"Are you going to live or die?"
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said that thought raced
through her mind as she was shaken and bruised Wednesday when the
door of her chartered aircraft blew open and the aircraft began a
sudden, steep dive.
The TSA has a lot of problems on its hands, but one of the most
pressing is how to cut 2,000 jobs in order to meet a
Congressionally-mandated cap of 45,000. The embattled agency, whose
director has resigned effective in June and whose scope of service
is being drastically cut back by the Bush administration wants to
hand out 400 of those pink slips to screeners at Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Standard Equipment All Skyhawks, Skylanes, Stationairs
Cessna says it will now begin equipping all new single engine
piston aircraft with AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR)
seatbelt airbags. To date, AmSafe seatbelt airbags have been
installed on over 100 Cessna single engine piston aircraft.
Bad weather and dense mountain foliage forced rescue and
recovery teams to suspend their search Wednesday after a
deHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter went down in the central highlands of
West Papau, Indonesia. Officials, however, promised to resume their
efforts Thursday morning.
Expert: Most People Don't Know Enough To Be Properly
Fear about the safety of the air in airplane cabins heightens
whenever the possibility of a new or emerging infection, such as
SARS or avian (bird) flu, appears in the headlines. Each new report
of an avian flu outbreak raises questions about whether airplane
cabin air can transmit the virus, which some scientists predict
could be the source of the next major global influenza
French officials say they've received Airbus's application for
an estimated $1.6 billion in refundable grants to develop its
competitor to the Boeing 787 -- the A350. That could very well
trigger lawyers who are waiting in the wings at the Word Trade
Organization, ready to file the biggest trade suit that entity has
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
announced Tuesday that the remains of an Army Air Forces crewman
have been identified and are being returned to his family for
burial with military honors.
Anchorage Firm Becomes First To Export Capstone Technology
ADS-B Technologies says it's become the first to export Capstone
technology out of the US. Company President Skip Nelson said his
firm has signed a contract with the Civil Aviation Flight
University of China to sell US-developed Capstone products and
services in Asia.
The Flying Heritage Collection, featuring rare World War I and
World War II planes acquired by investor and philanthropist Paul G.
Allen and restored to flying condition, will display a portion of
its aircraft at the Arlington 2005 EAA Fly-In on July 6-10.
The Lancair Company is announcing certification of general
aviation’s first intelligent system for Columbia 350 and 400
certified aircraft. The climate control system allows Columbia
operators to set their desired cabin temperature using a digital
display on the instrument panel.
Ballistic Recovery Systems has announced that it has signed a
strategic alliance agreement with Symphony Aircraft Industries
(SAI). The Joint agreement allows Symphony to become the first
certificated high-wing design to offer the parachute factory
Avidyne has launched its FlightCenter™ suite of
datalink-enabled services. FlightCenter delivers aviation services
both on the ground via the internet, and in the air through
Avidyne’s MultiLink™-enabled FlightMax Entegra
integrated flight deck, and FlightMax EX500 and EX5000
multi-function displays (MFD).
The FAA has granted an STC to McCauley Propeller Systems
for installation of a new three bladed propeller for the Beechcraft
Baron 95-55, 95-A55, 95-B55, 95-B55A, and 95-B55B. A new
three-bladed STC has also been awarded for the Cessna E310J, 310J
"The reality is that pilots have to
be prepared for the unexpected... When weather forecasts are
off the mark, and pilots inadvertently find themselves in icing
conditions, the build up of airframe ice can be quick and
Source: New Piper's Molly Martin
Pearce, Director of Dealer Relations & Sales, commenting
on the reason why Piper introduced their new PIIPS (Piper
Inadvertent Icing Protection System) system.
AD NUMBER: 2005-07-21
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-21
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model
747-200F and -200C series airplanes, that currently requires
repetitive detailed inspections or a one-time open-hole high
frequency eddy current inspection to detect cracking of certain
areas of the upper deck floor beams, and corrective actions if
AD NUMBER: 2005-07-24
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-24
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series
airplanes. This AD requires inspecting the thrust reversers for
damage of the insulation blankets, the inner wall, and the
compression and drag link fittings; and repair if necessary.
AD NUMBER: 2005-07-23
MANUFACTURER: Avions Marcell Dassault
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-23
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for all Dassault Model Falcon 10 series
AD NUMBER: 2005-07-25
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-25
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model
A300 B2 and B4 series airplanes; Model A300 B4-600, A300 B4-600R,
A300 C4-605R Variant F, and A300 F4-600R (collectively called
A300-600) series airplanes; and Model A310 series airplanes.