Airline Sets Sights On New Mexico -- But Still Can't Fly
When Valley Air Express left Victorville, CA, it also appeared
the airline had left the stage completely -- but it now looks like
the airline merely set its sights on another airport, this one
about 580 miles east.
Something went tragically awry on approach to Runway 9 Left at
Michigan's Oakland County International Airport (KPTK) Friday
morning, leaving an airplane destroyed and pilots Gene Hammond and
Thomas C. Bailey dead.
As if learning how to fly, manage airlines and even run airports
wasn't enough, students in Georgia State University's aviation
program have another daunting task on their syllabi: keeping the
30-year-old program alive.
Where were you twenty years ago Saturday, at 11:39 AM Eastern
Standard Time? I was in an Army barracks in Augsburg, Germany, with
two or three friends. We were watching the launch of the Space
Police in The Villages, FL made a gruesome discovery Thursday
night when they answered a call to Leesburg Regional Airport (LEE).
They found the body of 73-year-old Rudi Lavazoli on the ground,
near the nose of his 1969 Siai-Marchetti airplane, with severe
lacerations to the right side of his head and upper body.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region
Airports Division announced it awarded the Columbia, SC,
Metropolitan Airport (CAE) the 2005 Air Carrier Airport Safety
Award. The airport competed for the award with other air carrier
airports throughout the Southeast.
AirShares Elite announced Friday their group of pilot-owners has
flown over four million miles. To put that number into perspective,
consider that four million miles is equal to 8.5 roundtrips to the
moon, or 160 trips around the earth at the equator.
Each year the command at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Thirty
One (VX-31) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
(NAWCWD) China Lake selects members of its military and civilian
team as Test Pilot of the Year, Test Naval Flight Officer of the
Year and Flight Test Engineer of the Year.
Aero-News has learned Colonel Ken Merchant, formerly commander
of the 551st Electronic Systems Wing at Massachusetts Hanscom Air
Force Base, assumed his duties as vice commander of the Ogden Air
Logistics Center last Monday.
“Back in the day” before GPS, LORAN or widespread use
of transponders in training airplanes, instructors put great store
in teaching a procedure to “get found” if students
became inexorably lost. It was (and still is) called
“VHF Direction Finding.” Colloquially it’s
known as a “DF Steer.”
"It is also not good public policy for Alamogordo
officials to just choose Valley Air without checking their prior
Source: Dr. Steven Frates, senior fellow with
the Rose Institute at Claremont (CA) McKenna College, on the news
Alamogordo, NM city officials selected Valley Air Express to begin
flights between the southern New Mexico city and Albuquerque. The
city paid Valley Air $526,000 in DOT funds to begin the service
last October... but the airline still hasn't flown one
flight. Valley Air previously flew a twice-a-week flight
from Victorville, CA to Las Vegas, also while receiving DOT
money... but pulled the service due to lack of interest at about
the same time the airline courted Alamogordo.