Investigators in Taylorsville (IL) are trying to figure out the
sequence of events that led to Sunday's crash of a Cessna 206. One
person -- a man whose parachute may have deployed prematurely --
was killed in the accident.
At a news conference taking place at AOPA Expo 2004, Drew
Steketee, President and CEO of BE A PILOT, announced that the BE A
PILOT program expects to hit key milestones in 2005: its 250,000th
registered pilot prospect in just seven years, and coverage in its
1000th consumer media outlet since 2001.
It was a somber anniversary Monday for both the world of golf
and the world of aviation. Five years ago, golfer Payne Stewart and
five others were killed in a bizarre accident involving a Lear 35.
Investigators believe that the aircraft lost cabin pressure shortly
after taking off from Orlando (FL), headed to Dallas (TX). But what
caused the loss of cabin pressure remains just as much a mystery as
it was five years ago.
The Lancair Company has selected the Ryan International 9900BX
Traffic Advisory System (TAS) as a standard factory option on its
Columbia models, which include the 350 and 400. The Ryan 9900BX TAS
warns of a potential collision by calculating range, bearing, and
altitude of intruder aircraft relative to the host aircraft.
FAA Manager of the Light Sport Aviation Branch, Martin Weaver,
provided a comprehensive and graphic explanation of the Sport Pilot
and Light Sport Aircraft regulation that went into effect on
September 1, 2004. He covered the implementation plan FAA has
initiated to certificate airman and aircraft under the provisions
of this new regulation.
Every wonder what it would be like to fly over the Niagara
Falls, down the Rhine River or over the West Coast of Malaysia?
This seminar audience was treated to pictures and first hand
descriptions of the practical side to flying in Canada, Malaysia
This is the second of a two-part story. Part One described the
AOPA Expo's General Meeting for the second day of the three-day
event. The topic is at the top of many pilot's nasty list: Security
regulations that limit private aviation in the United States.
What pilot doesn't want to spend a few minutes reviewing
regulatory areas in which FAA is most active in writing violations,
which regulations are easy to overlook and which omissions are
likely to bite only if FAA goes through your logs?
Garmin has introduced the GDL 69, a new remote sensor that
receives broadcast weather data from the XM WX Satellite Weather
service of XM Satellite Radio and delivers the data to
Garmin’s avionics systems. The GDL 69 brings
highly reliable, near real-time weather information to
industry-leading products such as the G1000, MX20, GNS 530 and GNS
Britain's Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin king, says he's pumped
more than $1.8 million into his Global Flyer project -- and if
worse comes to worse, he's the backup pilot. There's just one
thing: Branson can't fly.
By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey
I have never had more fun talking to any group of pilots than I
did with the members of the International Flying Farmers at AOPA
Expo 2004. Within moments of making our introductions, I felt like
I had known Jack and Elsie all my life. That might be due to the
sweet story they told me, about how Jack's mother had been bitten
by a pig on her right thigh. Several years later, Jack met Elsie,
and as they shared stories from down on the farm, Elsie mentioned
that a pig had once bitten her. On her right thigh. It was a match
made in heaven.
Pancakes swimming in syrup, toast with margarine, and two cups
of coffee with sugar or your favorite artificial sweetener. A
breakfast of champion pilots? Or a menu destined to lower your
performance levels, both in and out of the cockpit?
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A newspaper from San Mateo (CA), a television crew from Seattle
(WA), and a radio team from Salt Lake City (UT) have all been
awarded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's 2004 Max
Karant Journalism Award.
Two veteran astronauts are retiring from NASA and moving on to
new phases of their lives. Astronaut Scott J. "Doc" Horowitz, a
retired US Air Force colonel, has left NASA for a position with
private industry. Astronaut Duane G. "Digger" Carey has left the
space agency to see the world from a new perspective.
The United States Air Tour Association (USATA) has named
Chad Dixon, president of Scenic Airlines, as chairman of the Board
of Trustees. Scenic Airlines, a Las Vegas-based air tour company
serving the Grand Canyon, was an original founding member of USATA.
"This is an extremely challenging time for the commercial air tour
industry and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as
chairman of our association," said Dixon who assumed the presidency
of Scenic Airlines in 2001. Scenic Airlines, established in 1967,
is the largest fixed-wing air tour company offering air tours of
the Grand Canyon.
"The 777 and 7E7 would not have been possible had that airplane
(the 757) not been the pioneer. It did not change the shape of
aviation. It did not make the world a lot different place. But it
certainly changed our perspective of what you could do with an
Source: Former Boeing CEO Phil Condit, as the
company prepares to roll out the last 757 ever to be built.
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