ICAS's John Cudahy Responds to CNN Air Show Segment
E-I-C Note: The International Council of
Air Shows has sent a letter to CNN to protest the shoddy journalism
and sensationalistic reporting demonstrated in a September "news"
segment that aired on that network.
The Air Force closed another chapter in the T-38 Talon aircraft
modification process as the last two upgraded aircraft arrived the
end of August at Randolph Air Force Base. The aircraft underwent
such a major change that Air Force officials redesignated it the
The fast growing Aegean Airlines has ordered six more A320s.
This will eventually bring their fleet to 25 A320 Family aircraft.
The first new aircraft was delivered earlier this year to the Greek
airline. The airline's A320s are powered by IAE V2500 engines, and
are equipped with a comfortable two-class layout.
The FAA tells ANN that it will provide funding to four airports
to help them convert from military to civilian use. The airports
selected are Portsmouth International Airport, Portsmouth, NH;
Sawyer International Airport, Marquette, MI; Plattsburgh
International Airport, Plattsburgh, NY; and Killeen-Fort Hood
Regional Airport, Killeen, TX.
A Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter transported a
patient to safety, after a paraglider crash Saturday
afternoon. A 49yr old Wanganui man was injured when his
paraglider crash landed on the beach at Paekakariki, north of
Wellington, around 1330 local time.
Onboard Systems has certified a new hydraulic cargo hook kit for
the MD500 aircraft and will begin production shortly."The legacy
hook installed on the MD500 has a history of inadvertent cargo
releases, which have been traced back to improper rigging and
routing of the manual release cable on this aircraft," said Jason
Lemmon, General Manager of Onboard Systems.
The airlines want more of your money... and are looking for
innovative and creative ways to get it. Hence, the ARINC
announcement of SkyBuy, touted as 'the first complete in-flight
payment and inventory control system designed for passenger cabin
sales by airlines, caterers, and onboard retailers.'
Dedicated to the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and the men who flew
her into combat. It is a photographic chronicle of the damage that
the "Queen of the Skies" could sustain and still bring her crews
"We help to save thousands of people every year, from
premature babies through to elderly patients. Whether undertaking
intensive care level medical transport, helping accident victims or
rescuing a tramper in the bush, Life Flight has one mission: to
help save lives."
Source: Mission statement for the
Wellington-based Westpac Rescue helicopter and the Life Flight NZ
air ambulance service, based in both Wellington and Auckland (New
Zealand)... illustrating just one of the many ways that aviation
enriches the lives of the public it serves... and a story that
(too) rarely gets told.