Instrument Failure May Be At Fault
The GA world has lost two more of it's brethren as the New Year
started off in earnest. A single engine 1975 Bellanca aircraft
(described as a "Bianca" by a number of aero-ignorant media-flaks),
leaving Addison Airport, near DFW, in IFR conditions (rain and
reduced visibility) went down shortly after takeoff, killing both
persons on board.
The pilot was identified as Dr. David Knowles of Bullard, TX,
according to Alex Lemishko, the NTSB IIC. The passenger's
identity has not yet been released.
Knowles executed an IFR flight plan for the departure, though
shortly after the take-off, Knowles told the tower that, "I
lost my panel."
The Folks Who Made This Year So.... "Interesting" (Part
One, of Four)
Each year ANN selects the person(s) who, for good or bad
reasons, made the most tangible impact on the aviation world in the
Once again, we tackle this task with a mixture of enthusiasm and
Presented in alphabetical order and in four parts, we present a
dozen of the most prominent newsmakers ANN
has covered over the past year and why we think so…
Phil Boyer and 'Team AOPA'
The Crew of Orbiter Columbia, STS-107
Mayor Richard Daley
To Be Continued...
British Airways Flight 223 from London to Washington was
canceled New Year's Day after the airline said it received
"security advice" from the government.
The cancelation came just one day after that same flight was held
by authorities on the tarmac of Washington Dulles International
Airport. All 247 passengers and 17 crewmembers were taken from the
cabin in small groups so that they could be questioned about
terrorism. All luggage -- carry on and checked -- was manually
screened. In all, those on board Wednesday's Flight 223 were
delayed about three hours.
The Navy is looking for a new boss for the Blue Angels... and
the standards this new CO must meet seem to be pretty
Anyone in ANN-land qualified for the job?
The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), Rear Adm. George Mayer,
announced that applications for the position of Commanding Officer
(CO) of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (NAVFLIGHTDEMRON...
a/k/a 'The Blue Angels) are now being accepted and should be
received no later than March 19.
By10:30 on your average morning (in fact, every day but
Christmas day) the outside line will have worked it’s way
through security, and the steady stream of 10,000 people per day
will make their way into the huge Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Museum at
Washington Dulles International Airport (VA).
It is sensory overload.
No matter how many other museums you’ve been to, no matter
what you fly, or how cool you are, you go back to being a ten-year
old for a short while, as you take it all in. The colors and shapes
and aircraft that defined the last century, and define what we fly
today leap out from the exhibits, making you feel like you're on an
epic journey through time. My childhood heroes flew these birds
into combat. Now, they fly at airshows I attend, and write about.
"Thanks to many of you who have supported me and my
adventures throughout the years. This was definitely one to beat
all. I hope you could feel the positive energy that beamed to the
whole planet as we glided over our shared planet.
Love to all, Laurel "
Source: STS-107 Astronaut, Laurel Clark, in a
lovely January 2003 e-mail from the flight deck of NASA
Orbiter Columbia, just days before she lost her life in the
destruction of the vehicle during re-entry. Clark and her
crew-mates were recognized by ANN as some of the major News-Makers
of 2003... an honor we wish we could have bestowed on them without
their tragic loss.
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The Oklahoma Aeronautical Commission has presented Dr. Guy
Baldwin of Tulsa (OK) with the Oklahoma Aviator of the Year award.
The December event at the Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport was a
celebration of the 100th Anniversary of controlled powered flight.
This was also the fortieth anniversary of the Oklahoma Aeronautical
Commission. Governor Brad Henry recognized aviation heroes such as
Wiley Post, astronaut Tom Stafford, and Ray Siegfried for Nordam's
Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin presented three proclamations to
contributors of aviation. The Aviator of the Year Award was
presented to Baldwin by Mike Huffman, Editor of The Oklahoma
Aviator in recognition of his past and continued contribution to
the enthusiasm, education, participation, the medical aspects of