ANN would like to ask the
state of Minnesota one question: What's your beef with airline
While tax evasion is a
serious offense, some are wondering why the state has chosen to
publicy humiliate a select group of offenders: airline pilots? Why
not do the same for other citizens following the same path of
On Tuesday, Washington
County (MN) charged airline pilot Dennis Dentley Dickinson, 41,
with three felony counts of tax evasion and promptly distributed a
press release announcing the arrest.
Dickinson is th
Fifty years ago, Helio aircraft serial number 001 rolled off the
production line at Pittsburg, Kansas. Over the years the
Helio has claimed its own place in aviation history.
It was the Harrier jet of its day. It remains one the
safest aircraft ever built. And the lore surrounding it is as
interesting as the plane itself. It served with distinction
in the US Army and Air Force and also made a name as one of the
premier missionary airplanes.
After talking to the owners at Helio Aircraft Company and other
influential members of the Helio Community the folks at
heliocourier.net have put together a Steering Committee for the
50th Anniversary Celebration of the Helio Courier.
Oceanside Airport Assoc. Celebrates 100 Years of Aviation
So-Cal pilots take note: There's a flapjack breakfast on
Oceanside Airport is celebrating its 100th birthday this
Saturday, January 31st. They recently held off an attack by local
politicians and developers, which each of us could face one day
with rising land values. So, in celebration, the local EAA
chapter asks that you fly or drive in for food, friends and
fun over a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 9am to 11am.
Aside from the mouth-watering food, several events will keep you
busy, including live entertainment featuring Jazz & Swing music
from Oceanside High School Band, a static airplane display and a
paper airplane contest with prizes for kids.
Cessna Aircraft Company will release ACAS II and Diversity Mode
S Transponder Service Bulletins in the 2nd Quarter of 2004, to
support European Aviation Authority Mandates.
ACAS: All turbine powered airplanes operating in Europe,
with an MTOW of more than 12,500 pounds, or seating between 19 and
30 passengers, must have an "ACAS II" Aircraft Collision Avoidance
Systems (known as TCAS II, Change 7 in the United States) installed
by January 1, 2005.
Mode-S Elementary Surveillance: All aircraft operating in
Europe, regardless of weight, or country registration, must have
Mode-S "Elementary" Surveillance transponders installed by March
To comply with ACAS & Mode S Elementary Surveillance,
As one would expect, war, SARS and a sagging economy did not
prove well for the international aviation market. So, it comes as
no surprise the official traffic numbers slipped in 2003.
On Thursday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
reported international air travel declined 2.4 percent in 2003
after a narrow gain a year earlier. The Geneva-based association
was upbeat about 2004, however, forecasting traffic growth of 7-8
percent after strong recovery in the last quarter of 2003.
As traffic fell many carriers cut capacity to lower costs but
the IATA said overall capacity rose 0.1 percent. Passenger traffic
rose 5.2 percent in December though the year-on-year rise was
slower than a 5.9 percent rise in November. The
Do you like facts and figures? Well, we've got the whole scoop
on Textron's earnings, as reported by the company this week.
On Wednesday, Textron reported its fourth quarter 2003 income
from continuing operations of $83 million or $0.60 per share,
compared to fourth quarter 2002 income from continuing operations
of $110 million or $0.80 per share.
Including discontinued operations, fourth quarter 2003 net
income was $83 million or $0.60 per share, compared with the fourth
quarter 2002 net income of $131 million or $0.95 per share.
Full-year 2003 income from continuing operations was $281
million or $2.05 per share, compared to $367 million or $2.62 per
share for the full-year 2002. Including discontinued operations and
Boeing, the big kahuna of aerospace, reported its 2003 year-end
results on Thursday. Its report revealed the very best and worst
the aerospace giant could hope for over the previous 12 month
Boeing reported net income of $1.1 billion for the fourth
quarter, or $1.37 per share, on revenues of $13.2 billion. Reported
net income for 2003 totaled $0.7 billion, or $0.86 per share, on
revenues of $50.5 billion. The results include a $1.01 per share
non-cash charge to revalue goodwill balances in the first quarter
and a $0.87 per share gain related to a federal tax refund in the
"This past year was notable both for the solid performance
turned in by most of our businesses, as well as the challenges we
Russian leading airplane manufacturing companies MiG and Sukhoi
recently indicated they are interested in Russian Vice Premier
Boris Alyoshin's proposal to form a single national aircraft
manufacturing company within the next two years.
"We take great interest in the idea of the unification of all
Russian air forces into a single fist. This is a normal concept and
in the perspective we are ready to participate in the formation of
the single Russian air-holding," a Sukhoi corporation
representative told a RIA Novosti correspondent.
The MIG company representative noted in his turn that "if the
government decides to form in the near future a single airplane
manufacturing holding than MiG as a state enterprise will just
simply abide wi
EU To Publish Blacklist Of Unsafe Airlines By
The European Union Commission Wednesday said it intends to
publish a "blacklist" of unsafe airlines before the end of the
The push to tighten safety rules has intensified since a plane
flown by Flash Airlines, which had been banned in Switzerland,
crashed into the Red Sea in January, killing 148 people, mainly
E.U. governments and the European Parliament backed a bill this
week tightening safety standards on foreign airlines, such as
Egypt-registered Flash Airlines. However, the Commission believes
European travelers should have access to information as soon as
possible since the bill won't come into effect for at least two
At the moment, only Switzerland and the
Pilots "Failed To Follow Proper Landing
On Tuesday, the government commission in Uzbekistan, which is
investigating the airliner accident in that country last month,
blames the crash on pilot error.
The report contends the crew aboard the Uzbekistan Airways
Yak-40 jet failed to follow proper landing procedures, even though
heavy fog limited visibility at Tashkent's international airport at
the time. The three-engine jet, bound from the town of Termez on
the Afghan border, overshot the runway and crashed near the
airport, killing all 37 people on board, including the head of the
The crew didn't actually see the runway at the minimum height
required but continued landing anyway, "overestimating its
No Injuries, As Elevator Hits Chopper On Landing Pad
Imagine trying to write to explain this one to your
A spokesman for F.E. Warren Air Force Base said an elevator at
Presbyterian-Saint Luke's Medical Center in Denver (CO) rose and
struck the tail of a UN-1N Huey helicopter while it was sitting
empty on the landing pad. No one was in the elevator at the
The US Air Force helicopter, which was not occupied at the time,
was damaged at the Denver hospital's landing pad on Thursday. A
three-member Air Force crew was on a routine training mission and
had parked the aircraft on the helipad, according to a military
The elevator sustained $25,00 to $35,000 damage in the accident,
according to Stephanie Lewis, a hospital spokeswoman.
A Canadian Forces flying instructor at 15 Wing has
surpassed 1,000 flying hours on the CT-155 Hawk jet, making him the
first pilot in Canada to do so. Captain Dave Boudreau (standing
right) of Dalhousie, N.B., completed his thousandth-hour flight
Nov. 17 during an annual proficiency check at 15 Wing.
A small ceremony was held Dec. 5 to mark the occasion and Wing
Commander Colonel Alain Boyer took the opportunity to present Capt.
Boudreau with a 1,000-hour patch for him to wear on his flying
The ceremony also marked a milestone for the fleet of 18 Hawks
that are flown at both 15 Wing Moose Jaw and 4 Wing Cold Lake in
Alberta as part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC)
pilot-training program. Recently the fleet rea
On January 26, 2004, passengers on flights operated by World
Airways Inc. through their lawyers, Echeruo, Counsel, Attorneys at
Law, LLP and Madu, Edozie & Madu P.C., filed a Class Action
lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of New York.
The action has been brought as a class action on behalf of a
class (the "Class") of all persons who purchased tickets for travel
from the United States to Nigeria between November 4, 2003 and
January 31, 2004 and were not transported to their destinations on
schedule by World Airways.
Plaintiff attorneys claim the action arose from World Airways
decision to completely cease flight operations to Nigeria,
abandoning passengers with round trip tickets and
Bringing Students And Aviation Professionals Together
ANN would like to inform all of our friends in the So-Cal area
of a very special event this Monday, February 2, at 8:30 a.m.
A group of local high school students from Los Angeles Unified
School District's Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies will
visit Van Nuys Airport (CA) to learn about aviation careers through
mentoring and hands-on activities as part of Groundhog Job Shadow
Day, a nationwide educational program that promotes career
Prominent aviation companies and airport employees representing
various trades and professional occupations will participate. This
is an excellent opportunity for visuals, as students will have
on-the-job learning experiences and tour the airport. Students wi
"The gaps in the system need to be
plugged but this isn't the best way of doing
Source: William Gaillard, a spokesman for IATA
commenting on the European Union Commission's decision to publish a
"blacklist" of unsafe airlines before the end of the year. The push
to tighten safety rules has intensified since a plane flown by
Flash Airlines, which was banned in Switzerland, crashed into the
Red Sea in January, killing 148 people.
Bill Arsenault, Vice President of Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2)
announced on Monday that Larry Martyniuk has joined the MC2 team in
the capacity of Avionics Service Manager.
No stranger to this industry and more specifically the Canadian
market, Larry has been a leader in client service and technical
support and is well known to many for his efforts in this capacity.
Most recently he was the Field Service Engineer for Rockwell
Collins and worked with them for the past 13 years. For 8 years
prior to that, he was with Bombardier in the Engineering Department
In commenting on the new appointment, Arsenault states:
“Mid-Canada Mod Center has been the fortunate recipient of
many interesting and unique proj
On Wednesday, Cessna Aircraft Company has named Don Beverlin as
Vice President, Supply Management.
In this newly created position, Beverlin is responsible for
material price variance management; supplier relations and
development; strategic sourcing and procurement of propulsion,
avionics, electrical, and major aircraft systems; indirect
materials; and supply chain new programs, policies, processes and
contracts. Beverlin will report to Ron Alberti, Senior Vice
President, Integrated Supply Chain.
Beginning his Cessna career in 2000 as a commodity team leader,
Beverlin has held numerous positions at Cessna each with increasing
responsibility. Most recently he served as Director of Strategic
Sourcing for the Systems Commodity
On Wednesday, Cessna Aircraft Company announced David Brant as
Senior Vice President, Product Engineering.
Reporting to Cessna's President and CEO Jack J. Pelton, Brant's
responsibilities will include new aircraft creation, development,
design, interiors, flight test and certification, as well as
product improvements for all aircraft in production and in
service. Brant will serve as a member of Cessna's Senior
Brant originally joined Cessna in 1974 and served in various
engineering capacities until 1980. He re-joined the Cessna team in
2001 as Director of Airworthiness, Engineering Flight Test and
Product Safety. Prior to that time, Brant served as Senior
Vice President of Operations and Strategic
Iniziative Industriali Italiane Sky Arrow 650 Series
AD/SKY ARROW/3 Throttle Stop 3/2004 DM
Applicability: Sky Arrow Model 650TC,
650TCN and 650TCNS aircraft as detailed by serial number in
Iniziative Industriali Italiane Service Bulletin SB-C No. 01/03
Revision 1 and not incorporating part number (P/N) R05000-11/01
1. Inspect the throttle lever stops in accordance with Chapter 4 of
Iniziative Industriali Italiane Service Bulletin SB-C No. 01/03
2. Replace the throttle lever stops in accordance with Chapter 5
and Chapter 6 of Iniziative Industriali Italiane Service Bulletin
SB-C No. 01/03 Revision 1.
Note: ENAC Airworthiness Directive 2003-396 refers