Media in Atlanta are reporting a strange story today -- over the
weekend, a Cessna Citation VII stolen from St. Augustine, Florida,
turned up at Briscoe Field in the Atlanta-area town of
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia.
AOPA National Pilot Alert: All Members Urged To Oppose DC
AOPA is urging all of its more than 406,000 members to take just
15 minutes to help protect your freedom to fly — to prevent a
future air defense identification zone (ADIZ) from restricting
airspace in your area.
NATA submitted comments Monday to the FAA Office of Aviation
Policy and Plans (APO) regarding the agency's proposed changes for
funding the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Early last month, the
FAA issued a list of questions for industry groups to consider
regarding any change in the funding of the trust fund. The FAA is
scheduled to release its proposal for changes to the funding stream
in the spring of 2006. The taxes that currently fund the trust
expire on September 30, 2007.
Some Days You Eat The Bear, Some Days The Bear Eats You
By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose"
if you know Erik Lindbergh, you know that you don't often see
him sitting still. To see Erik plunked down at a computer screen,
with a serious look on his face, in place of the
Gonna-Fly-The-Rocket grin he usually wears these days, is a most
Threatens Little-Used Field With Loss Of Funding,
It's a quiet little airport with long stretches of straight,
level pavement. Perfect for planes -- and drag racers. But the FAA
says California's Inyokern Airport is for planes only and if the
drag racing continues, the airport may lose both its funding and
Flight Safety Technology Says Its New System Can Help Avoid
by Aero-News Senior Editor Pete Combs
It happened to me on a short hop from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. I
had just ferried an aircraft broker (who will, for obvious reasons,
remain nameless) in my Grumman AA5-B to an airport in OKC so he
could pick up a twin Cessna. On the way back, he thought it would
be real funny to buzz my little single-engine aircraft with his
much heavier C402. The wake turbulence almost killed me and my
Echoes Of Athens Disaster Causes Fear Among British
On any other airline, it might have been considered merely a bad
run of luck. But on a Helios Airways 737, it was eerily reminiscent
of the Greek tragedy that left 121 people dead after their plane
lost cabin pressure.
The US military diverted eight helicopters from Afghanistan to
Pakistan on Monday, helping in what will be an almost unimaginable
relief effort in the wake of a huge earthquake that killed at least
20,000 people. Even so, Pakistan put out the call for more
Department of Defense Statement on South Asian Earthquake
The Department of Defense Monday announced that Navy Rear
Admiral Michael Lefever has been designated to establish a
Humanitarian Coordination Center in Islamabad, Pakistan. RDML
Lefever will coordinate Defense Department support to the State
Department, other US government agencies, and the Pakistan
government in response to the earthquake that struck South Asia on
The San Diego Aerospace Museum's Board of Directors has named
William R. Lennartz to succeed Ken Curtis as the Museum's President
and CEO after an exhaustive but successful search. Lennartz, a
resident of Rancho Santa Fe, was most recently the co-founder,
President & CEO of California Linear Devices, Inc. (CDL), a
manufacturer of linear motors worldwide.
As the cold weather operation season closes in, the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation
Association (NATA) have partnered to promote a safety awareness
program designed to mitigate the risk of incidents related to ice
Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a new electronic-warfare
systems-integration laboratory that it says will be used to support
the development of the airborne electronic-attack system for the US
Navy's EA-18G aircraft. The system is scheduled to begin entering
the fleet in 2009.
A man accused of firing a weapon at a rescue helicopter as it
hovered over New Orleans a day after Hurricane Katrina hit was
indicted by a federal grand jury Monday. If convicted, he could
face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.
ESA's Director of Earth Observation Answers Questions
What happened and why -- two of the biggest questions facing the
European Space Agency and Russian space officials after CryoSat,
the ESA's orbiting Earth observatory, crashed into the sea over the
weekend. Volker Liebig, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation,
Monday answered questions on the loss of ESA’s CryoSat due to
"We know that there is great strength in numbers. It's what has
made us so successful in so many other initiatives. I want to thank
the thousands of members who have already submitted their comments.
And I strongly urge all the other AOPA members to take the time to
do so as well. This is an important investment in protecting your
personal right to fly. This is not a situation where any of us can
sit back and say, 'I'll leave this to someone else to do.'"
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, after thousands
of pilots and aviation supporters contact the FAA, demanding an end
to the Washington ADIZ.