In July of 2003 we reported that Tom "Sharkbait" Delashaw had
died after his Hawker Hunter crashed in Pennsylvania. The NTSB has
released a report in which it states that it has found that the
aircraft had had an engine change prior to the crash, and the logs
had not been signed off by the mechanic to return the jet to
Kitty Hawk has signed a contract to lease seven Boeing 737-300SF
aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Kitty Hawk will
be the North American launch customer for the 737-300SF, the
freighter version of one of the best-selling and most popular
commercial passenger aircraft of all time.
General aviation pilots set a record low for the number of
accidents in a single year, according to the AOPA Air Safety
Foundation's annual Joseph T. Nall General Aviation Safety Report.
The nation's most comprehensive examination of general aviation
(GA) safety and GA accident trends is now available online. Printed
copies will begin shipping soon.
The U.S. Army's Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL)
testbed destroyed a rocket on May 4 that's larger, faster and that
flies higher than previous threats destroyed by the laser weapon
Records set by a B-1B Lancer during the 2003 Edwards AFB Open
House and Air Show were officially certified April 30 by the
Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Switzerland. In two
flights Oct. 25 and 26, the B-1B set 45 world records and broke
five previously set records in the National Aeronautic Association
C-1Q and C-1R, Group III weight class.
I hope that each of you who are as lucky as I am, to have the
GREATEST Mom in the world, took the time on Sunday to say so to
Years ago, when it was painfully obvious that my passion for model
airplanes had turned into an even bigger passion for the real thing
(hence the reason for those mysterious buzz-jobs my neighborhood
experienced throughout my high school years), my Mom was faced with
a tricky problem. Flying scared the absolute hell out of her.
Top officials at the FAA have told AOPA that the agency is
committed to maturing satellite-based navigation for the long haul
using the wide area augmentation system (WAAS). During a meeting at
AOPA headquarters on Tuesday, executives from the FAA's Air Traffic
Organization shared the agency's latest program developments. They
said part of the plan for supporting general aviation's transition
to WAAS is to develop 500 WAAS approaches each year, making the
system more attractive to GA pilots.
"It was an unbelievable honor to be a part of an event
of this magnitude and certainly was the opportunity of a lifetime
for most, if not all of us. For the past 11 years, I have been part
of a large group of aviators who have been trying to get the world
to stand up and take note of the awesome capabilities of the B-1B.
Ironically, this record-setting event comes at a time when the B-1B
is also proving itself in operations around the world. This event
will possibly serve as icing on the cake for the great things the
B-1B is doing in support of the war on terrorism and help solidify
it as the weapon system of choice for the future."
Source: USAF Maj. Troy Asher, 419th FLTS
Director of Operations, commenting on the official certification
April 30 b