Mike Corradi and Bob Sweginnis were best friends. They worked
together at the Prescott, Arizona campus of Embry Riddle
Aeronautical University. They played together in the sky. On
Saturday, August 28, 2004, they died together just before
eight-thirty in the morning, when an aerobatic routine they were
preparing for the upcoming Prescott Air Show went wrong.
Two Embry-Riddle flight instructors were lost Saturday when
their aircraft collided while they were practicing an aerobatic
routine. Both aircraft went down about two miles south of the
Yavapai County Fairgrounds (AZ).
Local Officials Cite Two Accidents Within One Month
Bruce Pelly thinks Palm Beach Helicopter is a danger to people
who live near the Lantana (FL) airport and he's said so in a letter
to the FAA. Pelly, the Director of Airports in Palm Beach County,
wants the school moved to a less populated area.
It started out as a fundraiser for the Chidren's Miracle
Network. It ended in tragedy. A 39-year old Michigan woman was
killed when the Stearman PT-13 in which she was a passenger went
down in the Wisconsin River.
After 45 Years, Witness Another Push For The Venerable Flying
Critics have said pigs would fly before cars. Not
long ago, at the Flugtag Festival in Portland (OR), an aircraft
(sort of) called a flying pig merrily crashed into the Willamette
River. Does that mean it's time to resurrect the idea of cars that
Wisconsin Sheriff Rules Death Of Minnesota Mayor Wasn't
When the mayor of St. Anthony Village (MN) went down in his
Cessna 172 earlier this month, Burnett County (WI) Sheriff Dean
Roland wondered if it was suicide. Roland says, on the day of the
fatal crash, he had charged Mayor Randy Hodson of faking the theft
of an expensive sports car in order to collect the insurance.
FAA Ordered To Immediately Correct Staffing Shortage In
The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) last week
unanimously upheld an arbitrator's decision ordering the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) to immediately bring systems
specialist staffing to a minimum of 6,100 nationwide. The
arbitrator's decision upheld by the FLRA was the result of a
grievance filed by Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS),
the union that represents FAA systems specialists.
(Note: With all the hubbub surrounding the first commercial
flight into space, Oshkosh and the political conventions, I
overlooked a submission that definitely deserves your attention.
Please... read on --ed.)
It was a Thursday morning, July 16th. The still air over
Hillsboro (OH) was filled with the sounds of rotor blades and
arriving motor homes. During the course of the weekend over 500
people and 56 helicopters converged at the Bell-Air Ranch.
Union Says Staff Shortages Could Cause Flight Delays
If this week's Republican National Convention in New York causes
flight delays at the three major airports serving the Big Apple,
don't blame NATCA controllers. The ATC union says it's the FAA's
fault. The reason? Staffing shortages.
Ask just about anyone in Gillette (WY) what they think of
commercial air service into and out of Gillette-Campbell County
Airport and you're liable to get an earful. In a survey conducted
last May by the Campbell County Economic Development Corporation,
Gillette's citizens gave local air service a 2.3 rating on a scale
by NAATS President Wally Pike
In this month's issue of AOPA Pilot, AOPA President Phil Boyer
addresses the modernization of flight service (FSS). This is in
response to that article and is written from the perspective of the
union that represents the air traffic controllers in the flight
service stations. I won’t go into our inherently governmental
arguments on why this workforce should remain federal as I believe
the AOPA membership already understands that issue. Instead
I’ll confine my comments to the points made in the
Sure, the $15 billion runway expansion plan for O'Hare Airport
in Chicago (IL) would ease the record number of flight delays in
the short run. But an FAA report released Friday said that would be
a temporary fix -- in the long-run, the airport would become more
and more congested as the number of flights inched back up.
Officials at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New
Orleans (LA) plan to shut down their longest runway just after
Mardis Gras next year. The reason? A $50 million construction
project to rebuild the east-west runway -- the first major
renovation on that runway in more than 20 years -- shore up the
runway near a traffic tunnel and install a new floodgate in the
Backers Propose X-Prize Style Contest To Develop Space
Taking its lead from the successful Ansari X-Prize, folks who'd
very much like to see an elevator extended as high as 62,000 miles
plan a little competition of their own. It's called "Elevator:
2010" and its designed to provoke interest and generate prototypes
of a technology that could revolutionize the commercialization of
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"The issue of repetitive operations is not a noise or access
issue, but an in-flight safety issue. For this reason, the
Department goes on record declaring that continued repetitive
helicopter flight operations over the communities surrounding the
Lantana airport pose a safety concern."
Source: Bruce Pelly, Director of Airports in
Florida's Palm Beach County, in a letter written to the FAA. Pelly
contends Palm Beach Helicopters is a hazard to the community
surrounding Lantana Airport and wants the FAA to do something about
it. He wrote the letter after a Palm Beach helicopter suffered an
accident -- the company's second inside a month.