The suspect says he'll do it. The judge says she'll accept it.
The only question now seems to be, will Zacarious Moussaoui go
through with his plan to plead guilty. If he does, it will mean the
only man in America to be indicted for the 9/11 terrorist attacks
cops a plea as early as Friday.
The would-be bride and groom aren't saying much about it, but
from all indications, financially beleaguered US Airways and
America West are on the verge of marriage. Such a deal would be the
vanguard in what experts believe is a coming wave of consolidations
in the airline industry.
The TSA is once again under intense scrutiny after a DHS
Inspector General's report pointed to yet more incidents of waste,
possible fraud and mismanagement. This time, the report indicates a
rash of "unusual" payments to vendors and a remarkably cozy
relationship between an unnamed employee and an unnamed tool
company. The TSA, in concurring with the IG's findings, said the
abuses came at the hands of "lower level employees."
Even with threats and Congressional resolutions a-flying,
tempers flaring and lawyers warming up in the bullpen, there are
still faint rays of optimism peeking through the dispute between
the US and the European Union over subsidies paid to Airbus and
Pilot Error Cited In Near Miss Between Tornado And Puma
The UK Airport Proximity Board says an RAF F3 Tornado pilot
should have seen a helicopter carrying oil rig workers about 120
miles off the coast of Scotland. No one was hurt as the aircraft
passed within 50-feet of each other.
In spite of a written warning from the FAA that it could lose
millions of dollars in grants, Wichita city council members Tuesday
night approved another $2.5 million in subsidies. Wichita has
already paid $7 million to AirTran to keep the airline flying to
and from Atlanta every day -- a move city leaders say reduces air
At the end of every show, we try to do a little bit of a wrap-up
and see how things went overall. This year at Sun-n-Fun, we sent
our most experienced guys to their respective ends of the field to
assess the show. We talked to exhibitors, attendees, happy campers,
and a couple of just plain campers. Here's Part Two of what they
told us, and what we saw with our own eyes.
IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani issued a grim forecast
as he opened the 54th annual conference of the Pacific Asia Travel
Association Monday, predicting the global airline slump would
continue -- costing operators approximately $5.5 billion in 2005
Chiao Says Saving Shuttle Crew Would Mean Cramped Spaces
Since the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia two years
ago, NASA (and a lot of the people who watch over the space agency)
has been all about contingency planning -- making shuttle flights
safer. So it's no wonder that some, including astronauts
themselves, are thinking, "What if...?"
Police: She Was Arrested After Picking Up Unattended
At first glance, the thought that a skycap carried someone's
luggage to the car doesn't seem very newsworthy. But consider:
police at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport say it
was someone else's luggage -- a laptop computer in this case --
that skycap Yhovania Bryan carried to her own car.
Cockpit Door Surveillance For 48-Percent Of Boeing Fleet
Global ePoint a innovative developer and manufacturer of
homeland security solutions for aviation and law enforcement as
well as financial, retail and industrial applications, Tuesday said
its AirWorks Division has received a new FAA Supplemental Type
Certificate for its Cockpit Door Surveillance System (CDSS), which
now spans the entire family of Boeing 737 aircraft (737-200 through
737-900) with two configurations.
FLIR Systems says it has received a contract from the US Army
Research Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM),
Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering
Center (CERDEC), Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate
(NVESD), valued at approximately $13 million for the development of
an advanced stabilized electro-optical infrared system for use on
lightweight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The award represents a
phase two award resulting from a down-select among three phase one
Premier Aircraft, Honeywell Call For 2005 Certification
The recently-announced performance upgrade from Premier Aircraft
for the Dassault Falcon 50, called the Falcon 50-4, has passed its
first engineering milestone: the integration test of the existing
nacelle and new engine nozzle at Honeywell’s engine
facilities in Phoenix, AZ.
Work on Second Return-to-Flight Mission Also On Target
SPACEHAB says its STS-114 module is a "GO" for launch on the May
2005 STS-114 space shuttle mission with the rollout of the
Company's External Stowage Platform 2 (or ESP2). This cargo carrier
marks a first in the use of large-scale commercial hardware by NASA
as it is deployed from the shuttle's cargo bay to its permanent
residence on the International Space Station (ISS).
Lycoming Engines has formed a new advanced technology center
(ATC) located in Williamsport, PA. Lycoming created the
center as a separate unit of its specialized research and
development operations. The company hopes it will leverage its
capabilities in program management and other technologies to
increase efficiencies in future aviation power plants.
"The traffickers tried to take off again to escape, but they
were shot down for violating air safety regulations that say a
landing craft has priority over one taking off."
Source: A spokeswoman for the Brazilian Federal
Police, commenting on the shoot-down of a twin-engine GA aircraft
near the border with Uruguay on Sunday. The 65-year old pilot, a
suspected drug smuggler, was killed. His 50-year old passenger was
wounded -- and arrested.
AD NUMBER: 2005-08-10
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, and -800
series airplanes. This AD requires doing a general visual
inspection for sealant at the interface of the upper spar fittings,
strut side skins, and the fittings of the thrust reverser strut
fairing on the engine struts; and applying an injection seal or
silicone sponge rubber with fillet seal if necessary.
AD NUMBER: 2005-08-11
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-11
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Saab Model SAAB SF340A and
SAAB 340B series airplanes, that requires replacement of certain
hydraulic hoses with new hydraulic hoses.