Amid numerous reports of problems at the Old Rhinebeck
Aerodrome, a new story hitting the wires further indicates that
things are in some turmoil at the much vaunted aero-historical
Christopher Rogine, 48, a volunteer at the Old Rhinebeck flight
facility for many years, is being criminally charged with
possession of stolen property after he attempted to sell an Apollo
Command Module recovery parachute on eBay last month.
The eBay description noted that, "The condition is in perfect
(sic). No rips, tears or discoloring. Have packaging paperwork. It
has been confirmed that this is the main parachute of that historic
mission 30 years ago."
Rogine claimed to have had legal possession of the chute for over
20 years, having allegedly been given the property by the
AOPA has filed a formal complaint with the FAA over limitations
on aircraft operations that the city of Pompano Beach, Fla., has
imposed on pilots at Pompano Airpark (PMP). Among other things, the
restrictions are an attempt to limit flight training.
"AOPA has endeavored, both informally and formally, to resolve the
issue, but the city council decided to go ahead with the
restrictions and 'see what the FAA will do,'" said AOPA Vice
President of Airports Bill Dunn.
"In the face of such intransigence, AOPA had no choice but to
defend the airport and pilots who operate there by filing a formal
The federal government deeded what became Pompano Airpark to the
city as war surplus following World War II. Part of the deal was
that the city must use the land as an a
First Color Photos Sent From Columbia Memorial Station
in Gusev Crater
The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has captured its first
color image of Mars. It is the highest resolution picture ever
taken of another planet.
ANN Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien was kind enough to
research and translate the full text of the press release published
by Swiss officials in their prohibition against Flash Airlines....
the operator of a Boeing 737 which went down last week off the
coast of Egypt and into the Red Sea. We present it here for your
FOCA Prohibited Flash Airlines From Landing
The Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) issued a
landing prohibition against the Egyptian aviation firm Flash
Airlines in October, 2002. The grounds for that were, deficient
condition of its airplanes. In the following, the measures taken by
FOCA in connection with Flash Airlines are laid out.
Last Saturday, a machine from the Egyptian aviation business Flash
NASA Administrator Sean
O'Keefe has announced plans to name the landing site of the Mars
Spirit Rover in honor of the astronauts who died in the tragic
accident of the Space Shuttle Columbia in February. The area in the
vast flatland of the Gusev Crater where Spirit landed this weekend
will be called the Columbia Memorial Station.
Since its historic landing, Spi
Summary: The final rule amends the regulations
governing service difficulty reports (SDRs) submitted to the FAA by
aeronautical repair stations. The FAA is clarifying which type of
failures, malfunctions, and defects repair stations must report.
The FAA is also replacing certain section references with part
references to eliminate the need to revise repair station
regulations again if the FAA further revises SDR rules.
Major Highlights: On July 30, 2001, the FAA issued
"Repair Stations; Final rule with request for comments and direct
final rule with request for comments,'' (66 FR 41088; August 6,
2001). In that rulemaking action, FAA amended Sec. Sec.
145.63 and 145.79 by, among other changes, replacing the phrases
"serious defect'' and "oth
Boeing's airliner deliveries for 2003 total some 281 birds...
some 100 less than last year. Finishing up the year with 71
airframe deliveries in the Fourth Quarter (down from 86 in 4Q/02),
this year's total is down from 381 in 2002 and a whopping 527 in
2001. How the mighty have fallen...
Boeing's Fourth Quarter stats included 47 single-aisle 737s; 12
777s; three 767s; five 747s; one 757; and three 717s.
Unofficial estimates put Boeing's annual delivery totals below
Airbus for the first time, as Airbus had already delivered 263
airframes through just the 3rd Quarter of 2003.
Anti-Missile Devices Will Supposedly Protect Commercial
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and
Technology division has announced that teams led by BAE
Systems, Northrop Grumman and United Airlines have been selected
for agreement negotiations. The team will be expected to develop a
plan and test prototypes to help determine whether a viable
technology exists that could be deployed to address the potential
threat that MAN-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) pose to
“The President and the Secretary are taking a very aggressive
approach on measures to counter the potential threat of
shoulder-fired missiles,” said Dr. Charles McQueary, Under
Secretary, Science and Technology. “These efforts are par
A NorthWest Airlines Boeing 757 was landed by a "solo" pilot
Tuesday morning after the Captain of the flight lost consciousness
approaching Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.
Descending through 12,000 feet on a short flight from Milwaukee,
WI; NWA Flt 1949's Captain Roy Schooler passed out in the cockpit
somewhere over Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In accordance with proper
procedure, the First officer took command, stabilized the aircraft
and sought medical attention for his Captain.
Max-Viz, Inc. has announced the first ever Transport Canada
Enhanced Vision Systems certification for an EVS-1000 system on a
Bombardier Global Express, engineered and installed by Montreal
Dealer/Integrator ABC Completions Inc.
The US registered Bombardier Global Express was awarded Canadian
Supplemental Type Approval on December 19th and is expected to have
the equivalent US STC this month.
"This Transport Canada certification is an enormous win for Max-Viz
and our dealer, Montreal based ABC Completions," said Jim Tuttle,
Max-Viz CEO. "We do not consider our EVS-1000 a competitor to the
future Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) rather we believe
that it is a complimentary system. Max-Viz products provide an
exceptional view of terrain, taxiways, runways and obstacles
Boeing's board of directors has elected James A. Bell as
chief financial officer for the $54 billion global aerospace
company. A 31-year veteran of the company, Bell has been
Boeing’s acting CFO since Nov. 24, 2003.
Bell, 55, served as senior vice president of finance and corporate
controller since October 2000.
“James Bell is a superior financial leader,” said
Boeing President and CEO Harry Stonecipher. “He is a proven,
highly skilled manager who has intimate knowledge of our strategy
and champions fiscal transparency. James will be a key member of
our leadership team.”
As the corporate controller for Boeing, Bell has been responsible
for managing the company’s financial and cost accounting,
external reporting, cost policy, com
NAVAIR’s E-2 Integrated Test Team (ITT) has completed
flight testing of the Navy’s new eight-bladed NP2000
propeller at Patuxent River, Md., successfully concluding a
challenging series of developmental test and evaluation efforts
that commenced in the summer of 2000.
Development of the NP2000 was initiated in the mid
nineteen-nineties when the Navy sought a viable replacement for the
four-bladed HS54460 propellers utilized by its E-2 Hawkeye Command
and Control and C-2 Greyhound aircraft.
The new propeller incorporates several enhancements over its
predecessor and is projected to reduce maintenance costs. Design
features that facilitate these savings are a reduced parts count,
the ability to replace individual propeller blades on the wing and
a maintenance panel
CharterAuction has announced that its sales activity for
December 2003 was up 100%. The company attributed the jump
to the U.S. government's elevation of the national threat
level from Elevated to High risk of terrorist attack,
among other factors.
"There are a number of factors that contributed to our high numbers
for the end of the year. First and foremost, our clients' concerns
about safety were intensified with the raising of the national
threat level from yellow to orange. Our clients want more control
over their travel plans, their timing and their comfort," said Nate
McKelvey, CEO of CharterAuction.
Failure of a turbine blade caused an F-16C Fighting Falcon to
crash in an unpopulated area near Rosepine, La., on Sept. 22,
according to a report Air Force officials released Jan. 6.
The pilot ejected in a sparsely wooded area about 12 nautical miles
southwest of Fort Polk Army Airfield. The aircraft was part of a
six-ship, unopposed surface-attack training mission, and was
assigned to the 147th Fighter Wing at Ellington Field in
The engine turbine blade failed because of fatigue, although there
were no external signs of excess fatigue during routine
inspections, according to the Aircraft Investigation Board
The NBAA has announced new Maintenance Management Workshops, to
be held March 11, 2004, in West Palm Beach, FL, and August 25,
2004, in Seattle. Organized by the NBAA Maintenance Committee,
these Workshops will provide aviation maintenance managers an
opportunity to learn the latest information on issues affecting the
maintenance community. Topics to be addressed include Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues, environmental and
aviation regulations, personnel and asset management, aircraft
reliability and productivity measures.
Raytheon Aircraft’s in-house repair station has received
the FAA’s highest award – the Diamond Award – for
The Diamond Award is the FAA’s highest honor for training,
and recognizes professional technicians and their employer. A
facility must have at least 25 percent of its employees
participating in the FAA’s Maintenance Technician Program. A
total of 185 of the 198 Raytheon Aircraft repair station employees,
or 95 percent, will qualify for an individual award. The
company’s goal for 2004 is 100 percent participation.
Individual qualifications range from the Bronze to the Diamond
Award. To receive an award, each individual must have a minimum of
two hours of FAA regulations training, in addition to a number of
"AOPA has endeavored, both informally and formally, to
resolve the issue, but the city council decided to go ahead with
the restrictions and 'see what the FAA will do...' In the face
of such intransigence, AOPA had no choice but to defend the airport
and pilots who operate there by filing a formal complaint."
Source: AOPA Vice President of Airports,
Bill Dunn, speaking about AOPA's aggressive decision to file an FAA
complaint over restrictions placed on the Pompano Beach Airport by
the city of Pompano Beach.
Stan Mackiewicz has joined the National Air Transportation
Association (NATA) as representative, government and industry
Mackiewicz comes to NATA having recently served as a business
development and government affairs consultant to several aerospace
companies. Previously, he was executive director of Embry-Riddle's
Aviation and Space Technology Academy in Daytona Beach, FL. He also
served as president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance
Additionally, he has held management positions with UNC Airwork,
Sundstrand, Williams International and Avco Lycoming.
"I'm delighted to welcome Stan to our government and industry
affairs staff," said NATA president James K. Coyne. "His depth of
experience and knowledge in our industry--especially in d