And, lo, the clouds parted, the rains ceased and the winds died
down. The storm appeared to be over.
Cessna is hiring 400 workers -- many of them who had been
previously laid off. Could it be that the dark days which have
plagued the aviation industry in an almost Biblical sense have
The FAA Tuesday said yes to a request from the US Forest Service
to inspect 33 grounded aerial firefighting tankers grounded last
week to see if any can be returned for service. But for one Arizona
congressman, that's not good enough.
Major Boost in Exhibitor and Attendee Participation Over
The 2004 rendition of the NATA/PAMA AS3 annual convention and
tradeshow (now run by an independent organization) is off to a new
and greater start than previously seen. Boasting strong attendance
from both exhibitors as well as attendees, the AS3 show has become
a focal point for aviation services, FBOs and the aviation
The TSA, after months of preparation, released its General
Aviation Security Recommendations to the public earlier this week.
Sent out as a TSA Information Publication (IP), the guidelines are
suggested security procedures for general aviation airports and are
not meant to be considered mandatory.
A new report from the National Defense University is highly
critical of the process by which Boeing reached a deal to sell and
lease 100 767 refueling tankers to the Air Force -- while, at the
same time, saying the process of replacing the tanker fleet must
Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has launched ATP
NavigatorV, a regulatory information service that incorporates the
advanced capabilities of a new software platform. ATP Navigator V
improves maintenance organizations' ability to cut the cost and
time associated with accessing and compiling regulatory data by
introducing a streamlined user interface, simplified work flow, and
robust functionality in conjunction with the industry s most
complete and current collection of regulatory documents.
The obvious need to continue ramp security education and the
insurance industry's scrutiny of the aviation business, has
prompted Air BP Aviation Services to develop and offer a security
and safety training program to assist Air BP Dealers, General
Aviation personnel and FBOs.
Seven New Executives On Board At Delta And They All Report To
Gerald Grinstein is indeed "the man" at Delta. Five months after
being picked to run the airline, Grinstein Wednesday chose seven
people to run the company underneath him -- all of whom report
directly to him. There is no president of Delta. There's no heir to
the throne, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The
71-year old Grinstein (below) is the king of Delta.
Even with indications that the aviation sector is picking up,
Bombardier says it's closing its service center in Indianapolis
(IN) on October 1st. The announcement means about 90 workers --
many of them highly-skilled -- will get their walking papers soon,
according to the Indianapolis Star.
ARSA: Thousands of Small Businesses Will Be Affected
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing to
drastically increase the scope of its antidrug and alcohol misuse
testing program. These rules apply when maintenance or other
safety-sensitive functions are performed in the United States
directly or by contract for US air carriers.
What will fuel your aircraft's engine in the future when oil
companies eventually stop making 100-octane low lead (100LL)
aviation gasoline? Rising prices for automotive gasoline is drawing
a great deal of attention nationally, but within the aviation
industry, there continues to be discussion on the future
availability of 100LL avgas. It's a problem that probably won't
affect pilots for years, but it's an issue that AOPA knows is
coming and is actively involved in finding a solution.
Willow Run Airport is offering a fun-filled day of aviation at
its first open house on May 22, 2004 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a
wide range of activities scheduled for aviation enthusiasts of all
ages, this free event is intended to promote aviation education,
recreation and safety.
"This is just a foretaste of what the summer may hold, and we've
got to bring all our assets to bear on this. Fires are burning, and
you've got to pull all the fire alarms."
Source: Congressman JD Hayworth (R-AZ), urging
President Bush to authorize the FAA to inspect and reinstate 33
aerial firefighting tankers grounded when the Forest Service
abruptly cancelled their contracts. The FAA has agreed to conduct
emergency inspections on the grounded aircraft, but has not yet set
forth a timetable for doing so and has not indicated what action,
if any, might be taken when the results of those inspections are