Jon Johanson was to have flown out of McMurdo-Scott Base in
Antarctica Saturday after becoming the first pilot ever to fly an
experimental single-engine aircraft over the South Pole. Now,
Johanson is at the center of a controversy between Australia and
its two closest allies -- New Zealand and the US. Officials from
New Zealand and the United States see Johanson's attempt as a huge
imposition and have refused to sell him the fuel he needs to get
home. Hence, Johanson has been stranded.
Johanson left Invercargill, New Zealand, December 7th on a
record-setting flight to Ushuaia, Argentina in his home-built RV4.
But the plan was a risky one at best. The landing at McMurdo-Scott
was unplanned, according to a Johanson news release. "[H]eadwinds
were much stronger than forecast. With ai
Aviation adventurer Jon Johanson should be flying back to New
Zealand from the McMurdo-Scott Base in Antarctica, where he was
stranded for several days after his record-breaking flight over the
South Pole. Johanson was the first to fly an experimental
home-built aircraft over the southernmost point on Earth, but
didn't have enough fuel to buck headwinds that stood between him
and his planned landing in Ushuaia, Argentina.
When asked by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) how he
got into this mess in the first place, Johanson replied from
McMurdo-Scott, "Oh, I guess it's because I proved I'm as human as
everybody else, unfortunately. We were trying to make the best
decisions we could as a team and we basically left the final
decision just a little bit too late and, for sa
A Cessna 414 from Tampa (FL) went down in Tennessee Thursday,
killing three people and severely injuring a fourth. Among the dead
is David Jochman, an award-winning pilot described as a pilot with
a passion for flying.
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The Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), wants its
negotiating committee to look at ways it can come to an "interim
investment agreement" with Northwest Airlines before its March 2004
"We believe all stakeholders must ultimately share in solving NWA's
problems, but recognize that a pilot investment could represent an
intermediate step on the way to a long-term solution," NWA Master
Executive Council (MEC) Chairman Capt. Mark McClain said. "Since
April, the NWA pilot group has recognized the long-term viability
problems facing our company and that an investment by labor will
need to be part of the solution."
Score one for the missile shield. A Raytheon Company Standard
Missile-3 (SM-3) landed a knock-out punch to a ballistic missile in
space during an Aegis BMD Program flight test off the Hawaiian
"Oh, I guess it's because I proved I'm as human as everybody
else, unfortunately. We were trying to make the best decisions we
could as a team and we basically left the final decision just a
little bit too late and, for safety's sake, the best decision was
to come back here to McMurdo. We had thought we could continue on
and maybe land on one of the basins over on the Arctic peninsular,
but when you are 10 hours away, the weather over there can be very,
very fickle and you wouldn't want to wind up in that part of the
world with low fuel, so the only real safe option was to come back
Source: Australian aviation adventurer Jon
Johanson, speaking to Australia's ABC Network from Antarctica.
After becoming the first person ever to cross the South Pole in a
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Chairman of the
Board Donald E. Baldwin has accepted a position on the Board of
NBAA Member The Whitewind Company. Baldwin resigned his current
position with the Coca-Cola flight department effective December
30, 2003. In accordance with the NBAA Bylaws, Baldwin will retain
his chairmanship with no interruption in leadership.
NBAA's Executive Committee is composed of Baldwin, Kenneth E.
Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel Services as Vice Chairman, Jeffrey
W. Lee of IBM Corporation as Treasurer, George A. Saling of Altria
Corporate Services as Immediate Past Chairman, and Shelley A.
Longmuir as NBAA President and CEO.