The following letter was sent by Jon Johanson, now safe at home
after being stuck for a number of less
then pleasant days, in the Antarctic.
Since returning to Adelaide last Tuesday afternoon I haven't had
time to think, let alone work out what day it is. I am only just
becoming aware of the tremendous amount of help that so many people
offered to the "mission control" team in Adelaide over the past
eleven days - A mission control like no other, as so many people
around the world have discovered.
Thank you does not seem to cover my gratitude adequately; still all
I can say is thank you, tha
Several NOTAMs have been issued in response to the December 21st
change in National Security Alert Status to Code Orange.
NOTAM FDC 3/2030 - Suspends Ingress/Egress Test Procedures for
Certain Airports in the DC ADIZ
NOTAM FDC 3/2031 - Outlines Additional Restrictions for
Operating Into CGS, VKX, W32 in the DC ADIZ Area
NOTAM FDC 3/2033 - Suspends All Waivers to FDC NOTAM 3/2126 for
Operations Into the DC FRZ
NOTAM FDC 3/2035 - Suspends All Waivers to FDC NOTAM 3/1862
Are you feeling an overwhelming sense of deja vu lately? Well
here in the US, the weather patterns are becoming all too
predictable in last month or two especially in the eastern third of
the country. Not to rain or snow on your parade, but it appears the
same pattern is likely to persist through then end of the year
before we get a bit of a break.
"We're all getting a bit tired of this," said Scott Dennstaedt a
certified flight instructor and meteorologist in the Baltimore
area. "If it is not the rain, snow or sleet, it's the two days of
gusty winds, wind shear, moderate turbulence and icing."
About every three to four days, a new upper-level disturbance gets
ejected out of the Pacific Northwest, drops down into the Midwest
and begins to gain strength as it moves into the s
We’re sitting down for breakfast on Tuesday the 16th, as
the celebration for the Centennial of Flight is hitting high gear.
News commentator Mort Crim, a friend from Detroit and Oshkosh,
joins Jim Campbell and I at the table for 8, and in a minute, calls
out, “Senator, come sit down.”With U.S. Senators from
North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Alaska expected for the
commemoration, we hadn’t considered anyone else at the ANN
table. We looked up into the smiling faces of John and Annie
Santa Needs A Heavy-Lifter To Deliver Toys, Give Reindeer A
Rumors continue to swirl down form the North Pole suggesting
that the world's most renowned on-time delivery expert has chosen
the Comp Air 7SLX to replace his fleet of aging reindeer. According
to current rumors, the geriatric reindeer all have health problems;
many are related to joint fatigue from the unusually high number of
landing cycles they experienced.
Other reindeer teams have been used in the past, however due to
their high maintenance cost, and ever increasing cost of FAA
Approved hazardous in-flight waste collection systems and toxic
emissions, Santa decided to move to a fixed wing.
"It was a tough decision, but I had to get into something more
modern" Santa said. Santa picked the Aeroco
The intrepid globe-trotting team of Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill have
survived their Antarctic Bell 407 crash.... the
following is the latest update on their recovery and the
circumstances surrouinding their unfortuante, weather-related,
22 December 2003 - Update On The Progress Of Jennifer and
Helicopter pilots Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill are in hospital
in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas recovering from
Saturday’s accident on the northern section of the Ronne Ice
Shelf in Antarctica.
Colin has a fracture to the lumbar 1 vertebrae, which will require
On Christmas Eve, when Santa Claus slips into NASA-Kennedy Space
Center airspace under cover of darkness, a radar controller at the
Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) will be following his every move
from a brand new, state-of-the-art traffic control tower.
"We've been in contact with Santa, although for security reasons I
can't elaborate," said Ron Feile, lead air traffic controller with
Space Gateway Services (SGS). "Santa knows about the control tower,
and he's very pleased that he can help us give it a
SLF employees look forward to working in the new facility. It
replaces a control tower that has been in use since 1987. Located
just south of the SLF's midpoint, the old tower stands only 20 feet
above the runway surface, too low to see the launch pads to the
The Airbus plant in Stade, northern Germany, has launched the
assembly and equipping of the A380 vertical tail plane, or
VTP. The A380 vertical tail plane has a surface120 square
metres and integrates many components manufactured in different
types of material.
The Airbus plant in Stade is a centre of excellence for carbon
fibre reinforced plastic manufacturing and producing the
VTP’s spars, ribs, rudder fittings and skin panels. Other
parts for the VTP come from Airbus’ facilities in Puerto
Real, Spain for the rudders, fin tips and dorsal fins, and from
Varel, Germany which manufactures complex machined parts.
Key external suppliers include Japan’s Fuji Heavy Industries,
which produces the leading and trailing edge sub-assemblies, as
well as the carbo
Boeing's 777-300ER passenger airplane has completed its Extended
Operations (ETOPS) certification tests, demonstrating the superior
reliability of the airplane and its two General Electric
Two 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes made 38 flights
totaling 267 flight hours during testing. The
flights included various system checks and simulated malfunctions
to ensure the airplane's systems work in the long-range
"The ETOPS flight-test program exceeded our expectations," said Don
Ruhmann, senior engineering manager for the 777 ETOPS program. "The
comprehensive testing again showed how safe and reliable today's
jet engines are, and how airplanes can fly safely for long periods
of time, if necessary, on one engine."
St. Augustine Plant to Build New EA-6B Aircraft Parts
The US Navy can anticipate enhanced readiness for its fleet of
EA-6B Prowler electronic attack aircraft due to a decision by
Northrop Grumman Corporation to restart its production line for
making outer wing panels for the aircraft. The outer wing panel
extends from wing fold to wing tip and includes the interior wing
structure plus its outer metal "skin."
The EA-6B Prowler is the US military's only tactical electronic
attack aircraft. It provides an umbrella of protection for strike
aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar,
electronic data links and communications.
Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector, the Navy's EA-6B
prime contractor, held a ceremony on Dec. 17 to mark the re-opening
Because of rising fuel costs, American Airlines announced today
that it will increase its fuel surcharge by $3 one-way, $6 round
trip, for travel in the domestic 50 States and travel between the
U.S. and Canada. The increase is effective immediately.
The Dallas Morning News reports American paid $0.74 for a gallon of
JP4 back in June. Now, the airline pays $0.90.
Two Cessnas, a Skyhawk and a Caravan, survived a Prop to Main
Gear contact while on final for Homestead, FL... it doesn't get
much closer or scarier than this.
SEE AND AVOID! SEE AND AVOID! SEE AND AVOID!
MID AIR COLLISION WHILE BOTH AIRCRAFT ON FINAL TO RUNWAY 36, PROP
OF N9639F, CESSNA 208 HIT THE TIRE OF AIRCRAFT N5421D, A CESSNA
172, BOTH AIRCRAFT LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT, NO INJURIES
REPORTED, HOMESTEAD, FL
Nine contractors have begun work to place a small satellite or
other payload weighing about 1,000 pounds into a low Earth
The project is part of the Force Application and Launch from the
Continental United States, or FALCON, program. Task 1, Phase 1 on
the small launch vehicle includes developing conceptual designs,
performance predictions, cost objectives and development and
Three more contractors have also begun work on the phase's Task 2,
hypersonic weapon systems. This includes the common aero vehicle,
the enhanced common aero vehicle and the hypersonic cruise
Officials with EXTRA Aircraft have announced the award-winning
pick from their recent AOPA prize drawing.
Steven Hodosh of Barrington, RI was awarded a two- day Emergency
Maneuver Training course, courtesy of EXTRA Aircraft and FCI
Training. Hodosh (shown at right), a practicing dentist and an avid
pilot, was notified earlier this month of the grand prize.
"I'm very surprised and extremely happy," Hodosh said. "I'm eager
to get underway with training at FCI."
The Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) has announced the
appointment of Debra Maier of The Boeing Company and Richard Levin
of A.J. Levin Co. and as new board members to the Aviation
Suppliers Association's Board of Directors.