The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly
(385-12) passed HR 1084, a bill backed by EAA Tuesday that would
extend "Good Samaritan" protections to nonprofit volunteer pilot
organizations and volunteer pilots. The Volunteer Pilot
Organization Protection Act of 2004 ensures that vital services,
such as donated medical flights for the needy, flights of
compassion, humanitarian, and charitable purposes. Charitable
organizations conduct more than 30,000 such flights annually.
But Hurricanes May Delay Shuttles' Return To Flight
Virtually no place in Florida has escaped nature's wrath this
summer -- and that includes Cape Canaveral. Because of poundings
from Hurricanes Charley and Frances, NASA is now about a week
behind on its schedule for returning the space shuttles to service
-- hopefully in March or April.
McClellan-Palomar Airport Neighbors Say Pilots Aren't Following
Noise Abatement Procedures
"If pilots would just follow the recommended (flight) path, we
wouldn't be here tonight."
So says Gail Carroll, who lives in Carlsbad (CA). She was one of
about two dozen people who showed up at a meeting of the
McClellan-Palomar Airport Advisory Committee Thursday night to
complain about airport noise.
David Cox is pretty tight with his 72-year old grandmother, Barb
Hickman. So tight, in fact, that when he recently went over the
river and through the woods, she told him she wanted to do
something to bring them even closer.
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and is ingested
in a commercial aircraft engine like a duck, then is it a
In the case of an American Airlines McDonnell Douglas Super 80
departing Chicago (IL) last week, the answer was no. It was a
double-breasted cormorant. The bird was once close to extinction
(well, in fact, this particular bird IS extinct) and was, at one
time, on the federal list of endangered species.
Genesis team scientists and engineers continue their work on the
mission's sample return canister in a specially constructed clean
room at the US Army Proving Ground in Dugway (UT). As more of the
capsule's contents are revealed, the team's level of enthusiasm for
the amount of science obtainable continues to rise.
"Our expert said that a cormorant is chunkier, meatier and has
more bones than a looser, watery bird. Once ingested by the engine,
it would have a harder time getting through the fan blades of the
Source: American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances
Fagan in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, saying that AAL
Super 80 flying over Chicago didn't actually ingest a goose or a
duck as first thought. No, it was actually a double-breasted
cormorant, which, as one expert said, "looks similar to a goose,
especially at high speed." Glen Kruse, manager of restoration
ecology at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, told the
Tribune, "I doubt a pilot would know the difference between the
birds." The cormorant was once on the federal list of endangered
Aviation Pioneer Burt Rutan Flies Weightless for the First
ANN has been having a ball sharing Zero-G with a number of
luminaries while Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell has been serving as a
crewmember aboard "G-Force One" this week. But... with the
exception of Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin, none of these VIPs have been
as eagerly awaited as Scaled Composites' Burt Rutan (shown below,
to the the right of X Prize's Gregg "Born 2 Fly" Maryniak).