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October 29, 2005

Arizona TFR: 10.31.05

NOTAM:  5/0020  Issued:  10/28/2005 20:10  Effective:  10/31/2005 15:00 - 10/31/2005 18:00  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  SAFFORD AZ. 

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Oregon TFR: 10.29.05 - 10.30.05

NOTAM:  5/0007  Issued:  10/28/2005 18:20  Effective:  10/29/2005 21:00 - 10/30/2005 02:00  State:  OR  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  STRAWBERRY CANYON, MORROW COUNTY OR. 

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Waiex and Xenos Aircraft Kits Meet '51% Rule'

The FAA completed evaluations of the Waiex and Xenos Kits in October 2005 for compliance with the "major portion" requirement of 14 CFR section 21.191(g). Sonex, ltd tells ANN that both kits were approved on October 21, 2005.

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Was It Sabotage?

Thirty-Three Arrested In Probe Of 737-200 Crash

As the NTSB and local agencies continue to investigate the crash of a Bellview Boeing 737-200 in Nigeria Saturday, 33 people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a terror plot to sabotage the plane.

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How Was The Engineering On Your Last MG?

Airbus May Hire Engineers From Failed British Car Company

What has the collapse of a British car company got to do with jets? Quite a lot, if Airbus Industrie gets its way. The European commercial aircraft colossus is eyeing the skilled engineers, draftsmen and other technical personnel idled by the collapse of MG Rover this spring.

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ESA Signs Contract With Dutch Space

Will Build European Robotic Arm For International Space Station

It's a done deal. ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration, Daniel Sacotte Thursday signed a contract for the launch preparations and first operations of the European Robotic Arm (ERA) on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract, worth 20 million Euro, was signed with Dutch Space, the Industrial Prime Contractor leading an industrial consortium of European companies. The contract signing took place at the Erasmus User Center at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

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What Goes Up (Eventually) Comes Down

California Tower-Jumper Snagged, Rescued -- May Face Charges

A Walnut Creek, CA, skydiver is hospitalized after his chute became tangled in the tower from which he was jumping. The birthday stunt-gone-wrong left John Agnos dangling by his risers for hours as firefighters tried to figure out how to rescue him.

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Decision Making For Pilots Debuts At AOPA EXPO 2005

"Do The Right Thing"

Do The Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's newest live seminar, makes its debut at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 4 at AOPA Expo.

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Smiths Aerospace Grows Engine Components Business In North Carolina

Announces New Turbine Components Plant In West Jefferson

Smiths Aerospace says it will invest $44 million in a new turbine engine components facility in West Jefferson, North Carolina. Smiths says the investment is underpinned by long range contracts from key customers. The new facility expands Smiths workforce in North Carolina to nearly 400, with the opportunity to double its growth within five years. In addition to West Jefferson (which will initially employ 100 people), Smiths has a second aerospace engine components business in Asheville, NC, with 295 employees.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.29.05)

"We wont leave any stone unturned in waging this war too. If there are terrorism claims about the crash, it behooves on us to investigate to establish if these rumors are true or not." Source: Police Inspector General Sunday Ehindero, quoted by, on a terrorist group's claim that it blew up a Bellview Air flight as it was taking off from Lagos, Nigeria, last Saturday. All 117 people were killed when the plane exploded during a thunderstorm. Now, 33 workers at the Nigerian president's office and the ministry of aviation have been arrested in the midst of a nationwide investigation.

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AD: Aerospatiale

AD NUMBER: 2005-22-09 MANUFACTURER: Aerospatiale SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-22-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Aerospatiale Model ATR42 and ATR72 airplanes.

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