Board Meets In Special Session, Heightening Speculation
Delta Airlines will file for bankruptcy in New York as early as
Wednesday, according to an aviation industry source quoted by the
Associated Press. The airline's long struggle to remain solvent is
apparently lost and Delta is now working with debtors like GE
Financial to arrange debtor-in-possession financing.
AD NUMBER: 2005-01-15R1
MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-15
SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent
875, 877, 884, 884B, 892, 892B, and 895 series turbofan engines
with certain part number (P/N) low pressure compressor (LPC) fan
It looks for all the world like Lockheed-Martin may reluctantly
bounce Brazilian plane-maker Embraer from its list of partners on
the Army's Aerial Common Sensor program. The reason: The US Army
says the ERJ-145 is just too small and the Army is reluctant to go
with a bigger Embraer aircraft without rebidding the project.
New Zealand's Minister of Defense, Mark Burton, says his
country's air force has sold its entire combat wing -- comprised of
34 Skyhawk and Aermacchi aircraft -- to a private American company,
Tactical Air Services, Inc. for around $155 million (US$110 million
After three days of talks, negotiations between Northwest
Airlines officials and members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal
Association (AMFA) broke off Saturday, further adding to evidence
the three-week old mechanics strike has legs.
Many people wonder what happened to navy pilot Michael Scott
Speicher, but some people know. Those people are probably either in
Coalition custody, or at large among the Iraqi insurgents,
according to a Naval board that has reviewed Speicher's status.
Bellanca Went Down In Icing Conditions, Turbulence
The identities of two men onboard a 1959 Bellanca Cruisemaster
(file photo of type, below) that went down over 22 years ago
outside Yakima, WA are one step closer to being confirmed, now that
the accident site has been found.
Very Short Flight Ends With Forced Landing, Animosity
As pilots, we all know how strong the urge can be to "show off"
for our friends and passengers who aren't necessarily familiar, or
similarly enthralled, with flying. The following should serve as a
cautionary tale for anyone ever tempted to do just that.
As relief efforts continue for those devastated by Hurricane
Katrina, it's surprising to hear that any aid offered to the
victims and survivors would be turned away -- but exactly that
happened last Thursday when a German military plane was refused
entry into US air space.