The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday it has
reached a settlement agreement with Southwest Airlines to resolve
outstanding enforcement actions... taking the low-cost carrier to
the woodshed on a number of safety-related matters, but for the
moment sparing the airline from a still-larger penalty.
Last week, Boeing transferred the third KC-767J tanker to the
company's Japanese partner, Itochu Corp., for delivery to the Japan
Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).
When Itochu officially delivers the aircraft in March, it will join
two KC-767J tankers that Japan received in 2008
File-Sharing Program On Defense Contractor's Computer Allowed
Access To Sensitive Info
During a recent computer traffic analysis, Pittsburgh-area-based
internet security firm Tiversa discovered a security breach that
had resulted in sensitive information about Presidential helicopter
Marine One to fall into the hands of a computer network based in
Announcement Comes As AIG Receives Yet Another Round Of TARP
The latest multi-billion dollar bailout of insurance giant AIG
puts new impetus on the company's plan to sell off its
International Lease Finance Corp. operation... and it appears the
US government is willing to help speed that process.
Southwest Airlines announced last week the Dallas-based low-cost
carrier reached a tentative agreement with Transport Workers Union
(TWU) Local 555, representing Ramp, Operations, Provisioning, and
AIRMETS And SIGMETS... And A Solo Gone Awry, With CFI Bob
ANN Daily Touch N Go:
03.02.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.02.09
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- AIRMETS And SIGMETS:
03.02.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller
of "Over The Airwaves".)
Aero-Maintenance Expert Provides New Management Services For Busy A/C Owners
Every now and then, someone has a "DOH!" moment... you know, a startlingly good idea that just somehow makes all the sense in the world. Mike Busch has had one, in no uncertain terms, and hundreds of aircraft owners are now eager to reap the benefits of his brainstorm. Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc. (SAMM) is basically this -- an "in-house" maintenance expert that will be available on an annual basis for private aircraft owners... to oversee all maintenance related matters and offer their expertise, on-call, to make sure that an aircraft owner's dollars are being used only for what they are intended -- to keep their aircraft flying safely and predictably.
Aero-Maintenance Expert Provides New Management Services For Busy
Every now and then, someone has a "DOH!" moment... you know, a
startlingly good idea that just somehow makes all the sense in the
world. Mike Busch has had one, in no uncertain terms, and hundreds
of aircraft owners are now eager to reap the benefits of his
At The 2009 Women In Aviation Conference, Not All Are
By Gina Doughty
Pilots aren't getting all the press these days. The
Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) had a non-stop
stream of visitors to their booth, and according to exhibitor
Lynette Ashland, that shows no sign of slowing down. "In this
depressed economy, networking is critical. When people are
having a hard time finding jobs, they look for people to network
with; they look for sponsors."
Case Adjourned Until April Amid Emotional Courtroom Scene
Three executives of the former Helios Airways made a brief
appearance in a Cyprus court last week to face charges of
manslaughter and negligent death in connection with the August 2005
crash of a Helios Boeing 737-300 that claimed the lives of all 121
persons on board.
The slumping economy continues to hit general aviation sales,
and jobs... with the news Cirrus Aircraft released another 52
workers last week. The Duluth News Tribune reports most of the
people laid off February 26 came from the company's main
manufacturing plant in Duluth, MN.
Alenia North America To Build Jacksonville Plant Without
At an Air Force Association symposium held last week, the Boeing
Company announced it is pulling out of
a multi-billion-dollar international project
to produce the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft for the US Army and Air
Force with Italy's Finmeccanica.
A hazardous condition of helicopter flight where the helicopter
settles (descends) in spite of being in a high power setting. Three
conditions are required for it to occur: (1) a descent rate of at
least 300 ft/min (feet per minute), 2) an airspeed slower than
Effective Translational Lift, and 3) 20% or greater power
"For us, it wasn't about the airplane. It wasn't about
the team. It's purely about the economic climate."
Source: Boeing spokesman William Barksdale. At
an Air Force Association symposium held last week, the Boeing
Company announced it is pulling out of a multi-billion-dollar
international project to produce the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft for
the US Army and Air Force with Italy's Finmeccanica.
AD NUMBER: 2009-05-04
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-04
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-215-6B11 (CL-215T variant) and
CL-215-6B11 (CL-415 variant) airplanes.
AD NUMBER: 2009-05-06
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-06
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory
continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation
authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe
condition on an aviation product.
AD NUMBER: 2009-05-03
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2009-05-03
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain Boeing Model 727 airplanes. This AD requires among
other actions, installing new ground fault interrupter (GFI) relays
for the main fuel tanks and the auxiliary fuel tank pumps.