"We don't believe it can happen again."
Those words from the FAA's Linda Schuessler, testifying before the
House Armed Services Committee Thursday about last month's air
defense incident over Washington (DC) -- one that caused the
evacuation of both the Capitol and Supreme Court.
BRS Is Credited With Saving The Lives Of 167 People
News reached ANN, at Arlington 2004, that the EASA has granted
BRS approval for an STC to install the parachute recovery systems
on Cessna 172 model aircraft called the BRS-172. This approval
gives BRS the ability to deliver Cessna 172 products to Europe's
certified aircraft market. This approval will also accommodate the
300 plus designs for light and ultralight aircraft market. The
European community has accepted parachutes on smaller airplanes for
years and in Germany they are required equipment on ultralight
Follows AOPA Recommendation For National Security Areas
The FAA has denied Department of Defense requests to turn 11
temporary flight restriction areas (TFRs) into prohibited airspace,
the agency informed AOPA yesterday afternoon. Instead, the FAA will
follow AOPA's recommendation and convert the existing TFRs over the
11 military installations into national security areas (NSAs), a
less restrictive classification that still preserves the
government's ability to protect the airspace when needed for
Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake (USAF) is about to go flying
After a long personal struggle, Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, the
Commander’s Action Group chief at Andrews AFB (MD), has been
medically cleared to return to flight status. It marks the first
time an above-the-knee amputee has been cleared for the cockpit by
While cruising the SportPlane area of Arlington 2004, my eyes
took in the sight of an old friend... one that appeared to have
gained some weight. While this is an affliction that has affected
far too many of us (no comments from the peanut gallery... or the
ANN Staff...); in this particular case the extra weight and width
was looking mighty good.
While making the rounds of the newer SportPlanes at Arlington
2004, I had the chance to spend some quality time with Pacific
AeroSport's Chris Klix. You many remember Chris from his Glasair
days and from his work with OMF aircraft, but right now he is
importing one of the cutest little single seat composite airplanes
we've seen in many years.
While passengers and even air crew have to endure long lines,
foot odor and perhaps even intrusive body searches, anyone with a
social security number has been able to work at concourse shops in
airports around the country.
That's about to change.
With 100 pilots signed up and another 12 waiting in the wings,
the 15th annual Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2OSH) formation flight is
getting ready for this year's 52nd EAA AirVenture Fly-In.
Flightline observers should see Bonanzas arriving three abreast on
both runways of 36/18 and the parallel taxiway beginning at about 3
p.m. on Sunday, July 25. But you'd better get there early; it only
takes about 15 minutes to land all 100 airplanes as they arrive
from their staging airport, Rockford (Illinois) Regional (RFD).
Technical and professional workers at Boeing approved a new
four-year contract Thursday, capping four months of negotiations.
The new contract includes the first ever incentive plan for
salaried union represented employees, guaranteed pay increases and
an opportunity to form a working partnership between the bargaining
unit and Boeing. The approval after four months of negotiations,
avoided a strike by the 3,400-employee Wichita Technical and
Professional Unit (WTPU) of the Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace.
If a city can associate itself with an airplane type, Port
Clinton, Ohio, certainly identifies with the Ford Tri-Motor. Over
the Fourth of July holiday weekend, EAA's Fly the Ford mini tour
visited the northwest Ohio city along Lake Erie, which served as
the original home base for Island Airlines, operators of three
Fords. Demand for rides aboard EAA's meticulously maintained Tin
Goose has been outstanding. All day Saturday, Sunday, Monday and
again Tuesday, thousands of people turned out to see and ride the
EAA Ford Tri-motor at the Erie Ottawa Regional Airport.
"There is no good reason that protective security measures,
adopted by TSA and approved by NSA and other agencies, cannot be
put in place to reopen DCA to most of general aviation. I believe
that with proper procedures, training, communication and
coordination we can outsmart the terrorists and restore jobs,
economic activity and general aviation both in our Capitol's
airport and across our nation. Industry has yet to receive any
indication as to whether their proposals for security procedures at
DCA are even considered."
Source: Congressman John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of
the House Aviation Subcommittee, at Thursday's hearings on why the
Capitol and Supreme Court had to be evacuated last month. While
dubious of the answers he got from the FAA, DHS and NORAD, Mica
Twelve years after the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy's last visit to the
EAA AirVenture fly-in, the massive cargo plane from the 439th
Airlift Wing at Westover Air Force Base will return to Oshkosh for
2004's 52nd annual event, scheduled for July 27-August 2, at
Wittman Regional Airport.
AD NUMBER: 2004-03-34R1
MANUFACTURER: Boeing - CORRECTION
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-03-34
SUMMARY: This amendment revises an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model
737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes, that
currently requires replacing existing screw, nut, and washers that
attach the latch cable assembly to the latch block assembly of the
door mounted escape slides, with new, improved screw, nut, and
washers. The actions specified by that AD are intended to prevent
the latch cable assembly from disconnecting from the latch block
assembly of the door mounted escape slide, which could result in an
escape slide not deploying in an emergency situation