Now, the former president plans to jump out of a perfectly
good airplane once again -- this year, for his 80th birthday.
US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of
Flight Attendants, CWA/AFL-CIO, has filed a lawsuit in the US
District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to prevent
airline management from executing what it says is an illegal
process in the involuntary furlough of 552 flight attendants.
"The jobs and livelihoods of people are at stake," said AFA US
Airways Master Executive Council President Perry Hayes. "AFA will
fight with all legal means necessary to protect the US Airways
flight attendants from this kind of blatant disregard for our
contract and rights."
Two Dead -- Cause Unknown
Numerous media reports have trumpeted the tragedy that has
befallen two men who were killed after their "ultralight"
aircraft went down near the Hollister Municipal Airport (CA)
Thursday. Authorities said William Dieck, 60, of San Jose, and
James Riley, 77, of Saratoga, were killed instantly.
Mind you, there is no, technically, such thing as a two seat
ultralight... only two-seat vehicles that have been
waivered/allowed to operate under expanded regs for the purposes of
ultralight training and familiarization... but asking anyone in the
general media to do such homework is probably way too much to hope
For the record, as defined by FAR Part 103, an ultralight is a
SINGLE occupant vehicle... or more specifica
Leaders of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAM) got together Sunday in Cedar Rapids (IA) to
kickoff a week of events aimed at making job creation the pivotal
issue in the upcoming Iowa caucus.
Speakers included: Tom Buffenbarger, IAM International President
(right); James E. Brown, IAM General Vice President - Midwest
Territory; Joe Ironside, IAM District 6 Business Representative;
Jerry Nowadzky, IAM District 6 President and Ron Hunt, Teamster
Local 238 Business Agent.
An American Eagle commuter flight from LaGuardia (NY) to Reagan
International (DC) was diverted to Washington Dulles International
(VA) Saturday, after an a passenger reportedly passed a note to a
flight attendant, saying there was a bomb on board. Authorities
said the passenger demanded the aircraft be flown to Atlanta
Flight 4959, an Embraer 135 (file photo of type and livery, right)
carrying 19 passengers and a crew of five, parked away from the
terminals at Dulles. Passengers and luggage were searched by
security officials and bomb-sniffing dogs before officials declared
there was no bomb.
At the intersection of politics and aviation safety, the British
government says it will name names of airlines banned from landing
in or overflying the UK and other European countries. Sort
British Transportation Secretary Alistair Darling made that promise
to an opposition party member in Parliament after MP David Wilshire
asked for the revelation. "If a government bans an airline from its
airspace it has to have a good reason. And we have a right to know
whether it is sensible to get on an aircraft," Wilshire told the
Two servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have been
identified and returned to their families for burial.
They are Navy Lt. (jg) Robert A. Clark of North Hollywood (CA), and
another officer whose name will not be released at the request of
Arotech Corporation says it's entered into a definitive
agreement to acquire FAAC, a privately-owned corporation with
headquarters located in Ann Arbor (MI). For more than 30 years,
FAAC has provided simulators, systems engineering and software
products to the United States military, government and private
industry. This acquisition will significantly expand Arotech's
simulation business into the military arena. The closing of this
transaction is expected to take place next week.
FAAC management will stay with the company and will continue to
manage FAAC as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arotech.
The Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with other
federal agencies, is taking an aggressive approach to counter the
threat of shoulder-fired missiles to civilian commercial aviation.
Homeland Security's Science and Technology division is leading the
technology aspects of the effort through its Counter-MAN Portable
Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) Special Program Office. The MANPADS
office will help determine the viability, economic costs and
effectiveness of adapting existing technology from military to
commercial aviation use. Following an aggressive 18-24 month
analysis, prototype demonstration and testing phase, Homeland
Security will provide the Administration and Congress with a
recommendation for the most viable solution to defend against
Sea Launch Company successfully deployed Loral's Telstar
14/Estrela do Sul 1 communications satellite into orbit tonight.
All systems aboard the Space Systems/Loral 1300- series spacecraft
are reported in excellent condition.
The Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off at 8:13 pm PDT from the
Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned at 154 degrees West Longitude,
on the Equator. All systems performed nominally throughout the
flight. The Block DM-SL upper stage inserted the 4,694 kg (10,350
lb) spacecraft into a high perigee geosynchronous transfer orbit
right on target. As planned, a ground station in Western Australia
received the spacecraft's first signal, shortly after spacecraft
separation. The spacecraft's final orbital position will be 63
degrees West Longitude.
"I've never understood that if you get shot down why that makes
you a hero. I mean, the guys that didn't are the fellows who were
doing the good flying."
Source: George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the
US, speaking at a fundraiser for the National Museum of Naval
Aviation in Pensacola (FL). Bush, who was shot down during WWII,
bailed out and was subsequently rescued by an American submarine on
Lifeguard duty, plans to make his third parachute jump later this
year in celebration of his 80th birthday.
A public/private consortium in Ohio has received a $3 million
grant from the Clean Ohio Fund to demolish the original home of
Aeronca in hopes of making the 18-acre site a flashpoint for
economic development. The Dayton Business Journal reports city
officials in Middletown (OH) are working with Aeronca to
rehabilitate the site at Hook Field.
"We want to see this airport become an economic development
amenity," said Larry Wood, director of the Middletown Economic
Development Corp. "Is it going to be like Dayton International or
Cincinnati? No. We're going to be a destination and home for the
corporate jet community and other aviation-related businesses."