Joint Contract Is 'First Step' in Merger of Three Pilot
The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for the pilots of Pinnacle
Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, and Colgan Air has reached a tentative
agreement (TA) with Pinnacle Airlines Corp. management on a joint
collective bargaining agreement. This is the first step in the
process of merging the three pilot groups, all of which are
represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l
RunwayFinder's Dave Parsons Outlines 'The Road Forward'
We had a feeling that we hadn't heard the last of
RunwayFinder... and RF Founder Dave Parsons has apparently decided
to fight rather than quit. Industry backlash to the FlightPrep
patent compensation/licensing demands has been pretty heavily
aligned against FP and numerous statements offering evidence of
"prior art" as well as probable issues with the patent itself
suggest that the FlightPrep claims are in serious trouble.
The FAA has added all models of the Eurocopter Deutschland
EC-135 to FAA STC # SR02362AK, allowing for the installation of
Max-Viz EVS-1500 dual optical zoom infrared Enhanced Vision System
(EVS) on the helicopter.
An anti-long-range ballistic missile test conducted over the
Pacific Ocean by the Missile Defense Agency did not achieve its
planned intercept of its target Wednesday. It was the second time
the system was unsuccessful in this type of test.
Department Would "Suffer Consequences" From Continuing
AIA said Thursday it agrees with comments by Defense Secretary
Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse
consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense
appropriations bill as part of any funding package.
St. Elmo's Fire
A luminous, and
often audible, electric discharge that is sporadic in nature. It
occurs from objects, especially pointed ones, when the electrical
field strength near their surfaces attains a value near 1000 volts
per centimeter. It often occurs during stormy weather and might be
seen on a ship's mast or yardarm, aircraft, lightning rods, and
steeples. Also known as corposant or corona
RunwayFinder, until recently, was the home of a very nice little
online planning utility available for free to pilots everywhere.
NOW, its on the front lines in a patent fight between FlightPrep
(who holds a patent that they claim RF and a WHOLE SLEW of
other online flight planning sites may be violating). RunwayFinder
shut down a few days ago due to the lawsuit they had filed against
them by FlightPrep...
"I think there is a clear path toward fighting the
lawsuit against RunwayFinder, and potentially a way to invalidate
their patent. I am going to represent RunwayFinder myself at least
initially in the lawsuit. The help from everybody so far is much
Source: From a recent blog entry in which
RunwayFinder's Dave Parson has indicated his intent to fight a
lawsuit filed against him by FlightPrep, alleging patent