Takes Key AOPA Member Concerns To Congressional Leaders
AOPA President Phil Boyer has been pressing the concerns of
pilots on user fees, airport security, and airports with key
members of Congress during a series of meetings over the past week.
Legislators are working on the federal budget for fiscal year 2005
and the associated policies.
In conjunction with the London AirFest International Airshow
this year, Diamond Aircraft is inviting all owners of Diamond
airplanes to the factory for seminars, training, updates and tours.
The event is co-organized with the Diamond Aircraft Pilots and
Owners Organization (DAPO). The dates for DiamondFest 2004 are June
24 through 26th, 2004.
It's no secret that the TSA is keeping a list and checking it
twice, hoping to find who's naughty or nice. And as far as the
American Civil Liberties Union is concerned, therein lies the
The ACLU Tuesday sued the TSA on behalf of seven airline passengers
the civil liberties group says have been wrongly placed on the
so-called "do not fly" list.
Two days of "grueling" mediation has produced an agreement
between the family of a pilot and the families of Oklahoma State
University basketball players and others killed in a 2001 crash:
They won't sue each other. They'll instead sue Raytheon, the maker
of the King Air 200 that went down.
So, let's get this straight: If you're bad, you get a lump of
coal in your stocking. If you're good, you get a load of coal in
your fuel tanks, right?
Researchers at Penn State have come up with a bituminous coal-based
concoction they say will run a jet engine. But it has to be a
specially-built jet engine. And the fuel itself has some pretty
A Piper Comanche made an unscheduled exit in Overland Park (KS)
early Tuesday morning, much to the surprise of those who were
supposed to be on the road.
The 1959 Comanche, N-5844P, apparently lost power at around 12:15
am (CDT). Local media reports say the pilot, from Olathe (KS) and
the passenger were on a trip from Ohio to New Century Air Center
near Gardner (KS).
Hundreds of manufacturers of avionics, instruments, airframe and
test equipment along with shop owners, managers and technicians
poured into the exhibit hall at the Aircraft Electronics
Association 46th Annual International Convention and Trade Show,
March 29th through April 1st in Las Vegas.
The next US aircraft carrier and all that follow will have a
completely new catapult design for launching aircraft. Monday, the
Navy awarded a $145.6 million contract for that new system to
General Atomics of San Diego (CA).
"We believe that when the evidence is made public, everyone will
know the accident was caused by problems Raytheon had the
opportunity to correct. The evidence will show that the airplane
failed everyone on the plane, including my father."
Source: Kathryn WIlson, daughter of Denver Mills.
Mills was the PIC aboard a King Air 200 that went down in Colorado
January 27, 2001, killing two members of the Oklahoma State
University basketball team and eight other people. Family members,
including Wilson, decided over the weekend to put aside their
differences and sue Raytheon, maker of the King Air, because of
mechanical problems that they say were to blame for the crash. The
NTSB ruled that Mills erred in trying to recover from a complete
loss of AC power on the aircraft
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes
pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the
part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they
were all designated Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional
A New Jersey couple was hospitalized in Elko (NV) Tuesday
morning after their Beechcraft B-36 made an emergency landing in a
field shortly after take-off from Elko Regional Airport.
Authorities said the couple had just departed Elko's Runway 5 and
apparently ran into power problems right away.
What's going on at the NBAA?
Last week, we reported the recently-appointed CEO for the business
aviation group, Shelley Longmuir, abruptly left that organization,
along with several other officers. What's going on?
At age 19, Nick Donner has already been the US National Hot Air
Balloon Champion twice -- in 2001 and in 2003 -- and is captain of
the American team that will compete at the World Hot Air Balloon
Championship in Australia this June.
The young balloonist is also a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, the world's premier university specializing in aviation
and aerospace. "I've always wanted to be a pilot," Donner says, "so
what better place to get my degree than Embry-Riddle?"
The US Air Force has authorized Rockwell Collins to begin the
$36.9M Lot II, the first phase of full rate production, as part of
the C/KC-135 Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) program.
This first production phase calls for the building, delivery and
installation of 30 additional R-model aircraft ship sets with
deliveries beginning in April 2005. If fully executed, the
GATM program could generate $600 million in revenue for Rockwell
AD NUMBER: 2004-07-18
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-07-18
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19
(Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes, that requires
replacement of landing gear control handle components with new,
improved components. This action is necessary to prevent an
inability to lower or retract the landing gear using the landing
gear control handle, which could result in use of Emergency
Procedures using the landing gear manual release. This action is
intended to address the identified unsafe condition.