Billy T. Thornton had a very important job at NASA. He was a
quality assurance inspector in the space agency's shuttle program,
in charge of signing off on structural inspections throughout the
shuttle fleet. But in a 166-count federal indictment unsealed
Tuesday, the government says he often failed to make those
inspections and sometimes didn't even go aboard the spacecraft he
was supposed to be inspecting.
The time for talking is apparently over. The Bush administration
has taken its case about EU subsidies to Airbus to the World Trade
Organization, igniting what very well could be an aviation trade
No Surprises Here
Boeing Company issued the following statement in light of the
announcement that the United States has terminated the 1992 US
– European Union Agreement on Trade in Large Civil Aircraft
and requested formal consultations in the World Trade Organization
(WTO) to address the matter of subsidies paid by European
governments to Airbus Industries.
Rules Poor Response In 1996 Fire Cost A Dozen Lives
Far from helping protect passengers and flight crews in the
event of an emergency, the FAA's rules governing on-airport
firefighters and their equipment are inadequate and, in at least
one case, led to the deaths of 12 people aboard a flight that
caught fire while on the ground.
Another Commercial Flight Escorted, Diverted After Bomb
It started with an anonymous bomb threat phoned in to Lufthansa
shortly after flight LH686 left Frankfurt for Tel Aviv Tuesday.
Before it was over, the apparent hoax would force the aircraft to
divert and cause an international incident involving Germany,
Israel and Cyprus.
By Doug Church, Media Relations Manager, NATCA
Nearly eight months after spending a month investigating
staffing issues, delays, errors and air traffic controller workload
at the Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Control facility, the
Federal Aviation Administration has released its final report - an
embarrassing, 12-paragraph, 703-word, memo-like statement that does
extraordinarily little to protect the safety of the flying
Rose Dorcey, President of the Board of Directors of the
Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF), was the guest speaker in
Sparta Wisconsin for the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike
Museum's first tea time of the season, Bit of Wisconsin, September
ARINC says long-time FAA air traffic management professional
Maureen Woods has been appointed to the position of Senior
Director, Air Traffic Services. Ms. Woods' FAA career spans nearly
30 years. She was most recently Manager of the FAA's Airway
Facilities Division, Great Lakes Region.
"Burt (Rutan) tends to couch everything in terms of fun. After
Mike’s flight, Burt said, 'Okay, that’s enough fun.'It
wasn’t as much 'fun' as Mike’s, but we went a little
bit higher, and it was a joy."
Source: SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie, after
returning from the flight that won Burt Rutan and company the
coveted X-Prize and the $10 million that went with it. While his
predecessor in the cockpit, Mike Melvill, seemed to enjoy the 29 or
so rolls the spacecraft rather mysteriously performed during the
boost phase a week ago. Binnie was just happy to climb all the way
to the top.
AD NUMBER: 2004-20-07
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-07
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter-Textron Canada
(BHTC) model helicopters that requires certain inspections of the
main rotor yoke (yoke) for a crack, fretting, or buffer