Diamond Aircraft reports that its first quarter results were the
best ever, with 57 units delivered through March 31st, 2004. But
the real story is in the future, as indicated by the record number
of orders received in April 2004. During the single week of Sun 'n'
Fun 2004 alone, Diamond received 167 secured deposits from
customers and its Diamond Regional Distribution Centers (DRDC's).
Significantly, 41 of these orders were actual retail sales, with
the balance being DRDC orders.
There is a nervous cloud hanging over this week's ASTM Sport
Pilot F37 Consensus Standards meeting in Salt Lake City. When the
light sport aircraft community decided to climb onboard with the
ASTM International, (originally known as the American Society for
Testing and Materials), in order to deliver the mandated industry
consensus standards demanded by the FAA for a full Sport Pilot
program, the fear was that there was no way that such a standard
could be delivered soon enough after the expected rule to avoid
months, or even years, of chaos...
David Keck remembers BJ Schramm. After spending about 600 hours
building his HeliCycle in Georgetown (TX), Keck got a week-long
visit and a complete familiarization course from the designer
himself. After his very first flight in the HeliCycle T62T-32, Keck
says he landed and shouted to Schramm, "Thanks for a great
When a Hughes H-269A-1 went down in the woods near Louisburg
(NC) a week ago, records show 33-year old Benjamin T. Barrick was
at the controls. There's just one problem, according to the FAA:
Barrick had no rating.
There is now hope that the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill may not close its Horace Williams Airport (IGX) as
originally scheduled on January 1 of next year. Two years ago, AOPA
President Phil Boyer asked state legislators to intercede when UNC
Chancellor James Moeser proposed closing the airport, which has no
federal grant obligations, to develop a new campus.
Police divers in northern Ontario have found the bodies of three
Americans and a Canadian who died when their de Havilland DHC-2
float plane went down in a lake near Kenora. By Thursday, they were
figuring a plan of attack to recover the bodies from the lake
Just earlier this week, everything seemed so warm and friendly
between Boeing and British-based GKN PLC, a company that makes
aerospace and automotive parts. Boeing reportedly wants to sell its
manufacturing plants in Kansas and Oklahoma. GKN, which has already
purchased the Boeing commercial aircraft plant in Hazelwood (MO),
confirmed it was interested.
Then came Thursday. That's when the Reuters news agency reported
GKN had suddenly lost interest and "walked away" from the deal.
The first pieces of Space Shuttle Columbia debris, loaned to a
non-governmental agency for testing and research, are on their way
from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (FL) to The Aerospace Corporation
in El Segundo, (CA).
Medical teams from the 791st Expeditionary Aeromedical
Evacuation Squadron assisted with the medical evacuation of a
critically ill 8-month-old Iraqi girl May 18 and 19. Fatemah Kalil
Hassan was transferred to the Children’s Hospital in
Columbus, Ohio, to undergo specialized treatment for an abnormal
growth of a blood vessel on the right side of her face and neck.
The life-threatening growth was obstructing her airway, officials
The EADS North America "All American C-295 Tour" is coming to
two US Army facilities in Alabama this week as part of a 32-day
tour to demonstrate the medium-sized military airlifter's
capabilities for US Army and National Guard missions.
Investigators from the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan were
in China Thursday, helping to recover the twin black boxes from the
wreckage of an IL-76 transport aircraft after it made a forced
landing and burned Tuesday. Seven people on board the aircraft were
"It's a blast! My indicated airspeed the entire trip was 100
mph. I wasn't as tired as I thought I would be after flying that
distance in a small helicopter."
Source: David Keck, named last weekend as the
Grand Champion-Rotorcraft at the Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In in
New Braunfels (TX). Not only did he win the competition -- Keck
says he set a flight distance record for the HeliCycle in getting
there from his home in Georgetown (TX), about 75 miles away.
How Do You Want Your Payload: Boiled Or Over Easy?
A team of seventh and eighth-graders from Discovery Middle
School in Madison (AL), will compete in the world's largest model
rocket contest Saturday, May 22, in The Plains (VA).
Let's just hope the weather is better this year than it was
AD NUMBER: 2004-10-10
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-10-10
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700,
-700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes equipped with certain
Honeywell start converter units (SCU). This amendment requires
replacement of the SCU of the auxiliary power unit (APU) located in
the electrical and electronics (E/E) compartment with a new or
modified SCU. This action is necessary to prevent overheating of
the electrical connector of the SCU,which could create an ignition
source and possible fire in the E/E compartment and cause damage to
certain electrical wire bundles on the E2-2 shelf. S
AD NUMBER: 2004-10-07
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-10-07
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
(BHTC) Model 407 helicopters which requires a one-time replacement
of certain oil cooler blower bearings. Also, the existing AD
requires adding a limitation and caution to the rotorcraft flight
manual (RFM) and inspecting, replacing, and lubricating certain
bearings at specified intervals. This amendment adds certain
segmented drive shaft bearings to the applicability and requires
modifying the oil cooler blower inlet ducts and airflow shields and
replacing certain bearings. Thereafter, this amendment requires
AD NUMBER: 2003-07-11
MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2003-07-11
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), that is applicable to Rolls-Royce
Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) (formerly Rolls-Royce Deutschland
GmbH, formerly BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH) models BR700-710A1-10 turbofan
engines with fan disc part numbers(P/Ns) BRR18803, BRR19248, or
BRR20791 installed, and BR700-710A2-20 turbofan engines with fan
discs P/Ns BRR19248 or BRR20791 installed. That AD currently
requires initial and repetitive inspections of these fan discs for
cracks, and if necessary replacement with serviceable parts. This
amendment requires the same inspections but with longer intervals