Babbitt Submits Resignation To SecTrans LaHood (Updated with
DoT, AOPA Reaction)
ANN Real-Time Update, 120611, 2126: The
Washington Post is reporting that former FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt was flying as the co-pilot aboard an FAA Cessna Citation
560XL, N2, Monday morning, December 5th... some 36 or so hours
AFTER his arrest for DWI.
They have published an audio recording of the
flight. The Fairfax City Police have yet to disclose
Babbitt’s blood-alcohol level, but .08 is the legal threshold
required to levy charges of DWI, in VA. Babbitt is scheduled to
appear in court on Feb. 2.
The line between public use and civil aviation operations is
currently so blurred, especially for contract operators, that the
time has come to bring all the stakeholders together as a working
group to provide clarity on the issue. That was the message HAI
President Matt Zuccaro brought to the NTSB at its forum on public
use aviation safety.
Study Predicts Nearly 11,000 Jets Will Be Built By 2020
In a new study "The Market for Business Jet Aircraft,"
Connecticut-based market research firm Forecast International
predicts that 10,907 business jets will be produced between 2011
and 2020. The value of this production is estimated at $230.3
billion in constant 2011 U.S. dollars. The study projects that
business jet production will resume growing in 2012, after
declining each of the previous three years.
There are few things at an airport more dangerous than a moving
propeller, and an incident reported over the weekend points out
just how dangerous they can be. After a flight in a private
airplane to view Christmas lights, 23-year-old Lauren Scruggs was
severely injured when she walked into the moving prop of the plane
on the airport ramp.
Crew Worked In Darkness To Winch Hiker Trapped Nearly A Mile Up
A B.C. Mountain In 45 Knot Winds
The daring cliff-side rescue of a lucky British Columbian which
pushed both the rescue crew and their search and rescue helicopter
to the limits has been selected for as the 2011 winner of the
Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue.
Spokeswoman Says There Were 'No Events Of Interest'
The U.S. Air Force says that there have been two "physiological
incidents" associated with the F-22 Raptor recorded since November
21st. After the F-22 was returned to service in September, a
special reporting category was established to record hypoxia-like
symptoms that may be related to the ongoing problems with the jets
oxygen generating systems.
First Customer In Russia And CIS For The Updated Airplane
Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, has
signed a firm order for eight A320neo aircraft following a
Memorandum of Understanding signed in August at the International
Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2011 in Moscow. The A320neo is an
efficiency improvement package Airbus says offers up to 15 percent
fuel savings on the A320 Family.
An elderly woman from New York who opted out of screening by a
body scanner before her flight says she was "injured and
humiliated" by what she called a "strip search" which caused her to
miss her plane. But TSA says on its blog that no strip search
A teenager from Jacksonville, FL, was told by a TSA screener in
Norfolk, VA, that carrying her purse with the design of an old-west
six-shooter onto an airplane is a "federal crime," and had
missed her flight by the time the issue was sorted out and the
offending bag was checked through to ... Orlando.
Babbitt Asked For Leave After Informing Administration, Monday
This was not a good weekend for FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Late Saturday night, the FAA Boss was observed driving in the wrong lane in Fairfax City, VA, a mistake that appears to be a costly one as the FAA leader has now been placed on leave after being charged with driving DWI.
The US military is dismissing the latest claim by Iran that it
has downed a US drone as a distraction tactic in the face of
growing international isolation. The Pentagon does say the US Air
Force lost control of an RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance and
surveillance drone over western Pakistan last week, but there is no
evidence it was shot down by Iran.
Has Published Revised Inspection Procedures For Older-Model
Cessna has launched a safety initiative to educate 100- and
200-series single-engine piston aircraft owners around the world
about new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures that will be
added to Cessna service manuals.
Trade Association Cautions House And Senate To Be Mindful Of
Maintenance And Service Facilities
In a letter dated December 1st, the Aeronautical Repair Station
Association told leaders in the U.S. House and Senate that the
uncertainty created by Congress’ failure to pass a new,
multiyear reauthorization bill for the FAA is wreaking havoc on the
aviation industry and undermining the competitiveness of American
aviation maintenance providers.
Babbitt Asked For Leave After Informing Administration
This was not a good weekend for FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Late Saturday night, the FAA Boss was observed driving in the wrong
lane in Fairfax City, VA, a mistake that appears to be a
costly one as the FAA leader has now been placed on leave after
being charged with driving DWI. No accident took place and Babbitt
was alone at the time of his arrest. Babbitt, one of the most
positively received FAA Admins in recent memory, was released on
his personal recognizance after being taken to the local jail and
ANN has learned (via the AP) that he has been placed on leave from
New Airplane Pays Its First Visit To Mainland China, Landing In
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived Sunday at the Beijing Capital
International Airport, making its debut in mainland China, one of
the world's fastest-growing aviation and travel markets. It also
marks the start of a six-month worldwide Dream Tour with the
Efforts To Contact The Spacecraft Have Yielded No Results
Russia's space program suffered a setback when the Mars
probe it launched November 8th failed to fire a transfer rocket
that would boost it out of Earth orbit on its way to Mars. Friday,
the European Space Agency said it was calling off efforts to regain
control of the spacecraft.
Boeing and Lufthansa are fast approaching the next major
milestone on the 747-8 Intercontinental program with the start of
pre-delivery testing of the new airplane at Lufthansa's main
operations base at Frankfurt Airport from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9.
Instructor And Student Landed On Busy Interstate, Both Were
A Cirrus SR20 on a night flight from Sanford International
Airport in Orlando, FL, To Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig
Field made an emergency landing Saturday night on a busy interstate
highway. Neither the flight instructor or the student pilot were
injured, but the plane was struck after landing by a pickup truck
which did not stop at the scene.
"While the country desperately needs the predictability
of a new FAA law, Congress must also ensure that the final
legislation does not detrimentally impact the thousands of
facilities in communities throughout the country that provide
aviation maintenance services.” Source: ARSA
Executive Vice President Christian Klein.