The Air Force has admiited that pilot error caused a US Air
Force Thunderbirds F-16 aircraft to crash shortly after takeoff at
an airshow Sept. 14 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The
pilot ejected just before the aircraft hit the ground.
According to the accident investigation board report released Jan.
21, the pilot misinterpreted the altitude required to complete the
"Split S" maneuver. He made his calculation with an incorrect
airfield altitude. The pilot incorrectly climbed to 1,670 feet
above ground level instead of 2,500 feet before initiating the pull
down to the Split S maneuver.
When he realized something was wrong, the pilot used maximum back
stick pressure and rolled slightly left to ensure the aircraft
would hit away from the crowd should he have to eject
Flight instructors now have even more reason to attend one of
the Air Safety Foundation's refresher courses. ASF will give away
several door prizes during each of their courses. And those who
attend will also be entered in a monthly drawing for an interactive
DVD video courses, donated by Sporty's Pilot Shop.
The door prizes to be given away at each session include two
copies of a video specifically designed to help flight instructors
with the business side of being a flight instructor and an ASF
video on a critical safety topic, Weather Decision Making.
Two monthly prizes are Sporty's Instrument Rating Course and a
Sporty's Recreational/Private Pilot Course. Each course is a
complete training program that instruct
SecTrans Mineta has announced the signing of an order that will
significantly reduce flight congestion and passenger inconvenience
at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Under terms
of the order signed by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and accepted
by both airlines, American and United have agreed to reduce by 5
percent those carriers’ operations during the peak hours
between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. This reduction of 62 scheduled
flights, which takes effect in early March and lasts for six
months, returns scheduled O’Hare operations to October 2003
levels, the last month prior to significant delays.
“Today’s announcement is a significant, first step
toward getting planes into and out of Chicago on time,” said
The Doolite Raiders name is synonymous with American heroism.
This band of brave World War II pilots flew missions few would even
dare attempt. This weekend we lost another hero.Retired Air Force
Col. Travis Hoover (standing second from the left), a pilot who
flew one of the bombers in the famous 1942 raid on Japan led by
Jimmy Doolittle, passed away Saturday night. He was 86.
Doolittle, then a lieutenant colonel, organized and trained a
volunteer force for the raid on Japan in April 1942, just four
months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United
States into World War II.Hoover, born in New Mexico, had entered
military service with the National Guard in California in 1938,
later becoming a cadet in what was then the Army
Environmental Tectonics Corporation Announces Sale
Environmental Tectonics Corporation announced on Wednesday the
recent sale of a GAT-II(R) General Aviation Trainer to the Federal
Aviation Administration, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI),
Oklahoma City, OK.
CAMI studies the factors that influence human performance in the
aviation environment, finds ways to understand them, and then
communicates that understanding to the aviation community.
According to Dr. Melchor J. Antunano, Director of CAMI, the FAA
will use the GAT-II(R) to provide pilots with training in the
hazards associated with spatial disorientation during flight.
The CAMI's GAT-II is equipped with fourteen of the most common
General Aviation Spatial Disorientation Illusions. According to
The 2003-04 recipients of the Joseph (Joe) F. Vorbeck Memorial
Scholarship have been announced. Second-year aviation students
Stacy Biernacki and Eric Francis both received Vorbeck scholarships
in the amount of $5,000 that will be used toward their pilot
training. "Training for a career as a professional aviator requires
a considerable commitment, both in time and money," remarked
Sporty’s Founder/Chairman Hal Shevers. "We hope these
scholarships for second-year aviation students will allow them to
focus their efforts entirely into training."
The Vorbeck Scholarship is given annually to two outstanding
second-year aviation students enrolled in the Aviation Technology:
Professional Pilot Training Program at the University of Cincinnati
As ANN previously reported, Northwest Airlines recently admitted
to secretly turning over up to 11 million passenger records to the
US government in 2001. If a civil-liberties group has their way,
the carrier should be held accountable and possibly fined for
sharing this sensitive information.
"Northwest broke a promise to keep customer records private and
should be investigated for deceptive business practices, the
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)," wrote in a filing
with the Department of Transportation.
Sobel indicated EPIC would likely file suit later in the week to
compel NASA to disclose more about its research, including whether
other airlines were involved. In its filing, EPIC also asked t
Forty-five training gliders and other aircraft grounded because
of safety concerns have been cleared to fly, the US Air Force
Academy announced Tuesday. However, three UV-18 Twin Otter planes
used by the cadet parachute program remain grounded for a "few more
days," Tech Sgt. Dean Miller said.
The institution's aircraft fleet which consists of motorized and
non-motorized gliders, T-41s, Cessna 150s and Twin Otters, were
grounded on Jan. 9 after officials discovered irregularities in
maintenance records involving Doss Aviation of Colorado Springs.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which also conducts some
flight training for the US Air Force Academy, was not a sunject of
Safety concerns were hei
The List Of Invited Guests Is Truly Out Of This World
The first American woman to walk in space, the Hubble Space
Telescope repair mission commander, the first African-American to
command a spaceship, the first American to occupy Russia's Mir
space station, and the commander of the 1986 ill- fated Challenger
51-L have been chosen for 2004 induction in the Astronaut Hall of
Joining such illustrious American icons as Neil Armstrong, John
Glenn, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Sally Ride as Hall of Fame
inductees will be: Kathryn D. Sullivan, Richard O. Covey, Frederick
D. Gregory, Norman E. Thagard and Francis R. Dick Scobee, who will
be represented by June Scobee. The honorees will be enshrined in
the Hall of Fame during a May 1 public ceremony at the Kennedy
What if you had a tragic accident and nobody came? That's what
apparently happened in Venice (FL) over the weekend, in the crash
of a Cessna 150 near the municipal airport.
When 32-year old Larry Bradshaw and 57-year old Miguel Hernandez
went down Saturday night, Cindy Toepfer and her husband, Sheldon,
heard it. She called 911. But no emergency crews responded until
the crash was spotted by the Civil Air Patrol the next afternoon.
The bodies weren't recovered until 19 hours after the crash.
Nearly a year after the Columbia disaster, NASA is only
beginning to implement the sweeping changes recommended as
conditions for the space shuttles' return to flight, an independent
task group reported on Tuesday.The independent panel, called the
Return to Flight Task Group, was charged with monitoring NASA's
progress in complying with recommendations of the Columbia Accident
Investigation Board, which probed the shuttle's fatal Feb. 1, 2003,
break-up over Texas.
The task group, headed by former shuttle commander Richard Covey
and Apollo mission commander Thomas Stafford, reported that NASA's
plan to create a central authority responsible for safety was
"missing critical elements" and its implementation was "under way,
Report Says Chicago Skies Too Crowded For O'Hare Growth
A new report by a former FAA official indicates Chicago's plan
to expand O'Hare Airport would turn O'Hare into a "truly
frightening airport" due to congested airspace and other problems.
City officials disputed the new report announced by Sen. Peter G.
Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) on Monday.
In the report, which was commissioned by expansion opponents,
Fitzgerald said it indicates the danger, disruption, and air and
land congestion the expansion would cause is not worth the minimum
400,000 new landings it would add to the world's busiest airport.
He also charged that a new analysis by Joseph Del Balzo of JDA
Aviation Technology indicates the city ignored the expansion's
impact on airspace congestion, and used other flawed
Sometimes you just have to bear it and grin. Faced with the
prospect that US Airways Group Inc. may have to sell assets to fly
through its financial problems, leaders of its pilots union Tuesday
grudgingly agreed to talks on reducing costs and boosting
productivity. This tightening of the belt is all in the name of
fighting off the many low-cost airlines trying to get a piece of US
Air's piece of the action.
The Air Line Pilots Association said its ruling council decided
to engage in the talks, which could eventually lead to formal
negotiations. This comes as good news during some dark days at the
nation's seventh-largest carrier. The airline's corporate credit
rating was lowered last week by Standard & Poor's Corp. on
Spacehab Inc., maker of the living modules used in the U.S.
space shuttle fleet, slapped NASA with a big lawsuit on Tuesday, as
it tries to recoup its losses from the tragic Columbia crash. The
company filed an $87.7 million formal claim against the space
agency for equipment destroyed during the shuttle disaster last
year. Spacehab bases the merits of its case on the recent findings
of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB).
Spacehab, which had filed a draft claim in July, said it revised
its newest claim to incorporate the findings of the Columbia
Accident Investigation Board report. The CAIB said in August that
NASA officials missed eight chances to address fears that falling
insulation foam may have damaged
On Tuesday, Adam Aircraft announced Columbia Aircraft Sales,
Inc. of Groton (CT) as the factory authorized dealer for Adam
Aircraft products in the northeastern United States. This territory
includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut,
Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. As part of
this relationship, Columbia Air Services, Inc. will be a factory
authorized service center for the corresponding territory.
Adam claims Columbia Air Services' experience in maintaining
general aviation aircraft is a key component to the dealer
relationship. "Columbia Air Services, Inc. has been maintaining
complex turbine and piston powered aircraft for more than 25 years.
We have an impeccable safety record, and o
On Tuesday, ANN reported the massive travel delays in Japan
caused by the grounding of some McDonnell Douglas jets. Japan Air
System's MD-80 fleet is undergoing emergency inspections after
cracks were found in some Pratt & Whitney JT8D-200 engines used
on this series of aircraft. Now, the US government is stepping in
to monitor the situation and take domestic action, as
A FAA spokesman said the FAA is keeping an eye on the situation
but say it is too early to order inspections of similar jetliners
in the United States.
"We are aware of the situation and if we believe any action is
warranted on our part we certainly wouldn't hesitate to take it,"
spokesman Les Dorr said.
Mechanics found a crack
While he's certainly no fan of armed guards onboard his
aircraft, British Airways CEO Rod Eddington admits it may be
appropriate to put sky marshals aboard airliners. However, the BA
chief quickly pointed out standards must be set to make sure it's
done safely, as Europeans view the notion of putting weapons on
airplanes as "abhorrent. We want some protocols agreed to,"
Eddington said. "The hows, the whens, the wheres, the whys."
These protocols were the subject of a meeting last week between
Asa Hutchinson, U.S. undersecretary for border and transportation
security and European civil aviation officials. Hutchison said the
U.S. government would urgently pursue bilateral security standards
with European countries to tighte
"He was very humbly proud of his
service. Just truly dedicated to the uniform and his country. He
considered the guys who didn't get back the
Source: Jim Zerkel talking about his
father-in-law, Retired Air Force Col. Travis Hoover, a pilot who
flew one of the bombers in the famous 1942 raid on Japan led by
Jimmy Doolittle. Hoover passed away Saturday night. He was
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