To reduce the risk of fire spreading aboard aircraft, the FAA
Friday proposed requiring operators of more than 800 US-registered
Boeing aircraft to replace or modify certain insulation blankets
over the next six years.
04.01.05 Special Edition: Cessna's CEO, Jack
Pelton, is a college graduate. This time... from a real school.
Pelton flipped his tassel Friday at the Herman LaVritz School of
Art and Arc Welding in North Hollywood, CA.
The EPA says it's removed more than a million airplane parts --
mostly control indicators -- from a warehouse in Los Angeles that
were built with radium and, according to the federal agency, posed
a radiation hazard.
If you've read ANN for any length of time, you know how we love
to spoof the news on April 1st. There is, however, "real" news out
there and we want to make sure you know the difference. Our spoofs
are preceded by the heading "04.01.05 Special
Diamond Aircraft has just taken the wraps off an amazing new
aircraft that is set to enter the production pipeline in a matter
of months. Dubbed the DA100, the multi-engined, piston/jet,
retractable geared aircraft is designed to be something of a
universal training aircraft capable of fulfilling virtually any
"It had to happen sooner or later," says one Air Force official
who spoke to ANN, on background. The Capitol is all abuzz over the
revelation that Air Force One, carrying President Bush, has been
cited for a violation of an in-force TFR that was instituted to
protect the Vice President.
Beloved Family Pet Dynamited In Case Of Mistaken Identity
04.01.05 Special Edition: TSA Director Admiral
David C. Stone (pictured below) apologized today for a tragic
incident at Dallas-Fort Worth where a new screener mistakenly
declared a family's beloved Schnauzer suspicious.
04.01.05 Special Edition: Adam Aircraft
surprized a majority of the aerospace world, Friday, with the
announcement that they intend to certify as many as 11 new aircraft
in the coming weeks, "now that the A500 and A700 are so very,
very close to certification."
In an obvious attempt to take some of the limelight away from
the corporate issues that surround Disney's parent company, Disney
World has just released a number of details about upcoming
attractions for their internationally renowned theme parks.
Two Years After Airport Destroyed, Mayoral Residence
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's officials residence was destroyed
early Friday morning by bulldozers and heavy equipment operating
under cover of darkness. It was remarkably similar to the
destruction of Meigs Field, which Daley ordered accomplished in the
deep of night two years ago.
Big Eye In Sky Turned Earthward, Finds Terror Kingpin
04.01.05 Special Edition: It was a Homer
Simpson moment. As CIA Director Porter Goss was headed for work
Thursday morning, he suddenly sat ramrod-straight in the back of
his limo. Fearing his boss was having a seizure or worse, his
driver immediately made to pull over. But the former Florida
Congressman waived him on.
"What's wrong?" asked the unidentified driver, alarmed.
"I've figured out how to find Osama bin Laden," said Goss.
04.01.05 Special Edition: Los Angeles Mayor
James K. Hahn officially extended access of the General Aviation
facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the
anticipated influx of sport pilots who are commuting to work in
downtown LA from outlying airports.
Integrity Turns Costly For California Ambulance-Chaser
04.01.05 Special Edition: A momentary burst of
integrity turned sour for Rio Linda, CA, plaintiff's attorney
Sheckwell Shapiro when he declined participation in a massive
lawsuit, only to be sanctioned by the American and California Bar
NTSB Finds Evidence Of Slippery Banana Peel On Runway
04.01.05 Special Edition: After NTSB
investigators made a startling discovery at Teterboro Airport in
New Jersey on Tuesday, the Port Authority of New York And New
Jersey this week instituted a complete and immediate ban on the
importation of tropical fruits at the field.
Adventurer Plans Channel Flight In Radical Compression-Powered
04.01.05 Special Edition: Steve Fossett holds
records in jets, gliders, and now, is the fastest man to fly an
airplane around the world, and the only one to do it solo. For
anyone else, it might be time to retire. For Fossett, it just means
it's time to find a new challenge.
Standards Are So High That All Must Pass, Instructors
04.01.05 Special Edition: After years of being
crucified in the press for stripping travelers of harmless items
while letting guns, grenades and meat cleavers onto airplanes with
clockwork regularity, the TSA has finally done something about
Just hours after President Bush had to abandon Air Force One, in
Idaho, after an inadvertent TFR violation, the small town of
Saratoga Springs, Utah had a surprise visit from the Commander
in Chief himself.
"OK, folks... ANN did not suddenly
lose its mind (though, there ARE moments... oh, never mind).
Check the DATE. 04.01.05.
It's April FIRST... a/k/a APRIL Fool's Day.
If you believed ANY of this stuff, you have been fooled,
bamboozled, and otherwise become yet another victim of our annual
attempt to enjoy the First day Of April with a little imagination
and a LOT of nonsense. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we
Source: ANN's Jim Campbell, making sure that
ANN readers checked the date before they got too involved in any of
the stories we publish on April 1st of each year. Happy April