From the NBAA...
The 2005 Presidential Inauguration on Thursday is expected to
bring a significant increase in air traffic operations through the
airports serving the Washington DC metropolitan area, particularly
Washington-Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington (BWI). The Federal
Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Air Traffic Control Traffic
Management System has developed plans to address arrival delays
during the days leading up to the Inauguration, to address parking
capacities at impacted airports, and to facilitate departures on
the day following the Inauguration.
Rocked by a massive dispatch computer failure on Christmas Eve,
Comair chief Randy Rademacher resigned Monday, in order to "pursue
other opportunities," according to a memo issued to Comair's 6,000
Garmin Monday introduced the iQue 3600a, the first Palm Powered
aviation device that is ready to navigate right out of the box. The
iQue 3600a package includes an innovative yoke-mounted cradle as
well as built-in basemap, terrain, obstacle and Jeppesen databases
— all of which turn this full-featured PDA into a premium
aviation navigator without any complicated set-up procedures. In
addition, the device features all of the automotive turn-by-turn
capabilities and personal information management (PIM) applications
of Garmin's popular iQue product line, making it a highly versatile
device for aviation enthusiasts.
Last year was a better than expected year for pilots entering
the airline market or those moving up to larger airlines. Hiring
numbers almost doubled last year, up from 4,743 in 2003 to 9,382 in
2004. As they have for the past seven years, the National sector
hired the most pilots, 3,948, up 48% from 1,990 in 2003. The majors
made a strong showing by adding 1,139 pilots to their flight decks,
up 45.5% from 518. Non-jets definitely doubled their figures,
increasing their hiring trend 47.4%. The Jet Operator division held
their weight, hiring almost 51% more pilots than last year.
If This Organization Was A Person, Courts Would Have Appointed
A Guardian By Now
by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
If you've ever had an alcoholic in the family, you know about
"rock bottom." Just when you think that the last boneheaded
incident must surely indicate that the problem child has struck
rock bottom, the alky does something even dumber, proving that rock
bottom is deeper than you ever imagined.
The Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL. The order the Space Shuttles are
listed in this report does not necessarily reflect the
chronological order of future missions.
And NATA'S Popular Tax Seminar Is Back For Second Year
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is once again
offering a special tax seminar specifically geared towards Part 135
air charter operators. The Tax Seminar for Air Charter Operators is
designed to provide answers to some of the most common tax-related
issues faced by the charter industry.
Aviation Development Group, LLC has announced that they will be
acquiring the former Bombardier/Learjet facility at Denver
International Airport, the nation's second largest airport and the
fifth largest in the world.
Time To Single Out The Best Of The Best
Created to honor individuals who have made a significant
identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation
in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each
year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only
European exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business
aviation. This year nominations are due to EBACE's European or USA
Offices by March 15, 2005.
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Educational
Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to students seeking a
career in aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance. Sporty's,
a long-time supporter of the Educational Foundation, is now
furthering its commitment to AEA's scholarship program with a
donation of one Sporty's Complete Private Pilot Training Course on
Interactive DVD for every AEA Aviation Scholarship winner.
Columbia Air Services, says that the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in
Portland, ME, has named Andy Scanlon of Columbia's Bar Harbor
location the 2004 Avionics Technician of the Year. The Portland
FSDO, which oversees aviation safety in Maine, New Hampshire and
Vermont, cited the range of Scanlon's work with aircraft
electronics including certifications, benchwork and installations,
and his experience with highly complex and sophisticated military
Diamond Aircraft has appointed Bohlke International Airways Inc
(BIA), as a Diamond Regional Distribution Center for the southern
Caribbean. BIA will represent Diamond's single-engine DA20-C1 and
DA40 Diamond Star models, and the twin engine DA42 Twin Star from
their base located at the Henry Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, US
Information Critical To Soldiers In Urban Battle Zones
Soldiers in urban battle zones could receive more timely and
complete information about enemy forces from low-flying unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAV) with technologies being developed by Northrop
Grumman Corporation under a US Department of Defense contract.
Executive Jet Management (EJM), a provider of aircraft
management and charter services worldwide, announced a realignment
of its growing outside national charter sales team to support the
company's continued growth.
"We all know the media can twist someone's words. [But] You
never say something like that, not after what we've all been
through. Even if uttered in jest, that quote was way out of
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer after receiving
a fax from an airport manager in Lansing, IL. The manager was
quoted in a Chicago paper as saying he was glad Mayor Richard Daley
destroyed Meigs Field. He later told Boyer that his remark was