Under the cloak of secrecy, Cirrus is getting set to discuss a
number of new features and upgrades to their top-of-the-line SR22
to new owners... who are about to find out that they're getting
more than they paid for. Customers are expected to be pleased to
find that Cirrus has responded to the opportunities afforded them
by a growing owner list that has been offering extensive feedback
about the SR22's design and operation, and allowing Cirrus to tweak
and upgrade the bird to extend the value and efficiency of the
aircraft. The changes reportedly affect "Cirrus' core values of
safety, quality, performance and innovation." The new version has
been dubbed "G2."
A new program to air on PBS later this month reports the
majority of America's civil aviation fleet is prone to undetectable
and unfightable in-flight fires. "NOVA Presents: Crash Of Flight
111" further alleges the FAA and the airline industry have been
aware of this problem since 1993 and have, in the case of most
recommendations from the Canadian Transportation Safety Board,
failed to act.
From the start, NTSB investigators probing the crash of American
Airlines Flight 587 in November, 2001, have concentrated on
co-pilot Sten Molin's manipulation of the rudder pedals. Just after
taking off from JFK Airport in New York, the aircraft encountered
extreme turbulence. Attempting to counteract the turbulence,
co-pilot Molin actuated the rudder of the Airbus A300-600 at a
speed of 250 kts. To this point, theories have suggested that Molin
over manipulated the rudder, causing the aircraft's vertical
stabilizer to snap completely away from the airframe. The aircraft
spun into a residential area of Queens, killing 265 people.
But now, an outside expert hired by the NTSB, suggests the very
design of the aircraft could have played a major part in the crash.
That plays right int
Douglas Skolnick of Franklin Lakes (NJ) headed home from Brazil
Sunday -- $17,200 lighter in the wallet.
Skolnick was arrested in the resort town of Foz do Iguacu when he
arrived with a tour group including his wife. As he was being
routinely photographed and fingerprinted, Skolnick raised his
middle finger in a gesture that can only be interpreted as...
Jerome Lederer dedicated his life to making flight -- in all its
variations -- safer. Beginning in the pioneering days of air mail,
Lederer went on to help one air mail pilot -- Charles Lindbergh --
inspect the Spirit of St. Louis one day before Lucky Lindy made the
first transatlantic flight.
Lederer died Friday of heart failure in Laguna Hills (CA). He was
101 years old.
Should the launch gantry that helped send Apollo 11 to the Moon
be declared a national treasure, or should it be melted down for
Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT) 1 was the starting point for eight
Apollo missions, including the first moon mission and Skylab
flights. The 380-foot tall tower was dismantled in 1983. It's
remains are in the "boneyard" behind KSC headquarters and have been
deemed an environmental hazard. Florida Today reports heavy metals
and toxic substances are leeching into the groundwater underneath
the boneyard, creating a danger to the environment.
Texas pilot Mark Zeller woke up Sunday morning thinking it would
be a normal Sunday. Little did he know that he was in for the
surprise of his life — or that, as the winner of the grand
prize in AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes, he would become
the envy of some 400,000 other AOPA members.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's plan for revamping O'Hare
International Airport will cost more than twice the amount promised
by the man aviators love to hate -- and may prove to be altogether
unworkable, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) this
week has rare praise for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, after
he said USAF negotiations on leasing Boeing 767 aircraft as
refueling tankers appeared to have involved wrongdoing, though he
did not single out a possible culprit. The secretary has called for
a 90-day suspension of the lease, along with several investigations
of the $17 billion deal.
In spite of its increased buying power, Washington now wants a
review of the costs associated with development of the F/A-22
"Raptor" and the RAH-66 Comanche Stealth Helicopter. The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reports the White House Office of Management
and Budget is looking at cutting back -- or even cancelling -- one
or both projects.
It's not often you hear this kind of praise from one airline
executive about another airline:
"One of the reasons Southwest is so successful and has such high
customer service ratings is that they promise a product that is
very simple and deliver on that promise very consistently. It's a
better paradigm... and that's where we need to move."
But that's just what American Airlines CEO Gerard Arpey had to say
at the Goldman Sachs Transportation Conference in New York last
When you're an airport security inspector, we imagine you see a
lot of things that, well, illuminate the human condition. Such was
the case in Athens when a 40-year old British woman set off a metal
detector's alarm. After a rather lengthy and certainly personal
body search, security staffers found the cause -- the woman was
wearing a chastity belt, officials said on Friday.
Members of the National Air Transportation Association's (NATA)
Airline Services Council (ASC) met in Washington (DC) last week
with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs to develop and
implement an alliance that would address the health and safety
needs of those working on the Airport Operating Area (AOA).
"We're presently having new airplanes designed -- they're on the
drawing board. Boeing has one. Airbus has what's called the Airbus
380, a 550 passenger airplane. The regulations haven't changed.
They don't have to provide any more fire detection or fire
protection than we had on Swiss Air 111."
Source: ALPA's Ken Adams, who represented the
pilots' union during the Canadian Transportation Safety Board's
investigation into the crash of Swiss Air Flight 111 in November,
1998. NOVA, a PBS program produced by WGBH in Boston, reports
materials previously thought to be fireproof -- metalized mylar and
silicone duct caps, for instance -- in fact fed the fire that
ultimately led to the destruction of the MD-11 and the deaths of
all 221 people on board. "NOVA Presents: Cra
For the fourth time in as many years, local, state and federal
officials, along with their counterparts from other countries, will
get together for the annual International Symposium on Aviation
Emergencies. This year's event will be held in Weehawken (NJ).
The Small Business Administration has raised serious concerns
about the FAA's proposed charity/sightseeing rule change. The SBA's
Office of Advocacy held a teleconference on Friday after contacting
AOPA and numerous other general aviation industry groups for
background information on the effects of the change.
Frontier Airlines has become the only airline in America whose
maintenance department has been awarded the FAA Diamond Award for a
fifth consecutive year. The Diamond Award is the highest honor
given by the FAA and recognizes airlines and other maintenance
facilities where at least 25 percent of its aircraft maintenance
technicians complete certified training requirements beyond their