EAA says it's time for pilots to flex their collective muscle.
The organization wants pilots to contact their congressional
representatives and express concern about a proposed amendment to
the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (HR 3798). The amendment would
place additional restrictions on general aviation beyond what has
been deemed prudent and effective by the Transportation Security
Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
Twin Cessna owners will soon have an opportunity to tell the FAA
what they think about two very expensive airworthiness directives
the agency has proposed. The agency will hold two days of meetings
next week on ADs that could cost owners more than the aircraft is
worth and take years to comply with. AOPA and the Cessna Pilots
Association had pressed the FAA to give owners a chance to be
It's the kind of thing that shakes up an industry -- more so if
it comes from an industry icon. US Airways CEO David Siegel, fresh
from bankruptcy court, predicts a future where just three major
airlines rule the skies, along with a "swarm of low-cost carriers"
as consumers demand more miles to the wallet.
The International Space Station has a lot of the same problems
which led to the Columbia shuttle disaster. That word comes in a
172-page NASA internal review. Chief among the problems, according
to the report: Engineers have failed to maintain a single,
integrated set of blueprints that cover every aspect of the
station's design and modifications. Databases stored in computers
have become outdated. Some critical information hasn't even been
With many of its employees finding it increasingly difficult to
get to work at the Port-au-Prince airport because of disturbances
in the area, American Airlines has suspended all service to and
from Haiti until Wednesday, March 3. Look for other airlines to
quickly follow suit.
UAL Corporation, the holding company whose primary subsidiary is
United Airlines, today filed its January Monthly Operating Report
(MOR) with the United States Bankruptcy Court. The company reported
a loss from operations of $191 million, which represents an
improvement of approximately $140 million over January 2003.
Mainline passenger unit revenue improved 8% year-over-year, well
ahead of the industry average. Mainline unit costs for January,
excluding special charges and fuel, improved 14% year-over-year.
The company reported a net loss of $252 million, including $26
million in reorganization expenses. The majority of reorganization
expenses were non- cash items resulting from the rejection of
aircraft as the company aligns its fleet with the market. UAL met
the requirements of its d
Vought Aircraft Industries says it's in line to receive a $35
million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund, which is administered
by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office. In addition to the grant, Vought
will work with the governor's office, the General Land Office and
several other Texas state agencies to facilitate the creation of
3,000 new jobs in Texas by the end of 2009.
Blame human error. Blame technical problems. Blame the weather.
But don't blame terrorists for the crash of a Raytheon Beechcraft
Super King Air last week. The crash killed Macedonian President
Boris Trajkovski and eight others Thursday. Investigators said all
died instantly when the aircraft impacted the ground.
Israel's security cabinet Sunday approved the $1.2 billion
dollar sale of three Phalcon AWACS aircraft to India, after the US
dropped the same kind of objections which blocked a similar deal
Less than three months after announcing its start up,
Singapore's low cost airline, Tiger Airways, has appointed a Chief
Executive Officer and named its Chairman. With the appointment of a
dedicated chief executive, the carrier will push full steam ahead
with its plans to take off this year as scheduled.
Cirrus Designs has already made remarkable inroads into the
manufacture of single-engine, piston-driven aircraft. With
confidence borne of experience, the brash upstart now plans nothing
less than a full-drive to overtake Cessna as the leader of the
Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO,
last week briefed the National Transportation Safety Board last
week, hoping to convince board members to continue their
recommendation advocating child safety seats be required for
children under two onboard aircraft.
Smiths Detection has received an order from the German Ministry
of the Interior for automatic explosives detection systems, valued
at more than EUR 20 million, to be installed at Frankfurt Airport.
The systems include the detection tomography system, HI-SCAN 10080
EDtS, along with comprehensive network-integration for x-ray image
evaluation of hold baggage.
"When the inevitable forces of consolidation kick in, it is
equally important that we have a competitive cost structure.
Otherwise, we will be the awkward teenager at the school dance,
hoping someone will come talk to us, but going home disappointed
Source: US Airways CEO David Siegel, speaking to a
meeting of the Potomac Officer's Club in Washington (DC) last week.
Siegel, whose own airline recently emerged from Chapter 11
bankruptcy, predicts a wave of airline mergers to come -- one that
will leave only three or four major carriers standing. He predicts
a horde of low-cost carriers will compete for no-frills travel
along short-haul and shuttle routes and hints that he's positioning
his company to be in the best possible position when the takeovers
AirCell has just announced that Duncan Aviation in Lincoln
(NE)is their 2003 Sales Dealer of the Year.
"It is simply a question of value for our customers," said Ron
Hall, Avionics Sales Representative at Duncan. AirCell is a known
quantity within the aviation industry, and as such, provides the
product, the service support and peace of mind our customers demand
- and all at a reasonable price. This is exactly what our customers
expect from us!" Previous winners of the award were Raytheon
Aircraft Services in San Antonio (TX), and Elliott Aviation of
CHC Helicopter Corporation last week reported its operating
division, CHC Australia, has been successful in renewing its
contract with the Commonwealth Government of Australia to provide
Search and Rescue helicopters and crews for the Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) for a period of 10 years, plus two option periods
of two years each.
Bombardier Aerospace has appointed Gary R. Scott as President,
New Commercial Aircraft Program, effective March 8, 2004. Scott
will be responsible to form and lead a multi-disciplinary team to
evaluate the possibility of proceeding with the creation of a new
generation commercial aircraft.