A mysterious explosion rocked the Lafayette Regional Airport in
Louisiana Tuesday, destroying a twin-engine aircraft and slightly
injuring a mechanic. According to the Lafayette Advertiser, the
aircraft, a Cessna 340, was severely damaged in the explosion,
which happened in front of Paul Fornet Air Service at around 0900
Investors in Raburn's 'Technological Transformation' Find Much
With the big worries of insurance and training mollified by the
early announcements at the 1004 Eclipse Owner's Meeting, it was
time for some of the nitty gritty. And there was plenty of
Prior to other discussions about the Eclipse program, Vern talked
openly about the state of the industry and the VLJ
By Captain John S. Blonsick
Ironic that in the summer of 2001, the Bush Administration
declared that the airlines were too vital to the national economy
to allow even one major airline to engage in a strike under the
Railway Labor Act. But now two major carriers are in bankruptcy
facing possible Chapter 7 liquidation, two others are hovering on
the brink of Chapter 11 and there is almost no governmental action
to troubleshoot this vital national economic engine. Ticket prices
are being set by start-up carriers with little or no investment or
overhead in the aviation infrastructure while the majors with 70
years of investment and overhead of mature companies are being left
to the cut themselves to the bone. Meanwhile, Federal taxes and
skyrocketing fuel prices are destroying an
Seven 4th Infantry Division soldiers, including the assistant
division commander for support, were killed Nov. 29 when their
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed while flying from Fort Hood,
Texas, to check on progress in repairing vehicles damaged in
Legendary motor-racing champion growing second airline
While the anglosphere wasn't looking, racing legend Niki Lauda
founded a new budget airline, "Niki," flying from his homeland of
Austria to other European destinations, and it finally got our
attention when he flew it into London last month.
The Canadair Challenger that crashed on take-off from Montrose,
CO, Sunday may not have been de-iced, according to the NTSB. The
mishap killed three people, including the youngest son of NBC
Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol.
Airplanes aren't the only things taking off at the Poplar Grove
Airport in Illinois. The airport's expansion is in high gear.
Construction is nearing competition on 58 new hangars located on
the north side of the airport, as well as the construction of
nearly 50 custom condominiums within Bel Air Estates, a residential
Fly-In Community, and the continued development of the Poplar Grove
Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum.
Four Cities Cited As Having Deficient Computers And
The FAA isn't upgrading its computers or radar displays fast
enough. That was the conclusion of a General Accountability Office
report, which cite aging equipment in St. Louis, Minneapolis-St.
Paul, Chicago and Denver. The equipment that should be replaced
most quickly, the report said, is the radar and flight data
computers at the FAA's TRACON facilities.
At first glance, it might seem that one of the depot's newest
programs is a complete reversal of the normal work process that is
done here. Under this program, a fully-assembled helicopter flies
in –- and, later, is trucked out in crates.
And that's exactly how the Marine Corps wants it.
Record numbers of exhibitors and other participants will make
next week's conference and exhibition of modeling and simulation
training technologies the largest of its kind in history. The
event, from December 6th through the 9th, will be held at the
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Duffy Gaier, Field Morey, Herbert Hardrath, Walter Lees And
Paul Culver All Honored Aviators
The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame honored five aviators for
their accomplishments in state aviation at its annual Investiture
Ceremony and Banquet at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Inducted on November 6 were Harold "Duffy" Gaier, Field Morey,
Herbert Hardrath, Walter Lees and Paul Culver.
Attention To Detail Earns Aircraft Inspector Safety
To say that Glenn Schwarz has an eye for detail would be a grand
understatement. The quality assurance specialist is standing on a
side panel that folds down to provide a small platform on the
highest section of an H-46 helicopter. Leaning in close, he peers
at a tiny gap – thinner than a dime – between the head
of a bolt and a drive arm on the aircraft’s aft upper flight
control. Although he was initially checking to ensure that no
washers have been put on this part of the helicopter, this thin gap
has suddenly caught his attention.
This Might Make A Great Gift For Your Favorite Pilot Or
There's no little or no margin for mistakes when you're
responsible for the safety of pilots, students and passengers
–- all of whom are counting on you to keep their single and
multi-engine aircraft in top working order. As director of
maintenance at Chandler Aviation in Arizona, Mint Greninger has
trained his 13-man crew to stay on top of mission-critical repairs
-- everything from minor stop drilling of cracks to replacement of
component air parts and re-skinning of control surfaces.
"It almost knocked me down. I felt the ground moving beneath
Source: Todd Patin at Dallas Airmotive, near where
a Cessna 340 mysteriously blew up at Lafayette Regional Airport
Tuesday morning. One person was slightly hurt in the blast. What
sparked it is unknown. Patin was quoted in the Lafayette, LA,
AD NUMBER: 2004-24-06
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-06
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Saab Model SAAB SF340A and
SAAB 340B series airplanes.