A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report notes that
"the small size, lack of fuel capacity, and minimal destructive
power of most general aviation aircraft make them unattractive to
terrorists and, thereby, reduce the possibility of threat
associated with their misuse." The report concludes that continued
partnerships between the general aviation (GA) industry and the
government –- such as AOPA's Airport Watch program –-
are vital to the long term success of efforts to enhance security
at the nation's nearly 19,000 GA landing facilities.
An Update On The "World's Longest Regulatory Negotiation"
In Washington, they call it the "world's longest regulatory
negotiation" -- five years of talks between the FAA and the EPA on
regulating jet aircraft emissions. And can you guess how much
progress has been made?
That's right, little if any.
The investigation continues into the explosion of a Cessna 340
while on the ramp at Lafayette Regional Airport, LA, last month.
Sources tell ANN that it now appears there was an internal fuel
leak, which led to a collection of fumes in the cabin. A lone
mechanic working inside the cockpit, 61-year old Carl Moulis
Fellow, was preparing to run-up the aircraft after maintenance,
according to fellow mechanics on the ramp. They tell ANN he
boarded, closed the cabin door and sat down in the pilot's seat.
Fellow told his friends that he remembers "hearing the master
switch 'click.'" That was about it.
There comes a time in flight where the PIC shakes the stick and
says, "Here, you take over." (Usually when you're upside down,
nothing on the clock, and still climbing, but that's another
story...). And that has happened recently with the Sport Pilot
Resource Guide, the beloved, and accursed, monstrosity that weighs
down coffee tables nationwide -- but contains more information on
sport and experimental airplane types than anything else, ever.
French Prosecutor: There Was A "Direct Causal Link" Between
Continental DC-10 And Accident
A French prosecutor Tuesday said there was a "direct causal
link" between a titanium strip he said fell from the engine nacelle
of a Continental Airlines DC-10 and the crash of an Air France
Concorde at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris four years ago.
It's another step toward a possible criminal indictment of
Continental executives in the search for those who contributed to
And a Solution Was at Hand...
As it turned out, the US Forest Service had developed a chute
for its smoke jumpers that perfectly met the Special Forces
requirement. The initial requester, 10th Group, got them in April,
2002, and they have since been fielded throughout Army special
GA Program "Wings To Adventure" To Debut In Summer
By Tom Gresham
Before there is too much hand wringing and mourning over the
loss of Discovery Wings, aviation junkies should know that they
will not be without fresh television programming about general
By Lt. Col. Robert J. Miller, Commander, Miami Senior One
Squadron, Civil Air Patrol
We were traveling homeward from our weekly meeting about 10:00pm
local time when Col. Martin, an IC, received a call from AFRRC
requesting assistance with a DF/ELT mission. The signal was on both
121.5 and 243. In order to expedite things, and since we were
already teamed up, we accepted the mission: 04M2531: opened at
10:10pm local, 23 November 2004.
Thirteen endangered whooping cranes and their surrogate
parents—three ultralight aircraft—reached
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge shortly after 0900 Eastern
today after a 64-day, 1,200-mile trek over seven states.
First Officer Candidates Will Spend Up To 320 Hours In
Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) last week received the
first of 16 new glass-cockpit, G1000-equipped DA40 Diamond Stars to
be used exclusively in ATP's new Direct Track extension of the
Airline Career Pilot Program. These 16 new aircraft will be used to
train first officer candidates for the competitive regional airline
The New Piper Aircraft Inc. has made its largest single sale of
advanced, glass-panel equipped trainers to Ohio University, which
has purchased seven new Piper Warrior III aircraft equipped with
the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck.
The launch of the Deep Impact spacecraft has been rescheduled
for no earlier than Jan. 12. During a review of launch vehicle
hardware, it was discovered that some components of the inter-stage
adapter did not receive proper heat treatment and must be removed
and replaced. The inter-stage adapter is located between the first
and second stage of the rocket. A Boeing engineer reviewing an
"as-built" drawing of the vehicle discovered the inter-stage had
not been heat treated to a revised higher specification.
The Cassini spacecraft completed a successful rendezvous with
Saturn's moon Titan on Monday. This was the last pass before the
European Space Agency's Huygens probe is sprung loose from Cassini
on Christmas Eve (in US time zones). Information gathered during
this flyby will provide an opportunity to compare images from
Cassini's first close Titan encounter which occurred on Oct.
Cessna has released the final Service Bulletins for the new
Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS). Cessna's Citation
Service Center network will perform the RAAS installation and
associated certification for all Citation Bravos (model 550),
Citation Encores (model 560), Citation Excels (model 560XL), and
Citation Xs (model 750). Cessna is among the industry's first to
offer customers this important new safety system.
"We strongly disagree that anything that Continental did was the
cause of the Concorde accident. We are confident that there is no
basis for criminal action and we will defend any charges in the
Source: Nick Britton, Continental Airlines'
spokesman in the United Kingdom, after a French judge ordered
company executives to Paris so they could testify about the crash
of an Air France Concorde four years ago. A French prosecutor
Tuesday said there was a "direct causal link" between a titanium
wear-strip that fell from a Continental DC-10 and the crash, which
occurred moments later.
AD NUMBER: 2004-25-18
MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-18
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-60A and
PT6A-65B turboprop engines. This AD requires replacing Woodward
propeller governor assemblies, part number (P/N) 8210-212H.
AD NUMBER: 2004-23-01
MANUFACTURER: Pilatus (CORRECTION)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-01
SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) Model
PC-7 airplanes with any Lear Romec RR53710B type or Lear Romec
RR53710K fuel booster pump.