FAA and NTSB investigators were in St. Louis, MO, Wednesday,
sifting through the wreckage of a Hansa 320 that went down shortly
after departure from Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The aircraft went
down as winds gusted up to 23 miles an hour and light snow was
falling. Visibility was reported at nine miles.
BF Scandinavian Aviation Academy located in Vasteras, Sweden,
will add six new 172R Skyhawks equipped with Garmin G1000 to their
fleet of 27 Cessna aircraft beginning in March 2005. The new 172R
Skyhawks will display the flight schools' distinct orange and blue
on white paint scheme. This marks Cessna's first European fleet
order for 172s equipped with the G1000 glass cockpits.
They're Pumping Out Product And Competing For Contracts
So you've been laid off from your flight crew gig at the
airline? You're a commercial flight student looking at
less-than-optimal job prospects with any of the major carriers?
Well, consider this:
Rotorcraft. Sure, you might make less money than at a legacy or
low-cost carrier. But then, chances are, you will have a job.
Don't be in such a hurry.
That's the message from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who's worried
that the Pentagon is trying to move too fast to find a replacement
for the aging KC-135 tanker -- a search that sparked one of the
biggest defense procurement scandals in American history.
Airline Wants Bankruptcy Judge To Throw Out Labor
The chips are beginning to stack up against US Airways and its
attempt to annul contracts with some of its major unions. Three of
those unions have either voted or are voting to strike the bankrupt
The Air Force wants arch rivals Boeing and Lockheed to play in
the same sandbox and play nicely. The USAF has asked the two
aerospace giants to cooperate on launching classified payloads,
according to a report from Reuters.
In your dreams, say sources within the launch industry.
Klyde, the only ant in aviation, doesn't fly just anything. For
instance, he flew on SpaceShipOne when it garnered the X-Prize. And
he was on board the venerable B-52B known as "Balls Eight" when it
made its last flight for NASA.
Delivering on their pledges to encourage a regional approach to
airline service in Southern California, Mayors Jim Hahn of Los
Angeles and Jim Ledford of Palmdale announced that Palmdale
Regional Airport (PMD) will reopen for scheduled airline service
Calling the commercial aviation industry "at a perilous
juncture," an economic impact report prepared by renowned economist
Dr. Bernard Weinstein from the University of North Texas estimates
that North Texas and DFW International Airport will lose $782
million annually when Delta Air Lines completes its announced
reduction in flights at DFW in early 2005.
The TSA Wednesday announced that it will hold an open,
competitive bidding process for its Integrated Logistics Support
contract. This contract, which will be awarded in February 2005,
will provide the maintenance for most of the screening equipment
including metal detectors, X-ray machines, and Explosives Trace
Detectors (ETDs) at the nation’s 450 commercial airports.
"Bittersweet's the word. It's been [the carrier for] a lot of
different projects in the years I've been here. Very satisfying to
be able to support them, but to realize that there aren't anymore
Source: Former astronaut Gordon Fullerton, who
piloted NASA's venerable B-52B, Balls Eight, on its last
operational flight last month. The aircraft that carried the X-15
and the X-24B aloft fulfilled its last mission by launching the
hypersonic X-43A on a flight that broke Mach 10. Balls Eight will
make one last flight -- to a museum. Which one has not yet been
AD NUMBER: 2004-24-08
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-08
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
(BHTC) model helicopters. This action requires an initial
inspection and, at specified intervals, certain repetitive checks
and inspections of the tail rotor blade (blade) for a deformation,
a crack, and a bent or deformed tail rotor weight (weight).
AD NUMBER: 2004-24-09
MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-09
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain RRC 250-B and 250-C series turboshaft
and turboprop engines.
ANN has confirmed that a Blue Angels F/A-18 twin engine jet
fighter has gone down, during routine training, in the Gulf of
Mexico. The aircraft went down in the Gulf, near Perdido Key, at
approximately 1445 local time.