House Appropriators Fund AOPA Airport Watch's
AOPA's Airport Watch 866/GA-SECURE hotline should continue to
allow pilots to report suspicious activities at airports. The House
Appropriations Committee recently approved continued funding for
the hotline as part of the budget package for the Department of
Former President Bush Celebrates 80th Birthday By Jumping With
George Herbert Walker Bush wanted to prove "just because you're
80 doesn't mean your finished." Twice Sunday, the 41st president of
the United States went skydiving -- both times in tandem with
members of the US Army Golden Knights.
Presidential Commission To Recommend Major NASA
Yet more changes could be on the way for America's space agency
next week, when the President's Commission on Implementation of US
Space Exploration Policy delivers its final report to the White
We've had an interesting week here at ANN... having just crawled
back to the secret ANN compound near beautiful downtown Winter
Haven, FL. Hopscotching through a number of states and stories, the
high-point of the week was a somewhat low-key meeting that combined
the sympathetic interests of the CGAR and FITS program into a three
day get-together within the confines of the University of North
Dakota up in Grand Forks, ND.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has much
planned this year for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, centered at the NAFI
Flight Instructor Headquarters tent. HQ will again be located just
west of the Wearhouse on Knapp Street, adjacent to Convention
Airlines Reduce Speed In Hopes Of Reducing Fuel
Why do we fly? The number one answer to that question seems to
be, "to answer the need for speed." So it might be surprising to
some when they find out that at least one airline is slowing down
to save on the skyrocketing price of fuel.
A Kentucky couple was killed Saturday in the crash of a Cessna
172 near the Monroe County (KY) Airport. The wreckage of their
four-place aircraft was discovered by another pilot after a
mechanic became concerned because the couple was overdue.
The corner of Knapp Street and AirVenture's main thoroughfare,
east of the main gate will have a new look at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2004. This intersection is now a "must-go-there"
destination called the EAA Member Village at AirVenture. It
includes the EAA Membership Tent, EAA's Sport Pilot Center, and an
EAA Merchandise Tent. Previously this location was the Food Court
which is now located south of the EAA Wearhouse.
Aviation Consultant: Bombardier Global Express More Vulnerable
To Lightning Strikes
The Bombardier Global Express is more prone to lightning strikes
and can suffer more damage as a result than its competitors. That
shocking statement comes from aviation consultant Ernest Arvai,
testimony in a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled Bombardier
Perhaps taking a cue from Boeing, which last week signed a deal
with two Chinese manufacturers to build parts for several aircraft
-- including the 7E7 Dreamliner, Airbus now says it's inked a $100
million deal with a Chinese firm to build parts for the behemoth
"This is a day of joy and a day of wonder for the Bush family --
especially the old guy."
Source: Former President George HW Bush, shortly
after his fourth parachute jump Sunday. Bush, whose jump celebrated
his 80th birthday, was forced to make a tandem rather than solo
jump because of high winds and low clouds over College Station
(TX). He landed on his keester, stood up, and was awarded his jump
wings. Congratulations, President!