GA's Speediest Piston Bird Gets Ready For The Big-Time
As rumored for several weeks, and now confirmed as of
publication deadline, Lancair will finally get their TC for the
Lancair Columbia 400 next week, in Lakeland, FL. Several senior FAA
officials will be on hand to award Lancair it's long awaited (and
somewhat delayed) certification at a press conference on
Friday, April 16th.
The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy says the
FAA's charity/sightseeing notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is
filled with incomplete or questionable data and needs to be
withdrawn. In formal comments submitted to FAA Administrator Marion
Blakey, the Office of Advocacy says the agency failed to accurately
account for the economic impact of the proposed rule, formally
known as the National Air Tours Standards, or how many small
businesses it would force to close.
In a head-to-head competition between so-called legacy carriers
-- the old guard, like American, United and Delta -- and low-cost
carriers such as JetBlue and Southwest, you'll never guess who won
the most recent battle.
Yup, the new kids on the block.
Worried that an expanded airport will mean more noise and more
pollution, folks who live in Livermore and Pleasanton (CA) are
mobilizing against Livermore Municipal, supporting their claims
with data that airport officials say is incorrect.
Cessna says its Citation CJ3's standard avionics package has
been significantly improved. All Citation CJ3s will now come
equipped with a standard FMS performance database.
The new standard FMS performance database will provide takeoff and
landing performance data at customer's fingertips.
For Brian Templeton of Waterford (MI), the end of the world came
in the form of a flat spin from which he simply could not
That's what witnesses to the March 25th accident told the NTSB
about the crash of a Royal Air Freight Mitsubishi MU-2B near
Pittsfield (MA). And radar data seems to confirm that, in the span
of less than a minute, Templeton's aircraft plummeted more than
Delta Airlines stock has recently dropped below last year's
basement levels. It's debt is now rated as junk and the "B-word" --
bankruptcy -- is being bandied about more and more these days in
the company's Atlanta headquarters.
Delta is in trouble.
A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. Well, take a
look at this and start talking.
The latest, sharpest, most detailed picture of Saturn ever taken
comes from the Cassini-Huygens probe, set to orbit the ringed giant
on July 1st.
If you're flying in Australia, Graeme White needs your help.
He's looking for a very big hole in the ground. Well, several of
them to be specific.
The holes could have been made by a swarm of meteors which fell to
the ground in a spectacular light show last week. Nearby airline
crews and passengers reported the fireballs passed beside and
beneath their aircraft, about 60 NM north-northeast of Mount Isa in
It's an airport. It's a golf course. Okay, it's a golf course
next door to an airport. But here's the rub: the golf course near
the airport in Ocean City (MD) was purchased by the city with FAA
money. The idea back then was to use the land for airport
expansion. That was more than 20 years ago.
Recently, the TSA released two Security Directives (SDs)
applicable to international passenger and cargo operations. All
members subject to the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program
(TFSSP) should have already obtained the SD applicable to their
operations. NATA recommends that operators take immediate action to
comply with the new requirements.
The Indian Air Force hotly denies allegations that it's been
using sub-standard parts in its Jaguar aircraft, even as the body
of a second pilot was pulled from the wreckage of two aircraft in
Kashmir Province Sunday.
"The sightseeing and air tour industries contend that requiring
a Part 119 certificate would cause thousands, not hundreds of small
operators to go out of business. Because the FAA likely
underestimated the number of small Part 91 operators and failed to
provide accurate data on Part 91 operations, revenues and costs,
Advocacy believes the industry's estimate may be sound.
Consequently, the actual incidence of business closure is likely to
be significantly higher than estimated."
Source: Statement from the Small Business
Administration's Office of Advocacy, which has landed firmly on the
side of the aviation industry when it comes to proposed FAA rules
on sightseeing and charity tours.
Perhaps what Continental Airlines needs is a bigger hammer. The
company's main computer system crashed Sunday, stranding hundreds
of passengers at its Bush Intercontinental hub in Houston (TX) and
This isn't what US Airways CEO David Siegel had been hoping for.
Just months after his airline emerged from bankruptcy, still
limping, the company faces a new threat in one of its biggest hub
Southwest Airlines is coming.
US Airways now faces competition at the gate from the low-cost
carrier with one of the best reputations in the business. And it
doesn't help that US Airways still carries the highest
cost-per-passenger-mile in the business.