A jury in Grimes County, Texas has found Textron Lycoming liable
for fraud, and ordered the company to pay approximately $96 million
to Navasota, Texas-based Interstate Southwest Ltd. The verdict came
Tuesday following seven weeks of trial in State District Judge
Jerry Sandel's 278th Judicial District Court in Anderson, TX.
"UFO" Reports Abound Near Reputed Iranian Nuke Plants
Long before Monday's Washington Post article reporting the US
has sent one UAV after another over Iran to eyeball that country's
controversial nuclear plant, Iranians who live and work in the
neighborhood had been reporting mysterious UFOs.
Northwest Airlines baggage handlers blame poor planning on
management's part. Northwest blames the TSA's screening system.
Whichever is true, passengers flying from Detroit's Metro were
separated from their belongings as the bags either didn't make
their flights or ended up on the wrong planes over the weekend.
How Duffy Deals With The Wintry Pile-Up At Marshfield
Folks who live in Wisconsin are a hearty lot, worthy of respect.
After all, they know how do drive on ice. And they have to. Take
the case of Harold Gaier. "Duffy" as his friends call him, is the
manager of Marshfield Municipal Airport/Roy Shwery Field. He also
owns a sales and leasing operation at the airport.
He's also the guy who drives the snowplow to clear
Swan International based in Sydney, Australia has recently been
granted the Patent for an Airborne Wind Shear Detection System. The
US patent relates to a system for aircraft on-board detection and
alerting of dangerous atmospheric conditions including wind shears
which may occur during the landing and take off phase.
In what appears to be a freshening aviation manufacturing
market, one company's single-quarter performance stands out:
Ballistic Recovery Systems says it posted $1,866,623 in sales in
the first quarter fiscal 2005 ended December 31, 2004, which
represents a 25.3% increase over the $1,489,965 figure reported for
same period in fiscal 2004. Strong sales in Europe and an increase
in units shipped to Cirrus Design were the main contributors to
Pop Quiz: What do you get when you accidentally fly into
A) Dirty looks
B) A stern call on the radio
C) A military escort
D) All of the above
Well, here's a new possibility:
E) A laser beam in the face
Lobbyists for both DFW Airport and Southwest Airlines are making
the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, trying for all they're worth
to change some minds on whether the Wright Amendment restricting
flights to and from Dallas Love Field should finally be lifted.
Martin Schaaf, a 30-year aviation training professional, is the
new executive director of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's
Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) program. He is responsible
for all facets of the program, from the recruitment of new
students, through the entire flight-training operation, to the
placement of its graduates with air carriers.
Head-Up Guidance System Will Be Used On All New 737-700s
Rockwell Collins says Southwest Airlines has selected its Flight
Dynamics Head-up Guidance System HGS 4000 for installation on new
Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Southwest Airlines took delivery of the
first HGS-4000 equipped airplane Tuesday at Boeing Field in
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) says its
work has made it more convenient for flight instructors to complete
security awareness training required by the Transportation Security
Administration and Department of Homeland Security.
"I think it's a horrible precedent to set to sacrifice safety
because they have not been able to anticipate their staffing
Source: Rick Atkinson, director of Yeager Airport
in Charleston, WV. His airport is one of 48 where the FAA is
reportedly considering shutting down control towers overnight.
AD NUMBER: 2005-03-13
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-13
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional
Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This AD requires doing
repetitive inspections for fractures and cracks of the links of the
aileron power control unit (PCU); replacing any fractured/cracked
link; and doing applicable related investigative and corrective
actions, if necessary.