Nine Airmen were killed in an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft
crash in Albania on March 31, Special Operations Command Europe
officials announced April 4. The Airmen (named below) were
supporting a joint training mission with the Albanian military.
The behemoth Airbus A380 won't be taking off on its maiden
flight this week, as scheduled. There's still far too much work to
be done for the flight to take place anytime before the middle of
April, according to company executives quoted by a German
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
It was the biggest LABACE ever -- with attendance on just the
first day up 16-percent compared to the attendance of last year's
event. That's the kind of thing that makes sponsor NBAA happy --
and the kind of thing that makes him think about business aviation
the world over.
The FAA is investigating what was apparently a full-blown
shouting match between its FSDO chief in Kansas City and the cabin
crew aboard a Southwest Airlines flight. The 62-year old FAA
manager was reportedly led from the aircraft in handcuffs.
Perception is reality. That old saw was no more apparent than in
the UAE Monday when more than 300 passengers refused to board a the
continuation of a Bangkok-London flight after ground crews
overfilled one of the wing tanks at the gate. Now, Phuket Airlines
is threatening to sue the passengers for lost revenue.
Funding For New Manned Missions Could Mean Turning Voyager
For 28 years, the Voyager space probe has been faithfully
reporting back to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in
Pasadena, CA. It's gone farther from Earth than any other man-made
object... ever. But unless something changes, Voyager will be shut
down in October to make room in the space agency's budget for
President Bush's Moon, Mars and Beyond program.
"I recognize that these pay and
benefit reductions are painful, and I appreciate that our pilots,
mechanics, dispatchers and simulator engineers made the decision to
support their co-workers and our airline. While I am disappointed
that the flight attendants failed to ratify their agreement, I
believe they recognize our need for cost reductions and want to
support our co-workers, but were influenced by other
Source: Continental Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer Larry Kellner in a news release announcing that
aircraft orders will proceed, despite flight attendents not
ratifying the agreement for pay and benefit cuts.
23 Squadron Has Left The Nest; Collects Iraqis From Training In
The Iraqi Air Force passed an important milestone in its
reconstitution on April 1st, when the first international airlift
mission was flown by an Iraqi crew in a C-130 from 23 Squadron,
IAF, at Tallil.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA)
announced its second regional PAMA Aviation Maintenance Olympics
competition will be held May 19th-20th, 2005 during the Westchester
Aviation Career Fair in White Plains, NY.
Continental Airlines announced Thursday that its pilots,
mechanics, dispatchers and simulator engineers ratified the new
collective bargaining agreements that they had been working on. The
flight attendants were the only group that did not ratify their
The NTSB released Wednesday the probable cause report of Ian
Groom's fatal crash while preparing for the 2004 Air and Sea Show
in Fort Lauderdale last April. The NTSB determined that the cause
of the accident was the pilot's failure to recover from an
intentional spin during an attempted aerobatic maneuver.
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