And now the latest installment in our continuing stooooooory of
a Delta flight attendant who apparently showed a little too much of
herself in her own non-company blog. Ellen Simonetti has been given
her walking papers from the Atlanta-based airline.
The Engine Alliance GP7200 engine has reached a significant
milestone on its path to certification for the Airbus A380 by
successfully conducting the FAA ‘fan-blade-out test.’
During the test, performed at Pratt & Whitney facilities in
East Hartford, Conn., one of the engine’s 116-inch diameter
fan blades was released from the fan hub by an explosive charge
while the engine ran at maximum speed equivalent to more than
82,000 pounds of thrust.
Time Pieces Sells Out Of Shares In One P-3, Buys Another
Time Pieces calls it "overwhelming" -- the response to its
tailwheel instructional program at Creve Coeur Airport (MO). In
fact, the response has been so remarkable that all shares in the
company's first Piper Cub sold out in less than 4 months. Now, Time
Pieces says it will offer shares in a second Cub.
Launch of NASA’s Swift spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II
rocket has been delayed at least 24 hours due to a concern with
Range Command-Receiver Decoder equipment on the launch vehicle. The
concern arose overnight after the "Safe and Arm" devices were
connected on the launch vehicle.
Facilities Can Apply Starting Friday
The TSA Wednesday announced that the agency is ready to accept
applications from commercial airports that wish to participate in
the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). This option will allow
participants to choose security screeners employed by qualified
private companies while maintaining TSA standards and government
EMS Technologies says its SARMaster search-and-rescue (SAR)
information system is now installed in the Vermont State Police's
24/7 dispatch center in Waterbury (VT). The EMS software is being
used to process Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) alerts. PLBs were
made available to the 48 contiguous states in the United States on
July 1, 2003, but this is the first statewide implementation of
that technology. The announcement came at the Emergency Response
2004 Exhibition & Conference in San Diego (CA).
Aimed At Reducing Development Risks for X-47B Combat UAV
Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a new system integration
laboratory (SIL) to help identify any potential hardware, software
or system cost issues related to the development of its X-47B
combat unmanned air vehicle long before the first air vehicle
A Boeing 747 variant modified to carry an anti-missile laser
system will make its first test flights before the end of the year,
according to the Air Force. The 20 or so test flights will be
conducted at the same time the laser itself is being tested on the
ground at Edwards AFB (CA).
NASA Spokesman George Diller Earns National Space Club
The National Space Club Florida Committee is honoring Kennedy
Space Center Public Information Officer George Diller with the
Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Award for his
excellence in "communicating the space story" along Florida’s
Space Coast and throughout the world.
American Says Move Saves "Six Figures" On Cabin Cleaning
So you're boarding an American Airlines MD-80 for a short hop
from here to there, looking forward to getting a little rest en
route. You settle in your seat and ask the flight attendant for a
pillow. Guess what? No pillow.
Features Franklin Institute's "Life In Space Show"
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) William J. Hughes
Technical Center and the Girl Scouts of South Jersey Pines will
hold "Women in Aerospace," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday,
November 20, at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in Galloway
Township. The event, primarily geared for girls, ages 11 to 17,
will feature special aviation and aerospace programs that aim to
spark an interest among girls in the fields of math, science and
"Gosh, it's a little tiny sliver of my bra, it's not like a
bright red push-up bra. It's not like I worked the flight like
Source: Ellen Simonetti, FORMER Delta flight
attendant, otherwise known as the "Queen of the Sky" to her fellow
bloggers. Simonetti was dismissed after posing in her uniform for
pictures that appeared on her web page. She's now adding to Delta's
financial woes, suing the airline for $10 million. She says the
airline is guilty of sex discrimination.
AD NUMBER: 2004-23-13
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-13
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD); applicable to certain Airbus Model A330, A340-200,
and A340-300 series airplanes; that requires inspecting the ram air
turbine (RAT) actuator to determine its serial number; and
re-identifying the RAT actuator, inspecting the RAT actuator to
determine whether the rotary solenoids are in the correct position,
and replacing the RAT actuator, as applicable.
AD NUMBER: 2004-23-12
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-12
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 757-200 and -300
series airplanes. This AD requires inspection of the guide arm
assembly on passenger door number 1 left for a part mark to
determine whether the guide arm assembly contains an adjuster rod,
which was incorrectly manufactured, and replacement of any such