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November 06, 2004

NJANG F-16 Strafes New Jersey Elementary School

At 2215 on Wednesday evening, custodians were cleaning up the intermediate school at Little Egg Harbor Township (NJ), like they do every day.

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Apache Pilots Execute Daring Rescue in Baghdad

For two AH-64D Apache Longbow pilots, the night of October 16 was just a regular night flying a reconnaissance mission around southern Baghdad.

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XCOR Announces Steam Engine Contest

So you don't have the money to design a rocket to fly up in space,  but you have an urge to make history? Well, how about a steam engine?

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Are Bulging Waistlines Squeezing Airline Budgets?

Could it be possible that the time will soon come when your baggage will not be the only thing weighed when checking in at the airport?

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NorthWest Pilots OK Pay Cut

The NorthWest airlines chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association has ratified an agreement granting the airline a $265 million concession package that includes 15 percent pay cuts.

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Damage To Las Cruces (NM) Rwy 22 Estimated At $2 Million

Back in September, we reported a story that a presidential C-32 aircraft (military version of the Boeing 757) landed at Las Cruces airport in New Mexico after being told the runways could not handle their aircraft. The damaged caused by this and a C-17 is now estimated to top $2 million.

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Volcano Under Iceland Glacier Diverts Flights

The Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland has erupted under Vatnajokull glacier, the nation's largest, and the resulting ash and smoke has forced airlines worldwide to divert flights so as not to fly through the gases produced by the blast.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (11.6.04)

"As we landed and I got all the cords off of me, I looked back at (Taylor) and told him if he started taking fire, (he should), 'Get this bird out of here, leave me, and we'll collect all of us later.'" Source: Captain Ryan Welch, US Army, AH-64D Apache crewmember who was involved along with Chief Warrant Officer Justin Taylor, the pilot of the Apache, in a daring rescue on October 16 of two wounded fellow airmen after their OH-58D Kiowa crashed in the vicinity of Baghdad.

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Maryland TFR: 11/4/2004-11/7/2004

NOTAM:  4/2128  Issued:  11/05/2004 01:30  Effective:  11/04/2004 19:00 - 11/07/2004 18:30  State:  MD  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HAGERSTOWN/ THURMONT, MARYLAND NOVEMBER 4-7 2004.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

CASA AD: AD/GAZELLE/31 Manufacturer: Eurocopter (SA341 and SA342 Gazelle) Subject: BREEZE Hoist Hooks Summary: This Directive was prompted by a case of incorrect positioning of the strap on the hoist hook during a hoisting operation, which led to distortion of the tongue and resulted in the release of the stretcher.

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CASA Urgent AD: Aerospatiale (Socata)

CASA AD: AD/TBM 700/37 Manufacturer: Aerospatiale (Socata) TBM 700 Series Aeroplanes Subject: Engine Controls - Propeller and Fuel Control Cables Summary: The manufacturer has advised that there have been failures of control cables due to incorrect crimping during manufacture. A failure in the crimp could lead to a reduction in the propeller RPM during flight.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

CASA AD: AD/S-PUMA/55 Manufacturer: Eurocopter (AS332 Super Puma) Subject: BREEZE Hoist Hooks Summary: This Directive was prompted by a case of incorrect positioning of the strap on the hoist hook during a hoisting operation, which led to distortion of the tongue and resulted in the release of the stretcher.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

CASA AD: AD/ECUREIL/105 Manufacturer: Eurocopter (AS350 ECUREIL) Subject: BREEZE Hoist Hooks Summary: This Directive was prompted by a case of incorrect positioning of the strap on the hoist hook during a hoisting operation, which led to distortion of the tongue and resulted in the release of the stretcher.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

CASA AD: AD/AS 355/82 Manufacturer: Eurocopter (AS355 TWIN ECUREIL) Subject: BREEZE Hoist Hooks Summary: This Directive was prompted by a case of incorrect positioning of the strap on the hoist hook during a hoisting operation, which led to distortion of the tongue and resulted in the release of the stretcher.

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