Wayne Bezner Kerr, of First Light Aviation in Ithaca, NY,
successfully completed the FAA requirements for Flight Instructor,
Trike (Weight-shift control) Tuesday. The examining instructor/DPE
was John Ballantyne from Frederick, Maryland.
America is often accused of having a culture hostile to ideas of
personal responsibility: self-help books, slip-and-fall lawyers,
12-step recovery cults, you name it, that's us. Excuses, excuses,
excuses. The converse is often said of Japan: a corporate screw-up
that produces stonewalling and indignant, legalistic defiance in
the States would instead produce a teary confession and letter of
Announces Vice Chair, Appoints Security Committee Chair,
Approves New Member And Board Members
The Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA) has appointed Jack Pelton, Chairman, President
and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, to be the association's Vice
The good news from Boeing just keeps on coming. UPS has just
announced an order for eight 747-400 Freighters. The firm order is
the first UPS order placed directly with Boeing for the 747
Freighter family and the carrier's first for 747-400
The first Dutch Heliport opened August 3rd in Amsterdam. It
features quick access to ground transport, a VIP passenger lounge,
and offers Jet A1 fuel and limited parking and overnight hangarage
for transient helicopters.
A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report confirms
AOPA's long-standing concerns about privatization of the air ATC
system. Such a move, the report affirms, would be costly for
general aviation (GA).
By Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. O'Brien
On Friday, the government's traditional day for slipping bad
news to the weekend-bound public, NASA pulled the plug on STS-121's
scheduled launch date of 22 September and allowed that, perhaps, a
November launch would go on as scheduled. Perhaps not.
You'd think the word would get around to the places that illegal
aliens get advice, job tips, and false documents: since 9/11
airports are a bad risk for employment. But three Guatemalan men
who didn't get the word are facing stiff penalties in the US
District Court in Covington, Kentucky.
Air traffic controller staffing shortages caused by the Federal
Aviation Administration are at critical levels at the Los Angeles
Air Route Traffic Control Center, resulting in a serious
degradation in the margin of safety. Several recent close calls can
be attributed to the dangerously low staffing levels caused by
unacceptable FAA cuts, proof that the agency continues to mismanage
the system, according to unionized controllers.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched on Aug. 12, has
completed one of the first tasks of its seven-month cruise to Mars,
a calibration activity for the spacecraft's Mars Color Imager
Polar Air Cargo and the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) have
been released from negotiations by the National Mediation Board
(NMB) into the 30-day cooling off period that must occur before
either party can engage in economic self-help, which includes the
right to strike on the part of the Polar crewmembers.
When they return to school this fall, air traffic management
students at Daniel Webster College (DWC) will be training on
equipment for use in ATC training installed just this summer at its
Nashua campus by UFA, Inc., of Woburn, MA.
Expands Northeast Network In First Quarter Of Operation
NxAERO, the first North American charter and aircraft management
company to use TBM 700 turboprop aircraft, today reported strong
customer demand and growth in regional charter service since its
launch in April.
Flight Safety Technologies says it's completed the first test of
the UNICORN collision alerting radar at the Georgia Tech Research
Institute (GTRI) in Marietta, GA. In this developmental test, a
partial antenna array was mounted on top of a tower at GTRI to
measure the detection performance of the radar against a test
aircraft flying pre-determined patterns overhead. Detections were
achieved, as predicted, of the twin-engine Aerostar test aircraft.
Additionally, detections were confirmed of other aircraft landing
at the nearby Dobbins Air Reserve Base.
Columbia Air Services-Rutland says it's named Chris Reece, a
former detective with the Guildford County, NC, Sheriff's
Department as its new general manager. Reece, a Jamaica, VT,
resident, has been assistant manager at Columbia's Rutland Airport
facility since 2003 and is experienced in line services and
"It was a black, black day."
Source: Airline History Museum President Foe
Geldersma, in an interview with the Kansas City Star, on the
destruction of America's last flying Lockheed Constellation's
number two engine, which dramatically failed during a routine
maintenance check on the ground. Oil and gallons of burning fuel
spewed from three failed cylinders. Some of the burning fuel was
sprayed onto the skin of the aircraft, disfiguring it. The question
now is, how the museum will be able to afford repairs.