AD NUMBER: 2006-21-04
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-21-04
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Empresa Brasileira de
Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135BJ and Model EMB-145XR
AD NUMBER: 2006-21-03
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-21-03
SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD)
for certain Cirrus Design Corporation (CDC) Models SR20 and SR22
Cessna has confirmed the first flight of its Light Sport
Aircraft (LSA) took place early Friday... the 13th (brave souls...
no?). The airplane departed McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita,
Kan., at 0833, performed a variety of flight maneuvers at speeds in
excess of 110 knots, and landed 0905 at Wichita’s
Mid-Continent Airport a few miles away.
Is it an attempt to spread the blame for a tragic airline
accident... or does Comair have a case in filing a claim Friday
against the Federal Aviation Administration, for the agency's
possible role in the August 27 loss of a CRJ100 at Blue Grass
Airport in Lexington, KY?
What's that? What's a ballute? Well, it's a giant airbag is what
it is, but the word "ballute" is actually a cross between balloon
and a parachute... get it? And more importantly, NASA thinks it can
use them for the atmospheric reentry of spacecraft.
It was, perhaps, not the best way to endear himself to possible
voters... but Max Linn, former flight instructor and current Reform
Party candidate for governor of Florida, had little choice but to
land his plane on Interstate 4 near Orlando Friday afternoon, after
the Cessna 172 experienced apparent engine failure.
Despite being the subject of some jokes... and drawing NASA's
ire on joint missions... Russia's "space tourist" program has
succeeded in drawing attention to that nation's space endeavours.
It has also brought in needed revenue for the program. Those facts
are not lost on the fledgling Chinese space program, which may
consider a similar program in the near future.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced
this week the remains of a US airman, missing in action from the
Vietnam War, have been identified and will soon be returned to his
family for burial with full military honors. He is 1st Lt. James L.
Hull, US Air Force, of Lubbock, TX.
We've been reviewing the FAA's list of the Top 10 causes of
pilot-error accidents. Second on their list is failure to attain or
maintain flying speed. Today we'll look at the first component of
airspeed control: rotation or, more correctly, liftoff speed.
Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System -- the system
scans the vicinity by interrogating the transponders of other
aircraft. It then uses the received transponder signals to compute
distance, bearing and altitude relative to the own aircraft.
"If it were just Daley, I'd ignore his ravings, just as
the folks in the federal government in charge of security and
airspace do. But it's not just him. Other politicians (with the
spectacular and notable exception of New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg) and self-appointed "experts" are jumping on the tragic
accident -- repeat, accident -- in New York to sound off again
about the "danger" of light aircraft, and how they must be
regulated, restricted, banned."
Source: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
President Phil Boyer, in an impassioned letter published on the
AOPA website Friday. In it, Boyer responds to comments made by
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley regarding the crash Wednesday of a
Cirrus SR20 into a New York apartment building...