On the heels of the announcement the Southwest Regional Fly-In
has been cancelled for 2008, the Experimental Aircraft Association
took steps this week to reassure the pilot community other regional
events shouldn't feel threatened... while also acknowledging
changes in EAA's role in such events.
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about avoiding a second production-related delay to its 787
Dreamliner program, consider this -- the American planemaker will
keep most of the 787 production line open through the company's
traditional holiday break period.
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fly-by of Mars at the end of next month, may in fact strike near
the red planet's equator.
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All 10 people onboard a Basler DC-3 chartered by the National
Science Foundation are safe, after the aircraft crashed on takeoff
earlier this week in Antarctica. The turboprop-converted workhorse
was providing support to a group of researchers at a remote
location on the southernmost continent.
On Wednesday, Big Sky informed the Department of Transportation
it will drop 86 total daily east coast flights -- many subsidized
by the DOT. The department's Essential Air Service program was set
up to maintain flights that didn't pencil-out for the major
airlines after deregulation in the '70s.
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received approval under Technical Standard Order C173 by the
Federal Aviation Administration for eight valve regulated sealed
lead acid (VRSLA) batteries.
"There is a consensus from the event organizers that
they want to continue. However, each event annually decides on its
own whether it will operate in future years by evaluating a variety
of factors. That ability for the local organizers to determine
their own course will not change."
Source: From a message on the Experimental
Aircraft Association website, intended to clarify EAA's position on
its support of regional fly-ins. On Monday, officials with the
Southwest Regional Fly-In announced the end of the 46-year event,
saying changes in regards to EAA's relationship with SWRFI,
including a decision to end EAA's previous insurance arrangements
for such events, led to the decision.