Citing the Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA)
January 3rd letter requesting an extended period for review and
comment on their draft Repair Station training program, the FAA has
complied. AEA, along with the National Air Transportation
Association (NATA), had requested a 60-day extension by the FAA to
review and comment on the draft AC 145-RSTM.
Retired Oklahoma Physician And His Kit Fox Missing For
Where is Dr. Jack Nolen? He's been missing now for a week, after
his Kitfox disappeared from radar on a flight from Paris, TX, to
Shawnee, OK last Friday. The aircraft disappeared from radar near
Gerty, OK and the 72-year old doctor hasn't been seen since.
The financial situations at both American and Delta just aren't
getting any better. At Delta, a fourth quarter loss of $2.2 billion
made 2004 the airline's worst-ever. At American, continued losses
have forced the carrier to forego 54 of 56 aircraft ordered from
Boeing. The trickle-down economics of aviation have, for these
airlines, become torrents of red ink. And yet, through it all,
low-cost carrier Southwest continues to profit.
Ballistic Recovery Systems set a company record in 2004 for the
number of lives saved by using a BRS emergency recovery system with
18. That impressive number alone doesn't speak to the dramatic
impact this aviation safety company is making around the world.
New Tests Show 17 Percent Of Planes Still Contaminated
Far from improving, it appears the drinking water on board
commercial passenger aircraft is actually getting worse. Now, the
EPA is warning passengers with "compromised" immune systems: Don't
drink the water.
Lee Hilbert, of Algonquin, IL, was on his way to Lake Lawn Lodge
in Delavan, WI when his engine quit just a mile from his
destination airfield. Given the cold weather these days, it seemed
like frozen Delavan Lake was the perfect place to set down.
NTSB investigators looking into the crash of an air ambulance on
approach to the airport in Rawlings, WY, last week say they're
struck by the similarities between that accident and another air
ambulance mishap in Colorado in 2003. "We are looking for common
threads," said investigator David Bowling. He told the Denver Post
there could be an issue of pilot preparation.
Corporate Office Staff Reduction And Organizational
Bombardier announced Friday a reorganization of its corporate
office and the decentralization of certain functional
responsibilities to Bombardier Aerospace and Bombardier
Transportation. The reorganization follows the previously announced
creation of the Office of the President that regroups strategic and
executive management responsibilities around the Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer and the Presidents of the Corporation’s two
main operating groups. A total of 60 corporate office positions
will be eliminated.
In support of Operation Unified Assistance, the multipurpose
amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) and the
15th Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered 102 tons of badly needed
humanitarian aid to tsunami victims on the Indonesian island of
Sumatra Jan. 14.
When the FAA holds a public meeting next month to discuss
getting T-34s back in the air, the future of aging aircraft will be
an important underlying theme. That's one reason AOPA will be on
hand to help work for solutions that will keep older aircraft
flying safely and affordably.
If you go exploring the neighborhood, you never know what you'll
find. Especially if you're NASA's incredible, overachieving Mars
rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. This week Opportunity, cruising the
Meridiani Plain, poked around looking at,and photographing, one of
the heat shields that it jettisoned on descent to the planet. Then
it moved on to a basketball-sized rock that rover program
scientists had been calling "Heat Shield Rock" for its proximity to
the discarded shield. The conclusion: the rock was a meteorite,
fallen from space, and made mostly of an alloy of iron and
Although Forecast1 Says Market Will Be Flat For Next
Although civil helicopter deliveries began rising in 2003 and
registered further gains in 2004, this market will remain
relatively flat during the next 10 years, according to Forecast
International's "World Commercial Rotorcraft Market." Current
shipments are receiving a major boost from the piston-powered
Robinson Helicopter models, the two-seat R22 and the four-place
R44. It should be noted, though, that annual output, which totaled
just under 1,250 shipments in 2004, will fall off gradually through
2011 before rising to about 1,000 deliveries in 2013.
Technology Breakthrough Boosts Performance Of UK System
A recent breakthrough in ADS-B technology by Raytheon Systems
Limited (RSL) is now being run through its paces by various air
traffic authorities around the world. ADS-B (Automatic Dependent
Surveillance - Broadcast) is the next generation of secondary
surveillance techniques and complements Secondary Surveillance
The San Diego Aerospace Museum today announced it would be
adding a rare Boeing FB-5 fighter to its displays. Museum Vice
President for Operations John Bolthouse stated that the aircraft,
owned by George Rice of Monroe, Utah, will be on loan to the
Museum for one year, with its status beyond that to be determined
at a future date.
Will Be Integrated In Precision Landing System Receiver For
Boeing C-17 Avionics Upgrade
The CMC Electronics' latest-generation, high-performance
aviation Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, known as the
CMA-4124, has been selected by BAE Systems North America -
Communications, Navigation, Information and Reconnaissance Division
(BAE-CNI) - for integration into its Precision Landing System
Receiver (PLSR). In turn, the PLSR has been selected by Boeing for
the C-17 Globemaster III Avionics Upgrade Program.
The Most Advanced Photo-Voltaic Cells Available On Earth?
A state-of-the-art solar array is providing a unique opportunity
to demonstrate the latest in high-efficiency solar cells available
for terrestrial use at a demonstration site at NASA's Dryden Flight
Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
"Though we still are not out of the woods," management is making
changes "to transform Delta into the right airline for the new
Source: Delta Airlines' CEO Gerald Grinstein, in a
message to employees after the company posted a $2.2 billion loss
in the fourth quarter. For all of 2004, Delta lost $5.2 billion.
Grinstein, however, seemed to end his message on an upbeat note,
saying that Delta has "passed through the eye of the needle" in