12 People Hurt, But PAX Say It Could Have Been Much Worse
"Brace position, please. This is an emergency."
Those were the last words passenger Luis Ramirez Alicea remembers
hearing before American Eagle Flight 5401 blew a tire, ran off the
runway at San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport Sunday.
The aircraft's wing struck the ground, causing the flight to depart
New Hampshire Pilot Buys Dream Floatplane, Crashes, Dies
It was to be a red-letter day for 37-year old Daren Banfield. An
avid fan of antique aircraft and aviation from days gone by,
Banfield (below) bought a 1942 Cessna T-50 Friday and decided
to fly it home.
He never made it.
GA Aircraft, Experimental Collide On Approach To Texas
It's not often that two aircraft chance to meet in mid-air and
the people inside live to tell the tale. But such is (thankfully)
the case in Georgetown (TX), after a Diamond DA-40 and a Giles 202
bumped into each other while both were on short final to Runway
An Evolutionary Step Forward For A Revolutionary Airplane
Some years ago, a well-known automotive magazine compared a
highly-regarded GA single engine aircraft against a world-renowned
luxury sports car. In terms of fit, finish and bang for the buck,
it was not GA's greatest moment and the aircraft's automotive
competition cleaned its clock in terms of quality and perceived
value -- for the amount of money invested. This was several years
ago… when the GA world hadn't learned the hard lessons it
has since learned from several decades of lean times…
lessons that have not been lost on a number of the current leaders
in the GA market -- most especially the folks of Cirrus
Damage assessment of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues at
the Van Nuys Airport in California, where the vintage World War II
aircraft suffered a landing gear failure after safely landing there
last Wednesday, May 5. The immediate goal is to determine what
repairs are necessary to the B-17, which is currently on the Van
Nuys ramp awaiting available hangar space.
When we grow up (or enter our second childhood, we're not sure
which), I want to be Tyson Rininger. He gets to fly in really cool
airplanes and he gets to take pictures of even more cool airplanes.
Here's his latest series of stills shot at the Paraiso Vineyards
Air Show (And Haircut Party).
US Airways, which just emerged from bankruptcy little more than
a year ago, may be headed back to federal court for a repeat
performance. The company filed notice with the Securities and
Exchange Commission Friday, saying it's trying to figure out how to
cut costs by 25-percent, $1.5 billion a year.
If you were to look at Richard "Buzz" Nelson's resume, you'd see
a lot of numbers: 737, 757, 767, 777. You'd also see that he was
senior pilot on the Boeing 307 restoration project. He ditched the
Stratoliner in Elliot Bay (WA) two years ago and, after it was
restored, he flew it to Dulles International Airport (VA), where
the aircraft now resides at the Udvar-Hazey Museum.
Buzz is heavy-duty.
Buzz is retired.
For nearly two decades (and spanning a number of publications),
ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, wrote an off the cuff column
called "Barnstorming." Outside of the many requests he gets for
MORE flight tests, the return of "Barnstorming" is one of the most
popular requests he continues to see. Barnstorming was often
political, frequently funny, usually weird, often outrageous
or a combination of all of the above. But -- they did get read... a
One of the California Department of Forestry's OV-10A Broncos
made a forced landing in a wheat field, Friday. The aircraft had
just departed Hemet-Ryan and chose to abort the flight, landing in
a field with light damage. CDF uses the OV-10A to coordinate
firefighting airtankers and helicopters.
Baldwin Presents NBAA Member Security Concerns to TSA's
Despite recent turmoil back at the office, NBAA is staying
active on critical political issues facing aviation. On May 7, NBAA
Interim President Don Baldwin and NBAA's new Director, Security
Dick Doubrava represented NBAA at a meeting between the GA
Coalition and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Acting
Administrator David M. Stone. The meeting touched on a number of
security issues, including nationwide temporary flight restrictions
(TFRs) and GA access to Reagan Washington National Airport
It could have been much worse. The F-14 that went down off the
coast of San Diego (CA) more than a month ago could have taken its
pilot and RIO down as well. But they were able to eject
Still, investigators are keen to find out why the Tomcat went down
March 29. Now, they'll have their chance. Using an unmanned
mini-sub, the Navy was able to snag the twisted fuselage of the
fighter and bring it to the surface. The empennage, cockpit and
engines had been recovered earlier.
Go To The Young Eagles Building At Oshkosh And Find Out
Having reached its initial goal of flying a million kids, the
EAA Young Eagles program is now focused on the future and flying
100,000 young people a year and creating ways to sustain the
youngsters' interest in aviation. Young Eagle participants of all
ages can learn more at the Young Eagles building, which is directly
south of the control tower.
A Marine helicopter arrived at the NAVAIR Depot in Cherry Point
(NC) recently, heavily armed with a new mission for depot
An AH-1W Super Cobra arrived on the depot flight line April 8 as
the first of many that are scheduled for transition into the new
AH-1Z. The "Z" model is the attack helicopter component of the U.S.
Marine Corps’ H-1 upgrade program to remanufacture the
existing AH-1W Super Cobra and the UH-1N twin-engine Huey into the
AH-1Z and UH-1Y configurations.
As German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and French Minister of
Research Francois d'Aubert looked on, Arianespace and EADS signed a
contract at the Berlin Air Show Monday for the production of 30
The Federal Aviation Administration recently commended a medical
helicopter crew for their extraordinary efforts in saving the lives
of two snowmobilers who plunged into the frigid bay waters near
Green Bay, Wisconsin, according to Jimmy Szajkovics, Safety
Programs Manager of the Milwaukee FAA Flight Standards District
Raytheon Company has successfully integrated and demonstrated
its SeaVue maritime surveillance radar and AAS-52 Multi-spectral
Targeting System (MTS-A) aboard a General Atomics Aeronautical
Systems Mariner unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a derivative of the
Generals Atomics Predator B UAV.
Edward Weiler, NASA associate administrator for space science,
puts it like this: "I'm not saying it's a done deal. A lot of water
needs to go under the bridge, but it's looking a lot better than it
did two months ago."
He's talking about the possibility of a rescue mission to the
Hubble Space Telescope -- one that wouldn't involve the space
shuttles or human beings, for that matter. But by his statement, it
seems pretty clear that NASA is quickly warming up to the idea of a
robotic mission to the space telescope.