Battered by Hurricane Katrina and forced by economics to write
down the cost of a fastener division, Textron lost money in the
third quarter -- about $164 million. But the company's Cessna
division is going strong, on the road to recovery after the
industry slump that began with the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) Thursday urged the Air
Force against granting sole-source contracts for heavy satellite
launches to United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between
Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Regulators are expected to rule on the
merger shortly and the companies are now jointly negotiating for
the third round of launches under the $32 billion Evolved
Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, which will cover 23
missions lasting through 2011 and beyond. Despite the cost
overruns, schedule delays, and scandals that have plagued EELV,
there is no legal requirement for the Air Force to consider
additional bidders that may emerge before 2011.
NOTAM Number : FDC 5/9650
Issue Date : October 21, 2005 at 12:59 UTC
Location : Camden, South Carolina near CHESTERFIELD VOR/DME
Beginning Date and Time : October 28, 2005 at 18:00 UTC
Ending Date and Time : October 30, 2005 at 19:00 UTC
Reason for NOTAM : Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy F/A-18
Type : Airshow
A perusal of the first rounds of court documents filed in the
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy of Skystar Aircraft reveals a company that was
dealing with massive debt and some business practices that appear,
at the least, problematic.
As UN officials tried to unravel the situation in quake-ravaged
Pakistan they said was worse than the horror in Indonesia following
the tsunami, NATO delegates were to meet Friday to decide how they
will respond. They were reportedly going to consider urgent pleas
for a massive airlift of food and equipment into the worst-hit
areas of the Muslim country.
Israel Was To Install New Systems In Venezuelan F-16s
It's a deal that would have made Israel a lot of money. But it
would have also made Israel's number-one financial backer -- the US
-- mighty mad. So in the end, officials in Jerusalem took a pass on
a contract to upgrade Venezuela's fleet of F-16 fighters.
Two Men Accused Of Carrying Airport IDs When They Shouldn't
Two former contractors for the Australian flag carrier, Qantas,
have been charged with illegally carrying Aviation Security
Identification Cards at Sydney Airport Tuesday. Qantas found out
and immediately reported the incident to Australian Federal
Airlines Wouldn't Be Covered If Hit By Certain Types Of
European insurance carriers are threatening to leave European
air carriers in the lurch if they're attacked -- or used in attacks
-- by terrorists who employ biological, chemical or nuclear
weapons. If insurers follow through with that threat, civil
aviation in Europe would be wide open to financial loss in the case
of a "dirty bomb" attack.
Through the wonders of the global market, two companies with a
common parent -- the European Aerospace Defence & Space Co.,
which also owns 80 percent of Airbus SAS -- have been contracted to
provide parts for Airbus archrival Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.
Aero-News was saddened to learn from one of our readers that
Graham Lee -- noted designer of, among others, the Nieuport 11
WWI-replica homebuilt biplane -- died unexpectedly earlier this
month after a brief bout with cancer. He was 82.
Television cameras aboard the international space station are
showing dramatic views of record-setting Hurricane Wilma. The video
captured from 222 miles above the storm is airing on the NASA TV
Video File segment.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 one of the best gatherings in the
event's history, is now chronicled by the organization on video and
DVD. This one certainly deserves consideration as a fixture on the
ol' media shelf.
Boeing's Alteon Training, working with Centro De Capacitacion
Alas De America (ALAS), has received Mexican Direccion General De
Aeronautical Civil (DGAC) Level "D" certification on its 737-800
full-flight simulator at the ALAS training center in Mexico
"You must rest assured that NATO fully realizes the gravity of
the situation and … NATO will act accordingly."
Source: NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop
Scheffer, regarding the organization's possible responses to
the October 8 earthquake in Pakistan that, according to
NATO, resulted in damage exceeding the aftermath of last
year's tsunami in Indonesia.