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May 16, 2004

Brazilian EMB-120 Crash Kills 33 in Amazon Jungle

The Reuters news service is reporting that an Embraer 120 turboprop aircraft operated by Rico Linhas Aereas has crashed into the Amazon jungle, killing all 33 pax and crew.

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Democrats Facing 10-Mile Boston TFR in July

The Boston Globe is reporting that the FAA is in the final stages of their plans to secure the airspace around Boston during the Democratic National Convention. A planned 10-mile TFR with the site of the convention at its center may seriously affect VIP travel, charter and media operations in the area.

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Arianespace To Launch Space Tugs

Arianespace signed a contract today at the Berlin Air Show to launch a promising new spacecraft: Orbital Recovery Ltd.'s CX OLEV™ (ConeXpress Orbital Life Extension Vehicle), which will be used as a space tug.

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AH-1Z/UH-1Y Pass 2,000 Flight Hours

The H-1 Upgrade Program has achieved 2,000 flight hours amid weapons accuracy testing and operational assessment by the Fleet.

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Rico Linhas Aereas Releases Pax List

Rico Linhas Aereas, the airline that operated the Embraer 120 that crashed in the Amazon jungle on Friday, has released the passenger and crew list of Flight 4815.

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Embraer Announces 1Q04 Financial Results

Embraer, one of the leading commercial aircraft manufacturers in the world, registered in 1Q04 net sales of US$626.2 million and net income of US$103.3 million.

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Composite Technology, Inc. Acquired by Private Equity Syndicate

Composite Technology, Inc., the largest independent rotor blade repair company operating worldwide, has been acquired by a syndicate of Philadelphia based private equity firms assembled as a holding company called Ranger Composites LLC.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (05.16.04)

"It is a real pleasure to work with companies that offer innovative solutions, and we are proud to be able to provide our launch services for the CX OLEV system. Our experience in handling multi-satellite payloads, combined with Ariane's performance, will enable the launcher to be ready when needed to serve Orbital Recovery Ltd.'s mission requirements." Source: Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall, commenting on the signing of a contract between his company and Orbital Recovery Ltd. to launch the latter's CX OLEV "Space Tug".

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Alaska TFR: Gulkana, TFN

NOTAM:  4/4261  Issued:  05/15/2004 20:25  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GULKANA, ALASKA.

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