What in the world (or otherwise) hit Night Ship 282, a Cessna
208B Cargomaster (file photo of type, below) flying over southern
Alabama? In a report some observers say is unprecedented, the NTSB
admits the aircraft collided with something. But no one who's
investigated the case seems to know just what.
Officials associated with various iterations of the struggling
OMF Aircraft operation have told ANN that an answer to their
financial problems and corporate may finally be at hand.
After the bankruptcy of the German parent operation and associated
issues with the Canadian manufacturing arm announced just last
year, virtually all operations, including the development of a
diesel powered two seater and a four-place version of the OMF
Symphony have come to a halt.
Progress is being made, though. The assets of OMF GmbH, the German
parent company, have been sold to another German company known as
SMW that is apparently looking for a toehold in the aviation and
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), which has directly
supported and promoted the upcoming sport pilot/light-sport
aircraft rule as the biggest growth opportunity for general
aviation in perhaps a half-century, today announced that the EAA
Aircraft Insurance Plan is ready to serve both sport pilots and
owners of light-sport aircraft.
Pacific AeroSport, LLC, at Arlington, Washington, has rolled out
the first kit-built example of the Twister single seat
The Twister, designed by Silence Aircraft of Verl, Germany, and
built by DG Flugzeugbau of Bruchsal, Germany, is to be sold in the
USA and Canada in fast-build kit form by Pacific AeroSport, LLC. It
is equipped with a BRS 1050 ballistic parachute recovery system,
attached to a cockpit "safety cell" using technology borrowed from
the Formula 1 racing world. The Twister's Jabiru 2200 engine,
coupled with electrically retractable landing gear, will provide a
146-mile per hour cruise, with a very low fuel burn of only 3
gallons per hour.
A Piper Arrow crash-landed on a busy California interstate
during rush hour Tuesday, coming to rest and burning in the highway
median before emergency workers arrived. Although the pilot and his
teenaged son walked away from the incident, one girl was in serious
condition with severe injuries to her leg.
Here come those tears again -- the tears investors in Delta
Airlines have now shed for the past 13 straight quarters. Delta
lost money again during the first quarter of 2004 -- $383 million
-- and warned this can't go on much longer.
With only a week left in the public comment period for the FAA's
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to change the
charity/sightseeing rules, AOPA has released a video making a
strong case against the proposal and demonstrating the need for the
agency to talk directly to pilots.
(We got this email from the government Tuesday
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two
soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died April
11 in Baghdad, Iraq when their helicopter was shot down. Both
soldiers were assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation
Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
The aviation world's fascination with amphibious aircraft knows
no bounds... so it's always news when a cool new amphib shows up.
The first amphibian to be designed especially to comply with the
FAA's new Light Sport Aircraft rules has debuted this week.
Designed and produced by CZECH AIRCRAFT WORKS (CZAW), the Lake
Sport Amphibian is also the first new certified single-engine
amphibian to reach production in decades.
New Grip Features Four-Way Coolie-Hat Style Switch For Two-Axis
The Ray Allen Company, a California vendor who specializes on
trim systems and control stick hardware for aircraft, has
introduced a new stick grip with an enhanced trim control four-way
switch at S-N-F 2004. The new stick grip, model G307, has four trim
switches incorporated into a coolie hat switch, a faceplate slotted
vertically and horizontally for two-axis trim, a PTT switch and two
additional SPDT momentary contact pushbutton switches for functions
such as auto pilot disconnect and transponder remote IDENT. The
pushbutton switches can also be replaced with four different style
Thomas J. Aude and Wade Wallace, graduates of the groundbreaking
Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) Program at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach (FL) have become the first
graduates of the program to earn their Boeing MD-90 EFD captain's
Aircraft Specialty Lubricants is showing off its CamGuard
product at S-N-F 2004, and in particular the results of its
independent testing that appear to show significant advantages to
using the product vs. its competitors.
CamGuard is a supplemental lubricant additive product for
infrequently used piston engine motor oils, including piston
aircraft, passenger vehicle, marine and heavy duty diesel oils on
aircraft, marine, motorcycles, emergency equipment, backup
generators, classic and antique vehicles, agricultural and all
seasonal equipment. The product is currently limited to use in
experimental aircraft only, but FAA approval testing is ongoing and
certification is expected sometime in the fall season.
Marines Battle Iraqis And The Heat To Keep Their Aircraft
Flying In Iraq
The weary Marine slowly lowered himself into his chair off to
the side of the flightline in the hot, Iraqi sun.
Cpl. Robert T. Smith, aviation ordnance technician, Marine Light
Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd
Marine Aircraft Wing, from Marine Corps Air Station New River (NC)
has been up and about re-arming, checking and re-checking weapons
systems on UH-1N Hueys and AH-1W Cobras every time his squadron's
pilots get tagged with a mission at its headquarters on the Al
Taqaddum Air Base.
Lockheed Martin has signed a contract valued at more than US$73
million (C$95 million), with options, to provide three KC-130J
Weapon Systems Trainers (WSTs) to the US Marine Corps. Design,
manufacture, and integration of the KC-130J WSTs has been
subcontracted to CAE USA in Tampa (FL) on a contract valued at
approximately US$34 million (C$44 million).
AD NUMBER: 2004-07-22
MANUFACTURER: Boeing (Correction)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-07-22
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes two existing
airworthiness directives (ADs), applicable to all Boeing Model 747
series airplanes, that currently require that the FAA-approved
maintenance inspection program be revised to include inspections
that will give no less than the required damage tolerance rating
for each structural significant item, and repair of cracked
structure. Those ADs were prompted by a structural re-evaluation
that identified additional structural elements where, if damage
were to occur, supplemental inspections may be required for timely
detection of fatigue cracking. This amendment requires additiona
AD NUMBER: 2004-08-01
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-08-01
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070
and 0100 series airplanes, that requires a magnetic inspection of
the sliding members of the main landing gear (MLG) for cracking,
and replacement of the sliding members with serviceable parts, if
necessary. This action is necessary to prevent fatigue cracking of
the sliding member, which could result in possible separation of
the MLG from the airplane and consequent reduced controllability of
the airplane upon landing and possible injury to passengers. This
action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.