The following statement comes from the Rose Walker law
State District Judge Jerry Sandel of the 278th Judicial
District Court in Anderson, TX, has signed a $96 million judgment
against airplane engine manufacturer Textron Lycoming. The judgment
results from a legal battle involving a number of small airplane
engine failures that occurred when the airplanes' crankshafts broke
The National Transportation Safety Board today released
preliminary aviation accident statistics for 2004 showing a
decrease in several civil aviation categories, including scheduled
airliners, air taxis and general aviation operations.
Look for changes in the system that propells Ballistic Recovery
Systems parachutes from their containers. That word comes from
Chairman and CEO Robert Nelson, and his new president and COO,
Larry Williams. Both spoke in an interview by the Wall Street
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., says he backs the idea of
re-establishing an airport on Northerly Island, where Meigs Airport
stood before it was ripped out of the ground on orders from Chicago
Mayor Richard Daley two years ago. The airport issue could well
become a major plank in the Jackson campaign, should the young
Congressman decide to run for mayor.
It was two years ago this week that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
sent the bulldozers into Miegs Field and ripped the runway asunder,
making the field unusable because -- he said -- he wanted to build
a park. Now, two years later, there is no park and apparently
little, if any, money for one. The air traffic that once buzzed
around Miegs now goes to other airports, but not as much of it as
before. While FAA records show the air traffic at other airports
has risen by approximately 10,500 over the past two years, Meigs
handled 30,000-40,000 operations a year. Where have those other
Congressional Investigators Say It's Behind Schedule And May
It could be the most severe blow yet to the TSA's Secure Flight
program -- a report from the Government Accountability Office that
says the program is not only behind schedule, but has yet to prove
it will protect the privacy of air passengers.
The V-22 Osprey tiltrotor program, once near death after
evaulation accidents killed 23 Marines, is now undergoing final
testing -- the last step before becoming an operational part of
America's military air inventory.
The pilot of a Cuban commercial flight taking off from Venezuela
Monday aborted take-off when one engine caught fire -- but ran out
of runway before he could bring the aircraft to a stop. Sixteen
people were hurt, none seriously.
Our ever cost-conscious friends at NBAA tell ANN that a recent
ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in FedEx Corporation
v. United States of America provides valuable information to owners
and operators of business aircraft.
We hope that you'll come fly with us and enjoy the fabulous
camaraderie that develops with shared flying adventures. "Cattle
country to the Carolinas" is the theme for the 2005 US Air Races.
The teams in the exciting cross country 1800-mile Marion Jayne Air
Race will fly from Texas to North Carolina.
Part Of Nationwide Meetings On GA And Business Aviation
Speaking to a packed house, National Air Transportation
Association (NATA) president James K. Coyne addressed the future of
general aviation with members of the industry and Congressman
Leonard Boswell (D-IA) at Des Moines International Airport.
It was a bad weekend for aviators in Iowa. Over a period of just
two days, three aircraft went down in accidents across the state,
killing five people and left two others -- one of them an
eight-year old girl in critical condition.
General aviation pilots should be able to use cell phones in the
cockpit while they're airborne. And they should be able to do it
now. That's what AOPA is telling the Federal Communications
Pentagon Will Temporarily Oversee Selected Air Force
The Department of Defense announced Monday that "to ensure
continuity of program oversight during this time of transition with
a new acting secretary of the Air Force, Under Secretary of Defense
for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael Wynne has
designated all major defense acquisition programs managed by the
Air Force and designated ACAT (acquisition category) 1C programs to
temporarily be placed under his authority."
"The majority of general aviation flights are flown under VFR,
so there is seldom exclusive reliance on electronic navigation.
Plus, the pilot isn't isolated from the passengers and has the
immediate ability and responsibility to terminate the use of any
device at any time if it is interfering with flight-critical
Source: Randy Kenagy, AOPA senior director of
advanced technology, testifying before the FCC on the benefits of
allowing cellular phones into the cockpits of general aviation
aircraft. AOPA says there's no sense in waiting -- the benefits of
having a cell phone in the cockpit far outweight the possible
AD NUMBER: 2005-06-14
MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-14
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain British
Aerospace Model BAe 146 and Model Avro 146-RJ series airplanes.
An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed about
10 p.m. EST on March 26 in the vicinity of Balad, Iraq. The
aircraft was assigned to the 15th Expeditionary Reconnaissance
Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.