ANN Note: In opposition to the proposal set
forth this morning by the ATA, on behalf of the airline community,
three prominent GA/BizAv organizations have published proposals of
their own. No matter which way one feels on the issue, the
matter seems destined to divide an already embattled industry
down the middle... between the airlines' cry for GA to pay more for
the services they contend it owes to the system, and a GA world
that argues that the system was designed for the airlines and
that much of the costs needed to support it have nothing to do with
what they need... or use.
We honestly don't know where to start with this one, except at
the beginning. Chicago city officials confirmed Tuesday that an
intoxicated man was able to sneak through a security gate at Midway
Airport this weekend, where he proceeded to then take a stroll
along the runways.
The Experimental Aircraft Association has given Aero-News some
happy news: Tuesday, March 7, the long and meticulous repair
project for EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast officially ended when her
wheels left Runway 18 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh for a
50-minute test flight.
Airlines Unveil Statement of Principles to Fund System
ANN Note: ANN is participating in a number of
conference calls and interviews throughout the day now that the
cards finally appear to be on the table, as far as the airlines are
Preliminary analysis does not bode well for the General
Aviation community in that the ATA proposal both seems to be a
power grab over what ATA claims is 'commercial' airspace, as well
as an expense reduction program that would transfer 1.5-2 billion
dollars of annual costs to the GA community for a system that is
admittedly custom-designed to cater to the airline
If you ran a law enforcement agency... would you take the
greenest of recruits and put him undercover? That question comes
from at least one federal air marshal, who says the TSA is
recruiting people with NO law enforcement experience to protect
commercial passenger flights from would-be hijackers.
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.08.06 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.08.06
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- IndUS Aviation's Scott
Severen: 03.08.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Scott
Severen of IndUS Aviation.)
Are commercial airliner orders coming in sixes now? Just
one day after Airbus announced a six-plane deal with Yemenia Air
for its A350 -- with options for four more -- Boeing responded in
kind with a six-aircraft deal of its own. On Tuesday, Kenya Airways
announced its decision to purchase six 787 Dreamliners.
NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2907
Issue Date: March 07, 2006 at 21:20 UTC
Location: Ely, Minnesota
Beginning Date and Time: March 08, 2006 at 17:30
Ending Date and Time: March 08, 2006 at 18:45
Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at
Babbitt Iron Mines
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center,
NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2884
Issue Date: March 07, 2006 at 18:30 UTC
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Beginning Date and Time: March 09, 2006 at 21:50
Ending Date and Time: March 10, 2006 at 0:45
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions
for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Two-hundred-million dollars. That's the current price tag on
Textron/Lycoming's effort to, in the company's words, "proactively
retire" thousands of engines with potential crankshaft problems.
Now, Lycoming has announced yet another bulletin -- SB 569,
which calls for replacement of over 5,000 crankshafts on
engines ranging from the O-360 to the IO-720.
NTSB has called on the FAA to require all U.S.-registered
turbine-powered helicopters certificated to carry at least 6
passengers to be equipped with a terrain awareness and warning
system. The recommendation is one of five contained in the
final report of a fatal helicopter accident in the Gulf of
Boeing Delivers 100th Next-Generation 737 to Ryanair
Boeing and Ryanair, Europe's largest and most profitable
low-cost carrier, have celebrated the delivery of the airline's
100th Boeing Next-Generation 737, nearly seven years after
receiving its first 737-800.
The Iraqi air force, along with its coalition partners,
officially opened a new air base in Baghdad Tuesday. The Al Muthana
Air Base, near the international airport, provides a foundation on
which Iraq's air force can rebuild with help from its allies, U.S.
A pilot died recently attempting takeoff. The irony is that he had
successfully landed off-airport after losing power. After repairs
were complete, he tried to take off from the emergency landing
site... only to impact trees on departure.
"Even Lycoming concedes that there have been no failures with
these crankshafts. The FAA needs to do its homework and ensure that
there is compelling, risk-based data to support what will be an
expensive proposition for owners."
Source: Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of
regulatory and certification policy, on the latest service bulletin
from Lycoming regarding crankshafts in its engines. AOPA is
concerned that the FAA is considering the issuance of an
airworthiness bulletin based off of SB 569 -- which calls for
replacement of over 5,000 crankshafts on engines ranging from the
O-360 to the IO-720.