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
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.
Amazing Technology Now Being Fielded Worldwide (Part II)
The point of the centrifuge is to increase the realism of flight
simulation. Or, as ETC puts it, to "continuous motion cueing and
sustained G cueing in real time flight." There has been a great
deal of to-controversy in the training and human factors worlds
over the last few years on the value of motion cueing. Some studies
indicate that it has little value. The difference may be one of
degree: traditional simulators can provide motion cueing that hints
at what the airplane can do, but they can't sustain acceleration
(G), they can't do negative G, they can't reverse from positive to
negative - all things an actual airplane can do. Even the
momentary, transient accelerations felt in an ordinary full-motion
simulator are stric
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.
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) F/A-18 program
commemorated the first flight of the Hornet aircraft flown 25 years
ago Nov. 20. Alumni members of the "Hornets Nest" gathered at
NAVAIR Patuxent River for a day of memories and celebration.
“The last 25 years of flight by F/A-18 Hornets and Super
Hornets have established an unmatched record of performance,
survivability, reliability, maintainability and affordability for
the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and our foreign partners,” said
NAVAIR F/A-18 Program Manager Capt. B.D. Gaddis.
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
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.
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).
By a razor-thin margin, the pilots at America West Airlines
(AWA) have rejected a tentative agreement for a new labor contract.
The vote was 725-720 against the offer, with 97.2 percent of the
1,487 eligible pilots voting.
Agusta Aerospace Corporation, an AgustaWestland company, has
just delivered an A109 Power helicopter to the New Mexico State
Police. The A109 Power for the NMSP is fitted with special police
equipment for extensive night surveillance operations and also with
special police avionics. The completion was accomplished by Agusta
Aerospace Corporation in Philadelphia, and is the first A109 Power
placed in service with a U.S. Police Department.
Members of the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, voted
to join forces with the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO,
in a historic vote that was counted Monday. Fifty-seven percent of
those who cast valid ballots voted for the merger. Forty-seven
percent of AFA's membership voted.
** 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
While being spun in a chair and parasailing hardly sound like
intense pilot training exercises, they are several techniques
aerospace physiology experts use to train Air Force pilots. Within
the first eight and a half days of pilot training, students become
familiar with air and ground survival training through an array of
hands-on and classroom exercises. “Pilots start their
training with us -- this is their first stop,” said Tech.
Sgt. Dora Caniglia, the noncommissioned officer in charge of
administration for the 47th Aeromedical Squadron.
Safety Recommendations A-03-51 through -54
The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following
recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration:
Conduct en route inspections and observe ground training, flight
training, and proficiency checks at all 14 Code of Federal
Regulations Part 135 on-demand charter operations as is done at
Part 121 operations and Part 135 commuter operations to ensure the
adequacy, quality, and standardization of pilot training and flight
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
"The America West pilots were faced with the difficult decision on
whether or not to accept a tentative agreement that was recommended
for ratification by the Master Executive Council. By the narrowest
of margins, the pilots have chosen not to accept the agreement.
Since the case is still under the auspices of the National
Mediation Board (NMB), it will be up to the Board to decide the
prospects of continued negotiations in light of the nearly 50-50
split of the pilot group. Our main priority continues to be serving
the needs of our pilots."
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.
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2003-24-06
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) that is applicable to all DassaultModel
Mystere-Falcon 200 series airplanes. This action requires a
one-time inspection of the fire extinguishing pipe for each engine
to determine whether holes for dispersal of fire-extinguishing
agent are present, and corrective action if necessary.