If you're a British Airways passenger hoping to take Flight 223
between London and Washington Dulles International (VA), you're
probably wondering just what in the hell is going on these days. On
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, the flight from Heathrow has
been canceled -- as has the return flight. What gives?
ABC News reports the flight has been targeted by al Qaeda
operatives who want to turn the commercial jet into a guided weapon
and aim it at the Capitol.
The Folks Who Made This Year So.... "Interesting" (Part
Two, of Four)
Read Part One
Each year ANN selects the person(s) who, for good or bad
reasons, made the most tangible impact on the aviation world in the
Once again, we tackle this task with a mixture of enthusiasm and
Presented in alphabetical order we present ten of the most
prominent newsmakers (presented in alphabetical order) we covered
over the past year and why we think so…
The Federal Aviation Administration
One of the biggest problems facing spy-types in the war on
terror is linguistics. Arabic and English don't look very
compatible at first glance. At second glance, that suspicion is
confirmed. Throw in French as a wildcard and you have a good
possibility for screwing up.
That's apparently what happened in the case of six Air France
flights between Paris and Los Angeles during the week of
Al Haynes is something of a god to a lot of pilots --
commercial, charter and GA. He's the man who wouldn't quit, who
flew right up to the edge of the envelope, then over.
Not that Haynes wanted to. It was probably the last thing on his
mind when he took off aboard United Flight 232 on July 19,
Shortly after an engine malfunction severed the hydraulic lines on
Haynes' DC-10, he could have given up. He didn't. Only able to make
left turns, and sloppy ones at that, Haynes and his crew did the
impossible, guiding the crippled jetliner to the airport in Sioux
City (IA). The landing wasn't pretty -- 112 people were killed in a
ball of fire. But many more were saved, thanks to Haynes
determination and resourcefulness.
Now Haynes, who is 72, is fighting to save another
Stop us if this sounds familiar. Come Saturday morning, if all
goes according to plan, a spacecraft from Earth will speed through
the Martian atmosphere in hopes of deploying its rockets,
parachutes and airbags all in sequence and touching down on the Red
Planet. Shortly after landing the rover vehicle will supposedly
deploy and start talking to another satellite from Earth orbiting
It's the same script European Space Agency controllers hoped would
unfold without incident in the Beagle 2 mission. So far, Beagle has
failed to bark. European officials now hope that its mothership,
Mars Express, will be able to talk with Beagle once its in an orbit
low enough to facilitate communications.
No, in this case, we're talking about the first of two American
probes to land o
"There is good and precise intelligence that there is more than
one al Qaeda or al Qaeda-like group operating against the US. One
is based in Central America and the other is based in Europe
— in London or Paris."
Source: British defense analyst Paul Beaver on the
recent delays and cancellations of foreign flights coming to or
leaving the United States.
From Tioga (ND), Ernie and Alma Knutson came to see the new NASM
Annex, along with their son, Gene. Ernie flew C-47’s during
World War II and in Korea, and calls the entire NASM facility at
Dulles International “Fantastic... fabulous... hard to
describe.” He still has the Taylorcraft that his wife and son
learned to fly in.
It would seem hard to believe, but there is no DC-3 or C-47 on
display, yet. As I have mentioned before, the museum is a work in
progress, and there are 80 aircraft where 200 will eventually find
a home. The museum you see today will be different from the one a
year from now, and two years from now.
The popularity of South Florida is by no means confined to the
blue hair and false teeth set. No, no. Over the holidays, the rich
and famous also piled in, coming in numbers so vast, airport
authorities in Fort Lauderdale (FL) were stunned and traffic was
stacked up for hours at a time.
Blame corporate aviation, says the FAA. And it ain't over
"The real issue is that all these people came down and now we have
to get them back," said Brad Kost, president of Galaxy Aviation at
Palm Beach International. He says Sunday will be an especially busy