Elling Halvorson's Investment Group Acquires Soloy
Elling Halvorson, chairman of Papillon Airways, Inc., announced
that he and a team of investors composed of leading helicopter
industry executives have acquired Soloy Corporation of Olympia,
Washington. "Soloy is a great strategic fit for our portfolio,
providing us with proven leadership, a highly skilled and dedicated
workforce, and the ability to perform complex aircraft
modifications," said Halvorson.
Efforts to capitalize on the experience (both good and bad)
gained when Diamond Aircraft elected to use non-industry standard
engines (i.e., something other than the Lycomings or Continentals
that have become the de facto standard for many years) in the past,
is creating some heartburn for customers awaiting deliveries of the
revolutionary Diamond DA42.
Co-Pilots Rudder Movements "Unnecessary And Aggressive"
The way AAL 587 copilot Sten Molin manipulated the Airbus
A300-600's rudder pedals was the probable cause of the November
2001 crash that killed all 260 people on board, as well as five on
the ground, according to an NTSB investigator who spoke in
Quest Aircraft's new KODIAK took its first flight last week,
Saturday, October 16. The aircraft, piloted by Bruce Barrett, took
off at 2:15 p.m. from the company's facility at the Sandpoint
ATA, the nation's tenth-largest airline, was set to file
bankruptcy on Tuesday, hiring its former CFO back as "chief of
restructuring." Like other airline bankruptcies of late, you can
chalk this one up, in part, to rising fuel costs and shrinking
fares. However, unlike other recent airline bankruptcies, this one
may very well end in liquidation or at least a merger, according to
ALPA executive Erik Enghdal.
Wild game drives and cultural tours on a flying safari in South
Africa. Mountain and backcountry flying in New Zealand. The Alaskan
wilderness with the chance to add a new rating. The Grand Canyon,
Yellowstone, and the Teton's. There was no shortage of
opportunities to learn about these and other flying adventures at
AOPA Expo '04.
Overcoming predictions that it would take years to recover from
a deadly explosion at its launch facility just 14 months ago,
Brazil Sunday successfully fired a rocket into space and said it
plans to sell its launch vehicles to the ESA.
Britain's Green Party says it will back the "Airports Pledge"
campaign -- designed to foil the government's attempts to expand
aviation facilities in the UK. It's a broad indictment of the
aviation industry in general, saying plans to expand both Stansted
and Heathrow airports is bad for the environment.
It will be the end of an era Thursday when the last 757 rolls
off Boeing's final assembly line in Renton (WA). Boeing 757 number
1050 will be the last of its kind, the first company model retired
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announces the
first recipient of the Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation
Scholarship, which was created earlier this year. William
Merriweather will receive $500 toward his studies at Western
Michigan University in Kalamazoo (MI).
The TSA Monday said it has deployed an explosives detection
trace portal from Smiths Detection of Pine Brook (NJ). This is
TSA’s first deployment of a Smiths Detection trace portal,
and it will remain at JFK for at least 90 days during the trace
portal pilot program. It will be placed in Terminal One of New
York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
ERAU Festivities Include Parade, Fly-In, Athletic Events
Many alumni of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have their
own special way of arriving for Homecoming in November -- at the
controls of general aviation, military, corporate, vintage, and
experimental aircraft. This year, their planes will be on display
at the university's Fly-In event at Daytona Beach International
Airport. Everyone's invited to this free event on Saturday, Nov. 6,
to enjoy looking at the planes and chatting with the pilots. A
special Kid Zone will keep younger children entertained.
"The first officer's control wheel and rudder inputs during the
second wake encounter were unnecessary and too aggressive."
Source: NTSB investigator Robert Benzon,
presenting his findings on the crash of AAL 587 to the safety board
on Tuesday. In spite of that, serious questions remain about the
design of the Airbus A300-600 and the training flight crews have
received from American Airlines.
MANUFACTURER: Boeing (Correction)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-10
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 737-100, -200,
-200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes, that requires
repetitive inspections for co
AD NUMBER: 2004-18-03
MANUFACTURER: Bombardier (Correction)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-18-03
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model
CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700 & 701), and CL-600-2D24
(Regional Jet Series 900) series airplanes.