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August 17, 2005

Helios Mishap 'Peculiar'

Same Aircraft Lost Cabin Pressure Last Year

The president of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, told mourning families Wednesday the crash of a Helios 737-300 in Greece Sunday was "peculiar," saying there was only one other aviation mishap like it to his knowledge. This, as the investigation into the bizarre crash continued to turn up more questions than answers.

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UAL 747 Tail 'Collapses' At SFO

Sit, Jumbo, Sit

We're at something of a loss to explain how this happened. A United Airlines 747 headed for Tokyo diverted to San Francisco Monday with a hydraulic problem. The passengers were long gone eleven hours after the aircraft landed when its engines were being checked out by a crew of mechanics.

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Spanish Suspect Afghanistan Helo Mishap Was Accident

No Indications Of Hostile Fire

After paying a personal visit to the crash site in western Afghanistan, Spain's defense minister said Wednesday the crash that killed 17 of his soldiers appeared to be an accident.

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Last Flying Connie Doesn't Fly Now

Engine Blow Out May Be Too Expensive To Fix

One of the last flying Lockheed Constellations -- if not the last -- may be mothballed after a major engine blow out in Kansas City last month.

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Idaho TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7150  Issued:  08/17/2005 03:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  ID  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  10 SE ELK CITY ID. 

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Montana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7147  Issued:  08/17/2005 00:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  MT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  8 SW HAMILTON MT. 

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Montana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7145  Issued:  08/17/2005 00:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  MT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  8 SW HAMILTON MT. 

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Puerto Rico TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7153  Issued:  08/17/2005 13:30  Effective:  08/18/2005 21:00 - Undetermined  State:  PR  Facility:  ZSU - SAN JUAN (ARTCC),PR.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  E SIDE OF VIEQUES ISLAND 

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Montana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7144  Issued:  08/17/2005 00:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  MT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  17 SE HAMILTON MT. 

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Museum Of Aviation Earns National Accreditation

The Museum of Aviation of Warner Robins, GA, has been awarded national accreditation by the American Association of Museums.

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SALE: Supersonic Jet Fighters, $100

Of Course, There's A Catch; Isn't There Always A Catch?

Can you really buy a supersonic jet fighter for $100? Well, no. Not YOU. Or me. But someone can. Or rather, some nations can.

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Update: 'Operation Safe Pilot'

As was reported last month, an 18-month investigation called Operation Safe Pilot resulted, so far, with grand juries in California indicting 40 pilots for fraud after they falsified medical records to conceal disabilities ranging from severe heart problems to schizophrenia.

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Hypoxia — It's Not Just For Jet Pilots

Important Reminder In Wake Of Greek Tragedy

As Greek officials begin to unravel what caused the Sunday crash of a Helios Air Boeing 737, early reports seem to indicate that loss of cabin pressurization may be a factor.

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Air Traffic Control Chief Sees The GA Side Of Things At AOPA HQ

Russ Chew Gets The Grand Tour

It was a first for the head of the FAA's air traffic control organization - spending a good part of the day visiting AOPA's headquarters and speaking with Phil Boyer, members of the AOPA management team, and seeing some of the new technology in light general aviation aircraft.

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US Air Force Lands at Moscow Air Show

Howdy, Tovarich!

About 100 US military members are playing an active part in the Moscow air show August 16-21, as they allow visitors to get a close-up look at the US Air Force aircraft.

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EAA'S B-17 Tour Salutes 60th Anniversary Of World War Two Win

Popular Tour Stops In 13 States Over Three-Months

It's been 60 years since the end of World War II, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is commemorating the end of that conflict and honoring those who sacrificed during that time. EAA's salute to the men, women and aircraft of that time includes a national "Allied Victory Tour" by one of the greatest military airplanes ever built, a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Symphony

For Sale: Symphony

Symphony--80 TTSN new, KX125NavCom, KT76A, Garmin 295, PS Eng Intercom. Blue and grey interior, white with blue stripe, O-320 Lyc 160 hp and MT fixed prop. Compare new 2005 $139,900. Phoenix Composites, 480-924-9750, rob@phoenixcomposites.com. Exterior Quality: 10, Interior Quality: 10 New, will sell for $89,900.00

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.17.05)

"It's odd. It's a very rare event to even have a pressurization problem, and in general crews are very well trained to deal with it." Source: ALPA Executrive Air Safety Chairman Terry McVenes, in an interview with the Associated Press, on the demise of a Helios Airways 737-300. The aircraft went down near Athens, Greece, Sunday. Initial speculation on the cause of the mishap has centered on the plane's pressurization problems.

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Special NOTAM: New Aircraft Equipment Suffixes

NOTAM:  5/7135  Issued:  08/16/2005 19:30  Effective:  09/01/2005 09:01 - 09/01/2005 09:01  State:  USA  Facility:  FDC  Type:  SECURITY  Description:  SPECIAL NOTICE... EFFECTIVE 0509010901 UTC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, NEW AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT SUFFIXES WILL BE USED ON FAA FLIGHT P... 

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Idaho TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7114  Issued:  08/16/2005 04:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  ID  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  15 E GRANGEVILLE ID. 

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Oregon TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7130  Issued:  08/16/2005 15:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  OR  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  20 E OF ATHENA OR. 

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Wyoming TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7111  Issued:  08/16/2005 02:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  WY  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  SOUTH FORK OF UPPER HOBACK RIVER. 

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