Agency Calls For Replacing Shafts In Some 360 and 540
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive calling for
crankshaft replacement in certain 360 and 540 engines built or with
crankshafts replaced after March 1, 1999. As AOPA first told you in
July, this AD affects some 1,100 aircraft, in models ranging from
Aero Commanders and Aerostars to Socata Trinidads. Many of the
affected aircraft are Robinson helicopters and late-model Cessna
ATC Contract Spat Continues With Both Sides Apparently Drifting
The FAA and its unionized air traffic controllers continue to
bicker over a new contract -- but instead of coming closer together
on the fine points, the two sides appear to be drifting farther
apart. Now, the FAA wants daily negotiations, while NATCA demands
arbitrators be brought in to settle things.
In the process of fulfilling President Bush's vision of a space
agency that reaches to the Moon, Mars and Beyond, NASA will
paradoxically have to pink-slip some 2,000 workers over the next
year, according to published reports.
Commander Premier Aircraft Corporation To Leave Oklahoma City
By Month End
Commander Premier Aircraft Corporation (CPAC) announced Monday
it will leave the Okalahoma City area by the end of September and
establish new operations to produce Commander aircraft and support
the existing, world-wide Commander fleet at a new, undisclosed
location. CPAC acquired all of the assets of defunct Commander
Aircraft Company (CAC) from its chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee at the
end of June but the assets did not include the right to remain at
CAC's production facility at Wiley Post Airport.
Negotiations Result in First Ever Agreement Between
NetJets Aviation (NJA) Monday announced it had reached a
tentative agreement with its flight attendants for the parties'
first ever contract. The tentative agreement, which calls for an
increase in flight attendant salaries and the payment of a bonus,
the recognition of flight attendant seniority, enhanced grievance
and arbitration provisions, and a comprehensive scope clause, was
negotiated and endorsed by the leadership of the flight attendants'
union (International Brotherhood of Teamsters through the Airline
Division, Local 284).
Cargo Connection Logistics says the recent bankruptcy filings by
Delta and Northwest Airlines will have negligible impact on the
operations of its wholly owned subsidiary, Cargo Connection
Airports Nationwide Show Solidarity in Aftermath of Hurricane
Roy Williams, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New
Orleans International Airport, Monday spoke at the opening session
of the 14th Annual Airports Council International - North America
(ACI-NA) Conference and Exhibition and expressed his gratitude for
the support airports nationwide have offered in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. Williams provided a first-hand account of
Hurricane Katrina's impacts on the greater New Orleans region and
described the relief and recovery efforts, many of which were
staged at his airport.
On foot, J. Michael Fay crossed more than 2,000 miles to
document stretches of African wilderness the world had never seen
before. He helped establish 13 national parks in the Gabon region
of Africa, preserving many species found nowhere else in the
US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta and Thai Minister of
Foreign Affairs Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon Monday signed an
Open-Skies aviation agreement that will strengthen ties between the
two countries by enabling US and Thai airlines to offer more
flights at lower fares. With this agreement, Thailand becomes the
71st US Open-Skies partner.
Duluth, MN, TSA Won't Let 22-Month Old Baby Fly With Vital
Jason Hegg and his 22-month old son, Carter, fly a lot. They
usually travel between Detroit Metro and Cook, MN. Carter is a
special needs child -- he must have a nebulizer to overcome his
asthma. He has no problem getting the nebulizer through TSA
checkpoints at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul. But the TSA
screeners at Duluth won't let him board with the very equipment
upon which his life could depend.
"Inevitably, I think you can look forward to having fewer people
on staff at NASA a year from now than there are today, and I think
we just need to face up to that."
Source: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on the
possibility that some workers will lose their jobs as the spasce
agency shits its focus from Earth orbit missions to the Moon, Mars