The three Main Engines that will help launch Space Shuttle
Discovery on its Return to Flight mission were installed in the
Shuttle this week at the Orbiter Processing Facility at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
ANN covered this year's ICAS 2004 convention in Las Vegas, and
just before it was all over and into the history books, we spent a
few minutes with ICAS president John Cudahy to get his comments and
thoughts on not only the convention, but what he thinks 2005 will
bring to the industry.
NATA comments on the recently passed legislation that directs
responsibility for screening lists to the TSA. The association has
also issued recommendations for maintenance checklist for private
Intelsat announced on Friday that 22 transponders on the
Intelsat-Americas-7 satellite have been tested, are performing
normally and are available to be put back into service. Also,
the launch of IA-8 has been delayed until the IA-7 analysis is
"NATA is pleased
that the Congress has clarified that it is the responsibility of
the TSA, not the individual carriers, to screen the names of
potential customers against terrorist watch lists. We are also glad
to see that the government recognizes the right of an air charter
operator to deny service to anyone whose name appears on any of the
government watch lists."
Source: NATA President James K.
Coyne, commenting on the passage of legislation in the Senate and
House which places the responsibility for passenger screening lists
squarely in the hands of the TSA.
Eclipse Aviation Corporation announced that its first
certification flight test aircraft, the Eclipse 500 with tail
number N503EA, rolled out today (Saturday). The aircraft features
two Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F turbofan engines
and is scheduled for its first flight by December 31, 2004.