Eleven Advocacy Organizations Urge Dedicated Funding For The Program
With an eye toward the conclusion of the federal government's 2013 fiscal year on Sept. 30, 11 aviation organizations recently signed a joint letter to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, not only thanking them for legislation passed earlier this year to preserve contract air traffic control towers slated for closure, but to also reaffirm the need for continued funding for the facilities in the future.
Hundreds Attend Rally At American Eurocopter Facility In Columbus, MS
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper and U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee joined leaders of EADS North America and American Eurocopter at a rally Thursday to call on Congress to restore funding for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The rally took place at EADS North America’s American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, MS.
Association Says Accurate Data Is Critical For Obtaining Good Statistics
In early June 2013, the FAA will be issuing invitations for participation in its 35th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. Accurate survey data is critical in developing the FAA’s accident statistics for general aviation and on-demand charter operations. This data also is used for FAA planning and forecasting purposes, according to the NBAA.
The first Dreamliner to be operated by a U.K. airline was delivered Thursday to Thomson Airways by Boeing. The airplane is the first of eight 787s Thomson Airways has on order. Thousands gathered to watch Thomson's 787 Dreamliner arrive at Manchester Airport, completing its delivery flight from Paine Field in Everett, WA.
Third Order From The Carrier For Airbus Mid-Size Widebody
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will purchase up to 50 more A350 XWB aircraft. The agreement covers a firm order for 30 more A350-900s plus options for a further 20 aircraft. The deal allows for the airline to select either the baseline A350-900 or the larger A350-1000 when exercising the options.
Pilot, Passenger, One In The Apartment Sustain Non-Life-Threatening Injuries
An airplane reported to be a two-place Cessna impacted an apartment building near Herndon, VA, at about 0030 EDT Friday morning after experiencing electrical problems. The pilot, a passenger, and six people in the third-floor apartment all escaped serious injury, according to Virginia State Police.
Russian Valery Rozov Sets World Record For The Highest B.A.S.E. Jump; 23,667 Feet Above Sea Level
Nearly 60 years to the day after Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay climbed the world's highest mountain (29,029 ft.), 48-year-old Russian Valery Rozov has B.A.S.E. jumped off the north face of Everest at 23,667 ft. to set a world record for the highest B.A.S.E. jump. Rozov has more than 10,000 jumps to his name and has made headlines around the world in recent years for his spectacular leaps, including a 2009 jump into an active volcano in the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.
South Jersey Transportation Authority To Pay $500,000 Per Year
The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to transfer operations, marketing, and services development at Atlantic City Airport (KACY) to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and pay $500,000 per year for PANYNJ to take over those functions.
"(T)he safety and efficiency record of the FAA Contract Tower Program has been validated numerous times by the DOT Inspector General, as well as by the National Transportation Safety Board." Source: Excerpt from a letter to U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees chairs by a coalition of 11 aviation advocacy organizations.