Red Tail Reborn, produced by Cleveland area filmmaker Adam
White, has been picked up for national distribution by PBS. Hosted
by television star, Michael Dorn, Red Tail Reborn toured the United
States shooting a number of rare interviews with the legendary WWII
veteran pilots, The Tuskegee Airmen. This emotional documentary
tells the tale of the Airmen, the sad lack of knowledge around the
country of their existence, and of those who sacrifice to tell
their tale. The film will air on PBS stations all over the U.S.
starting in February 2008.
Legislation Would Provide for Arbitration in Combining
The Allied Pilots Association, collective bargaining agent for
the 12,000 pilots of American Airlines), tells ANN that it is
concerned over legislation that provides for binding
arbitration to determine the make-up of combined seniority lists
when air carriers merge.
Boeing, its industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense
Agency have achieved the final 2007 milestone for the Airborne
Laser (ABL) program, capping a successful year for the
revolutionary airborne directed energy weapon system.
Work has begun at Fargo Jet Center, Inc. (FJC) on a major
remodeling project, although the company promises that customers
and travelers won’t be inconvenienced. The passenger
terminal, pilot’s area and flight planning facility will be
temporarily relocated to an adjacent terminal, just 300 feet
Acquisition Strengthens Presence in California Market
Sentient Jet Holdings, LLC has completed the acquisition of The
Air Group, Inc., a premier aircraft management company. The
addition of The Air Group, based in Van Nuys, California, expands
Sentient’s presence in the Southern California market. In
combination with the recent agreement by Sentient Flight Group, LLC
to acquire the aircraft management operations of TAG Aviation USA,
Sentient is now the leading manager of aircraft in the country.
Such subjects have been in the news an awful lot this year, but
it appears that an accident last month may, ultimately, be chalked
up to an unsuccessful 'buzz' job. The pilot was a "longtime" Las
Cruces, NM, resident. Robert Steinmetz, a local physical therapist
in Las Cruces for a number of years was killed when one of his
aircraft's wings contacted the ground close to his home.
The number of folks who can say they have survived a midair is
awfully small, but thankfully, we've added a few to the survivor
column, rather than the more ominous alternative. It was NOT a
happy new year when the high-wing Glastar taildragger and the Piper
Cherokee mixed it up on final (note that this was a high-wing v.
low-wing accident... a not-unheard-of factor in a number of
midairs), but once again, all that really matters is that everyone
survived to tell the tale.
It looks simple in theory. All you have to do is keep little
blips on a screen from bumping into each other. Now consider that
those blips represent billions of dollars of government assets and
hundreds of lives, all relying on one person's ability to control
air traffic. This is the job of the 332nd Expeditionary Operations
Support Squadron radar air traffic controllers at Balad Air Base,
Iraq, working in one of the busiest combined en route radar
approach, or CERAP, control facilities, where it's not unfamiliar
to see more than 550 aircraft operations in just one day.
“While this legislation is no doubt
well-intentioned, APA does not favor legislative branch involvement
in any aspect of labor negotiations... We believe this
legislation could have adverse, unintended consequences for the
very same unionized workers that Congress was trying to
Source: APA President Captain Lloyd Hill,
speaking about The Allied Pilots Association's concern over
legislation that provides for binding arbitration to determine the
make-up of combined seniority lists when air carriers merge.
Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kit Bond (R-MO) led
efforts to attach the legislation to an omnibus appropriations bill
that the Senate subsequently approved.