Five airlines confirm they've been ordered to turn over
documents related to their dealings with the former chief of the
Air Transportation Stabilization Board between January 1, 2002, and
January 31, 2004, according to published reports.
Reno (NV) pilot Ross Loudon didn't think he'd make it. When his
homebuilt 1975 Wallace Skybolt (file photo of type, below) came
apart in the sky near Cold Springs, he was inverted at just over
2000 feet AGL.
"I just feel really lucky," Loudon told the Daily Sparks Tribune
from his hospital bed at Washoe Medical Center. He flew as much as
five times a week and said he practiced bailing out just about
every time he went up.
Trouble in Australia and Israel Compel Emergency AD
Applicability: Model R22, R22 Alpha, R22
Beta, and R22 Mariner helicopters, with a main rotor blade (blade),
part number (P/N) A016-1 or A016-2, installed, certificated in any
Compliance: Required as indicated.
The FAA has sent an Emergency AD notice to all US owners and
operators of Robinson Helicopter Company Model R22, R22 Alpha, R22
Beta, and R22 Mariner helicopters.
When the California Department of Forestry bought a King Air for
$4.6 million back in 2001, it was supposed to be fitted with
infra-red scanners and used to patrol the skies over the Golden
State, looking for trouble. Now, the King Air (file photo of type,
below) has found trouble alright, but back at the hangar instead of
on the fire line.
Well, it's not much of a break, but every little bit helps,
The Horry County (SC) Council last week voted to cut taxes on
general aviation aircraft, dropping the assessment ratio from 10.5
percent to four percent. While the former rate generated about
$20,000 a year for the county, the new tax will only generate about
Evelyn Husband and her mate, Rick, had always planned to visit
Israel. When Rick was assigned to NASA's STS-107 mission, the
resolve was strengthened by the fact that one of his crewmates,
Ilan Ramon, was Israel's first man in space.
But those plans disintegrated along with the shuttle when it fell
from the skies over Texas last year. Last week, however, several
family members who lost their loved ones aboard the last flight of
Columbia were in Israel, planting a tree in memory of the STS-107
For the fourth time in as many months, a Canadian UAV operating
in Afghanistan has either crashed or made a hard landing. The
record seems to validate concerns from both critics and experts
that conditions in Afghanistan are just too tough for the
A pedal-powered aircraft built by the Science and Engineering
faculty at Japan's Nihon University flew approximately 12
kilometers (7.46 miles) Sunday, breaking the Japanese record of
10.9 km (6.77 mi).
EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer was installed as the centerpiece of the
"Heroes of the Sky" exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn,
Michigan, on Friday morning, March 19. Edsel Ford II of Ford Motor
Company presented museum president Steve Hamp with the same
airworthiness certificate that EAA President Tom Poberezny
transferred to Ford at the national Centennial of Flight
celebration last December in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Authorities in California have found what appears to be the
wreckage of a Mitsubishi MU-2 at the bottom of the Napa River, not
far from where it was headed more than a week ago. The bodies of
Ronald and Peggy Scott, both 62 years old, were found inside the
"America West is happy to respond and comply with the request in
a timely manner."
Source: C.A. Howlett, Senior Vice President for
Public Affairs, America West Airlines, responding to questions
about subpoenas received at America West and at least four other
airlines. The Treasury Department's Inspector General wants all
information on the airlines' dealings with the former executive
director of the Air Transportation Stabilization Board, Daniel G.
Montgomery. The Inspector General wants to see all records on
meetings, entertainment and talk of employment between the
airlines, Montgomery and other members of the Stabilization Board.
Also subpoenaed: any documentation they have on meals, gifts,
airline tickets, loans or discounts given to Montgomery or any
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Emergency and Disaster
Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration held a joint educational open house on March 20, at
San Juan's Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport's main terminal ramp.
An open invitation was issued to anyone on the island interested in
taking a tour of the USAFR's newest hurricane hunter aircraft - one
of three WC-130-J's of the 403rd Wing, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance
Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi
- and several hundred local residents responded by lining up as
early as 9am for the afternoon activity.
Call it a simple 'fix' for a persistent problem. Superior Air
Parts' Product Integrity Team (PIT), a group of employees
representing all facets of the company and responsible for
identifying and solving product performance and quality problems
have recently developed a new push rod seal that would provide a
better fit for the task at hand.
It was a vital tool for Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford. Now,
the Sikorsky VH-3A that was their Marine One has landed at its
final resting spot -- the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in
Simi Valley (CA).
Marine One will be displayed next to the retired Boeing 707 (SN
27000) that served as Air Force One for some 28 years. Both are on
a replica of the White House's South Lawn at the Reagan
If you have some practical, pilot-to-pilot tips on coping with
weather, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation needs your help to put
together its next major safety seminar, "Practical Weather Flying."
ASF is looking for actual weather experience of real pilots, both
VFR and IFR, as opposed to the "theory only" versions of weather
often taught in ground school.
Heading into the homestretch of their 6½-month mission
aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander
Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri spent the week
conducting biomedical experiments and performing maintenance on a
key Station component.
Foale and Kaleri spent two days replacing a liquids unit and a
water flow system in the Russian Elektron oxygen-generation device
in the Zvezda Service Module after weeks of troubleshooting efforts
failed to coax it back into service. The Elektron produces oxygen
for the Station atmosphere through electrolysis – the
separation of hydrogen and oxygen from water that flows through a
series of pumps and valves. The hydrogen is vented overboard.