One of the most promising aircraft in the two seat GA market is
having some teething pains in getting it's North American
production nailed down. OMF has confirmed that they have undertaken
a series of temporary layoffs designed to bridge a gap in capital
OMF has been quick to respond to ANN inquiries, and unusually
upfront (for this industry) about what can only be considered some
disappointing issues. Statements from OMF explain the situation,
"OMF GmbH (the German parent company) is experiencing financial
challenges. The new North American company, OMF Aircraft, is also
experiencing challenges as it starts up its operations."
Ken Hyde (right) and the hard-aviating gang at the Wright
Experience have resumed proof-of-concept tests with its
reproduction 1903 Wright Flyer at The Wright Brothers National
Memorial in advance of the breathlessly awaited Dec. 17
re-enactment of the world's first powered flight.
The reproduction 1903 flyer is as close to the original flyer as
can be engineered and was assembled by The Wright Experience with
painstaking detail over the past four years. On Nov. 25, the
aircraft was damaged during tests here, but repair work by The
Wright Experience crew during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend
returned the airplane to operational status in less than four
The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has issued a revised
Regulation regarding the application of the use tax to
noncommercial aircraft in Rhode Island. Due in large part to the
efforts of NBAA and interested Rhode Island aviation groups, the
new Regulation clarifies many of the uncertainties created by the
issuance of the previous Emergency Regulation. The new Regulation
makes it clear that the Rhode Island use tax applies only
to noncommercial aircraft exceeding specified operating
limits within the State of Rhode Island. The revised
Regulation also makes it clear that it applies only to "residents"
of Rhode Island.
December 16 And 17 Sold Out -- Tickets Still Available For
If the hype is as good as the reality, the coming Wright
Anniversary celebration is going to be a heck of an aero-event.
And... if you haven't already done so, please be advised that
advance ticket sales end Sunday, December 7 at 10 p.m. Eastern
Time. Worse; event planners for the First Flight Centennial
Celebration have announced that general admission tickets for
December 16 have sold out.
It sure is nice to see GA companies grow and expand their
services and influence... Following a strategic plan to expand
their territory, Premier Aircraft Sales has been awarded the
Diamond Aircraft distributorship for the state of Texas. Premier
will soon promote and sell Diamond products and aircraft there in
an effort to better serve the Lone Star state.
Skyhawk Gets Blown Away By CRJ
When operating in close proximity to jet aircraft, exercise EXTREME
caution... the amount of thrust put out by even the lowest power
settings is more than enough to turn any GA bird right on it's butt
if caught at just the right angle. Beware the "business end" of jet
Operators are encouraged to check NOTAMs to see if Special
Traffic Management Programs (STMPs) are in effect during ski season
at eight airports in Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming. When anticipated
weather conditions or traffic volumes dictate, the FAA will
activate STMPs at the following Colorado airports: Aspen-Pitkin
County/Sardy Field Airport (ASE), Rifle/Garfield County Field
Airport (RIL), Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), Montrose Regional
Airport (MTJ) and Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE).
** Report created 12/1/2003 Record 1 **
Regis#: 103AE Make/Model: B206 Description: BELL 206B
Date: 11/28/2003 Time: 0408 Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor Mid Air: N
AIRCRAFT WAS STARTED WHILE ONE OF THE ROTORS WAS
TETHERED, OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNKNOWN, PARIS, AR
FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey, has named Ventris Cassandra
Gibson as the agency’s assistant administrator for human
resource management. Gibson will head the office responsible for
personnel, workforce planning, recruitment and placement,
professional development and performance-based compensation
Gibson comes to the FAA from the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA), where she served as deputy assistant secretary for human
resources management, overseeing a $59 million program with 226,000
employees in the United States and abroad.