AOPA President Phil Boyer is calling on members of the House
aviation subcommittee to demand that the FAA obey the law and
report on operations in the Baltimore-Washington Air Defense
Identification Zone (ADIZ). In letters to subcommittee chairman
John Mica (R-FL) and ranking Democrat Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Boyer
called the FAA's failure to provide the report "insulting to
Congress and pilots in the area."
Five historically black colleges from around the nation are
joining with Western Michigan University's College of Aviation to
form an Aviation Education Consortium that will work to diversify
the aviation industry work force and expand opportunities for
minority students and women.
Steve and Judy Forshay have been grieving the loss of their son
for almost a year now. They're not satisfied with what little they
know about his death even now and are becoming advocates for change
in the air cargo industry.
How much do F-15 drivers want to try the F/A-22 Raptor? Ask Lt.
Col. Ray O'Mara, USAF.
"I would put body parts on sale on eBay if I thought it would do me
good to be able to get to fly this airplane."
O'Mara commands the 1st Fighter Wing F/A-22 Integration Office at
Langley AFB (VA). "From a pilot's perspective, it's an absolute
dream," he says. "The things that this aircraft can do, the speed
that it can fly, the maneuvering capability that it's got, are just
For months, British Airways has fought to a standstill grassroot
efforts to revive the supersonic Concorde. But the airline's battle
to lay the legendary aircraft to rest suffered a blow over the
weekend, when one of Britain's most celebrated Rennaisance men, Sir
Terence Conran, joined the fray.
The commemorative 37-cent stamp honors the US Air Force
Academy's 50 years of service to the nation. It was unveiled at a
ceremony here April 1 by US Postal Service officials. Two honors
were presented to the Air Force Academy on April 1 in a ceremony
commemorating its 50th anniversary.
When Gravity Probe B was first proposed by NASA, Dwight D.
Eisenhower was president. Cuba was still considered a friendly
country and Vietnam was a place few Americans could point to on a
map. Manned space flight was still an unrealized dream.
Now, 45-years later, Gravity Probe B is finally being prepared for
lift-off at Vandenberg AFB (CA). It's mission: test two linchpin
theories first proposed by Albert Einstein. In 1916, Einstein
figured a planet like Earth could actually mold and twist the
fabric of space and time. Think of a lead weight resting in the
middle of a soft mattress and you'll get an idea of what he had in
mind. That very effect, he proposed, is directly responsible for
While the America West Airlines (AWA) pilots are encouraged by
favorable company performance, they are fuming over the recent
announcement by AWA indicating that CEO Douglas Parker has been
awarded a $1 million bonus.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today condemned
the actions of the government in the Dominican Republic to lock out
its air traffic controller workforce and replace it with
unqualified controllers, a move that has resulted in serious safety
concerns for that country and also increased demands on US
controllers working in Miami who handle the airspace around that
Take a letter.
The EAA wants all aviators in Illinois to contact their lawmakers
in hopes of forestalling a planned 47-percent reduction in manpower
at the Division Of Aeronautics. "We are asking you to contact
Governor Blagojevich, IL DOT Secretary Timothy Martin and your
local state representatives immediately to protest proposed funding
reductions in the IL Department of Transportation FY 2005 Capital
Budget," according to the alert. "Only through significant grass
roots support will this devasting reduction in state funding be
prevented. Do not wait for someone else, do your part for general
aviation, act now."
Aviat Aircraft, manufacturers of the Husky, Pup, Pitts Special
and Eagle Biplane Kits, has signed an agreement with Curtis Shaw
Aircraft Sales to pursue Husky sales and service in California and
Nevada. The new dealership, headed up by Curtis Shaw, has been
active in the past with sales for New Piper, Cessna and other late
model piston and turbo prop aircraft.
For the second year in a row the team from North Dakota State
University in Fargo led the field over the weekend in the college
division of NASA's 11th annual "Great Moonbuggy Race" in Huntsville
The Allied Pilots Association (APA), collective bargaining agent
for the 13,500 pilots of American Airlines, called upon the Federal
Aviation Administration over the weekend to guarantee rest for US
pilots flying internationally as well as those flying
"We urge the FAA to comply with the National Transportation Safety
Board's Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvement on Human
Fatigue/Hours-of Work Policy," said Captain John E. Darrah, APA
The Sportsman 2 + 2, introduced last summer as a taildragger,
has been converted to tricycle mode. The change from tail wheel to
nose wheel took one hour and sixteen minutes. "There was some
learning involved," said New GlaStar President, Mikael Via. "The
next time we expect to complete the operation in less than an
EAA’s Earl Lawrence and Joe Norris were at the
Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in Oklahoma City (OK), this
week to help instruct the second of three scheduled amateur-built
designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) courses. The
course, required by FAA for individuals who wish to volunteer their
services to perform airworthiness inspections on newly finished
homebuilt aircraft, runs March 30 through April 1. This is
chronologically the second course to be conducted, but it’s
actually the third to be scheduled after high demand created a
waiting list for the June 8-10 course. The first course was held
"I would put body parts on sale on eBay if I thought it would do
me good to be able to get to fly this airplane."
Source: Lt. Col. Ray O'Mara, USAF, anticipating
the arrival at Langley AFB (VA) of the first operational F/A-22
Raptors. Integration is set to begin by the end of this year, even
as opponents of the Raptor continue attacking its
cost-effectiveness in the post-Cold War era.