It's one heckuva deal for Northwest Airlines... a $239 million
savings on airport charges at Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport, in exchange for the airline keeping its headquarters in
the Twin Cities once the airline emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
American Airlines -- fighting the public relations debacle it
suffered in December, when bad weather forced the carrier to ground
dozens of flights for hours at a time -- said this week if such an
event happens again, passengers won't have to wait as long before
they're able to get off the aircraft.
Carrier Receives Final Approval For DC-Beijing Flights
The Department of Transportation dotted its final i's and
crossed the last t's this week on its approval for United Airlines
to begin flying a new route to China. On Thursday, the DOT gave its
final OK for United to start service to Beijing in March from
Washington Dulles International.
Aero-News has learned during a ceremony at the Enstrom facility
late last year, Lieutenant Robert Mulhall accepted a 480B Guardian
on behalf of Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police
Apprehension Crime Task Force, or LA IMPACT. It didn't take long
for the helicopter to prove its worth, either.
The Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) at Boscombe Down in
England has added an AgustaWestland A109 Power helicopter to its
training fleet. Representatives with the helomaker state the
addition of the A109 will help ETPS to meet the growing demand for
places on its rotary wing courses.
"Despite AOPA’s arguments, the FAA raised the
minimum experience level for private pilots from 200 to 500 hours.
The FAA based their action on the fact that more accidents occur
with pilots between 200 and 500 hours. But because the majority of
pilots fall into that range, the statistics used by the FAA to
justify the change may not reflect the true safety record of pilots
in this experience level, but rather their increased
Source: Luis Gutierrez, Director of Regulatory
and Certification Policy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association, commenting on the FAA's NPRM issued this week setting
new guidelines for air tour and sightseeing operators, as well as
pilots flying for charity events.