There is a scene in every Bond movie where the star must collect
his latest apparatus from Q, so clich�d a scene that Mike
Myers sent it up lovingly in Wayne's World. Most of us will never
take up the mantle of Sean Connery. The nearest we can get to
starring in that scene is to visit the Environmental Tectonics
Corporation's Somersworth, Pennsylvania (suburban Philadelphia)
The FAA has reportedly solved "internal logistical problems" at
the Los Angeles International (LAX) tower and, beginning at 1600
local on December 2 (0000Z, December 3), will make the VFR
transition "mini route" across the east end of LAX available 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
Harry Stonecipher is stepping up as Phil Condit's in the
top spot at Boeing. He says his first job will be to restore the
Defense Department's faith in his company. That may not be easy.
Boeing is being shadowed these days by at least three scandals
involving its defense business. One centers on the recent
procurement of a $16 billion contract to sell the Air Force
modified 767s as air tankers. Boeing's CFO and a former Air Force
official who went to work for the company have been fired as the
Cessna Aircraft Company presented the keys of five new 182T
Skylanes to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during a ceremony conducted
in Independence, Kansas, on November 18, 2003. The CAP placed their
order earlier in 2003 for a total of 21 Skylanes and will take
delivery of 15 of their new Cessnas in 2003, and the remaining six
in early 2004.
Phil Condit had a vision back in 1996. He believed the future of
Boeing, which he'd just been tapped to lead as president and CEO,
was not in commercial aviation, but in defense contracting. Condit
surprised the aerospace world Monday by resigning, leaving his post
to former Vice Chairman Harry Stonecipher.
Condit says he wasn't forced out. Still, Boeing
has been under the microscope for alleged unethical behavior
surrounding its procurement of a Pentagon contract for its new
generation of rocket systems. Even though the ordeal is almost
seven years behind Boeing, it still haunts the aerospace giant.
"The Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the U.S.
Aerospace Industry, issued one year ago, is fundamentally changing
the way the federal government develops solutions for aerospace,"
said Commissioner Ed Bolen (right), President and CEO
The folks at NBAA tell ANN that aircraft operators should
anticipate temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for upcoming VIP
December 2 in Pittsburgh, PA;
December 3 and 4 in Stuttgart, Arkansas;
and December 5 in Tulsa, OK; Abilene, TX; and Baltimore,
Australian flagship carrier Qantas says its new low cost
domestic airline will be called Jetstar. Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon,
said the airline would use new Airbus A320 aircraft from June next
year and would eventually have an all-A320 fleet. "Jetstar will fly
new A320 aircraft featuring 177 leather seats and an inflight audio
entertainment system," Dixon said.
A strike fighter aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, flying
from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
in the North Arabian Gulf, attacked enemy troops engaging coalition
forces with mortar fire near Baqubah, Iraq, Nov. 28, in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After Mesaba Airlines management publicly indicated that a
strike deadline would likely be necessary to pressure contract
talks into closure, Mesaba Airlines pilots opened a strike
operations center today in Minneapolis. A strike would impact 600
daily departures for Northwest Airlines.
Lockheed Martin has awarded CAE USA a contract valued at US$7.7
million to perform upgrades on U.S. Air Force C-130E/H simulators.
CAE will upgrade the motion and aural cue systems on eight
simulators located at Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB), Pope AFB,
McChord AFB, Dyess AFB, and the Minneapolis Air National Guard
A REALLY BIG Bird Comes Together. The nose section of the first
A380 has been completed at Airbus’ Méaulte plant and
delivered to Airbus Saint-Nazaire. A ceremony in Méaulte,
France, was attended by French Minister of Equipment, Transport,
Housing, Tourism and the Sea, Gilles de Robien, and by many
personalities from the region, Airbus representatives and all the
Airbus Méaulte personnel.
Teamsters Local 100 members with Astar Air Cargo ratified their
second contract by a five-to-one margin on Friday. "The dedication
of these workers was evident by the voting results," said Ron
Bowman, President of Local 100 based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
AD/R44/20 Main Rotor Swashplate and Tail Rotor Bolts
Applicability: Model R44 helicopters.
Requirement: 1. For all R44 and R44 II helicopters
except those serial numbers specified in Requirement 2 of this
Lew Platt Named Non-Executive Chairman, Harry Stonecipher Named
President and CEO.
After all the excitement of the last few weeks, especially last
week's firings and further corporate embarassment, the final shoe
has dropped. Phil Condit is OUT at Boeing. Boeing has announced
that its board of directors has accepted the resignation of Phil
Condit, 62, as chairman and CEO.