Wednesday's crash of a firefighting tanker in northern
California was a double tragedy for the family pilot Paul Cockrell.
You see, Paul's brother died in a 1995 mid-air while fighting a
forest fire in the Anza-Borrego State Park, according to the Los
Members of Congress are watching very carefully safety issues
surrounding America's dwindling firefighting tanker fleet, down to
a mere 32 aircraft now in the wake of Thursday's mishap in Northern
California. This, as the assistant director for aviation at the US
Forest Service stood solidly behind the company that owned the
ill-fated Lockheed P-3 Orion.
Bombardier Aerospace says it's reached an important milestone
with the entry into service of the first completed Bombardier
Global 5000 business jet. The aircraft departed Montreal on Monday
and is now in service with a corporate operator based in the Middle
The keys to the 1,500th Caravan (file photo of type, below) were
presented to customer Radoslav Miskiewicz of GEMI Ltd. Thursday at
Aero Friedrichshafen. GEMI Ltd., a trading company in the
ferroalloys industry, is headquartered in Poland and will use the
aircraft for private and business travel.