AOPA's lobbying effort against pilot background checks has paid
off, as New Jersey lawmakers decided to put off such a bill
scheduled for debate.
A key staff member of the state senate's Transportation
Committee said at a meeting with AOPA representatives last week
that lawmakers are unlikely to take up the bill (S.B. 148) at this
time, due mostly to AOPA's repeated assurances that dramatic
improvements in GA security and existing federal safeguards make
the state legislation unnecessary.
In the meeting, AOPA outlined the federal government actions
implemented to address security concerns, including recent
modifications to checks of non-U.S. citizens seeking flight
training. The transportation aide indicated that the legislati
It appears Gus McLeod is a few miles closer to his polar
crossing, but complications of one form or another have
slowed his progress a bit.
On Wednesday, Gus took off from Panama City enroute to Tumbes,
Peru, when he was diverted to land in Ecuador. Gus was forced to
land by the Ecuadorians, who forced him to stand before a tribunal
and explain how his aircraft -- called the Firefly -- was
not a military machine. Apparently, when the Panamanians filed his
flight plan to Peru, they somehow listed his trip as a military
flight, hence the Ecuadorian confusion.
So, with only a few hours of sleep and all the bureaucratic
headaches out of his way, Gus set course for Santiago, Chile. Along
the way, Gus
Aviation Information Resources, Inc. (AIR, Inc.) released its
Jan ’03 - Dec ’03 Pilot Interview Statistics on Monday
and the results are interesting to say the least.
The information published by AIR Inc. was taken from the
database of pilots who interviewed between January 1 and December
31, 2003. The Pilot Interview Statistics, divided by military and
civilian pilot background, help the interviewing pilot determine
what qualifications a competitive candidate possesses in each
“According to our Jan ’03 - Dec ’03 Pilot
Interview Statistics, civilian pilots make up 68% of those hired by
airlines,” said Kit Darby, president of AIR, Inc. “The
age range for civil
The Florida Everglades are an unforgiving environment and
unfortunately, a father and son flight crew found their fate in
this harsh environment on Saturday.
Saul Zadik, 45, and his son, Timor, 16. departed the Marathon
Airport in the Florida Keys in their Raytheon King Air after
spending a few hours in the island getaway. Tragically, the
aircraft plunged nose-down into the sawgrass of the Everglades
National Park a few minutes later, killing the father and son
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the plane went down
about 4:20 p.m. north of Flamingo, a few miles inland from Florida
Bay. It crashed into a dense area of mangrove trees that thwarted
rescue teams in the rainy weather on Saturday. Helicopters brought
Virginia's 59 general aviation airports are finally on track to
becoming more secure from terrorists, the state's aviation director
said last week. Charles Macfarlane, who heads the Virginia
Department of Aviation, said that Gov. Mark R. Warner's budget
includes $1.5 million split between the next two fiscal years.
If approved by the state's General Assembly, the funds will be
distributed through a voluntary safety compliance program designed
to help airports shore up security gaps by improving fencing,
cameras and security identification.
The state agency says Chesterfield County Airport took the
initiative in 2002 to become one of the first general aviation
facilities to undergo major upgrades. But the agency claims many
Association To Present New Tax Seminar For Charter
Do you know the old saying about death and taxes? It also
applies to businesses and one industry group is here to help.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is offering a
special tax seminar specifically geared towards Part 135 air
charter operators. The Tax Seminar for Air Charter Operators
is designed to provide answers to some of the most common
tax-related issues faced by the charter industry.
The one-day seminar will take place on Monday, May 17, 2004, in
conjunction with the association’s annual convention in Las
Vegas, Nevada. It will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton.
NATA’s convention is Tuesday, May 18, through Thursday, May
20, at the Las Vegas Conve
Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockwell Collins Join The Team
Boeing announced on Monday that it has selected Hamilton
Sundstrand and Rockwell Collins as partners for selected portions
of the systems for the all-new Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner passenger
Boeing said it has entered into the final stages of negotiations
to define work statements and pricing with these companies.
Additional 7E7 systems partners will be announced in the weeks
Hamilton Sundstrand, based in Windsor Locks, Conn., has been
selected to provide four major systems: the 7E7's auxiliary power
unit, environmental control system, remote power distribution units
and the electrical power generating and start system.
Rockwell Collins, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the winning bidder
for the displ
The industry-backed BE A PILOT program to bring new people into
aviation generated 34,056 pilot prospects in 2003, up 1.3% by
year-end despite lagging 25% during the Iraq War last spring.
Results were up 4.3% over 2001.
"Since 1997, over 200,000 have registered for the BE A PILOT
Introductory Flight Certificate. Surveys show at least 40,000 took
their introductory flying lesson and about
two-thirds of those came back for more," said BE A PILOT
president/CEO Drew Steketee.
Over 22,600 consumers responded to BE A PILOT's 2003 TV
advertising on Discovery, Discovery Wings, Tech TV, CNBC and ESPN
cable channels. Spending on the traditional 20-week campaign
was 5% less than 2002, cutting response by 8% but limiting an
Violated NLRB by Promoting Non-Union Bonus, SPEEA Charges
The union representing Boeing employees announced another beef
with the manufacturer on Monday.
The Boeing Company violated a National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB) settlement agreement by promoting a program that awards cash
bonuses to non-union employees but not to employees represented by
a labor union, according to an unfair labor practice charge filed
Friday by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in
Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001.
The charge is based on a September settlement with Boeing and
SPEEA regarding the way the company promotes the Employee Incentive
Plan (EIP). Created in January 2001 after technical and
professional employees in Wichita organized into a new SPEEA
Oh, no. Here we go again. Another small-town mayor is getting
himself into a boxing match with airport officials.
Warwick (RI) Mayor Scott Avedisian said he would go to court if
necessary to fight attempts to build longer runways at the T.F.
Green Airport. Avedisian let the state know that he would seek
legal action if becomes necessary.
In March, Gov. Don Carcieri appointed James Rosati as chairman
of the Airport Corp. Rosati suspended work on the airport's master
plan and reinstated runway expansion scenarios that had been
Avedisian said building a 9,500-foot runway would fully disrupt
A spokeswoman for the Airport Corp. rejected Avedisian's perception
that Rosati is determined to launch a n
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) is going for the gusto, as
its first F135 production configuration test engine (FX631) has
successfully completed its first test run to full power with full
afterburner. The F135 will power the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
This milestone represents the first time FX631 has been run to
full augmented power. FX631 has performed exceptionally well
through its first quarter of testing in 2003 and is continuing its
success in 2004 with this milestone. To date FX631 has completed
several key testing objectives and accumulated over 150 hours of
total run time.
The F135 program has also recently delivered its second engine
to test on time. FX633 is currently on site at P&W's West Palm
NBAA notes that a temporary flight restriction (TFR) for the
Westchester County airport (HPN) area last Thursday, January 29 was
in effect from 4:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. NBAA polled operators
based at HPN to measure the impact of the TFR and found that many
were appreciative of the advance notice provided by NBAA, which
enabled them to re-schedule or re-position aircraft and crews
outside of the TFR.
"The unintended consequence of the TFR, for all of those
re-positioning aircraft, was the creation of two additional
critical phases of flight (per-aircraft) in some of the most
congested airspace in the world," said NBAA's Bob Blouin.
U.S Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told a
group of reporters that no additional airline flight cancellations
are expected within the near future…unless new intelligence
provides the need to do so.
British Airways, Air France and Continental Airlines announced
cancellations of 10 international flights over the weekend due to
Homeland Security officials said that the intelligence was very
specific about the dates, the flight numbers and the airlines that
were potential targets. Officials said the information did not
specify the methods of a potential attack, so intelligence
officials looked into the possibility that airplanes could be used
as suicide bombs, to disperse chemic
TSA Investigating Allegations Of "Fear And Intimidation"
Complaints by security workers at Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport have prompted an investigation by the TSA, The Seattle
Times reported Sunday.
A letter and petition, signed by 206 of the airport's 1,100 TSA
employees, claimed that managers have created a culture of "fear
and intimidation" that has led to high turnover and hindered
efforts to maintain security.
The employees called for an investigation into top management,
The Times reported Sunday. They sent the letter and petition in
December to the TSA, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, several
federal inspectors general, Washington's congressional delegation
and Gov. Gary Locke.
Field inspectors have been dispatched and began meeting
Embraer is reaching into the Chinese market aggressively, as
evidenced by a recent aircraft order.
On Monday, Harbin Embraer announced the sale of six ERJ 145 jets
to China Southern Airlines. The contract marks the first order
placed by a Chinese airline with Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry
Co. Ltd. (HEAI), the joint venture between Brazil's Embraer and
China's Harbin Aircraft Industry Co. Ltd. (HAI) and Hafei Aviation
Industry Co. Ltd. (HAFEI), both controlled by China Aviation
Industry Corporation II (AVIC II).
Under the agreement with China Southern, deliveries are expected
to start in June of 2004 and stretch until January 2005. China
Southern has been the largest airline in China for the past 23
years. Currently, it c
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"But there are times and
circumstances under which, given everything that is being discussed
among the parties, we reserve, always reserve the right, in spite
of all of the precautionary measures that are taken, the ultimate
protection of public safety is to cancel the flight. And no
matter how many additional things we do and how much more money we
spend on aviation security, I believe that should always been an
option. And in this instance, it was an option that we chose to
Source: U.S Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge discussing the issue of future airline flight
cancellations due to security threats.
The Board of Saab Nyge Aero has appointed Arne Lindholm the new
President of the company from April 1, 2004. He succeeds Bengt
Hornsten, who is retiring after successfully restructuring the
company over the past three years.
Arne Lindholm is 55 and has a solid background in aviation
within the Swedish Air Force and the Swedish Defence Materiel
Administration. Arne comes from Saab Aerosystems where he was head
of the test flight operation department.
Bengt Hornsten will soon be 60, and he has enjoyed a successful
career both in the Air Force and in civil aviation. In his three
years at Saab Nyge Aero, Bengt has skillfully and successfully
restructured the operation and turned losses back into profit.